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PASADENA, Calif. — Ohio State entered Saturday’s Rose Bowl against Utah deflated and depleted.

The No. 6 Buckeyes left it overjoyed.

Ohio State recovered from a disastrous begin to rally for a 48-45 victory over No. 11 Utah on Noah Ruggles’ 19-yard discipline purpose with 9 seconds left.

In a recreation with wild twists and turns, it will likely be remembered for a record-setting efficiency by Jaxon Smith-Njigba.

The sophomore receiver entered the week keen to assist fill the void left by the opt-outs by fellow stars Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson. He did higher than anybody might think about. Smith-Njigba caught 15 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns. It was probably the most receiving yards by anybody in bowl historical past.

That helped C.J. Stroud throw for 573 yards and 6 touchdowns on 37-of-46 passing. Stroud’s different three touchdowns had been to freshman Marvin Harrison Jr.

The third one to Harrison tied the sport at 38 within the fourth quarter. Smith-Njigba then caught a 30-yard move to give Ohio State its first lead with 4:22 left.

When Utah quarterback Cameron Rising was knocked out of the sport on a sack by Kourt Williams, a Buckeye victory appeared in grasp.

But backup Bryson Barnes led the Utes (10-4) to a tying landing with 1:54 left on a 15-yard landing to Dalton Kincaid.

Ohio State then drove 56 yards in seven performs to arrange Ruggles’ game-winner.

The Buckeyes (11-2) entered the sport after their championship goals resulted in Ann Arbor, and their motivation for a non-College Football Playoff bowl recreation was an open query. Utah, then again, regarded its first look within the Rose Bowl as the head for its program. Utes followers clearly outnumbered Buckeyes ones.

With left sort out Nicholas Petit-Frere and defensive sort out Haskell Garrett becoming a member of Olave and Wilson as opt-outs, the Buckeyes entered the week short-handed. Several different key gamers had been listed as unavailable. One of them, defensive back Marcus Williamson, posted important tweets of this system through the recreation.

The Buckeyes started the sport with solely 64 scholarship gamers. The attrition continued through the recreation. Defensive finish Jack Sawyer was ejected for focusing on and defensive back Lathan Ransom was carted off the sector with a left leg damage within the first half.

At a number of factors through the recreation, Ohio State seemed doomed. Utah led 14-0 early and 35-21 in a primary half that featured a dizzying mixture of highlights and lowlights. The groups mixed for 660 yards, nearly evenly cut up. But Utah maintained the higher hand. After being stopped on their first possession, the Utes scored on their subsequent two drives to take a 14-0 lead.

Ohio State went three-and-out on its first two possessions and wanted a uncommon Stroud scramble to keep away from a 3rd. But from then on, the Buckeyes’ offense bought cooking.

Stroud threw a 25-yard landing move on fourth-and-1 to Harrison Jr. for OSU’s first rating.

After Utah scored once more for a 21-7 lead, the groups mixed for 3 touchdowns in 30 seconds.

Stroud related with Smith-Njigba for a 50-yard rating, solely to have Utah’s Britain Covey return the following kickoff 97 yards for a landing.

Smith-Njigba then scored once more on a 52-yard reception from Stroud solely two performs later.

But Utah answered on its subsequent possession. On fourth-and-1, Rising broke a sort out and ran 62 yards for a landing to make it 35-21.

Smith-Njigba seemed like would rating his third landing of the half when he caught a move and streaked towards the top zone. But cornerback Clark Phillips, a one-time OSU commit, punched the ball free from behind and Utah recovered ultimately zone for a touchback.

Ohio State had one final probability to rating, however time expired after Julian Fleming caught a move on the Utah 32.

The Buckeyes averaged 11.2 yards per snap and but trailed by 14 due to their protection.

“Thirty-five factors within the first half is ridiculous,” Day mentioned at halftime.

Both defenses settled down within the third quarter, holding every crew to a discipline purpose.

Then got here the fourth-quarter drama.

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