Tuesday December 30th, 2014

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama and Ohio State square off in the second semifinal of the College Football Playoff at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. Top-ranked Alabama is seeking its fourth national championship in the past six seasons. Ohio State, winner of 11 straight, is averaging 45 points a game despite losing its top two quarterbacks. The winner goes on to the National Championship game on Jan. 12 against either Oregon or Florida State. Ohio State has lost all three of its previous matchups with Alabama.

You can follow the game with live stats and play-by-play here.

How to Watch

Details for the Sugar Bowl are below:

Kickoff: Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m. ET

Live stream: The game can be live streamed here

TV coverage: ESPN

Radio: For a list of Ohio State affiliates, click here. For a list of Alabama affiliates, click here.  

Season recaps

Alabama

12/6: Alabama 42, Missouri 13

Missouri had its six-game winning streak snapped by Alabama in the SEC title game. Alabama scored the game's final 21 points in the fourth quarter to pull away with the victory. Maty Mauk completed 16 of 34 passes for 272 yards and a touchdown, but Missouri rushed for just 41 yards on 23 carries.

11/29: Alabama 55, Auburn 44

The Crimson Tide outlasted Auburn in a contest that set Iron Bowl records in both scoring and combined yardage. The Tigers earned 630 yards against Alabama’s conference-best defense, while Alabama totaled 539 yards. Quarterback Blake Sims completed 74 percent of his passes for 312 yards, but he threw three interceptions in addition to his four touchdowns. Amari Cooper tied his own school yardage record, amassing 224 yards and three touchdowns on 13 receptions.

11/22: Alabama 48, Western Carolina 14

Alabama scored the final 31 points after the Catamounts pulled with three early in the second quarter. The Crimson Tide held Western Carolina scoreless in the second half. Blake Sims threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns on 68 percent passing, but he also threw one interception. Derrick Henry rushed 12 times for 92 yards and two touchdowns.

11/15: Alabama 25, Mississippi State 20

The Crimson Tide beat No. 1 Mississippi State, backed by quarterback Blake Sims’ 211 passing yards and single touchdown and Amari Cooper’s eight catches for 88 yards and one touchdown. Mississippi State scored late to make it a one-possession game, but the Tide recovered an onside kick to seal the win. 

11/8: Alabama 20, LSU 13 (OT)

Alabama won its fourth-straight game despite possessing the ball for less than 22 minutes of the regulation. Blake Sims completed 20 of 45 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns, and Amari Cooper had eight catches for 83 yards and a touchdown. The Crimson Tide limited LSU to 76 passing yards and just 183 rushing yards on 56 carries.

10/25: Alabama 34, Tennessee 20

The Crimson Tide won their third straight game by defeating the Volunteers on the road. Wide receiver Amari Cooper had nine catches for a school-record 224 yards to go along with two touchdowns to lead Alabama. Derrick Henry and T.J. Yeldon combined for 130 rushing yards as the Crimson Tide racked up 183 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

10/18: Alabama 59, Texas A&M 0

Alabama scored 35 points in the second quarter to break the game open en route to a blowout win over Texas A&M. Blake Sims completed 16 of 27 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns, while Amari Cooper had eight catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns. The Crimson Tide rushed for 298 yards and four touchdowns as a team, including 114 yards and two touchdowns from T.J. Yeldon. The Crimson Tide outgained the Aggies 602-172, limiting quarterback Kenny Hill to 138 passing yards.

10/11: Alabama 14, Arkansas 13

Alabama escaped from what would have been a second loss in a row with the win over the Razorbacks, but the Alabama offense struggled once again. The Tide tallied just 227 yards of total offense. Quarterback Blake Sims finished the game with just 161 yards, and wide receiver Amari Cooper only caught two passes for 22 yards. 

10/4: Ole Miss 23, Alabama 17

Alabama's loss to the Rebels was the Crimson Tide's third straight loss to a ranked opponent. A Bo Wallace touchdown pass to Jaylen Walton with 2:54 remaining put Ole Miss ahead, and Blake Sims was intercepted in the opposite end zone to seal the game. T.J. Yeldon finished the game with 123 rushing yards for Alabama, but the team suffered a huge loss in the backfield as Kenyan Drake went down with a severely fractured leg.

9/20: Alabama 42, Florida 21

The Crimson Tide, led by Blake Sims and Amari Cooper, exploded for 645 yards of total offense. Sims threw for 445 yards, the second-best total in Alabama history, and had four touchdowns with just one interception. Cooper had 10 catches for 201 yards and three touchdowns. The Tide eclipsed 200 yards rushing in the game.

9/13: Alabama 52, Southern Miss 12

Alabama dominated in time of possession, holding the ball for nearly 35 minutes, and the Crimson Tide amassed 547 yards of total offense on their way to 52 points. Kenyan Drake scored three touchdowns on just nine carries, and Amari Cooper caught eight passes for 135 yards and a touchdown.

