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Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott absolutely dominates National Championship

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The sophomore halfback racked up a record number of yards and four scores for the Buckeyes Monday night.

Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott ran 36 times for 246 yards, breaking a National Championship record stretching back a decade, in Ohio State's 42-20 victory over Oregon Monday night. Elliott broke the record held by Vince Young, who ran for 200 against USC in 2005; he also broke the Ohio State record for rushing yards in a bowl game, surpassing Raymont Harris's 235-yard performance against BYU 22 years ago.

Elliott averaged an absurd 6.8 yards per carry and scored four touchdowns in the process.

Monday's National Championship Game marked Elliott's third consecutive game with more than 220 yards on the ground, giving him a combined total of 696 yards against Wisconsin, Alabama, and Oregon. The insanity of that stat is not lost on the world.

The sophomore doesn't lack for a sense of the moment, either. With LeBron James in attendance, he emulated Ohio's other greatest athlete following a third-quarter touchdown run.


Maybe the most unbelievable part of Elliott's performance: He was merely an honorable mention all-Big Ten back in a league that included Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, Indiana's Tevin Coleman, Minnesota's David Cobb and Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah.

Unlike those backs, Elliott will still be in a collegiate backfield in 2015. Let the Heisman Trophy talk begin.