The Buckeyes led by as many as 25 on the night, but Washington scored 20 points in the final 15 minutes to pull within five, but they could not get any closer and fell just short. Ohio State shut down the Huskies' rally after jumping ahead, 28-3, as they send Meyer away with a tremendous 83-9 record with Ohio State. He is leaving the team in Ryan Day's hands, whom he has plenty of confidence in, as Meyer claimed that he would not be leaving the team if anyone else was taking over.
Parris Campbell, Johnnie Dixon, and Rashod Berry all caught touchdown passes for the Big Ten Champions, who finish the season 13-1, but that lone upset loss to the Purdue Boilermakers was enough to keep them out of the College Football Playoffs. Despite that, Meyer once again finished with a team that has one loss or fewer for the eighth time in his 17 seasons as a head coach.
After being held to a field goal through the first three quarters, the Huskies rallied with some trick plays in the fourth led by running back Myles Gaskin. The tailback ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, but Jake Browning's two-point conversion attempt pass was intercepted late in the fourth. The Buckeyes went on to recover the onside kick to seal the victory and the Huskies' fourth loss of the year. Browning threw for 313 yards, while Gaskin ran for 121 yards, as both were playing in their final games with the Pac-12 team. Head coach Chris Petersen dropped to 1-4 in bowl games during his time with the Huskies.
After the game, Meyer addressed his future, or lack there of within College Football, saying "I do believe I am done." He has cited his health in the past as the reason for this decision, which we have seen evidence of on the sidelines over the past couple months. There has also been drama surrounding the coach, especially this season, but whatever the real reason may be, the last image people have of him is that of him celebrating with the Buckeyes, raising the Rose Bowl trophy.