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Ohio State takes down Oregon, 42-20

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ARLINGTON, Texas - The Ohio State University Buckeyes took down the Oregon Ducks 42-20 on Monday night, the second time since 2010 that the Pac-12 champs have fallen short of a national title.

Oregon started the game like Oregon, marching down the field in an 11-play, 75-yard drive. Quarterback Marcus Mariota found Keanon Lowe for a touchdown. Ohio State countered Oregon's attempt at a 2-point conversion, so the Ducks went for a PAT to make it 7-0 Oregon.

The teams then traded punts before the Bucks scored on a 10-play, 97-yard drive. Ezekiel Elliot dashed 33 yards for a touchdown, just the beginning of the "Ezekiel Show" on the night. The game was tied at 7.

The Ducks took over, and what appeared to be a huge play on third and 12 turned into an incomplete pass to Dwayne Stanford.

The Buckeyes took advantage, with Cardale Jones to Nick Vannett to put the Bucks up 14-7.

Two possesions later, the Ducks marched right back down the field but on 4th and goal thomas tyner is stuffed.

Back come the Bucks. Jones took the ball in himself to put Ohio State up 21-7.

The Ducks kicked a field goal before the half to make it 21-10.

The Oregon defense forced two first half turnovers but they did not score on either one.

Second half, the Oregon defense doing all it could do once again. Jones was intercepted by Danny Mattingly, the third turnover over of the game created by the Duck defense

And Oregon strikes on the next play: Mariota to Byron Marshall, 70 yards to the end zone. That made it Ducks down by four, 21-17.

Even more momentum for the Ducks when Jones does his best Jameis Winston impression and loses the ball. Recovered by Arik Armstead, the Ducks offensive managed a field goal.

That proved costly.

Elliot cut loose for Ohio State after that, scoring again to put Ohio State up 28-20.

Then he scored again to put Ohio up 35-20.

And then the dagger: a 1-yard score to put Ohio State up 42-20 for good.

To add insult to injury, the game ended with Mariota throwing an interception

Urban Meyer got his third national title, and Mark Helfrich loses his second as a member of the oregon staff.

The Ducks fall to 0-9 all-time versus Ohio State.

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