2019 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
College Football Playoff Semifinal
49th Fiesta Bowl
Q1 OSU Fiesta Bowl 2019.jpg
Ohio State on offense
1234 Total
Clemson 01478 29
Ohio State 10607 23
DateDecember 28, 2019
StadiumState Farm Stadium
LocationGlendale, Arizona
MVPTrevor Lawrence (QB, Clemson)
Chad Smith (LB, Clemson)
FavoriteClemson by 2.5[1]
National anthemThe dancing Class of lafayette academy
RefereeKen Williamson (SEC)[2]
Halftime showClemson University Tiger Band
Ohio State University Marching Band
United States TV coverage
NetworkESPN and ESPN Radio
AnnouncersESPN: Chris Fowler (play-by-play)
Kirk Herbstreit (analyst)
Maria Taylor and Tom Rinaldi (sideline)
ESPN Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones, Ian Fitzsimmons
Nielsen ratings11.1 (21.2 million viewers)[4]
International TV coverage
NetworkESPN Deportes
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The 2019 Fiesta Bowl was a college football bowl game played on December 28, 2019 and broadcast by ESPN. It was the 49th edition of the Fiesta Bowl, and was one of the 2019–20 bowl games concluding the 2019 FBS football season. The Fiesta Bowl was one of two College Football Playoff semifinal games, with the winner advancing to the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship. Sponsored by Sony Interactive Entertainment via its PlayStation brand, the game was officially known as the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.

Ohio State raced to a 16–0 lead with 7 minutes remaining in the first half, having three long drives to the red zone that were stopped by the Clemson defense. Clemson added two quick scores, within 1:35 of each other, to pull within 2 before halftime. The teams exchanged the lead three times throughout the second half. After Clemson scored to make it 29–23, Ohio State had one last chance to take the lead. Quarterback Justin Fields led his team to the Clemson 23-yard line, but a pass meant for Chris Olave was intercepted in the endzone after a miscommunication.

With the loss, Ohio State fell to 0–4 against Clemson, which it had last played in 2016, losing 31–0 in a shutout.

College Football Playoff

Semifinals Championship
December 28 – Peach Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
  1   LSU 63  
  4   Oklahoma 28   January 13 – National Championship
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
      1   LSU 42
December 28 – Fiesta Bowl
State Farm Stadium, Glendale
    3   Clemson 25
  2   Ohio State 23
  3   Clemson 29  


This was the fourth meeting between Clemson and Ohio State. The Tigers had won each of the prior three matchups, most recently the 2016 Fiesta Bowl.

Ohio State Buckeyes

Main article: 2019 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

Ohio State entered the game with a 13–0 record, after defeating Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game. This was Ohio State's third College Football Playoff (CFP) semifinal game. The Buckeyes were 1–1 in prior CFP semifinals, their most recent appearance being a loss to Clemson in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl. Overall, Ohio State was 2–1 in prior CFP games, including their win over Oregon in the 2015 CFP National Championship. This was Ohio State's ninth appearance in the Fiesta Bowl; the Buckeyes are 5–3 in prior Fiesta Bowl games.

Clemson Tigers

Main article: 2019 Clemson Tigers football team

Clemson lining up on offense during the second half
Clemson lining up on offense during the second half

Clemson also entered the game with a 13–0 record, coming off a win over Virginia in the ACC Championship Game. This was Clemson's fifth CFP semifinal appearance. The Tigers were 3–1 in prior CFP semifinal games, most recently defeating Notre Dame in the 2018 Cotton Bowl. Including national championship contests, this was Clemson's eighth overall CFP game; they had a 5–2 record in prior CFP games, mostly recently defeating Alabama in the 2019 CFP National Championship. This was Clemson's second appearance in the Fiesta Bowl; they defeated Ohio State in the December 2016 edition.

Game summary

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
1 2 34Total
No. 3 Clemson 0 14 7829
No. 2 Ohio State 10 6 0723

at State Farm StadiumGlendale, Arizona

Game information
First Quarter
  • (12:03) OHST – Blake Haubeil 21 yard field goal (Drive: 10 plays, 71 yards, 2:57; Ohio State 3–0)
  • (8:35) OHST – J. K. Dobbins 68 yard rush, Blake Haubeil kick (Drive: 1 play, 68 yards, 0:09; Ohio State 10–0)
Second Quarter
  • (14:11) OHST – Blake Haubeil 22 yard field goal (Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 1:42; Ohio State 13–0)
  • (7:20) OHST – Blake Haubeil 33 yard field goal (Drive: 14 plays, 70 yards, 4:55; Ohio State 16–0)
  • (2:45) CLEM – Travis Etienne 8 yard rush, B.T. Potter kick (Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 4:35; Ohio State 16–7)
  • (1:10) CLEM – Trevor Lawrence 67 yard rush, B.T. Potter kick (Drive: 5 plays, 83 yards, 0:45; Ohio State 16–14)
Third Quarter
  • (7:54) CLEM – Trevor Lawrence 53 yard pass to Travis Etienne, B.T. Potter kick (Drive: 7 plays, 99 yards, 2:45; Clemson 21–16)
Fourth Quarter
  • (11:46) OSU – Justin Fields 23 yard pass to Chris Olave, Blake Haubeil kick (Drive: 13 plays, 84 yards, 4:52; Ohio State 23–21)
  • (1:49) CLEM – Trevor Lawrence 34 yard pass to Travis Etienne, 2-point pass good (Drive: 4 plays, 94 yards, 1:18; Clemson 29–23)


J.K. Dobbins celebrating his first quarter touchdown
J.K. Dobbins celebrating his first quarter touchdown

Statistics CLEM OHST
First downs 21 28
Plays–yards 62–417 85–516
Rushes–yards 29–158 39–196
Passing yards 259 320
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 18–33–0 30–46–2
Time of possession 26:33 33:27
Team Category Player Statistics
Clemson Passing Trevor Lawrence 18/33, 259 yards, 2 TD
Rushing Trevor Lawrence 16 carries, 107 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Travis Etienne 3 receptions, 98 yards, 2 TD
Ohio State Passing Justin Fields 30/46, 320 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing J. K. Dobbins 18 carries, 174 yards, 1 TD
Receiving K. J. Hill 6 receptions, 67 yards


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