Ohio outlasted Utah, 48-45, after Cam Rising left due to injury


Utah took an early 14-0 lead as the Utes had no answer for Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud and wide receiver Jaxson Smith-Njigba

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Utes quarterback Cameron Rising (7) runs for office as the Utah Utes face the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on Saturday, January 1, 2022.

Pasadena, Calif. • The Rose Bowl has become a matter of survival for the University of Utah.

Survived a furious attack from Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud. Survived a secondary match, which saw Micah Bernard switch from running to the back and starting. There exist particularly poor quality teams. Cam Rising survived leaving with obvious head injuries in the fourth quarter.

The hero of, of all, walking quarterback Bryson Barnes almost guaranteed survival, but Ohio State had the last laugh.

After Barnes engineered a touchdown to end the game, a 19-yard Noah Ruggles goal with nine seconds remaining gave the Buckeyes a 48-45 win over 87,842.

Stroud’s 30-yard touchdown against Jaxson Smith-Njigba with a 4:22 left ended up leading Ohio State. But Barnes, who replaced Rising despite Ja’Quinden Jackson, had the answer.

On the next hit after Njigba’s third touchdown, sending him to a Rose Bowl record 326 yards receiving the ball, Utah clashed with Barnes at quarterback, but at some point he had to play. . His throw for Brother Covey along the left sideline went nine yards. The Milford-born then ran 10 yards in the third and first place games. Two innings later, he raced a leg behind the back yard, 15 yards from Dalton Kincaid to end the game in 45 minutes with 1:54 left.

A 4 and 3 pass from Cam Rising to Brant Kuithe went only two yards and the spin dropped, giving Ohio State a lead at its own 29 yards with 13:53 to start the game.

Seven plays and 71 yards later, Ohio State ended the game at 38 after Stroud hit Marvin Harrison Jr., for a 5-yard touchdown toward the back-left corner of the final zone after he beat it. All-Pac-12 cornerback Clark Phillips III.

Utah took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter behind Rising, who at one point completed eight consecutive passes. After starting the game three and two times, then stabilizing, cut the deficit in half thanks to a 25-yard touchdown pass from Stroud to Harrison Jr.

Then things went awry.

Five touchdowns were scored in a time span of just 2:43.

A 6-yard run by Tavion Thomas through a hole, his 21st touchdown of the season, ushered in the madness.

When Utah’s defense was impaired by injury and Stroud was intent on picking Bernard in his first game there, Stroud beat Jaxon Smith-Njigba to a 50-yard score.

An England 97-yard touchdown rocked the press box.

Stroud hit Smith-Njigba on the next inning for a touchdown, which traveled 52 yards as he sprinted after his catch and beat Bernard at the pole.

At the time, Utah, distinguished by those two early scores, was 28-21 ahead, but scored another goal before halftime.

At 4th and 1st from his own 38-yard line, Utah’s offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig was aggressive as Ohio State was getting whatever they wanted. He called up a rising keeper for the fourth time in the first half as his midfielder broke a challenge, then overcame everyone in a 68-yard touchdown that sent Utah into the locker room, the score. 35-21.

Tribune will update this story. Ohio outlasted Utah, 48-45, after Cam Rising left due to injury

Beth Allcock

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