The showdown the Ohio State fans wanted for a long time finally came to fruition. The 2015 Sugar Bowl featured the top ranked Alabama Crimson Tide and the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes.
Buckeyes threw out their third starting quarterback of the year, Cardale Jones. Jones made his first college start in the Big Ten Championship game against Wisconsin where they won 59-0. The overwhelming victory was just what Ohio State needed to get the Buckeyes the final spot in the first ever College Football Playoffs.
In the first quarter the Buckeyes defense forced an Alabama three-and-out. On the following possession the Buckeyes offense would start off fast, after multiple first downs, Ezekiel Elliott would bust a 54-yard run on the Crimson Tide defense to get the Buckeyes inside the 10-yard line. They would not find the endzone however, Ohio State would have to settle for a Nuernberger 22-yard field goal to give Ohio State a 3-0 lead.
After another Alabama three-and-out the Buckeyes would get the ball, but would not have the same success. Elliott fumbled the ball in Alabama territory and the Crimson Tide would recover it and score two plays later on a Derrick Henry 25-yard rushing touchdown to give Alabama a 7-3 lead.
The Buckeye offense would keep rolling, Jones would find Devin Smith for a 40-yard catch that would set them up at the 1-yard line, after a mishandled snap by Jones the Buckeyes would fail to score a touchdown, would have to settle for a 21-yard Nuernberger field goal. Alabama leads 7-6 with 5:17 left in the first quarter.
The final points in the first quarter would come from a Sims touchdown pass to Amari Cooper for 25-yards. Alabama jumps to a 14-6 lead.
In the second quarter Cardale Jones would be intercepted by Cyrus Jones and returned to Ohio State's 15-yard line. The Buckeyes would forced Alabama to fourth down, but the Crimson Tide would convert on fourth and one play later, T.J. Yeldon would rush for a 2-yard touchdown to give Alabama a 21-6 lead.
The Buckeyes score a touchdown with a 12-play, 5:12 long drive that was capped off by a 3-yard touchdown run by Elliott. Jones found Jalin Marshall for two 26-yard pass plays to lead to the score. Ohio State trails Alabama 21-13.
With 1:32 left in the half the Buckeyes get a chance to score again, with long completions to Michael Thomas and Nick Vannett, and a 27-yard run by Jones, the Buckeyes would get inside the redzone under 20 seconds left in the half. Off a trick play, Evan Spencer would find Michael Thomas for the 13-yard touchdown to get the game within one point, 21-20 in favor of Alabama. With 12 seconds left in the half, Sims would kneel the ball and head to the locker room with a one-point lead at halftime. Alabama leads Ohio State 21-20.
The Buckeyes offense would start where they left off in the first half, Jones would hit Devin Smith for a 47-yard touchdown to give the Buckeyes the lead, 27-21.
The Buckeye defense was playing well all night, but in the third quarter they made their mark on the game with a Steve Miller 41-yard Interception return for a touchdown, Buckeyes jump to a 34-21 lead.
Alabama would answer quickly with a 2:20 drive that was capped off with a 5-yard touchdown run by quarterback Blake Sims. Ohio State still leads 34-28.
In the fourth quarter the Buckeyes would get pinned at their 2-yard line and forced to punt, the punt only went for 21-yards. Alabama takes over at the Buckeyes 23-yard line, on the first play Blake Sims would throw an interception to Vonn Bell, giving the ball back to the Buckeyes with 9:44 left in the game.
Ohio State would get the ball back with 5:24 left in the game and were pinned at their 5-yard line. After a successful first down, Elliott would run for an 85-yard touchdown giving the Buckeyes a 42-28 lead after a successful 2-point conversion. Buckeyes up with 3:24 left in the game.
With 2:00 minutes left in the game Alabama would score on a Sims to Cooper touchdown. Crimson Tide trail the Buckeyes 42-35.
The Buckeyes offense would go three-and-out, giving the Crimson Tide the ball back with 1:39 left in the game.
Alabama would get close but Ohio State would pick off a Hail Mary attempt by Sims, Ohio State defeats Alabama in the Sugar Bowl 42-35.
Ohio State will play Oregon for the National Championship on January 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.