Ohio State (13-1) proved to be every bit Clemson's match, though the Buckeyes walked away frustrated by several close officiating calls.
Early in the game, Ohio State failed to kick Clemson while they were down and kept putting three points on the board instead of seven.
"One play can alter the game", Ohio State coach Ryan Day said.
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith told Yahoo Sports that he was angered by the call. "It didn't seem like we got any of those plays".
Ohio State went into the fourth quarter trailing 21-16, and with everything seemingly going Clemson's way.
Yet it was an injury to Dobbins - who had nine carries for 142 yards in the first quarter before suffering an ankle injury in the second quarter - that affected the game plan the most. Despite Ohio State taking complete control of the momentum overall, the Buckeyes couldn't convert in the red zone on a few early drives and left the door open for Clemson to come roaring back. Fields had thrown just one interception all season, but he threw two on Saturday.
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It was the first matchup between the two former five-star recruit quarterbacks from the class of 2018.
At least they know not to leave it in the hands of the officials next time. If this is the start of a long rivalry, bring it on.
Lawrence led Clemson on a 94-yard drive that took 1:18 off the clock and was capped off with a 34-yard touchdown pass from Lawrence to Travis Etienne. Receivers Chris Olave (California), K.J. Hill (Arkansas) and Binjimen Victor (Florida) rounded out a core of non-Midwesterners who Woody Hayes never would have believed necessary for Ohio State to have a puncher's chance against a powerhouse from the South. The Buckeyes' offense managed 70 yards in the third quarter, but there were more controversial calls that got in the way. Then it looked as if Ohio State regained the lead when Jeff Okudah stripped Clemson's Justyn Ross and Jordan Fuller scooped and scored. A video review ruled Ross had not completed the catch and turned a touchdown into an incomplete pass.
Ohio State wide reciever Garrett Wilson goes up high to make a first quarter reception over Clemson cornerback Derion Kendrick during the Playstation Fiesta Bowl semi - final game at State Farm stadium Saturday.
The misdirection of the play can get the defense out of position, much like it did in the fourth quarter in Clemson's win over the Buckeyes.