Ohio St. showed a national television audience that the Buckeyes have graduated from Woody Hayes‘ three yards and a cloud of dust offense. Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott more than doubled the three yards philosophy and left Oregon defenders in the dust as the Buckeyes beat the Ducks 42-20 in college’s football first-ever “true” national championship game.
Elliott, who attended the John Burroughs School in Missouri, carried the ball a Hayes-like 36 times for 246 yards and four touchdowns.
You can watch highlights of Elliott during his days at John Burroughs above. As a junior, Elliott rushed for 1,802 yards and 34 touchdowns, while grabbing 23 passes for 401 yards and six TDs. As a senior he amassed 3,061 all-purpose yards with 50 total touchdowns.