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2015 College Football Playoff National Championship

2015 College Football Playoff National Championship
1 2 3 4 Total
Oregon 7 3 10 0 20
Ohio State 14 7 7 14 42
Date January 12, 2015
Season 2014
Stadium AT&T Stadium
Location Arlington, Texas

Offensive: #15 RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

Defensive: #23 S Tyvis Powell, Ohio State
Favorite Oregon by 7[1][2]
National anthem Lady Antebellum[3]
Referee Greg Burks (Big XII)
Attendance 85,689
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN[4][5]
Announcers ESPN:
ESPN Deportes:
Eduardo Varela (play-by-play), Pablo Viruega (analyst)
ESPN Radio:
Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst), Holly Rowe (sideline reporter), Joe Schad (sideline reporter)
Nielsen ratings 18.9 (33.4 million viewers)

The 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship (known as the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship presented by AT&T for sponsorship reasons) was a bowl game that determined the national champion of NCAA Division I FBS college football for the 2014 season, which took place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on January 12, 2015. It was the culminating game of the 2014–15 bowl season as the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship, replacing the BCS National Championship Game. The national title was contested through a four-team bracket system, the College Football Playoff, which replaced the previous Bowl Championship Series.[6]

The game was played between the winners of two designated semi-final bowl games played on January 1, 2015: the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes, who upset No. 1 Alabama 42–35 in the 2015 Sugar Bowl, and the No. 2 Oregon Ducks, who defeated previously unbeaten No. 3 Florida State 59–20 in the 2015 Rose Bowl. This was the first championship game since 2006 that did not feature at least one SEC team, and the teams' first meeting since the 2010 Rose Bowl, which the Buckeyes won 26–17.

The Ohio State Buckeyes won the game, 42–20, marking the first national championship awarded under the CFP system. Following the game, the AP Poll and Coaches' Poll also named Ohio State as their top team of the season, marking Ohio State's first national championship since 2002 and their 8th overall.[7][8]


  • 2015 College Football Playoff semi-finalists 1
  • Before the game 2
  • Teams 3
    • Ohio State 3.1
    • Oregon 3.2
  • Starting lineups 4
  • Game summary 5
    • Scoring summary 5.1
    • Statistics 5.2
  • Broadcasting 6
  • Aftermath 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9

2015 College Football Playoff semi-finalists

Alabama Crimson Tide

Florida State Seminoles

Ohio State Buckeyes

Oregon Ducks

Before the game

AT&T Stadium (capacity 80,000) was announced as the host site in April 2013.[9] Arlington and Tampa (Raymond James Stadium) were the only cities to submit hosting bids for the inaugural title game.[10]

Each team received 20,000 tickets. Premium seat packages for the event cost $1,899 to $3,899 apiece. The packages can include hotel accommodations, game tickets, parking access, pregame hospitality, and an on-field postgame experience.[11][12]

College Football Playoff announced that 1,000 tickets will be made available for purchase to fans who have signed up for a random drawing by May 1, 2014.[13] On March 25, 2014, Dr Pepper was announced as the official championship partner and presenting sponsor of the new College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy.[14]

The cost of a thirty-second commercial during the game broadcast reached upwards of $1 million.[15]


The teams playing for the national championship were the winners of semifinal bowl games held on January 1, 2015. The semifinal games were the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. The semifinal participants were chosen and ranked 1–4 by the 13-member playoff selection committee, with 1 playing 4 and 2 playing 3.[16][17]

Ohio State

Ohio State was 20–24 all-time in bowl games. The Buckeyes made their fifth visit to the state of Texas, having won 4 previous games and outscoring four different schools 120–33. Ohio State, all-time, came into the game with an 8–0 record against Oregon.


Oregon is 13–15 all-time in bowl games. The Ducks are 6–4 in Texas having won three straight games and played their third game in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex (Dallas, Fort Worth and now Arlington).

