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With Ohio State shutout, Clemson earns another shot at 'Bama

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) In a return trip to the desert, Clemson found redemption through utter domination.

Part I of Dabo and Deshaun's make-good tour is done. Now comes the really hard part: A rematch against Alabama in the College Football Playoff national championship game.

Deshaun Watson ran for two touchdowns and threw another and No. 3 Clemson crushed No. 2 Ohio State 31-0 Saturday night in the Fiesta Bowl.

Tigers coach Dabo Swinney had sold his players on getting to celebrate at the same site where they lost to Alabama in the national title game last season. This time they got the confetti shower and the trophy at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

With that taken care of, it is on to Tampa, Florida, for the Tigers (13-1), where they will face the top-ranked Crimson Tide on Jan. 9. The teams that started the season ranked Nos. 1 and 2 will most certainly end it that way, too.

''If you're going to be the best, you've got to beat'em,'' Swinney said.

In what figures to be Watson's final college game, he will try to lead Clemson to its first national title since 1981. The junior and Heisman Trophy runner-up passed for 259 yards and ran for 57 against the Buckeyes (11-2), who could not keep Clemson's big and quick defensive line out of their backfield.

Redshirt freshman Clelin Ferrell had a sack among his three tackles for loss and Clemson allowed only 215 yards and nine first downs.

''We definitely expected to come out here and dominate because we grinded, but shoot! A shutout?'' Ferrell said. ''I don't think anybody expected that.''

The Buckeyes were blanked for the first time since 1993 against Michigan and Urban Meyer had one of his teams held scoreless for the first time in 194 games as a head coach.

''I'm not used to it. We're not used it. It's not going to happen again,'' Meyer said.

Watson made it 24-0 with 2:06 left in the third quarter when he faked a pitch, cut through a hole and into the end zone from 7 yards out. He hopped through the back of the end zone and did what he called a ''little LeBron thing'' in front of the Ohio State section, a bit of a shoutout to his idol and Buckeyes fan LeBron James.

''Just having a little fun,'' Watson said.

The rest was a formality.

Much the way Alabama's defense suffocated Washington in the day's first semifinal, Clemson gave Ohio State no options. The Buckeyes came in averaging 258 yards rushing per game and finished with 88. J.T. Barrett threw for 127 yards and was intercepted twice.

The sellout crowd of 71,279 had far more Ohio State scarlet than Clemson orange at kickoff, but halfway through the fourth quarter Tigers fans mostly had the place to themselves.

THE TAKEAWAY

Ohio State: In a rebuilding year with only six returning starters, the Buckeyes reached the playoff. Hard to call that a disappointment, but Ohio State's issues on the offensive line and limitations in the passing game were badly exposed by a Clemson defensive line that features a bunch of future NFL players. Expect some Penn State fans to again start asking why Ohio State was picked for the playoff instead of the Big Ten champion Nittany Lions, who beat the Buckeyes in October.

Clemson: The Tigers seemed to spend much of the season trying to explain why they were not running roughshod over opponents. Expectations were so high after last season ended with a stinging 45-40 loss in a classic national championship game against Alabama.

There were close calls for Clemson early in the season against Auburn and Troy and they needed some luck to beat North Carolina State in overtime. Watson was throwing more picks and an offense that welcomed back star receiver Mike Williams was not quite the unstoppable juggernaut many expected.

But the best Clemson was the Clemson that showed Saturday. And that Clemson has always been the team best equipped to beat Alabama.

''If we play to the Clemson standard and play at a high level and focused and prepared and having a great mind-set and mentality, we can beat anybody in the country,'' linebacker Ben Boulware said.

UP NEXT

Ohio State: The immediate concern for the Buckeyes is figuring out which underclassmen will jump to the NFL. The most notable players who have decisions to make in the next two weeks are: Barrett, who will be a fifth-year senior next season; H-back Curtis Samuel; linebacker Raekwon McMillan and defensive backs Malik Hooker and Gareon Conley.

''I didn't really give it that much though, but it will be really hard for me to walk away when we just lost 31-0,'' Barrett said.

Clemson: Watson put on an all-time performance with 478 total yards against Alabama last season. This Tide defense is even better, but Clemson brings something new to the fight in Williams, who missed most of last season because of an injury. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound junior had six catches for 96 yards against Ohio State.

