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Ohio State wins Fiesta Bowl with romp over Notre Dame GLENDALE, ARIZ. (WDTN) The No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 44 28, in the 45th annual Battlefrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. After previously selling out earlier this month, the Fiesta Bowl added 2,600 tickets and seats to University of Phoenix Stadium due to high demand. A sold out crowd of 71,123 witnessed Ohio State victory on New Year Day. The Buckeyes took advantage of a two headed rushing attack, out gaining the Irish 285 121 on the ground. Running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed 27 times for 160 yards and four touchdowns, which tied the Fiesta Bowl record set by Arizona State Woody Green in 1972. Barrett added 108 yards on 23 rushing attempts and took home the 2016 Fiesta Bowl Offensive Player of the Game, also racking up 211 passing yards on 19 of 31 passes, a touchdown and an interception. Ohio State came out of the gate quickly, forcing three and outs on Notre Dame first two possessions and scoring two touchdowns of their own to put the Irish in an early 14 0 hole less than eight minutes into the game. The Ohio State defense would hold strong through the end of the first quarter, leaving Notre Dame with no first quarter points for the first time this season http://www.bengalsteamjerseyshop.com/Boomer-Esiason-Jersey. The teams traded touchdowns throughout the second quarter to put the score at 28 14 at the half time break. The Irish seemed to be in a position to make it a game, beginning the third quarter with a Joe Schmidt interception of Barrett and taking advantage of the short field to score on a Kizer touchdown pass to Chris Brown to cut the lead to 28 21 AJ McCarron Jersey. However on the very next drive, Elliott broke free on a 47 yard touchdown run to give Ohio State back its two score advantage heading into the final quarter, 35 21. Ohio State opened the fourth quarter with a drive capped by a 37 yard field goal by Sean Nuernberger http://www.bengalsteamjerseyshop.com/Tyler-Eifert-Jersey, but Notre Dame again looked like it was in a position to complete the comeback attempt, scoring quickly on the next drive on an 81 yard touchdown reception by Will Fuller, the second longest pass completion in Fiesta Bowl history, to cut the lead to 38 28. However, Ohio State would use a pair of field goals on its next two drives while holding Kizer at bay with three fourth quarter sacks to establish a 44 28 lead and wind down the clock on its 2015 season. Kizer finished with 284 passing yards on 22 of 37 with two touchdowns and an interception, while also adding 21 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Josh Adams led the Irish with 78 rushing yards on 14 carries and a touchdown http://www.bengalsteamjerseyshop.com/Adam-Jones-Jersey, setting the Irish record for rushing yards in a season by a freshman. Fuller led all receivers in the game with 113 yards on six receptions. Schmidt finished with a game high 13 tackles and a TFL to complement his interception and earned the Bowl Sportsmanship Award for his efforts. The victory gave Ohio State its fifth Fiesta Bowl championship, leaving it just one shy of Penn State leading six Fiesta Bowl victories, and second straight over Notre Dame (2006). In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs Vontaze Burfict Jersey, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.