Ohio State sends Urban Meyer out with Rose Bowl win

Ohio State sends Urban Meyer out with Rose Bowl win
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and wide receiver Terry McLaurin, left, celebrate early Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, after defeating Northwestern 45-24 in the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (Source: Michael Conroy)

PASADENA, CA (WXIX) - Urban Meyer will walk away from coaching with a Rose Bowl championship.

Ohio State beat Washington 28-24 in Pasadena in Urban Meyer’s final game before he retires from coaching.

“There’s a mantra within our program that when I need you the most, you give me the best," said Urban Meyer after receiving the Rose Bowl trophy. "This has been a rugged year, but when we needed each other, they gave us their very best. We’re playing as good of football as anyone in the country right now.”

Dwayne Haskins threw three first half touchdown passes as Ohio State built a 28-3 lead on the Pac 12 champions. Washington made a late comeback, but the Buckeyes held on for their first Rose Bowl victory since the 2009 season.

“I’ve been a Rose Bowl fan for as long as I can remember because I’ve been a Buckeye fan as long as I can remember," Meyer added.

The Ohio State players dumped Gatorade on Meyer as the final seconds ticked off the clock and his family joined him on stage for the trophy presentation. Before he left the field, Urban Meyer climbed a small ladder and saluted the Ohio State marching band before walking off the field a final time.

Meyer is retiring for what he calls a cumulative number of events -- including his health. When asked if he’ll ever coach again, Meyer said: “I don’t believe I want to coach again.”

Ryan Day now takes over as Ohio State’s head football coach.

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