Ohio State wins the inaugural @CFBPlayoff Championship

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

The inaugural College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) championship was a thriller on @ESPN, and fans everywhere joined the conversation at the biggest virtual sports bar in the world — Twitter. And now, Ohio State fans can celebrate and bask in the winning glory.

The results

In the championship game presented by AT&T (@ATT), the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) rode the legs of running back Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) and the arm of quarterback Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) en route to a 42-20 victory.

The conversation about the game in Dallas dominated Twitter all night. Over 4.4 million Tweets containing terms related to the game were sent during the live telecast on @ESPN (includes one hour before kickoff and ten minutes after game concluded). Twitter TV activity and reach data for the U.S. market will be available from Nielsen (@NielsenSocial) at 1pm EST on Tuesday, Jan 13 here.

Here are moments that generated the biggest peaks of Twitter conversation during the live telecast:

  1. End of game: Ohio State wins the National Championship 42-20 over Oregon.
  2. Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott scores his fourth touchdown of the game to put the Buckeyes up 42-20 over Oregon with 28 seconds left in the game.
  3. Oregon QB Marcus Mariota connects with wide receiver Keanon Lowe on a seven yard TD pass on the first drive of the game.

These were the most-mentioned players on Twitter during the live telecast:

Ohio State

  1. Ezekiel Elliott
  2. Cardale Jones
  3. Joey Bosa


  1. Marcus Mariota
  2. Byron Marshall
  3. Keanon Lowe

With help from @Ford, passionate college football fans didn’t miss a top replay throughout the game, such as this gem below:

Twitter conversation related to the game was all over the map, too. Click the image below to see how the game played out on Twitter with our interactive map:

Ohio State wins the inaugural @CFBPlayoff Championship

Celebrities joined in on the conversation during the game:

And congratulated the Buckeyes after the final whistle:

Finally, check out a larger sampling of game-related Tweets in this collection:

Need more football? You can Tweet along this weekend with the #NFL conference championships and check out our recap next Tuesday.