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Key Players
C. Samuel 4 RB
67 YDs, 0 TDs
D. Watson 4 QB
259 YDs, 1 TDs, 2 INTs
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 8:51
92-G.Huegel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
31
Touchdown 8:51
9-W.Gallman runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
7
yds
00:34
pos
0
30
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:06
92-G.Huegel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
24
Touchdown 2:06
4-D.Watson runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
40
yds
02:03
pos
0
23
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:21
92-G.Huegel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
17
Touchdown 2:21
4-D.Watson complete to 27-C.Fuller. 27-C.Fuller runs 30 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
133
yds
03:44
pos
0
16
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:16
92-G.Huegel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
10
Touchdown 2:16
4-D.Watson runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
11
plays
72
yds
03:43
pos
0
9
Field Goal 9:21
92-G.Huegel 45 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
5
yds
02:31
pos
0
3
1st Downs 9 26
Rushing 3 12
Passing 4 13
Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Conv 3-14 8-17
4th Down Conv 0-2 0-1
Total Net Yards 238 483
Total Plays 56 85
Avg Gain 4.3 5.7
Net Yards Rushing 88 205
Rush Attempts 23 48
Avg Rush Yards 3.8 4.3
Net Yards Passing 150 278
Comp. - Att. 19-33 24-37
Yards Per Pass 4.5 7.5
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-23 2-13
Penalties - Yards 9-82 4-50
Touchdowns 0 4
Rushing TDs 0 3
Passing TDs 0 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 3 2
Fumbles - Lost 2-1 0-0
Int. Thrown 2 2
Punts - Avg 7-49.7 5-41.2
Return Yards 127 120
Punts - Returns 1--1 2-16
Kickoffs - Returns 5-128 0-0
Int. - Returns 2-0 2-104
Kicking 0/2 5/6
Extra Points 0/0 4/4
Field Goals 0/2 1/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
3 Ohio State 11-200000
2 Clemson 13-11077731
150 PASS YDS 278
88 RUSH YDS 205
238 TOTAL YDS 483
Ohio State
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Barrett 16 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.6% 127 0 2 77.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.6% 127 0 2 77.8
J. Barrett 19/33 127 0 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
C. Samuel 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 67 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
97 771 8
C. Samuel 6 67 0 64
M. Weber 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 24 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 24 0
M. Weber 5 24 0 8
J. Barrett 16 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 -2 0
J. Barrett 11 -2 0 11
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Samuel 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
9 43 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
74 865 7
C. Samuel 9 43 0 16
C. Smith 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 27 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 34 0
C. Smith 2 27 0 18
B. Victor 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 21 0
B. Victor 1 21 0 21
N. Brown 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
32 402 7
N. Brown 2 17 0 9
K. Hill 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 8 0
K. Hill 1 8 0 8
T. McLaurin 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 114 2
T. McLaurin 1 7 0 7
M. Weber 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 4 0
M. Weber 3 4 0 5
M. Baugh 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
M. Baugh 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
R. McMillan 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
14-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-1 0 1.0
R. McMillan 14-1 1.0 0
C. Worley 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
C. Worley 8-2 0.0 0
M. Hooker 24 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 7 0.0
M. Hooker 6-1 0.0 1
G. Conley 8 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 1 0.0
G. Conley 5-1 0.0 1
S. Hubbard 6 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.5
S. Hubbard 4-1 0.5 0
D. Webb 7 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
D. Webb 4-0 0.0 0
N. Bosa 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
N. Bosa 4-0 0.0 0
D. Jones 86 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
D. Jones 4-1 0.0 0
M. Lattimore 2 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 4 0.0
M. Lattimore 3-0 0.0 0
J. Baker 17 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 2 0.0
J. Baker 3-1 0.0 0
J. Burger 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Burger 2-0 0.0 0
M. Hill 77 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Hill 2-0 0.0 0
D. Hamilton 53 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Hamilton 1-0 0.0 0
T. Lewis 59 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
T. Lewis 1-1 0.5 0
D. Ward 12 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Ward 1-0 0.0 0
D. Arnette 3 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
D. Arnette 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
T. Durbin 92 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/2 0/0
SEASON FG XP
0/2 0/0
T. Durbin 0/2 0 0/0 0
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Johnston 95 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 49.7 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
56 46.7 3
C. Johnston 7 49.7 3 61
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
P. Campbell 21 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 35.0 54 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
21 27.8 54 0
P. Campbell 3 35.0 54 0
A. Alexander 88 TE
