Bowl roundup: Alabama, Ohio State roll to final
Justin Fields threw for 385 yards and six touchdowns as third-ranked Ohio State crushed second-ranked Clemson 49-28 on Friday in a College Football Playoff semifinal game at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
The Buckeyes (7-0) will play No. 1 Alabama in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Jan. 11 with a chance for their first national championship since the 2014-15 season.
Fields completed 22 of 28 passes with one interception and ran eight times for 42 yards to lead the Buckeyes, who amassed 639 total yards. Trey Sermon ran 31 times for 193 yards and Chris Olave made six catches for 132 yards and two TDs for the Buckeyes.
Trevor Lawrence was 33 of 48 for 400 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for Clemson (10-2). The Tigers managed just 44 rushing yards on 22 carries.
No. 1 Alabama 31, Notre Dame 14
Mac Jones threw four touchdown passes, three to DeVonta Smith, as the quick-scoring Crimson Tide rolled over the Fighting Irish in the College Football Playoff semifinal contest at Arlington, Texas.
The Crimson Tide (12-0) advanced to the CFP title game for the fifth time in the system’s seven seasons. Alabama. won titles in 2015 and 2017. Jones completed 25 of 30 passes for 297 yards, and fellow Heisman Trophy finalist Smith caught seven passes for 130 yards. Najee Harris added 155 scrimmage yards (125 rushing, 30 receiving), and Jahleel Billingsley caught a touchdown pass for the Crimson Tide.
Ian Book rushed for a touchdown and completed 27 of 39 passes for 229 yards and one interception for the Fighting Irish (10-2). Kyren Williams rushed for 64 yards and a touchdown for Notre Dame, which lost in the semis for the second time in the past three seasons.
No. 9 Georgia 24, No. 8 Cincinnati 21
Jack Podlesny’s career-long 53-yard field goal with three seconds remaining lifted the Bulldogs to a win over the Bearcats in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Atlanta.
JT Daniels completed 26 of 38 passes for 392 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Georgia (8-2). Zamir White rushed for 39 yards and a score on 11 carries for the Bulldogs, who mustered just 45 yards on 24 carries. George Pickens had seven catches for 135 yards and a score.
Desmond Ridder, the AAC Offensive Player of the Year, completed 24 of 37 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns for Cincinnati (9-1).
No. 14 Northwestern 35, Auburn 19
Peyton Ramsey threw three touchdowns and added another score on the ground to lead the Wildcats to a victory over the Tigers in the Citrus Bowl at Orlando, Fla.
Ramsey finished 24-for-35 for 291 passing yards and contributed 50 rushing yards for Northwestern (7-2), which won its fourth straight bowl game.
Bo Nix was 25-for-42 for 292 yards and a touchdown for Auburn (6-5) before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with an injury.
–Field Level Media