New Year’s Day is a college football fan’s dream, with several bowl games all taking center stage. On 2019’s first day, the nation’s longest winning streak finally came to an end. Later in the day, a legendary coach ended his career with a win, and Texas is back on the map. Here are the latest college football news and notes.
LSU ends UCF’s winning streak
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow threw for four touchdowns and nearly 400 yards as the Tigers defeated UCF 40-32 in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona. It was UCF’s first loss since 2016, ending their 25-game winning streak.
The Knights got out to a quick 14-3 lead in the first quarter following a touchdown run and a pick-six. Then LSU went on to score 21 unanswered points with three touchdown passes from Burrow. The Tigers, who are ranked No. 11 after a 10-3 season, never trailed again from that point.
Despite scoring 32 points and only losing by one possession, UCF (No. 8, 12-1) struggled noticeably on offense. Backup quarterback and freshman Darriel Mack Jr. was forced to start, going just 11-30 for 97 yards with a touchdown and interception. Mack Jr. was starting ahead of McKenzie Milton, UCF’s starting QB who suffered a gruesome knee injury at the end of the regular season.
The Fiesta Bowl also got a little chippy, topped off by three first-half ejections. Overall, LSU had 14 penalties for 145 yards, with UCF being called for 12 penalties for 104 yards.
Ohio State holds on against Washington
In what was likely Urban Meyer’s final game as a coach, Ohio State held on to beat Washington 28-23 in the Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes were at one point up 28-3, but withstood 20 unanswered points by Washington in the fourth quarter to earn the win.
Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins was sensational, especially in the first half. The redshirt sophomore went 25-37 for 251 yards and three touchdowns, putting OSU up big in Pasadena. Mike Weber ran for nearly 100 yards, while Parris Campbell caught 11 passes including the first touchdown of the game.
For the Huskies, nearly all of their offense came in the final quarter. Quarterback Jake Browning ended up completing 35 out of a whopping 54 passes for over 300 yards. Washington’s main star on offense, however, was running back Myles Gaskin. The senior ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns, while also throwing a two-yard TD to open up the fourth quarter scoring.
Urban Meyer, who is retiring due to health concerns, will end his Ohio State career with a 83-9 record, one national championship, three Big Ten titles, and this victory in the Rose Bowl. Ohio State finishes their season at No. 6 with a 13-1 record, while Washington is ranked No. 9 finishing at 10-4.
Texas upsets Georgia
In the evening’s primetime matchup, Texas upset Georgia 28-21 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. The win gave No. 15 Texas their first 10-win season since 2009.
The Longhorns were led by sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who ran for three touchdowns to go along with 64 yards on the ground. He also passed a little bit, going 19-27 for 169 yards. Senior running back Tre Watson helped the Texas ground game as well, earning 91 yards on 18 carries.
Texas controlled the whole game from start to finish, going up 17-0 and later 28-7. Georgia (No. 5, 11-3) was able to finally score against Texas’ stingy defense with a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including one in the final seconds. For the Bulldogs, sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm led the charge, going 21-35 for 224 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.
Bowl season has finally come to an end, but just one game remains. On Monday, No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson will battle for the College Football Playoff National Championship. It will be the fourth straight year these two teams have played against each other in the Playoff.