Day: January 2, 2022

Ohio State beats Utah in Rose Bowl as Smith-Njigba, Stroud have record games

OSU beats Utah in Rose Bowl as Smith-Njigba, Stroud have record games originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The 2022 Rose Bowl lived up to expectations — and then some. 

Ohio State kicker Noah Ruggles hit a 19-yard field goal with nine seconds left to lift the Buckeyes to a 48-45 win over the Utah Utes. The Buckeyes rallied from a 35-21 deficit at the half to secure the win. 

The victory came on the shoulders of record performances by QB C.J. Stroud and wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba. The sophomore wideout had 15 catches for 347 yards and three touchdowns, which broke a number of school and bowl records. 

Smith-Njigba now owns the record for the most receiving yards in any bowl game in college football history, in addition to the Rose Bowl record for receptions, while in a tie for the record for receiving touchdowns. He also set

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Ohio State beats Utah 48-45 in the 2022 Rose Bowl

The Ohio State football team faces Pac-12 champion Utah in the Rose Bowl at 5 p.m. today in Pasadena, California.

It’s the first Rose Bowl game ever for the Utes while Ohio State makes its third appearance since 2010. The Buckeyes have won three straight Rose Bowl games dating back to 1997 and coach Ryan Day looks for his first non-College Football Playoff bowl game win since taking over the Buckeyes.

The last time Ohio State played a game without Day as its head coach? That was the last time Ohio State was in the Rose Bowl in 2019. It was Urban Meyer’s final game at Ohio State.

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Buckeyes beat Utes in wild Rose Bowl Classic

Jaxon Smith-Njigba turned in the best receiving performance in bowl game history as No. 6 Ohio State stormed back to beat No. 11 Utah, 48-45, in the Rose Bowl.

Smith-Njigba had 347 receiving yards and three touchdowns and what we all thought could be the game-winning score in an incredible throw-and-catch from C.J. Stroud with less than five minutes to go.

But it wasn’t. The TD came after Utah QB Cam Rising had to leave the game after his head hit the turf while he was getting sacked. Rising attempted to throw the ball away as he was swarmed by Ohio State defenders and his body immediately tensed up after his head hit the ground.

Rising was able to walk off the field after he was examined by trainers but went into the team’s injury tent and didn’t return to the game. He was replaced by walk-on QB Bryson

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