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Ohio State missed so many opportunities in a Fiesta Bowl loss to Clemson

With an appearance in the national title game on the line, the Buckeyes fell short with mistakes and missed opportunities.

Clemson Tigers running back Travis Etienne scores a touchdown against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the fourth quarter in the 2019 Fiesta Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at State Farm Stadium. Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Well we got a chance to enjoy one of the two College Football Playoff semifinals as the national title matchup is officially set. In a thrilling game with lots of twists and turns, the Clemson Tigers will look to defend its title in a few weeks against the LSU Tigers. Clemson edged out the Ohio State Buckeyes 29-23 on a late touchdown and end zone interception of quarterback Justin Fields.

If you bet on the in this one if you’re an Ohio State fan, this is a tough one to swallow. Maybe take a break from sports for a bit. Going for a walk always helps me get through these situations.

But there were so many opportunities for the Buckeyes to win this game and move on to the national title. J.K. Dobbins was barely tripped up after a 64-yard run, his diving 5-yard touchdown reception was overturned by review and he dropped a screen pass that looked like would have gone for a score. Ohio State settled for three first-half field goals.

Trevor Lawrence took a big shot on a third-down sack, which led to a targeting penalty for Ohio State defensive back Shaun Wade. In the third quarter, a roughing the punter penalty kept a drive alive. Both of these penalties led to touchdowns.

Not to mention, Ohio State recovered a fumble for a touchdown in the third quarter, which was overturned to an incomplete pass. That’s a call that may be talked about for a while. The Buckeyes took a lead in the fourth quarter but allowed a 94-yard touchdown drive (after Clemson muffed a punt but recovered) in four plays late in the fourth quarter.

Ohio State drove right back into the red zone for the potential game-winning drive, but Fields’ interception in the end zone put an end to the last-minute possession.

So many chances for Ohio State to bring a little joy to the Buckeyes +2 backers. For Clemson bettors, like me, it was a fantastic turn of events on Saturday night. The second half line Clemson -3.5 hit as well as we recommended doing at halftime.

The over/under in this game was 63.5, and that never really felt in jeopardy of going over.