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December 2017

DEFENSE CARRIES BUCKEYES TO COTTON BOWL VICTORY

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

It was a warm and winning welcome back to Texas for J.T. Barrett and the Ohio State Buckeyes. With the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic as the occasion, Barrett returned to his home state and the fifth-ranked Buckeyes returned to the site of their 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship using an opportunistic defensive effort to notch a 24-7 win over No. 8 USC in front of 67,510 fans at AT&T Stadium Friday night.

Barrett, who rushed for two touchdowns on the night, attended high school in Wichita Falls, Texas, just over two hours from the metroplex.

Webb Wraps up McKnight Trophy

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Ohio State’s safety Damon Webb earned the McKnight Trophy as the defensive MVP for the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, after the Buckeyes 24-7 victory over the USC Trojans.

On the third play of the game, Webb recovered a fumble that was forced by Kendall Sheffield and returned it 20 yards to the USC 19. The fumble recovery set OSU up for its first score of the day and was the second recovery of Webb’s career.

USC possessed the ball heading into the second quarter, but Webb soon changed that.

Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett Dubbed Offensive MVP

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was honored as the J. Curtis Stanford Offensive MVP award recipient after leading the Buckeyes to a 24-7 victory over USC. Barrett rushed for two touchdowns and produced one Big Ten and two school records in the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and his final game as a Buckeye.

Less than three minutes into the matchup, Barrett set the tone notching a school record on the first touchdown of the game. Barrett eclipsed the single-season touchdown record, which he added to in the second quarter with a 28-yard score to bring his total to 47 in the 2017 season.

82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Postgame Notes

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Tonight’s game is the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, and the ninth played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

The game is the 15th Classic between conference champions/co-champions.
Ohio State won the coin toss, and elected to defer its choice to the second half. USC then chose to receive to start the 82nd Classic.

The Classic kicked off at 7:40 pm Central time.

FIRST QUARTER

OHIO STATE (12:25): J.T. Barrett 1-yard TD rush (Sean Neurnberger kick).

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Records

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Individual Game Records:

USC wide receiver Deonta Burnett set a Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic record for receptions in a game with 12 catches for 139 yards. The previous record for receptions in a game was held by Rashaun Woods of Oklahoma State who had 11 receptions (223 yards) vs. Ole Miss in 2004.

Ohio State defensive back Kyle Sheffield tied a Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic record with four pass break ups, tying four other players. The last to have four pass break ups in a single Cotton Bowl game was Kansas State’s Mario Smith (1997).

USC SET FOR PRIME TIME, FRIDAY NIGHT SHOWDOWN AGAINST THE BUCKEYES

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Taking time for one last practice session for the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, the No. 8 USC Trojans conducted a short walk-through at Coppell High School Thursday afternoon.

The Pac-12 champions now play the waiting game for just over 24 hours before taking center stage under the prime time spotlight at AT&T Stadium against the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes. Head coach Clay Helton said his squad just needs to translate their on-field preparations to in-game execution in order to come out victorious over a talented Buckeye bunch.

BUCKEYES READY TO PLAY

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

The Ohio State Buckeyes closed a week of work and play with a walk-through on Thursday afternoon at AT&T Stadium.

The No. 5 Buckeyes (11-2, 8-1 Big Ten) will put their preparation to the test Friday against the No. 8 USC Trojans (11-2, 8-1 Pac-12) in the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer had plenty to do before getting his team to the walk-through. His obligations included the head coaches’ press conference with USC’s Clay Helton in the morning and later the Goodyear Big Play Luncheon.

TROJANS PUT FINAL TOUCHES ON GAME PLAN FOR OHIO STATE

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

The process is almost complete.

The No. 8 USC Trojans went through a light workout Wednesday afternoon at AT&T Stadium in their penultimate prep session before taking on No. 5 Ohio State in the 82nd edition of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

“It was a really good; a good red zone practice for us now two days out, 48 hours away from game day,” said head coach Clay Helton. “The kids are excited. It was a little bit emotional for us because it’s really our last practice with our seniors.

Ohio State Visits Children’s Medical Center

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

The Ohio State Buckeyes took time to greet young patients and their families at the Children’s Medical Center Dallas on Wednesday afternoon. Red and white balloons filled the room, and the children’s smiles widened as each player came down the stairs.

To kick-off the festivities, Head Coach Urban Meyer was introduced and gave a few words of encouragement to all of the guests.

“True heroes are the families and young people who have dealt with some adversity and have learned at a very young age with these families to fight through adversity,” Coach Meyer said.

BUCKEYES PUT FINISHING TOUCHES ON PREPARATION

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

The Ohio State Buckeyes turned in their final practice for the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Wednesday at AT&T Stadium.

The only on-field preparation that remains is the walk-through on Thursday before the Buckeyes (11-2, 8-1 Big Ten), No. 5 in the College Football Playoff rankings, collide with No. 8 USC (11-2, 8-1 Pac-12) on Friday.

Just as if they were back home preparing for a Big Ten game, the Buckeyes have followed their normal game-week process. Wednesday equated to a typical Thursday during the regular season because it’s two days before the game.

USC Visits Texas Scottish Rite Hospital

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

The USC Trojans took time out of their schedule this afternoon to visit with patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. The entire squad along with Head Coach Clay Helton visited with the children and special guests inside the hospital’s cafeteria.

Coach Helton and the team were welcomed by Texas Scottish Rite’s President and CEO Robert Walker and special guest Dr. Drew Dossett a local orthopedic specialist who played for the university back in the 1980’s.

“It is a privilege and an honor to be here,” said Coach Helton.

Goodyear Reimagines Mascots as Giant Tire Sculptures

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

In celebration of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and college football, Goodyear has teamed up with the Classic to create tire-based sculptures of the two participating teams’ mascots for the second consecutive year.

The Ohio State University’s Brutus and University of Southern California’s Tommy Trojan were constructed from more than 400 Goodyear-branded tires, took 375 hours to make,stand more than six feet tall and weigh between 250-300 pounds.

USC SEEKS TO CAP SEASON ON A HIGH NOTE

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

The No. 8 USC Trojans were back hard at work on the practice field Tuesday afternoon for their second workout of the week at AT&T Stadium.

With the enthusiasm the team has displayed all week, USC bounced through a nearly two-hour workout filled with energy from warm-ups to the final horn.

“They love to compete against each other,” said head coach Clay Helton. “When you’ve been competing against each other for three weeks, you’re really ready to go compete against somebody else.

BUCKEYES GETTING IN TUNE WITH USC

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

Ohio State completed its fourth on-site practice Tuesday in preparation for the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

The Buckeyes (11-2, 8-1 Big Ten), No. 5 in the CFP rankings, worked enthusiastically for two hours in helmets, shells and shorts at AT&T Stadium. It was their second practice at the game venue after working twice at a local high school. They’ll meet No. 8 USC (11-2, 8-1 Pac-12) on Friday.

Media were given 15 minutes early in practice to take photos and video.

TROJANS CONTINUE GOODYEAR COTTON BOWL CLASSIC PREP

Monday, December 25th, 2017

While most celebrated the Christmas holiday on Monday, the USC Trojans (11-2, 8-1 Pac-12), No. 8 in the College Football Playoff rankings, kept things business as usual with a two-hour practice to continue preparation for facing the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-2, 8-1 Big Ten) in the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

USC got its first feel of AT&T Stadium with practice in shells and shorts. The Trojans went through a high-energy workout encompassing individual drills and game situations.

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