Ohio State beats Washington in Rose Bowl to send Urban Meyer off with a win

Urban Meyer, if this is indeed was his final game, went out with a win. And there was very little drama — until the end.

Before he passes the head-coaching baton to Ryan Day in Columbus, Meyer coached his Buckeyes past Washington in the Rose Bowl. Ohio State won 28-23, but it was not as close as the final score may indicate.

It was Meyer’s first time coaching in the Rose Bowl, and his team came ready to play. With Dwayne Haskins picking apart the Washington defense, the Buckeyes jumped out to an early 7-0 lead. That lead grew to 21-3 by the time halftime rolled around. And a touchdown midway through the third quarter pretty much put the finishing touches on a dominant performance.

While Haskins, who may soon declare for the NFL draft, completed 25-of-37 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns, the much-maligned Ohio State defense played one of its better games of the season — for three quarters.

Washington didn’t reach the end zone (for the first time in seven quarters, no less) until early in the fourth. That score came on a nifty jump pass (an homage to Meyer, perhaps?) on fourth-and-goal. UW added two more scores — with 6:42 and 0:42 to play — to make Meyer and the OSU brass nervous, but it proved to be too little, too late for the Huskies.

The win was the 13th of the season for the Buckeyes. And for Meyer, it gives him an 83-9 record over seven seasons at OSU and 187-32 for his coaching career. If that indeed turns out to be his final record, he ranks among the best ever. 

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