Bowl Rankings: Classic Bowls
And to think, there were a whole lot of Ohio State fans who didn’t think going to the Rose Bowl was any big deal, and it certainly wasn’t worth it if it meant Michigan had to win the Big Ten Championship.
Buckeye fans didn’t travel for this like normal, there were a few big opt-outs, and …
It’s okay to enjoy nice things.
It wasn’t for the national title, and it wasn’t a College Football Playoff game, but it was among the most entertaining and craziest games in the history of the best event in the best setting in all of sports, all while everyone was watching.
Find a more breathtaking seven minutes of game action in football history than the end of the first half.
The game went from 21-7 Utah to 35-21 Utes with a kick six, two 50+ yard touchdown passes, a 62-yard touchdown run, and a stage that was set for a great second half.
The world was introduced to Jaxon Smith-Njigba, the magnificent young Ohio State receiver who caught 15 passes for 347 yards and three scores, Marvin Harrison Jr. caught three touchdown passes, CJ Stroud all but won the 2022 Heisman with 573 yards and and six scoring throws, and it still almost wasn’t enough.
Utah was amazing.
QB Cam Rising was nearly perfect through the air and ran for 92 yards and a score, but it was supposedly over after he got hurt. Instead Bryson Barnes stepped in and led the way to a touchdown drive to tie it at 45 with just under two minutes to play.
Stroud went to work, Noah Ruggles hit a 19-yard field goal, and Ohio State won a classic.