The 2022 Rose Bowl has lost its mind. No. 11, Utah tops sixth-place Ohio State 35-21 in a game that saw both teams trade haymakers in the second quarter. Early in the game, it looked like we were going to have a sudden blast as Utah jumped to a 14-0 lead and Ohio State seemed to prefer being elsewhere. Suddenly the power changed.
Ohio State risked fourth and one with a deep throw, and CJ Stroud called Marvin Harrison Jr. for a 25-yard drop that set up an insane second quarter move. Utes responded with another long touch drive to go back two degrees, then three touchdowns came in 30 seconds. After Stroud hit Jackson Smith-Nigegba for a 50-yard touchdown pass, Britain’s Kofi of Utah returned the kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. A few seconds later, Stroud Smith hit Nggba for another long hit.
And just in case that wasn’t enough, Utah QB Cam Rising turned a broken play into a 62-yard touchdown based on a dangerous fourth and one decision to put Utes in the top 35-21. Then the craziest thing happened: no one scored in the last six minutes of the first half.
Let’s hope the second half is fun. The Buckeyes will start the third quarter with the ball, and they’re looking to make it a one-point game again. Keep it locked up here throughout the Rose Bowl as CBS Sports brings you scores, analysis and highlights from start to whistle.