Jaxon Smith-Njigba Sets Record for Receiving Yards in a Bowl Game


The 2022 Rose Bowl won’t soon be forgotten. The Ohio State Buckeyes and Utah Utes put on quite the display on Saturday night, punctuated by Jaxon Smith-Njigba’s monster performance. The sophomore receiver set an all-time record for receiving yards in a bowl game, hauling in 15 of 16 targets and finishing the game with 346 yards and three touchdowns.

Smith-Njigba had an outstanding season, finishing with the 14th-most receiving yards in the nation (1,259), going north of 100 hundred receiving yards in six of his 12 games. He and C.J. Stroud are set to return to Ohio State next season and can improve off their 2021 season. That’s a scary proposition for a team that averaged 551.1 yards per game.

The Buckeyes kicked a field goal with nine seconds left to go ahead 48-45 against the Utes, securing the victory in the Rose Bowl but failing to cover as -4 favorites.

Bowl season is drawing to a close, with only the Sugar Bowl, Texas Bowl, and National Championship left to go. The Sugar Bowl is underway, and a live line is available at FanDuel Sportsbook.

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