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Game Balls: Top performers from the College Football Playoff national championship game

Ohio State halfback Jalin Marshall
Ohio State halfback Jalin Marshall S-T

Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State RB: Rushed for 242 yards and four touchdowns on 36 carries, all championship game records. It was his third straight 200-yard game.

Cardale Jones, Ohio State QB: The Buckeyes’ third-string quarterback moved to 3-0 in his third start. He completed 16 of 23 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 38 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.

Jalin Marshal, Ohio State HB: Caught five passes for 52 yards, including a 26-yarder on the Buckeyes’ first touchdown drive.

Corey Smith, Ohio State WR: Caught two passes for 76 yards. His 26-yard reception on third-and-8 kept Ohio State’s first scoring drive alive.

Marcus Mariota, Oregon QB: The Heisman Trophy winner completed 24 of 37 yards for 333 yards and two touchdowns. His fourth interception of the season came on the game’s final play.

Byron Marshall, Oregon WR: Caught eight passes for 169 yards and a touchdown. His 70-yard TD catch in the third quarter brought the Ducks within four.