Trevor Lawrence connected with Travis Etienne on a 34-yard, go-ahead touchdown with 1:49 left in the fourth quarter, capping a 94-yard march, and No. 3 Clemson beat No. 2 Ohio State 29-23 Saturday night in the Fiesta Bowl to advance to the College Football Playoff championship game. No. 3 Clemson will face No. 1 LSU - a 63-28 victor over Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl earlier Saturday - in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game Jan. 13 in New Orleans. Whether the overturned call cost Ohio State the game is a question that will be debated for as long as there are debates. And despite being No. 1 early in the 2019 season, the Clemson Tigers slipped to No. 3 after a narrow win at North Carolina, combined with wins over ACC opponents not ranked in the top 25 and big wins by both LSU and Ohio State over ranked teams.
Ohio State (13-1) jumped out to a 16-0 lead, but Swinney never allowed Clemson (14-0) to panic. The Buckeyes drove to the Clemson 23, but on second-and-7, Fields fired to the end zone and was picked off by Nolan Turner with 37 seconds left.
Lawrence had 107 yards and one score on 16 carries.
A simple miscommunication - Olave thought Fields was going to scramble and broke off his post route toward the corner, while Fields stayed in the pocket and threw to the post - led to the game-clinching interception for Clemson.
If you believe in momentum, then a switch in the Ohio State-Clemson game was flipped when Buckeye cornerback Shaun Wade was ejected for targeting late in the first half.
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Cousins was particularly very bad in this game, completing 16-of-31 passes for 122 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. What lies forward for the 49ers is one final street date vs. the Seattle Seahawks to determine who wins the division.
It is one thing to lose because you're not good enough, it is another thing to lose when you are good enough but officials from the SEC make blatant mistakes to cost you the game. J.K. Dobbins dropped two potential touchdown passes; one which was overturned after initially being ruled a catch. A CFP final match with No. 1 Louisiana State on January 13 in New Orleans' Superdome in front of tens of thousands of rowdy Cajuns. The Buckeyes' offense managed 70 yards in the third quarter, but there were more controversial calls that got in the way.
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith told Yahoo Sports that he was angered by the call.
Clemson will challenge LSU for the first time since the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl. On New Year's Eve in 2016, Clemson systematically slaughtered the Buckeyes 31-0 inside this same shiny and silver desert orb that's now called State Farm Stadium.