2017 Cotton Bowl Classic (December)

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2017 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
2017 Cotton Bowl Classic (December) Trophy, Jan 2017.jpg
2017 Cotton Bowl Classic trophy
1234 Total
USC 0700 7
Ohio State 71700 24
Date December 29, 2017
Season 2017
Stadium AT&T Stadium
Location Arlington, Texas

Offense: QB JT Barrett

Defense: S Damon Webb
Favorite Ohio State by 10
Referee David Smith (SEC)
Attendance 67,510
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN & ESPN Radio
Cotton Bowl Classic
 < 2017 (Jan.) 2018

The 2017 Cotton Bowl Classic was a college football bowl game played at 7:30 pm CST on December 29, 2017 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The 82nd Cotton Bowl Classic was one of the 2017–18 bowl games that concluded the 2017 FBS football season.

The game was broadcast on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio and XM Satellite Radio. It was sponsored by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and was officially known as the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.


The Cotton Bowl was played by Pac-12 Conference champion USC Trojans and Big Ten Conference champion Ohio State Buckeyes. These teams were chosen by the CFP Selection Committee. Traditionally, the Pac-12 and Big Ten champions meet in the Rose Bowl, however in the 2017 season, that game will be used for one of the two College Football Playoff semifinal games. Of note is that this year's Rose Bowl features SEC champion Georgia and Big 12 champion Oklahoma, a matchup which traditionally occurs in the Sugar Bowl, which is being used as the other CFP semifinal game for this year.

Prior to kickoff, the Trojans led the all-time series 13-9-1; the most recent game was on September 12, 2009, where the Trojans defeated the Buckeyes by a score of 18-15, scoring with 1:05 remaining in the game to go ahead to stay. USC had won the last 7 games in the series, with Ohio State's last win coming in the 1974 Rose Bowl.

This is the eighth time that the schools met in a bowl game.[1] The previous seven bowl meetings were all in the Rose Bowl, most recently in 1985—a game the Trojans won, 20–17.

The Buckeyes crushed the Trojans 24–7.[1] With the victory, the all-time series between the schools now stands at 13-10-1 in favor of USC.

Game summary[edit]

Scoring summary[edit]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP USC OSU
1 12:25 5 19 1:12 OSU J. T. Barrett 1-yard touchdown run, Sean Nuernberger kick good 0 7
2 14:55 12 83 5:06 OSU 26-yard field goal by Sean Nuernberger 0 10
2 14:42 OSU Interception returned 23 yards for touchdown by Damon Webb, Sean Nuernberger kick good 0 17
2 5:27 2 59 0:45 OSU J. T. Barrett 28-yard touchdown run, Sean Nuernberger kick good 0 24
2 1:59 3 15 0:56 USC Ronald Jones 1-yard touchdown run, Chase McGrath kick good 7 24
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 7 24


1 2 3 4 Total
No. 8 Trojans 0 7 0 0 7
No. 5 Buckeyes 7 17 0 0 24
Statistics USC OSU
First downs 23 13
Plays–yards 81–413 55–277
Rushes–yards 36–57 38–163
Passing yards 356 114
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 26–45–1 11–17–0
Time of possession 29:53 25:04
Team Category Player Statistics
USC Passing Sam Darnold 26/45, 356 yds, 1 INT
Rushing Ronald Jones 19 car, 64 yds, 1 TD
Receiving Deonta Burnett 12 rec, 139 yds
OSU Passing J. T. Barrett 11/17, 114 yds
Rushing J. T. Barrett 16 car, 66 yds, 2 TD
Receiving Marcus Baugh 4 rec, 40 yds


  1. ^ a b "USC vs. Ohio State". espn.com. 30 December 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2017.