Urban Meyer Wins the Rose Bowl in His Final Game

Nicholas Cothrel

The Ohio State Buckeyes came out on top over the Washington Huskies 28-23 in the 2019 Rose Bowl.

Urban Meyer had announced his departure away from the Ohio State program in December. The Rose Bowl would be Meyer’s final game as Ohio State’s head coach, as he will be shifting into his new role as an assistant to the athletic director. He will also teach a “character and leadership” course at Ohio State.

Current Ohio State offensive coordinator Ryan May will take over the swing of things next season. May brings a total of 17 years of experience in college and the NFL. He was the quarterbacks coach for the Eagles in 2015 and for the 49ers in 2016. This is May’s second season with Ohio State being the offensive coordinator.

Ohio State Quarterback Dwyane Haskins, is projected to be one of the first quarterbacks taken in the upcoming NFL Draft, although he has not declared he is entering the 2019 NFL Draft. Haskins still has two years of eligibility remaining, as he is only a redshirt sophomore. Haskins took third place in the Heisman, trailing only Tua Tagovailoa and Kyler Murray.

Haskins has set a school and conference record throwing for 4,831 passing yards and 50 touchdowns. He also rushed for an additional 122 yards and four touchdowns.

Haskins led the Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl, just as he has all season, throwing for 251 yards and three touchdowns. Haskins looked like that elite NFL prospect that scouts desire to get. He was extending plays outside the pocket with his legs and looked off  the Washington defenders when throwing passes. Haskins also showed he has touch, when throwing the ball into small windows.

Ohio state’s running game was humming, along with the passing game. Ohio State’s running back core combined with 132 rushing yards and a touchdown by J.K Dobbins.

Washington fell behind quickly, as they went into halftime down 21-3. The Huskies went into the fourth quarter trailing 28-3, but showed some fight in the final 15 minutes.

Washington was led by an aggressive running attack, with Myles Gaskin totaling 121 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. Surprisingly, Gaskin also threw for a two-yard touchdown pass. Gaskin is now the huskies all-time rusher, with 5,323 yards.

Gaskin will be one of the first running backs taken in the draft. He has produced every season since his freshman year at Washington, as he was a four-year starter. NFL teams will look at Gaskin to be a lead back at the next level.

Washington’s Jake Browning had a slow start but started to find his rhythm as the game went on. Browning went 35-54, 313 yards but didn’t have any touchdowns through the air. Browning put up 20 points in just the fourth quarter, but that still wasn’t enough to overtake the Buckeyes lead.

The Rose Bowl was Browning’s final game, with him being a senior. His draft stock has tumbled downward as he’s seen a drop-off in his productivity over the past two seasons. Browning’s sophomore season was phenomenal, leading the Huskies to the college playoffs, passing for 3,430 yards and 43 touchdowns, compared to only nine interceptions. Since then, he really hasn’t been the same quarterback.

After the game Dwayne Haskins took home the offensive Rose Bowl MVP. While Haskins was receiving his MVP trophy, fans started chanting “One more year”. It’s very unlikely that Haskins does, indeed stay another season with the tools that he may offer for an NFL franchise.

Urban Meyer will go down as one of the greatest college coaches of all time. Meyer has developed elite NFL talent year-after-year. Meyer’s career coaching record at Ohio State was an astonishing 83-9.

(Photo: Zac Al-Khateeb/ Sporting News)

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