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.
Urban Meyer after his 1st shutout loss as a coach: "Ohio State's not used to this, I'm not used to this, and we will not get used to this."— The Football Four (@TheFootballFour) January 1, 2017