4. Ohio State had its chances to win, and didn’t
Ohio State had the puck on its stick several times with chances to win, and it missed the next.
It was up 23-21 with under three minutes to play. Clemson had the ball starting on its own six. All the Buckeyes and its great NFL-caliber defense had to do was come up with one stop. Hold the Tiger offense down, get off the field, go play LSU for the national title.
Four plays, 94 yards, touchdown Clemson.
Fine, so after the two-point conversion, the Buckeyes were down five with just under two minutes to play and 75 yards to go for a touchdown. Justin Fields was fantastic, he was calm, and he kept things moving to get within range. He also had plenty of time.
On the Clemson 23 with 43 seconds to play, it was second down, he had all the time in the world, there was no need to force anything, and … WR Chris Olave seemed to break off his route. Interception.
A slip, a miscommunication, whatever. Fields hit Clemson’s Nolan Turner in stride, ball game.
The Buckeyes could’ve put this away early on and made it a laugher, but they struggled in the red zone, settled for three field goals, and were only up 16-0.
They didn’t kill the defending national champs when they had the chance.