Ohio State and Utah are locked in a true shootout for the Rose Bowl with points piled up in bunches. At the half, it is the Utes with a 35-21 lead after a wild and crazy second quarter.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba has been a key piece for Ohio State, especially in the absence of Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson. He torched Utah for multiple long touchdowns and racked up the yardage before halftime.

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At the break, Smith-Njigba has 7 catches for 185 yards and 2 touchdowns. How impressive is that? He’s already surpassed Cris Carter’s Ohio State record for receiving yards in a bowl game.


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Carter had 172  yards in the 1985 Rose Bowl. Smith-Njigba will get the second half to try and add on to his record total.

Smith-Njigba also cemented his spot in Ohio State’s record books by setting the single-season mark for receiving yardage. At halftime of the Rose Bowl, Smith-Njigba is now up to 1,444 receiving yards in 2021. That breaks the regular season record previously held by David Boston who had 1,435 yards in 1998.