CLEMSON GAMEDAY UPDATE: Tigers lose to Ohio State 49-28 in Sugar Bowl

CLEMSON GAMEDAY UPDATE: Tigers lose to Ohio State 49-28 in Sugar Bowl
Clemson gathers before the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game against Ohio State Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) (Source: Butch Dill)

NEW ORLEANS (WIS) - No. 2 Clemson looks to punch another ticket to the College Football Playoff National Championship.

To do that, the Tigers will have to get past No. 3 Ohio State. The Tigers and Buckeyes met a year ago in the Fiesta Bowl with Clemson coming away with a win.

We’ll have game notes and a scoring summary here.


FIRST QUARTER

Clemson didn’t waste time getting on the board. Travis Etienne and Cornell Powell did the heavy lifting in the first drive and Trevor Lawrence punctuated the drive with a 2-yard run.

Ohio State answered with Trey Sermon. The Buckeyes running back came up with two big plays that ultimately got his team on the board.

The Tigers get back on top after a 3-yard run by Travis Etienne. Clemson kept the Buckeyes defense on its toes with the option during the drive.

But Ohio State made sure that lead didn’t last long with an 8-yard touchdown pass by former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields.

Both teams finished the quarter with nearly identical yardage. Clemson outgained Ohio State 167-165.

If this pace keeps up, we could be in for a track meet at the Superdome.

SECOND QUARTER

The Buckeyes take their first lead of the night early in the quarter. OSU used a lot of play action and used Clemson’s aggressive play against them to score.

Clemson is dealt a tough blow after James Skalski is ejected for targeting and Ohio State shortly followed that call with Fields’ third touchdown pass. Fields gutted through the injury he suffered from that hit and tossed his fourth touchdown pass to push Ohio State ahead.

Now, Clemson is down three scores and in desperate need of answers on defense for OSU.

Ohio State has put together 394 yards of offense in the first half.

THIRD QUARTER

Clemson got a huge takeaway in the quarter with Mike Jones intercepting Fields in the end zone. The Tigers capitalized on the turnover by scoring a touchdown.

But Fields just won’t cool off. He’s now set a school bowl record and a Sugar Bowl record with five touchdown passes tonight.

FOURTH QUARTER

Ohio State’s defense has made life difficult for Clemson all night long. The Tigers have shown flashes of their offensive brilliance in the second half, but they found themselves down as many as 28 at one point.


SCORING SUMMARY

FIRST QUARTER

CU: 2-yard run by Trevor Lawrence (Potter kick good), 7-0 Tigers, 12:10

OSU: 32-yard run by Trey Sermon (Haubeil kick good), 7-7, 7:59

CU: 3-yard run by Travis Etienne (Potter kick good), 14-7 Tigers, 5:01

OSU: 8-yard pass from Justin Fields to Luke Farrell (Haubeil kick good), 14-14, 1:36

SECOND QUARTER

OSU: 17-yard pass from Justin Fields to Jeremy Ruckert (Haubeil kick good), 21-14 Buckeyes, 10:35

OSU: 9-yard pass from Justin Fields to Chris Olave (Haubeil kick good), 28-14 Buckeyes, 5:12

OSU: 12-yard pass from Justin Fields to Jeremy Ruckert (Haubeil kick good), 35-14 Buckeyes, 0:11

THIRD QUARTER

CU: 10-yard pass from Trevor Lawrence to Cornell Powell (Potter kick good), 35-21 Buckeyes, 7:56

OSU: 56-yard pass from Justin Fields to Chris Olave (Haubeil kick good), 42-21 Buckeyes, 4:55

FOURTH QUARTER

OSU: 45-yard pass from Justin Fields to Jameson Williams (Haubeil kick good), 49-21 Buckeyes, 14:03

CU: 26-yard pass from Trevor Lawrence to Cornell Powell (Potter kick good), 49-28 Buckeyes, 10:42

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