Star of the game

Considering the way the fourth quarter went, it probably should be Johnnie Dixon, who corralled Washington’s onside kick attempt with 42 seconds left. But overall it was Dwayne Haskins Jr., who threw for 251 yards and increased his Big Ten season record and nation-leading touchdown-pass total to 50 with his three in the Rose Bowl.

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Turning point

Brendon White’s interception of Washington’s two-point conversion attempt after the Huskies’ last touchdown. Success would have cut the Buckeyes’ lead to three points with 42 seconds left. But Jake Browning threw directly to White, who returned it to midfield. It was the stop the defense needed.

Repercussions

A season that started with Urban Meyer on suspension and ended with him announcing his retirement, and that saw at times a beleaguered defense but record-setting offense, finally came together with a three-game run boasting wins over Michigan, over Northwestern in the Big Ten championship game and over Pac-12 champion Washington in the Rose Bowl.