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.
Justin Fields to Garrett Wilson! pic.twitter.com/q9yxm2JiF6— Buckeye Videos+ (@BuckeyeVideos) January 2, 2021
Fields to Farrell TOUCHDOWN! pic.twitter.com/84C6i4o1vG— Buckeye Videos+ (@BuckeyeVideos) January 2, 2021
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.