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CFB Playoff National Championship Game: Live in-game blog

  • By Bryan Fischer and Chase Goodbread
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Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott set a record for most rushing yards in a national title game.

College Football 24/7's Bryan Fischer and Chase Goodbread are on-site at AT&T Stadium for tonight's first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship Game between Oregon and Ohio State. Follow along here throughout the night for live in-game updates, analyses, photos and more.


A few shots from AT&T Stadium before kickoff, courtesy of CFB 24/7's Bryan Fischer.

Ohio State QB Cardale Jones shows off his arm during pregame warm-ups.

Scouts from seven NFL teams will be in attendance at tonight's game. Among the teams -- the Philadelphia Eagles, whose head coach, Chip Kelly, also is on hand with obvious rooting interests.

Fans of the Ducks and Buckeyes probably don't need help getting up for tonight's national title game, but the two programs produced hype videos just in case.

First quarter

A critical play on Oregon's first possession just 1:44 into the game, when Marcus Mariota appears to fumble the ball. Replay officials rule that Mariota's knee hit the turf before the ball was jarred loose, and the call is overturned. Oregon retains possession.

Oregon strikes first -- and fast.

Update: Oregon 7, Ohio State 0
Scoring play: Keanon Lowe 7-yard pass from Marcus Mariota
Drive info: 11 plays, 75 yards, 2:39
Time left: 12:21

The matchup between Marcus Mariota vs. Ohio State's defensive line so far has gone in Mariota's favor.

Ohio State goes 97 yards, keyed by running back Ezekiel Elliott, to tie the score at 7-7.

Update: Oregon 7, Ohio State 7
Scoring play: Ezekiel Elliott 33-yard run
Drive info: 10 plays, 97 yards, 3:16
Time left: 4:36

Ezekiel Elliott keys another big drive for the Buckeyes, who take a 14-7 lead late in the first quarter.

Update: Ohio State 14, Oregon 7
Scoring play: Nick Vannett 1-yard pass from Cardale Jones
Drive info: 4 plays, 46 yards, 1:27
Time left: 1:08

Second quarter

Ohio State enters the second quarter with a 14-7 lead, which bodes well for Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer.

The first turnover of the game -- Ohio State's Cardale Jones fumbles, and it's Oregon ball at midfield early in the second quarter.

Oregon goes for it on fourth-and-goal at the 3-yard line, but Thomas Tyner gets stuffed. The Buckeyes get the ball back with 11:10 left in the second quarter.

A 50-yard pass from Cardale Jones to Corey Smith goes good to bad when Smith fumbles. The Ducks recover and take over at their own 9 with 9:30 left in the half.

Two big plays by Cardale Jones -- a 45-yard pass to Devin Smith, followed by a 1-yard touchdown run two plays later -- put Ohio State up two touchdowns.

Update: Ohio State 21, Oregon 7
Scoring play: Cardale Jones 1-yard run
Drive info: 6 plays, 49 yards, 2:16
Time left: 4:49

A 12-play drive for Oregon results in three points with less than a minute to go in the half.

Update: Ohio State 21, Oregon 10
Scoring play: Aidan Schneider 26-yard field goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 66 yards, 4:01
Time left: 0:48

Quarterback comparison at the half

Marcus Mariota: 18-of-23, 193 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT; 8 carries, 24 yards, 0 TD
Cardale Jones: 10-of-15, 171 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT; 12 carries, 48 yards, 1 TD

Third quarter

Buckeyes WR Jalin Marshall bobbles a pass, leading to an interception by Oregon's Danny Mattingly. Ohio State has three turnovers.

Oregon gets the game-changing play it needs, with Marcus Mariota and Byron Marshall connecting on a 70-yard touchdown. The score was inches away from being a boneheaded mistake by Marshall.

Update: Ohio State 21, Oregon 17
Scoring play: Byron Marshall 70-yard pass from Marcus Mariota
Drive info: 1 play, 70 yards, 0:10
Time left: 11:23

Make it four turnovers by Ohio State, this time a fumble by Cardale Jones. The Ducks recover at the Buckeyes 23-yard line and convert the turnover into a field goal.

Update: Ohio State 21, Oregon 20
Scoring play: Aidan Schneider 23-yard field goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 17 yards, 1:42
Time left: 6:39

The Buckeyes head into the fourth quarter with some momentum thanks to Ezekiel Elliott, who barrels into the end zone on the final play of the third.

Update: Ohio State 28, Oregon 20
Scoring play: Ezekiel Elliott 9-yard run
Drive info: 12 plays, 75 yards, 6:39
Time left: 0:00

Fourth quarter

Ezekiel Elliott's monster game continues. He scores his third touchdown and has 223 rushing yards, a new record in a national title game. Ohio State has control with 9:44 left.

Update: Ohio State 35, Oregon 20
Scoring play: Ezekiel Elliott 2-yard run
Drive info: 9 plays, 76 yards, 4:13
Time left: 9:44

Oregon punts the ball away on 4th-and-7 at its own 26, trailing 35-20 with 7:47 left. The question now: Can the Ducks' defense stop Ezekiel Elliott?

A fourth rushing touchdown for Ezekiel Elliott seals it for Ohio State with 28 seconds left in the game.

Update: Ohio State 42, Oregon 20
Scoring play: Ezekiel Elliott 1-yard run
Drive info: 5 plays, 14 yards, 2:17
Time left: 2:17

Marcus Mariota is intercepted on the final play of the game. Ohio State defeats Oregon to win the CFB Playoff national championship.



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