Ohio State’s head coach, Ryan Day, met with the sporting press Monday, three days after his had team scorched Clemson 49-28 at the College Football Playoff semi-final from the Sugar Bowl.

The Buckeyes had gone into that contest with the lower seed, as 7.5 point underdogs, and with more than eighty-percent of the betting public laying good cheddar on the Tigers not just to beat the Buckeyes, but cover all the points as well. Instead, everything went the other way as Ohio State played a monster game in their season’s biggest moment, battering Clemson into submission and winning easily behind a six touchdown effort from their star quarterback, Justin Fields. 

Like Day said in his comments below, the goal for this team never was just to beat Clemson or win in the semi-final, they have been hunting a national championship since the first week of this strange, truncated season, and battled over and through every obstacle to reach the doorstep of their final destination.

The Buckeyes’ head man had many of the usual platitudes for the media, expressing extreme respect for their opponent in Alabama, and the Crimson Tide’s head coach, Nick Saban. Ohio State won’t have to be perfect to beat the Tide in Miami Gardens next Monday, but they’re going to have to be extremely good, and likely a little lucky. The title tilt game kicks of Jan. 11 at 8 ET and will be broadcast on ESPN.

Some of coach Day’s remarks from the press conference have been collected here.