Urban Meyer suffered a historically bad loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl

Getting blanked 31-0 at the hands of Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal wasn't just bad for Ohio State and its reputation as a non-conference champion making the final four. It was bad for Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer.

Like, historically bad.

The 31-point loss was the worst in Meyer's head coaching career, per Paul Myerberg of USA Today, and the most one-sided loss since Meyer was at Florida six years ago. It's also Meyer's first shutout loss of his career. Put simply, Meyer, who has averaged fewer than two losses per year over a 15-year career, doesn't get beat easily on a routine basis.

Additionally, it was Ohio State's first shutout loss in any game since 1993 and first time being shutout in a bowl in nearly 100 years.

Those are some eye-popping streaks that have come to an end for a program and coach so used to being on top of college football. Just two years ago, Meyer was winning a national championship with the Buckeyes. That's not to say he's lost his edge, but this was as uncharacteristic a performance as we've ever seen from a Meyer-led team. We're talking about a top-two coach in college football getting thoroughly embarrassed. That just doesn't happen.

If Meyer is right, it won't happen again.

CBS Sports Writer

Ben Kercheval joined CBS Sports in 2016 and has been covering college football since 2010. Before CBS, Ben worked at Bleacher Report, UPROXX Sports and NBC Sports. As a long-suffering North Texas graduate,... Full Bio

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