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Nine Tri-State Buckeyes bring home football championship ring

Taft High School graduate Adolphus Washington is one of Buckeyes who are bringing the college football championship ring home. (FOX19 NOW) Taft High School graduate Adolphus Washington is one of Buckeyes who are bringing the college football championship ring home. (FOX19 NOW)
FOX19 NOW reporters Joe Danneman and Jeremy Rauch report live from Arlington, Texas. (FOX19 NOW) FOX19 NOW reporters Joe Danneman and Jeremy Rauch report live from Arlington, Texas. (FOX19 NOW)
Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott celebrates his touchdown run during the first half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Oregon Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade) Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott celebrates his touchdown run during the first half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Oregon Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
ARLINGTON, Texas (FOX19) - Nine Buckeyes from Cincinnati will bring a championship ring home after Ohio State overcame four turnovers to beat Oregon.

"We believed within our team that we could do this," said Middletown grad Jalin Marshall. "So, all that matters. That's what we take from this. We did it together when nobody else believed in us. We did it together."

"This is one of the top notch programs in the country," said Taft grad Adolphus Washington. "You can always point the finger to the SEC to say they're the best, but right now Ohio State is the best."

OSU Head Coach Urban Meyer played high school and college football in Ohio, too. Meyer improves to 3-0 in national title games, 9-2 in bowl games, and 38-3 as head coach at OSU. 

The Buckeyes are also 6-0 under Meyer in games played as the underdog.

"To bring a national title to the great state of Ohio is almost surreal," he said.

“Check the resume now," said OSU linebacker Darron Lee. "Look at the middle, 2005, 2006, 2007, those years are over. Check the resume now about big games.”

OSU sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for a Buckeye bowl record 246 yards and four touchdowns to win MVP.

"I knew going into the game we wanted to run the ball," said Elliott. "I knew that our offensive line was bigger and more physical than their defensive line. We just had to punch them in the mouth."

Cardale Jones, in just his third career start, rushed for a touchdown and threw for a touchdown. He threw for 242 yards completing 16 of 23 passes with one interception.

“I had no doubt we'd come out and win this game because we played for each other," said Jones.

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