They're surely still feeling miffed about being left out of the final four in the College Football Playoff. But in Urban Meyer's last game as head coach before his imminent retirement, the Ohio State Buckeyes put on an impressive showing, besting the Washington Huskies 28-23 in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
Urban Meyer looks pretty darn happy. If that's really his last game as a coach, winning the Rose Bowl is a great way to go out.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) January 2, 2019
The victory on the first day of 2019 made it a 13-1 season for the Big Ten champions from Columbus,
The Huskies, winners of the Pac-12, fell behind 28-3 before staging a spirited rally. There was no quit in them down the stretch, but a late onside kick went unsuccessful and prevented them a chance at one last drive to win the Grandaddy of Them All.
For the game, quarterback Dwayne Haskins led the way with three touchdowns on 25-37 passing. It may well have been his final game in Scarlet and Gray as well, as he could be the first QB taken in the NFL Draft this spring if he declares.
Dwayne Haskins had a season for the ages. pic.twitter.com/UfaQEmRXjY— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) January 2, 2019
Jake Browning (313 yards on 54 throws) and Myles Gaskin (121 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries) gave it their best shot for U-Dub, but the early deficit proved to great.
Pinning down Meyer's legacy will take some time. It's something that requires reckoning and rationalization. He's one of the great winners in the history of the sport, but also saw his stature scarred by his role in the Zach Smith scandal that plagued the university and generated national controversy heading into the season.
Urban Meyer is 82-9 (.901) at Ohio State, and will stay above .900 with a win against Washington in the Rose Bowl.— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 4, 2018
The only other head coach to finish his tenure at a top-level CFB program with a record above .900 in 13+ games since 1940 was Urban Meyer, who went 22-2 at Utah.
But that's the last thing on anyone's mind around Columbus right now. If the CFP is a bridge too far, it doesn't get a whole lot better than winning the Rose Bowl. Expect a big party to ring in the new year-- these Buckeyes have earned it.