staff, January 13, 2015

Ohio State is the national champion for the eighth time, and the first time since 2002.

The fourth-ranked Buckeyes took down No. 2 Oregon, 42-20, Monday night in the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship Game at AT&T Stadium.

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Check out these Ohio State facts, courtesy of Ohio State athletics:


1. Urban Meyer is 3-0 in national title games and is just the second coach to win a crown at two schools, joining Nick Saban (LSU and Alabama).

2. Ohio State beat all three Heisman Trophy finalists (Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, Alabama's Amari Cooper and Oregon's Marcus Mariota) in succession with third-string quarterback Cardale Jones.

3. Move over, Archie Griffin and Keith Byars. With Ezekiel Elliott's third straight 200-yard game (career-high and championship record 246), he moved into second place on Ohio State?s all-time single-season rushing list (1,878).

4. In his last three games, vs. Wisconsin, vs. Alabama and vs. Oregon, all on neutral fields, Elliott rushed for 696 yards and 8 TDs. That's an average of 232 yards and 2.7 touchdowns, by the way.

5. Ohio State held Oregon to 27 points under its season average (47.2 points).

6. Ohio State converted on 11-of-18 3rd/4th down conversions while holding Oregon to 2-of-14.

7. With 42 points vs. Oregon, Ohio State tallied a program-record 672 points, breaking last year's record (637).

8. Urban Meyer is now 10-3 vs. top 5 teams and 40-3 in his career with more than a week to prepare for a game.

9. Ohio State is now 38-3 (.926) under Meyer, the second-highest winning percentage among FBS teams since the start of 2012.

10. The Buckeyes own the nation's longest winning streak, at 13, with their last loss vs. Virginia Tech in Week 2.