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Justin Fields puts on passing clinic in Sugar Bowl

The Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback, who played through an injury, put on a show against Clemson in the Sugar Bowl.

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (1) attempts a pass against the Clemson Tigers during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Heading into New Year’s Day, there was a lot of attention on how Trevor Lawrence and the Clemson Tigers would dominate the Ohio State Buckeyes defense. These two teams played each other last season in the absolute thriller with Lawrence and Tigers coming out with the win.

But that hasn’t been the case on Friday night. Instead, it’s been Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields, who is putting on an absolute show and dominating Brett Venables’ defense. Fields is completing 19-of-23 passes for 329 yards, five touchdowns, and an interception.

Fields’ first two touchdown passes were lasers to tight ends Luke Farrell and Jeremy Ruckert inside the red zone. The first touchdown pass was set up after a tremendous throw down the field to wide receiver Garrett Wilson.

However, Fields’ best throw of the night might have happened in the third quarter. After taking a shot to the midsection in the first half, Fields delivered a strike down the seam to wide receiver Chris Olave for his fifth touchdown pass.