In 30 minutes of action, Smith racked up 12 receptions on 14 targets for 215 yards and three touchdowns. These 12 catches were the most important in the history of the CFP national championship.
However, Smith appeared to injure his right hand early in the third quarter. After being examined by the team’s coaches in the side medical tent, Smith was taken to the locker room with a towel on his hand. Smith was only 7 yards from breaking LSU WR Ja’Marr Chase’s single game record to receive yards in the CFP title game. Chase set that mark with 221 yards against Clemson last year.
Speaking of Chase, Smith also broke the SEC record for one-season receiving yards previously held by the wide LSU. With his 200-yard performance in the first half, Smith racked up 1,856 yards in the year, surpassing Chase’s record of 1,780 yards set a year ago. Smith also became the SEC’s all-time top receiver in the game.
The state of Ohio tried everything to cover Smith, but nothing worked. He showed the breakaway speed on both catch-race routes…
… As well as the vertical escape capability. His third touchdown of the first half came on a lag against Ohio State linebacker Tuf Borland. It turned out as badly for the Buckeyes as you can imagine.