Best Games: Ohio State-Utah, Notre Dame-OK State, Iowa-Kentucky and more

New year, same great action on the grill.

We officially entered 2022, but college football continued to come up with some tempting offers to our delight on Saturday.

Arkansas No.21 kicked off with an impressive 24-10 victory over Penn State in the Outback Bowl. After that, the Kentucky No.22 dominated the Iowa No.15 20-17 in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl.

Meanwhile, the Oklahoma State No.9 came back from a 28-14 halftime deficit to surprise No.5 Notre Dame, 37-35, in the Fiesta Bowl.

Now Utah’s No.11 meets Ohio State’s No.6 at the Rose Bowl, and No.7 Baylor and No.8 Ole Miss top it off at the Sugar Bowl.

Here are the best Saturday games!

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl –– No. 9 Oklahoma State 37, No. 5 Notre Dame 35

Styling and profiling

It didn’t take long for the Fighting Irish to score the game. Jack Coan led his group down with ease, finding Lorenzo Styles in the middle for the game’s first touchdown.

Take her home

After forcing a defensive stop, Notre Dame was back to attack on the offensive side. Coan sniffed at an all-out blitz on the third down and found Chris Tyree, who took care of the rest en route to a 53-yard scoreline, giving the Irish a 14-0 lead.

Mayor Mayer

After Oklahoma State entered the board, the Irish responded immediately, as Coan landed his third and fourth touchdown shots of the day to one of his favorite targets: Michael Mayer.

Hurry up the offense

After Mayer’s second score, it took only 39 seconds for Oklahoma State to find the end zone on the possession that followed. QB Spencer Sanders led a 75-yard walk in just four plays, shooting a dart at Tay Martin in the back end of the end zone to climb within two possessions.

It’s time !

Tay Martin had his hands on the entire second half for the Cowboys. A pair of sideways road TDs brought the Cowboys back into the bargain, tying things up at 28.

Our game now!

The Cowboys brought in the game’s first turnover, thanks to that gang of All-American Kolby Harvell-Peel.

american cowboys

Oklahoma State has a few All-Americans in defense. After the Cowboys converted an FG to move up 34-28, Malcolm Rodriguez choked ND with another takeout, this time on an INT to send the possession arrow back in their direction.

Notre Dame was scoring again after OK State’s Tanner Brown struck in another FG, but his last attempt was stopped in fourth place, sealing a 37-35 victory.

Outback Bowl –– No. 21 Arkansas 24, Penn State 10

Lowering the boom

Arkansas QB KJ Jefferson gave his team a boost on a critical fourth-place conversion before Raheim Sanders found an open path to the end zone to put the Razorbacks in the lead 7-0.

It was easy

The Nittany Lions hit back with a deep shot early in the second. Sean Clifford called up KeAndre Lambert-Smith, who was wide open at the back of the end zone.

Now you see me …

Jefferson showed some finesse early in the second half, cheating on a Penn State defenseman with a false play before waltzing into the end zone.

Rocket man

Make that two scores for Sanders. His emphatic charge in the guts gave Arkansas a 24-10 lead late in the third quarter.

Sandals

The defense decided to get involved in the highlights tape during the fourth. After Clifford led a fiery push into his opponent’s red zone, Joe Foucha stole his hopes with a deflated INT grab at the back of the end zone.

The Razorbacks defense continued to impress, knocking out Penn State in the second half en route to a 24-10 final.

Vrbo Citrus Bowl –– No. 22 Kentucky 20, No. 15 Iowa 17

Set the tone

Kentucky put up a masterful 13-play, 80-yard command in their first possession of the game, which ended with a touchdown pass from Will Levis to Chris Rodriguez.

It took nearly three-quarters for the Hawkeyes to find the pylon, but their first TD, courtesy of Arland Bruce IV, got the ball rolling.

Their second came on an end around Sam LaPorta, but the real story of the play was Tyler Linderbaum’s wheels as he jogged with the No.84 on his way to the end zone.

TD created an atmosphere of well-being for the Hawkeyes, whose fan base still managed to break out their traditional crowd wave.

Excuse me!

Want a culmination of a textbook that defines “missing out on defenders?” Look no further than this edit by Wan’Dale Robinson.

After Robinson’s big catch-and-run, Chris Rodriguez Jr. lost on the 80-yard drive in eight games to give the Wildcats a 20-17 lead.

Go for it !

The Kentucky defense made the game of the day. DeAndre Square walked away with the decisive takeaway, securing an interception to seal the victory.

Kentucky finished the comeback late in the game, winning 20-17.

Rose Bowl –– No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Utah

Still to come!

Sugar Bowl –– No. 7 Baylor vs. No. 8 Ole Miss

Still to come!


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