Ohio State vs. Clemson score, Fiesta Bowl 2019: Tigers battle back in terrific College Football Playoff game


Ohio State vs. Clemson score, Fiesta Bowl 2019: Tigers battle back in terrific College Football Playoff game

After trailing at halftime for the first time in 15 months, No. 3 Clemson fought back over the final 30 minutes to edge No. 2 Ohio State 29-23 in a thrilling Fiesta Bowl semifinal and advance to the College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 13 in New Orleans. Trailing 13-0 early in the second quarter, the Tigers battled back behind star quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Though Lawrence did not have his greatest game as a passer, he used his legs to great success, opening up passing lanes later in the game.

Lawrence finished 18 of 33 for 249 yards passing and two touchdowns, including a go-ahead and eventual game-winning scoring toss to running back Travis Etienne with 1:49 remaining to give the Clemson the late lead. 

Lawrence’s other touchdown pass was also to Etienne on a screen pass. In an interesting reversal, Etienne had a bigger impact in the passing game than on the ground, while Lawrence stood out as Clemson’s leading rusher, finishing with a career-high 107 yards, including a career-long 67-yard rushing touchdown.

As for Ohio State, it had plenty of opportunities and will no doubt wonder what could have been. The Buckeyes had to settle for field goals on all three of their red zone possessions. They also had two personal foul penalties that extended Tigers touchdown drives, and they turned the ball over twice. The final turnover in the waning seconds was the backbreaker as QB Justin Fields was picked off in the end zone by defensive back Nolan Turner.

Clemson will be defending its national championship while looking to win its third in the last four seasons. It will face No. 1 LSU, which opens as a 3.5-point favorite in the CFP National Championship.

CBS Sports will update this breaking news story with takeaways from the Fiesta Bowl.




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