Saturday, December 31, 2016

CFP Semifinal (PlayStation Fiesta Bowl): Clemson Buries Ohio State, Sets Up Title Game Rematch With 'Bama; Buckeyes Shut Out In Post-Season Play First Time Since 1920 Rose Bowl

At Glendale, Arizona:

Quarterback Deshaun Watson threw for 259 yards and a touchdown (30 yards to C.J. Fuller) and carried the ball for 57 yards and two more scores on Saturday night as the second-seeded Clemson Tigers (13-1) demolished the third-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes (11-2) 31-0 in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, which doubled as the second College Football Playoff semifinal contest.

The shutout defeat with the first suffered by the Buckeyes in a post-season match since being stifled by California 28-0 in the 1920 Rose Bowl.  It was the first-ever shutout suffered by OSU head coach Urban Meyer in 15 years as an FBS head coach (his 194th game).

The Tigers will get another shot at defending champs Alabama in a rematch of last year's CFP title game in this year's championship game, set for Monday, January 9 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, with the kickoff set for 5:30 PM Pacific Time (ESPN).

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