A Night of Milestones: A Look at Ohio State's Nine Bowl Records Set in Their 49-28 Win over Clemson in the Sugar Bowl

By Matt Gutridge on January 2, 2021 at 2:40 am
 Justin Fields gets broken, then leads Ohio State on a record-breaking night

Putting them 11th on your ballot you say?

Dabo Swinney famously didn't have Ohio State in his top 10 headed into Friday night's College Football Semifinal clash between Clemson and Ohio State.

No worries. The Buckeyes simply gave him a good view of a performance that saw Ohio State smash nine different bowl records on the way to hammering Swinney's Tigers 49-28 in the Sugar Bowl.

Individual Bowl Records

Justin Fields led the way as the Buckeyes broke four individual postseason records on the night.

385 Passing Yards

Justin Fields gutted out an epic game, throwing for an Ohio State bowl record 385 passing yards while injured, thanks to a helmet to the back he took in the second quarter. The total topped the previous mark, Troy Smith's 342 yards passing against Notre Dam in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl.

6 Touchdown Passes

Fields also broke Craig Krenzel's record of four touchdown passes (Kansas State, 2004 Fiesta Bowl) by tossing six touchdowns to four different players. Tight ends Jeremy Ruckert (2) and Luke Farrell (1) combined for half of Fields' scoring tosses.

427 Yards of Total Offense

Two records weren't enough for the signal-caller from Georgia. Fields also set the new bowl mark with 427 total offensive yards, surpassing Troy Smith's 408 yards against Notre Dame in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl. 

7 Made Extra Points

Blake Haubeil's seven made extra points broke Sean Nuernberger's record of six against Oregon in the 2015 National Championship.

Team Bowl Records

Ryan Day's squad broke five program bowl team records in thoroughly burying Dabo and his team.

49 Points

Ohio State's 49 points topped the previous bowl high of 47 scored against BYU in the 1982 Holiday Bowl.

7 Touchdowns

Fields and friends' seven touchdowns broke the record for most in a postseason game by an Ohio State team. The previous high? Six against Oregon in the 2015 CFP National Championship Game and also against USC in the 1974 Rose Bowl.

639 Yards of Total Offense

Brent Venable's vaunted defense surrendered a school-record 639 yards of total offense to Ohio State, paired nicely with the 385 team passing yards and six team passing touchdowns.

Not too shabby for what one man considered the nation's 11th-best team.

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