The Ohio State Buckeyes have become the first ever NCAA national champions of the play-off era after they put in a great effort to stop a typically effective Oregon attack.
The Buckeyes claimed a 42-20 win over the Oregon Ducks and this years Heisman Trophy winner, quarterback Marcus Mariota.
Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer claimed his third national championship, quarterback Cardale Jones had a great night on only his third start for the team, but it was runningback Ezekiel Elliot who stole the show.
Elliot earned the offensive player of the game for his incredible four touchdown performance as he almost single handedly ran the Buckeyes to victory.
The Sophomore showed everyone what he could do by running for 246 yards from 36 rushes and of course four touchdowns.
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With his longest scoring play a 33 yard run into the endzone, Elliot was the key weapon for Ohio State whose offense may have struggled without him.
The biggest win for Elliott however came in his official record for most rushing yards by anyone in a national championship game.
It was messy however for the Buckeyes who turned the ball over four times - one shy of the most in any national championship game which was five and has been done twice.
Ohio State were a true underdog story after being priced at 40/1 to win the championship after their starting quarterback Braxton Miller went down injured before their season opener.
Battle of the quarterbacks
All eyes were on the battle at quarterback as Cardale Jones took on Marcus Mariota and almost everyone expected Mariota and the high octane Oregon offense to emerge victorious.
Mariota was well contained by the Buckeyes defense despite coming away with impressive numbers after throwing for 333 yards and two touchdown passes.
Ohio State did well to shut down the entire Oregon offense - a team who had not scored fewer than 42 points in their last nine games.
Cardale Jones won the quarterback duel however as his 242 passing yards and 38 rushing yards were the key behind the Buckeyes championship win.
Jones will be back for the Buckeyes next year as they are set to become a powerhouse in college football whilst it seems like Mariota is off to the NFL and is largely tipped to be the first overall pick in this years NFL Draft.
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