9/6: Alabama 41, Florida Atlantic 0

Both Blake Sims and Jake Coker threw for more than 200 yards, and the Alabama defense pitched a shutout while allowing just 88 passing yards and 57 rushing yards to FAU. Sims and Coker combined to account for three touchdowns and 430 passing yards. Amari Cooper was the biggest beneficiary, catching 13 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown. 

8/30: Alabama 33, West Virginia 23

In a game that was closer than the final score indicated, Alabama rushed for 288 yards and controlled the ball for nearly 38 minutes. Both T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry eclipsed the 100-yard mark on the ground while combining for three touchdowns, and first-time starting QB Blake Sims threw for 250 yards on 24-of-33 passing.

Ohio State

12/6: Ohio State 59, Wisconsin 0

Third-string quarterback Cardale Jones threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns and the Ohio State defense held Heisman candidate Melvin Gordon to 76 yards on 26 carries. Ohio State won for the 11th straight time and rolled up 558 yards on the Wisconsin defense. Ezekiel Elliott had 220 rushing yards, including an 81-yarder that put the Buckeyes up by 14. Devin Smith caught all three of Jones’ touchdown passes and finished with 137 yards receiving.

11/29: Ohio State 42, Michigan 28

Freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett was lost for the season after fracturing his ankle on the first play of the fourth quarter. He was carted off the field after throwing one touchdown and rushing for two more. Sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones replaced him and went 2-of-3 for 7 yards.

11/22: Ohio State 42, Indiana 27

Three Ohio State turnovers helped Indiana take a 20-14 lead in the third quarter before the Buckeyes scored four straight touchdowns to take control. All four of those scores -- a punt return and three receptions -- came from Jalin Marshall. The win clinched the Big Ten East title for Ohio State.

11/15: Ohio State 31, Minnesota 24 

Freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett threw for three touchdowns and also ran for a school-record 189 yards. Ohio State beat Minnesota for the 37th time in their past 39 meetings. Minnesota's David Cobb led the Gophers' ground attack with 145 yards on 27 carries and three touchdowns. 

11/8: Ohio State 49, Michigan State 37

The Buckeyes racked up 568 yards of total offense to top the Spartans. J.T. Barrett completed 16 of 26 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Ohio State offense. Ezekiel Elliott ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns, and Barrett added 86 yards and two scores on the ground. Devin Smith caught six passes for 129 yards and a touchdown.

11/1: Ohio State 55, Illinois 14

Ohio State scored 48 unanswered points to open the game before Illinois scored a five-yard rushing touchdown late in the third quarter. Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett finished with 167 yards and two touchdowns, and tailback Curtis Samuel added 63 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

10/25: Ohio State 31, Penn State 24 (OT)

Penn State scored 17 unanswered points after halftime to force overtime after allowing Ohio State to score two touchdowns and a field goal in the first half. Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliot carried 26 times for 109 yards and a touchdown, and quarterback J.T. Barrett added two rushing scores.

10/18: Ohio State 56, Rutgers 17

The Buckeyes set a school record with their fourth consecutive game scoring 50 or more points. Tight end Nick Vannett caught two touchdown passes, a new career high. Quarterback J.T. Barrett ran for a career-high 107 yards on seven carries.

10/4: Ohio State 52, Maryland 24

J.T. Barrett threw for 267 yards and four touchdowns on 23 pass attempts to spoil Maryland's Big Ten home debut. The Buckeyes gained 533 yards of total offense without committing a turnover. Ohio State's defense created four takeaways and held the Terrapins to just 66 yards rushing. 

9/27: Ohio State 50, Cincinnati 28

The Buckeyes amassed 710 yards of total offense in a convincing victory. J.T. Barrett completed 26 of 36 pass attempts for 330 yards and four passing touchdowns and also rushed for 79 yards on 14 carries. Ohio State did not force a turnover defensively, but the Bucks limited Cincinnati to just 70 yards rushing. 

9/13: Ohio State 66, Kent State 0

J.T. Barrett tied an Ohio State record with six passing touchdowns while compiling 312 passing yards on 30 pass attempts. Running back Curtis Samuel tallied 100 yards on 15 carries, including two touchdowns, and the Buckeyes outgained the Golden Flashes 628-126.

9/6: Virginia Tech 35, Ohio State 21

The Buckeyes trailed by a 21-7 margin at halftime and were unable to complete a comeback in the second half. Ohio State committed three turnovers in the game and went just 4-for-16 on third down. J.T. Barrett completed just nine of his 29 pass attempts.

8/30: Ohio State 34, Navy 17

Ohio State defeated Navy for its 25th consecutive regular season win. No Buckeyes player attempted more than 12 rushes in the game but Ohio State had 194 yards and a touchdown on the ground, while the defense also produced a touchdown on a 61-yard fumble return by Darron Lee.

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