Yet the offensive weapon both defenses fear is the opposing running back. They finished the season out strong, winning their final four games, including a nail biter against UCLA, to get to the PAC 12 Championship game and a rematch with Stanford. He ran for a team-high 66 yards with two TDs and hit 11-of-17 passes for 114 yards, becoming the Big Ten's all-time leader in total offense. Darnold is 20-3 as a starter and is on the verge of becoming the first Trojan signal-caller to throw for 4,000 yards in a season, entering this game with 3,787 yards passing and completing 63.7 percent of his attempts with 26 touchdowns.
Even though Barrett is a great runner, he ran the ball far too many times! "If J.T. Barnett beats us with his arm, applause".
"We knew we were going to have to play flawless football being three scores down", Helton continued. Of Elliott, Meyer said, "I anticipate he's going to be with us for the game". "This guy is outstanding".
Ohio State live stream, start time, betting odds and TV information for the 2017 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic between the No.8 Trojans and No. 5 Buckeyes. "We had a great tailgate over in the Silver Lot 13, it was fantastic". Rasheem Green is the stud along the Trojan front, and led the team with nine sacks.
"He doesn't panic often, and he's always looking downfield", Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa said.
They ran the ball well and connected on short passes which left the Nittany Lions' defense vulnerable, and in the second half Ohio State took advantage and connected on a few shots down the field.
"Our defense was dominating and relentless against an excellent quarterback", said Head Coach Urban Meyer, who won his first bowl game since leading teams to back-to-back-to-back victories between 2015 and 2016.
Ohio State's defense forced four turnovers, held USC to convert just 6-of-19 third-down opportunities, and held the Trojans to just 57 rushing yards.
Southern California running back Ronald Jones would rather forget about his last trip home to play a game.
"I love (J.T)", Meyer said.
That's where J.T. Barrett rushed in for the touchdown. The Cotton Bowl moved from its namesake stadium after AT&T Stadium opened in 2009.
"You know what, this game is so big for our program and our kids and our coaching staff, our university, I still think it's inappropriate", Schiano said.
Before that Cowboys game on Sunday, when they were eliminated from playoff contention in a loss to Seattle, Darnold hadn't attended an National Football League game since going to see the Chargers as a young kid.
"I learned everything from my dad", Clay Helton said of his father, who was traveling to Dallas on Thursday. They've averaged 6.4 yards or better three times and 2.5 yards or worse twice. Any coach that's had over 40 years of experience both at the National Football League and college level and has that much love and compassion for you, you listen to. "Very, very blessed to have him in my life".
Schiano and the Buckeyes were ready for plays like this, a staple of the USC offense. Cornerback Jack Jones will be a game-time decision.
Best play: Let's go with the pick-six by Ohio State's Damon Webb in the second quarter.
Had Ohio State merely scheduled Mercer (as Alabama did) instead of Oklahoma for a non-conference test, the Buckeyes would be in the Final Four and the Crimson Tide would've washed over the overrated Trojans.