The promise of returning the Ohio State Buckeyes to national prominence was enough for Urban Meyer to end a brief coaching sabbatical back in 2011.
Three seasons later, the job is done, although the program is just getting started.
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.
Ohio State won the inaugural college football playoff Monday, defeating Oregon 42-20.
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.
“This goes down as one of the great stories in college football history,” Urban Meyer said in regards to Buckeyes’ improbable championship run.
Columbus-area Dick’s Sporting Goods stores closed as usual at 9:30 p.m. tonight, but since Ohio State beat Oregon for the national championship, the stores reopened for a few hours to sell T-shirts and caps in honor of the win.
The stores will stay open until around 2:30 a.m., then shut down for a few hours.