That shifted an excellent better burden onto Fields, who needed a painkilling injection to have the ability to play by means of a brutal hit — a helmet to the again ribs — within the semifinal win over Clemson. The damage turned Fields, a gifted bodily runner, right into a pocket passer, depriving the Buckeyes of one other factor of their assault.
The Buckeyes, maybe greater than every other workforce within the nation, had been no strangers to disruptions. They’d three video games canceled, enjoying solely eight video games complete, and Monday was the fourth consecutive recreation that they had been lacking not less than a dozen gamers.
Ohio State hung with Alabama for some time — partially because of some munificence from the Crimson Tide. Jones fumbled at his personal 19-yard line to arrange one landing, Jordan Battle saved a drive alive with a helmet-to-helmet blow for which he was ejected and Patrick Surtain II dropped an interception ultimately zone, which was adopted by a area purpose.
Finally, although, Alabama’s offense merely overwhelmed Ohio State.
The Tide flashed each factor of its arsenal — a bullish offensive line gave house to Harris, a 6-foot-2, 229-pound again with the toes of a ballerina, and time to Jones, who dissected the Ohio State protection prefer it was a biology lab frog. Most of the time Jones, who threw for 464 yards and 5 touchdowns, put the ball within the palms of Smith, the modern and slippery receiver with the Venus flytrap palms.
Making all of it sing was offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, the new coach at Texas who bamboozled an Ohio State protection that hoped to bend however not break, but achieved neither.
Harris, who bulled into the top zone on fourth down from the 1-yard line, later leaked out within the flat uncovered towards a blitz and turned a looping cross from Jones right into a landing that put Alabama forward for good, 21-14, with 9 minutes left within the second quarter.
Sarkisian managed a neat trick close to the purpose line: shedding Smith in a backwash of intelligent movement. It allowed Smith to catch quick passes that he become touchdowns by outracing scrambling defenders. Alabama completed its second-quarter scoring blitz in nearly comical style: with Smith lined up towards center linebacker Tuf Borland, who seemed as if he was operating in sand as he chased Smith on a 42-yard landing cross.
The play was very like the remainder of the evening: a mismatch.