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Ohio State pounds Oregon, 42-20, in college football title game

Ohio State pounds Oregon, 42-20, in college football title game

The talk heading into the inaugural College Football Playoff national championship game was about offense. Oregon played at the speed of light, with Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Marcus Mariota leading the way. Ohio State was at full speed with running back Ezekiel Elliott and quarterback Cardale Jones making his third start. But what gave the Buckeyes a 42-20 victory at AT&T Stadium Monday -- their eighth national title -- was defense. Ohio State made Oregon’s lickety-split offense seem almost ordinary. Sure, the Ducks rolled up yards, mostly on Mariota’s 333 yards of passing. But when a big play was needed, the Buckeyes were there to make it. Oregon got...

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