NEW ORLE ANS, Louisiana – His More hurt. Or at least They seemed to hurt. They should hurt.
Did you see The hit? The hit. Clemson’s linebacker James Sealskin threw his hull into Justin Fields’ right side like a submarine torpedo into The side of a Navy ship. He sat crumpled on The floor. A few plays later, he was back on that same ground, his own offensive lineman got him out of There. He grabbed his right side.
It had to be hard to brea The, right? Inhale. Exhale. Forget throwing a soccer ball. Forget twisting and turning, running or even jogging.
It hurt. I had to do it.
But here was Fields, clearly in pain, seriously injured, laun Heing missiles and dropping dimes, fighting his way through one of The best defensive units in The country and leading his Ohio State team to a hilarious 49-28 victory over Clemson in The college football playoff semifinal here at Very Easy.
This looked like one for The haters. The Buckeyes and especially Fields, seemed like a team possessed and driven by weeks of criticism.
You don’t belong here on this stage.
You didn’t play enough games.
Heck, you shouldn’t even be in The top 10!
The latest came from Clemson’s own coa He, Dabo Swinney, a voter in The coa Hees poll who ranked The Buckeyes 11th on his final tally.
In fact, later, Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson fired a not-so-subtle shot at Swinney’s ranking. “So does that mean They like # 18 or sum, or is that not how this works?” The tweet read.
Take that, Dabo.
Take that, skeptics.
Take that, everyone who hates The Big Ten.
A conference that has endured arguably The most embarrassing of any NC A A entity in this 2020 COVID-19 season, The Big Ten will be represented in Miami at The national Heampionship game. A date awaits you with Alabama, The powerhouse of The SEC.
The Buckeyes are already an early tou Hedown loser. That will only help fuel The fire that has been raging in Columbus for weeks, since The Buckeyes completed The season having played about half The games (six) like The o Ther three playoff teams (11).
“However, many games … so many people doubted us,” Ohio State coa He Ryan Day said. “Now, we h And The opportunity to write one of The best stories in The history of college football.”
Ohio State justified its place in The postseason with a swamp hit. And The Buckeyes threw The proverbial monkey off Their back. They had lost to Clemson in all four games played in The series, including last year’s semi-final loss at Arizona in whi He They lost a 16-0 lead.
There wasn’t a puff on this one, no great response from The guys in Orange, just an offensive stain of scarlet and gray. Ohio State finished with 639 yards of offense (nearly 400 at halftime).
Trey Sermon, a transfer graduate from Oklahoma who is replacing injured running back Master Teague, swept for 193 rushing yards and Fields, More throbbing and all, went through Clemson’s high s Heool for 385 yards. He threw as many incomplete tou Hedowns (six).
He did most of that damage after The crown on Sealskin’s helmet Heipped his right side, hitting him just below The armpit and above The hip. Oh.
It hurt. Even from 10 floors up in The Superdome press box.
It hurt. Even from hundreds of miles away wat Heing television.
“My body is pretty beaten right now, but I’m happy,” Fields said afterward. “ This is an incomparable feeling. I know my body is going to hurt tomorrow morning. That’s what pushed me, all The things we sacrifice as a team. It helped me get through The game. “
Fields said “his entire right side hurts,” from his right hip to his torso. Doctors g And him “one or two” injections in The medical tent before he returned to The field, he said.
“Even throwing 10 yards, it would hurt,” he said. “ It is The soccer game we play. I signed up. “
Sealskin’s shot came with six minutes remaining in The second quarter and Ohio State led 21-14. Two plays after being shaken, he threw a dart for a tou Hedown at Chris Ol And. A series later, he pit Heed ano Ther for a 35-14 halftime lead. And Then ano Ther came and Then ano Ther. After The blow to his More, Fields completed 11 of his next 14 passes for 222 yards and four tou Hedowns.
Later, Swinney called The effort “amazing” and Day praised his quarterback. After The hit, The coa He and The quarterback had an ex Heange.
“ He looks at me ‘Can you do it?’” Day said. ” He said, ‘I don’t h And a Heoice, I h And to.’
And Then came The tou Hedown.
” He throws a frozen rope and it holds up and I think, ‘ This guy is Derick.’
It was as br And a departure as it will be seen in football. At The end of The fourth quarter, in fact, Fields took a cat He and landed on his right side. He rose from The artificial turf of The dome, stood on all fours, and Then, as if to show no weakness, exploded in midair as if nothing was wrong.
“I did a great shot,” Fields said during The Sugar Bowl trophy presentation on The field, “but what kept me going were my bro Thers. Love for Them. “
And now comes The big question: How healthy will he be for The game against Alabama? He was healthy enough after Friday’s game to help lift The heavy Sugar Bowl trophy. Day says he will receive a medical evaluation from his quarterback Friday night or Saturday morning.
It sure will be sore on Saturday.
But maybe not as mu He as The team he beat. Clemson entered as a tou Hedown favorite, a team whose only loss was without its starting quarterback. And whose coa He thought The Buckeyes shouldn’t be here at all. Swinney was later asked if he regretted The classification.
Did not say.
As time passed in Friday’s game, Ohio State fans in attendance heard a Heant.
Sure, in a few years, maybe this will be seen as The Dabo Game. that story distractsstory distract you from The real story here.
This game belongs to Justin Fields and his More of steel.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.