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             ***** College Football Championship Game Capsule *****
                              (Monday, January 12)
 
 
                     Final Score: Ohio State 42, Oregon 20
 
 Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - A chant of "Zeke" reverberated around AT&T
 Stadium  before  Ezekiel Elliott powered into  the end zone for his fourth and
 final  touchdown. The Ohio  State Buckeyes are back on top. They can thank the
 inaugural  College Football  Playoff  for  that. Elliott  ran  for 246  yards,
 totaling  over  200 for  a third straight  game, and Ohio  State won its first
 national  championship since  2002 with a 42-20 victory over Oregon in the CFP
 National  Championship Game  on  Monday  night. The  Buckeyes  snuck into  the
 final  four  of the CFP  committee's final rankings on  Dec. 7 after not being
 included  in  any of their previous  unveilings. Their vaulting into the No. 4
 spot came a day after Elliott gained 220 yards and  two scores in Ohio State's
 59-0  shutout win over  Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game. The Buckeyes then
 went  out  and silenced their  critics in the Sugar  Bowl when Elliott ran for
 230  yards and two more touchdowns in their 42-35 win over top-seeded Alabama.
 Elliott put the final stamp on the stunning title run Monday night. After  the
 Ducks  pulled within  a point in the  third quarter, Elliott ran for a trio of
 scores  to  lift Ohio State to  its sixth national championship. The emergence
 of  the  sophomore Elliott  took  the  pressure  off  Cardale Jones,  who  was
 making   his  third   career   start.   Jones,  of   course,   took  over   at
 quarterback  following the  injuries to Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett. Jones
 was  16-of-23  for 242  yards with  a touchdown and  an interception and added
 38  yards  rushing and a  score for Ohio State,  which won despite turning the
 ball  over four  times.  Heisman  trophy winner  Marcus  Mariota was  24-of-37
 for  333  yards and  two touchdowns  to  go with a pick  for the No.  2 Ducks,
 who  routed  Florida State  59-20 in  the Rose  Bowl to  reach the title game.
 Mariota  also  carried the ball  10 times for  39 yards, Byron Marshall caught
 eight passes for 169 yards and a score and Thomas Tyner ran for 62 yards on 12
 totes in defeat.
 
 
 01/13 01:52:49 ET

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