Ohio State's defeat came not just by the hands of Clemson

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Just two days after putting on a show at the Fiesta Bowl in a close loss to Clemson, Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins has made a decision to forego his senior season and declare for the 2020 NFL Draft.

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Ohio State went into the fourth quarter trailing 21-16, and with everything seemingly going Clemson's way. He caught three passes for 98 yards, capturing the game-winning score for the Tigers.

Lawrence connected with receiver Tee Higgins on the 2-point conversion, but it left plenty of time for Justin Fields and Ohio State to respond. As time winded down, Clemson hadn't responded and the Buckeyes were 2 minutes, 55 seconds away from victory.

Deep Nolan Turner provided the final seal on the victory of Clemson Fiesta Bowl on Saturday, intercepting OH quarterback Justin Fields in the final zone and frustrating an attempt to return to preserve the 29-23 victory of the Tigers.

Both teams looked exhausted by the game's end. Ohio State was defeated in the Fiesta Bowl by the Clemson Tigers by a score of 29-23.

All-American defensive end Chase Young had previously announced that he would leave early to enter the draft.

"We played hard, we played bold, but certainly were a lot of plays in that game that didn't go our way and (are) very hard to swallow right now", Day said after the game, according to ESPN's Andrea Adelson.

Before Clemson ran another play, however, a moment came that would completely flip the game.

With Wade in the game, Ohio State didn't allow any points.

Of course there were several plays and calls that contributed to the final result, but the overturned call stands above the rest.

No. 3 Clemson (14-0) plays No. 1 LSU and senior quarterback Joe Borrow - the Heisman Trophy victor - for the National Championship on January 13 in New Orleans. The Buckeyes didn't play their best game but they played well. This season, Burrow has thrown 55 touchdowns to six interceptions on 5,208 yards passing.

But Ohio State had other chances it failed to capitalize on, and penalties that would bite them. Clemson won that meeting 25-24.

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