ARLINGTON, Texas — Ezekiel Elliott ran for four touchdowns, Cardale Jones accounted for two scores and Ohio State beat Oregon 42-20 despite four turnovers in the national championship game Monday night.
The Buckeyes rode the powerful legs of Elliott.
Elliott rushed for a game-high 246 yards on 35 carries to lead the Big Ten champions to the win over the heavily-favored Ducks, capping the celebration with a one-yard run in the final minute.
In all, Ohio State rushed for 295 yards, while Cardale Jones passed for 242 yards, completing 16 of 23 passes with one interception and one score.
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He overshadowed Heisman Trophy-winning Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, who was 23 for 34 for 310 yards and two scores. He also had 10 rushes for 39 yards.
The Ducks were bidding for their first national championship, with Mariota trying to become the seventh player since 1996 to win the Heisman and a national title in the same season. Florida State’s Jameis Winston did it last season.
Slightly more than half the crowd of 85,689 at the oversized $1.2 billion home of the Dallas Cowboys was filled with red-clad Ohio State fans hoping for the Buckeyes’ fifth national title, but first under coach Urban Meyer, who won two at Florida. Meyer joined Alabama’s Nick Saban as the only coaches to win titles at two different schools.