2016: No. 7 Ohio State 44, No. 8 Notre Dame 28 Elliott scampers for four touchdowns and 149 yards as the Buckeyes knock off the Fighting Irish

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Ezekiel Elliott bulldozed his way into the end zone in the first half, showing off his strength as Ohio State's drive capper.

He flashed his speed in the second, becoming the show stopper as he raced up the middle for a long run.

Those skills should translate well in the NFL. They certainly worked out for the Buckeyes over the past three seasons.

Elliott ran for 149 yards and matched a Fiesta Bowl record with four touchdowns to close the curtain on his college career, sparking No. 7 Ohio State's prolific offense in a 44-28 win over Notre Dame on Friday.

''With all due respect to all the other running backs in Ohio State history, my first-round draft pick, I'd pick Zeke Elliott,'' Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. ''He's as good as any running back I've been around.'' Photo: The Columbus Dispatch

J.T. Barrett gave the Buckeyes some balance, throwing for 211 yards and a score with 96 yards rushing in the highest-scoring game against Notre Dame's defense this season.

Photo: The Columbus Dispatch

Fiesta Snaps

With the Fiesta Bowl victory, the Buckeyes' senior class earned their 50th career win. (50-4 record)

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