19:01 PM

Statement by Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake on National Championship

"What a thrilling victory! 

"I have been impressed all season by how this talented group of men has come together as a team. I have been equally impressed with how they have grown through triumph and adversity to arrive at this crowning moment. 

"Tonight was a credit to each of them, our coaches, their parents, teachers, friends, fans and all who have guided and supported them. 

"Congratulations as well to an outstanding Oregon team who helped to make this a night to remember. How fitting that the first ever college football playoff championship is won by The Ohio State University, one of the most storied programs in all of college football."