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 8.5 17 0
A. Alexander 1 17.0 17 0
K. Hill 14 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 6.0 6 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 6.0 6 0
K. Hill 1 6.0 6 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Samuel 4 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -1.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 3.2 0 0
C. Samuel 1 -1.0 0 0
Clemson
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Watson 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.9% 259 1 2 122.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.3% 4173 38 17 151.8
D. Watson 23/36 259 1 2
N. Schuessler 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 6 0 0 150.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.7% 334 3 0 184.7
N. Schuessler 1/1 6 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
W. Gallman 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 85 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 85 1
W. Gallman 18 85 1 20
D. Watson 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 57 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
144 586 8
D. Watson 15 57 2 33
N. Schuessler 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 31 0
N. Schuessler 1 19 0 19
A. Choice 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
45 158 0
A. Choice 4 16 0 13
T. Feaster 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
37 221 2
T. Feaster 3 12 0 11
A. Scott 3 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 11 0
A. Scott 3 8 0 5
R. McCloud 34 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 8 0
R. McCloud 2 8 0 6
C. Fuller 27 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
46 208 0
C. Fuller 1 3 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Williams 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 96 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
90 1267 10
M. Williams 6 96 0 37
H. Renfrow 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 50 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
34 403 4
H. Renfrow 5 50 0 13
C. Fuller 27 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 45 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 62 2
C. Fuller 3 45 1 30
R. McCloud 34 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 29 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 29 0
R. McCloud 4 29 0 20
A. Scott 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
73 608 5
A. Scott 2 16 0 9
W. Gallman 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 10 0
W. Gallman 1 10 0 10
D. Cain 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 9 0
D. Cain 1 9 0 9
G. Williams 44 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 6 0
G. Williams 1 6 0 6
J. Leggett 16 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 4 0
J. Leggett 1 4 0 4
Defense T-A SACK INT
K. Joseph 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 1 0.0
K. Joseph 8-0 0.0 0
B. Boulware 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
B. Boulware 6-0 0.0 0
C. Wilkins 42 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
C. Wilkins 4-0 0.0 0
C. Ferrell 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
C. Ferrell 4-0 1.0 0
C. Tankersley 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
C. Tankersley 3-0 0.0 1
C. Watkins 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 2.0
C. Watkins 2-1 2.0 0
M. Edmond 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Edmond 2-0 0.0 0
J. Johnson 18 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Johnson 2-0 0.0 0
D. O'Daniel 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. O'Daniel 2-0 0.0 0
V. Smith 23 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
V. Smith 2-1 0.0 1
A. Bryant 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
A. Bryant 2-0 0.0 0
S. Pagano 56 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
S. Pagano 1-0 0.0 0
R. Carter 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Carter 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Huegel 92 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 4/4
SEASON FG XP
14/19 66/68
G. Huegel 1/2 45 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Teasdall 32 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 41.2 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
5 41.2 3
A. Teasdall 5 41.2 3 67
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Scott 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 8.0 16 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 7.0 16 0
A. Scott 2 8.0 16 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 OHIOST 33 1:09 3 2 Punt
13:11 CLEM 33 1:14 4 -37 FG Miss
9:06 CLEM 42 3:02 8 12 FG Miss
2:10 OHIOST 23 1:52 5 26
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:02 OHIOST 13 1:16 4 11 Punt
8:23 OHIOST 20 2:11 6 17 Punt
2:21 OHIOST 25 1:16 4 3 Punt
0:12 OHIOST 12 0:00 1 -1
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:43 OHIOST 26 0:21 2 15
9:02 OHIOST 20 1:09 3 4 Punt
6:00 OHIOST 12 1:40 4 -4 Punt
2:00 OHIOST 35 0:54 3 23 INT
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:51 OHIOST 20 2:04 5 67 INT
8:47 OHIOST 28 2:54 9 45
0:09 OHIOST 33 0:00 1 7
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:37 CLEM 17 0:20 1 1 INT
11:52 CLEM 30 2:31 7 5 FG
5:59 CLEM 30 3:43 11 70 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 CLEM 11 1:38 3 9 Punt
11:38 CLEM 26 3:07 8 37 INT
6:05 CLEM 17 3:44 9 83 TD
0:58 CLEM 21 0:35 5 23 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CLEM 25 1:08 3 6 Punt
13:13 OHIOST 41 4:07 9 -39 FG Miss
7:40 CLEM 41 1:34 4 16 Punt
4:09 OHIOST 40 2:03 5 40 TD
0:56 CLEM 19 0:37 3 -19
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CLEM 10 3:01 8 48 Punt
9:25 OHIOST 7 0:34 2 7 TD
5:48 CLEM 27 5:38 10 43