Elliott powers Ohio State to Fiesta Bowl win over Notre Dame
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Ezekiel Elliott and the Ohio State Buckeyes finished the regular season with a 12-1 record, with their only loss coming to Michigan State at home on November 21st. Despite the fact that they were chosen to face off against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Fiesta Bowl, there was understandable frustration and disappointment with the Buckeyes due to not being part of the College Football Playoff.
Elliott and his teammates worked out those frustrations on the field at University of Phoenix Stadium against the Irish in the Fiesta Bowl. The running back rushed for 149 yards and four TDs, which matches a Fiesta Bowl record set by ASU’s Woody Green in 1972 against Missouri.
The game became close at times despite a fast start in the first quarter by the Buckeyes. However, when Notre Dame started to close the gap, Elliott made big plays to keep OSU on top. When QB DeShone Kizer lead ND to within striking distance in the third quarter, the Ohio State running back gashed the Irish with a 47-yard TD run that seemed to be the back breaker.
Ohio State wins the 2016 Fiesta Bowl by a score of 44-28, despite the loss of defensive end Joey Bosa in the first quarter on a questionable targeting call.
NCAA rules require a player that is called for targeting to be ejected from the game regardless of the severity of the penalty. This was the final appearance for both Bosa and Elliott with OSU, so it was unfortunate to see his game cut short considering how much the defensive end has meant to this team.
After the game, Urban Meyer couldn’t say enough about what Elliott has done in his time with Ohio State. “With all due respect to all the other running backs in Ohio State history, my first-round draft pick, I’d pick Zeke Elliott,” Meyer stated. “What he does without the ball, his worth ethic in practice, his attitude every day, just the way he shows up and bounces around with us…I love him.”
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