Ohio State's 24-7 Cotton Bowl Win over USC in 20 Incredible GIFs

By 11W Staff on December 30, 2017 at 8:33 am
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Ohio State rolled to a big first half lead and then held on for a scoreless second to top USC, 24-7, in the Cotton Bowl Friday night. It was the Buckeyes' first win against the Trojans since 1974.

Here are 20 GIFs that tell the story of that game. To view the GIFs, hover on desktop or touch on your mobile device.

We'll start with the opening coin toss. It was all toss and no rotation.

GIF: The Cotton Bowl coin toss was something else

A little over a minute into the game, USC Sam Darnold had already thrown for a Trojan first down. Ohio State defensive backs Kendall Sheffield and Damon Arnette had converged on USC wide receiver Deonta Burnett to force a fumble which was promptly scooped up by safety Damon Webb and returned 19 yards to give the Buckeyes an early red zone opportunity.

GIF: Damon Webb scoops up a fumble against USC

Five plays later, quarterback J.T. Barrett punched it in from the one to put the Buckeyes up, 7-0.

GIF: J.T. Barrett scores on a 1-yard touchdown against USC

The Ohio State defensive line, which finished with an ungodly eight sacks and 14 TFL, started to assert its will on the Trojans right away. Here's Nick Bosa sacking Darnold on USC's second possession.

GIF: Nick Bosa sacks Sam Darnold


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USC would punt, but then force an OSU punt to get the ball back. Driving, on 3rd-and-5 from the Ohio State 43, Darnold threaded a beauty to Burnett, but again, Sheffield was on the scene to deliver a dose of violence, forcing the incompletion.

GIF: Kendall Sheffield breaks up a Sam Darnold pass

The teams traded punts again and then Damon Webb struck. The safety picked off Darnold and took the ball 23 yards to the house to put Ohio State up 14-0 not even a half minute into the 2nd quarter.

GIF: Damon Webb returns an interception for a touchdown against USC

Sacks and turnovers were the story of the game for Ohio State's defense. Here's Tyquan Lewis getting to Darnold for a four-yard loss and fumble which was promptly scooped up by linebacker Jerome Baker and returned for 13 yards.

GIF: Jerome Baker scoops up a fumble against USC

Two plays after the turnover, Barrett raced 28 yards to put the Buckeyes up 24-0.

GIF: J.T. Barrett scores on a long touchdown run against USC


Trailing 24-7 early in the 4th quarter, USC put a drive together, advancing all the way to the Ohio State 10 before facing a 4th down. Chase McGrath's field goal attempt hit the right upright and for a minute there, Ohio State safety Jeffrey Okudah thought he was playing Arena League ball.

GIF: Jeffrey Okudah thinks he's playing arena football

Did we mention sacks and turnovers? Here's Jalyn Holmes getting to Darnold and gifting a fumble right into the lap of Rob Landers.

GIF: Robert Landers scoops up a fumble against USC

More sacks! Here's Bosa and Malik Harrison getting to Darnold.

GIF: Nick Bosa records another sack against USC

And true freshman Chase Young giving Ohio State fans a glimpse of the future.

GIF: Chase Young sacks Sam Darnold

Darnold would scramble on the next play, drawing a penalty for a late hit from Harrison...

GIF: Sam Darnold is hit out of bounds

Which set off a three minute scuffle...

GIF: Ohio State and USC get into a scuffle

That amounted to offsetting fouls and an ejection of USC's Jamel Cook.

GIF: Ohio State and USC get into a scuffle

All that was left at this point was Urban Meyer hoisting the Cotton Bowl trophy.

GIF: Urban Meyer hoists the Cotton Bowl trophy

And a hug for his quarterback, playing in his final game (and setting records on the way out).

GIF: Urban Meyer hugs J.T. Barrett


GIF: Ohio State cheerleader celebrates

And fade to black.

GIF: J.T. Barrett fades to black
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