Battle for the Fiesta Bowl
The battle for the Fiesta Bowl matched up two teams from the north that had a chance at being in the College Football Playoff but fell just short. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish took on the Ohio State Buckeyes in what was an extremely up and down game the whole time.
The Buckeyes started the game off strong with an Ezekiel Elliot 2 yard touchdown run with 9:53 left in the 1st quarter. On the next possession Ohio State struck again but this time it was a 15 yard touchdown reception by Michael Thomas from J.T. Barrett.
This game was about to get out of hand until the Irish finally put points on the board with a 3 yard touchdown run from Josh Adams halfway through the 2nd quarter.
With 4:55 left until half-time the Buckeyes decided to make the gap even bigger as Elliot scored another touchdown on a 1 yard scamper. On the next Ohio State possession Elliot would again score on another 1 yard run.
Ohio State was now up 28-7 before anyone knew what happened. Notre Dame still had some fight left in them though. The Irish put up a touchdown with 29 seconds left in the 1st half. It was a DeShone Kizer 1 yard touchdown run. Heading into half-time the Buckeyes were up 28-14.
Notre Dame started the 2nd half off strong with a 4 yard touchdown reception by Chris Brown from DeShone Kizer. This got the Irish back within 7 points early in the 3rd quarter. Elliot wasn’t done with Notre Dame though. He broke off a 47 yard touchdown run to bring the score back to a 14 point gap. This was the 4th touchdown run by Elliot on the day.
Ohio State would tack on a field goal to bring the lead to 17 points. Notre Dame would then try and make a comeback with an 81 yard touchdown reception by Will Fuller from DeShone Kizer. It wasn’t quite enough for Notre Dame as Ohio State would add two more field goals and win the game 44-28.
The Buckeyes had the benefit of a plague of injuries that occurred with Notre Dame. They took advantage of this fact and unleased Elliot on the Irish.