Starting lineups

[18] [19]

Selected in an NFL Draft(number corresponds to draft round)
Ohio State Position Position Oregon
Devin Smith 2 WR Byron Marshall
Taylor Decker LT Jake Fisher 2
Billy Price LG Hamani Stevens
Jacoby Boren C Hroniss Grasu 3
Pat Elflein RG Cameron Hunt
Darryl Baldwin RT Tyrell Crosby
Jeff Heuerman 3 TE Evan Baylis
Evan Spencer 6 WR Dwayne Stanford
Cardale Jones QB Marcus Mariota 1
Ezekiel Elliott RB Royce Freeman
Joey Bosa LDE DE Arik Armstead 1
Michael Bennett 6 DT NG Alex Balducci
Adolphus Washington DT DE DeForest Buckner
Steve Miller RDE OLB Tony Washington
Darron Lee SLB ILB Rodney Hardrick
Curtis Grant MLB ILB Joe Walker
Joshua Perry WLB OLB Tyson Coleman
Doran Grant 4 CB Chris Seisay
Eli Apple CB Troy Hill
Vonn Bell S Erick Dargan
Tyvis Powell S Reggie Daniels

Game summary

Scoring summary

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP ORE OSU
1 12:21 11 75 2:39 ORE Keanon Lowe 7-yard touchdown reception from Marcus Mariota, Aidan Schneider kick good 7 0
1 4:36 10 97 3:16 OSU Ezekiel Elliott 33-yard touchdown run, Sean Nuernberger kick good 7 7
1 1:08 4 46 1:27 OSU Nick Vannett 1-yard touchdown reception from Cardale Jones, Sean Nuernberger kick good 7 14
2 4:49 6 49 2:16 OSU Cardale Jones 1-yard touchdown run, Sean Nuernberger kick good 7 21
2 0:48 12 66 4:01 ORE 26-yard field goal by Aidan Schneider 10 21
3 11:23 1 70 0:10 ORE Byron Marshall 70-yard touchdown reception from Marcus Mariota, Aidan Schneider kick good 17 21
3 6:39 6 17 1:42 ORE 23-yard field goal by Aidan Schneider 20 21
3 0:00 12 75 6:39 OSU Ezekiel Elliott 9-yard touchdown run, Sean Nuernberger kick good 20 28
4 9:44 9 76 4:13 OSU Ezekiel Elliott 2-yard touchdown run, Sean Nuernberger kick good 20 35
4 0:28 5 14 2:17 OSU Ezekiel Elliott 1-yard touchdown run, Sean Nuernberger kick good 20 42
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 20 42


Statistics ORE OSU
First downs 20 28
Plays–yards 71–465 84–538
Rushes–yards 33–132 61–296
Passing yards 333 242
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 24–38–1 16–23–1
Time of possession 22:31 37:29


The game was televised by ESPN with Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit as English commentators, and Heather Cox and Tom Rinaldi as English sideline reporters and on ESPN Deportes with Eduardo Varela and Pablo Viruega as Spanish commentators. ESPN revived the Megacast coverage it had employed during the 2014 BCS National Championship Game: other ESPN networks (including ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPNU, and ESPN3) supplemented coverage with analysis and additional perspectives of the game.[20]

Approximately 33.4 million watched the game.[21] The game set a cable television record for ratings, receiving an 18.5 Nielsen rating.[22]

The game was broadcast on nationwide radio by WBNS-AM (1460 ESPN Columbus) and WBNS-FM (97.1 The Fan) in Columbus, Ohio with Paul Keels (play-by-play), Jim Lachey (color commentator) and Marty Bannister on the sidelines.


Following the game, fans took to the streets of Columbus, Ohio, to celebrate. Fans tore down a temporary goalpost at Ohio Stadium.[23] Over 40 fires were reported, and members of the Columbus Police Department used tear gas to disperse crowds.[24]

See also


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  11. ^ College Football Playoff unveils Playoff Premium packages, College Football Playoff, January 29, 2014
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  13. ^ College Football Playoff Announces Random Ticket Drawing for 2015 National Championship Game, College Football Playoff, January 13, 2014
  14. ^ Ana Livia Coelho, ESPN Announces Dr Pepper as the First-Ever Presenting Sponsor of the New College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy, ESPN MediaZone, March 25, 2014
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  16. ^ College Playoff Factsheet, College Football Playoff, January 2014
  17. ^ Frequently Asked Questions and Answers About the College Football Playoff Selection Committee, College Football Playoff, January 21, 2014
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  20. ^ Everything you need to know about ESPN’s CFP Megacast - Awful Announcing, Matt Yoder, January 9, 2015
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