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