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Bucke Clinch Rose Bowl Berth

At long last, another Rose Bowl for Ohio State.

Matt Finkes returned a fumble 45 yards for the tie-breaking touchdown with 6:18 left and the second-ranked Buckeyes beat Indiana 27-17 on Saturday to clinch their first Rose Bowl berth since 1984.

With the game tied 10-10, the Buckeyes’ fortunes turned when the Hoosiers’ Jay Rodgers, scrambling for a first down, was stripped of the ball by linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer. Finkes grabbed the ball in the air and ran untouched into the end zone, putting Ohio State ahead 17-10.

The Buckeyes (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten) can complete a perfect season with a win next Saturday over Michigan.


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