The 10 most memorable moments from the Ohio State football 2014 national title

It has been a decade now since the Ohio State football team won the first national championship of the Playoff era. We look back at the ten most memorable moments from that run.
Coach Urban Meyer gives quarterback Cardale Jones a pat on the head after Ohio State crushed
Coach Urban Meyer gives quarterback Cardale Jones a pat on the head after Ohio State crushed / Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA
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2. Ohio State routes Oregon to win their first national title in 12 years

In the first-ever CFP National Championship Game, it was the Ohio State football team taking on the Oregon Ducks. Oregon had just beaten Florida State by about 40 points in the Rose Bowl while the Buckeyes had slayed big-bad Bama (more on that in a minute). It was a big-time matchup.

Despite turning the ball over four times, it was never that close of a game. Ohio State only trailed after the opening drive and never did again. They wore down the Ducks with their running attack, scoring on the ground five times. Elliott had 246 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns to cap off an amazing postseason run from him.

Jones threw for 242 yards and a touchdown and did just enough to lead the Buckeyes to the win. He also carried it 21 times despite not being a running quarterback. He just did whatever was necessary for the team to win the national title. It was a very gutsy performance.

After the game, Elliott was named the Offensive MVP for his performance. The defense was perhaps the story of the game. They held the high-flying Ducks to just 20 points, and that was with getting stuck in some bad positions due to turnovers by Ohio State's offense.

Shutting out the Ducks in the fourth quarter was the nail in the coffin that gave the Buckeyes the title. They were the kings of college football. That wasn't the most memorable moment of the season though. Oh no. That was one very specific play that happened in the game prior.