Bob Newhart Might Have Refereed the College Football Championship

by Meredith B. Kile 10:15 AM PST, January 13, 2015
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All eyes were on AT&T Stadium in North Arlington, Texas on Monday night as college football held its first ever playoff-determined championship game. Heisman-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota led the Oregon Ducks against Cardale Jones and the Ohio State Buckeyes but could not complete his stellar season with a victory, losing 42-20.

Thanks to multiple Ohio State turnovers, the game was close through the first half, but the Buckeyes pulled away after halftime, capitalizing on red-zone opportunities while Oregon struggled to get the ball in the endzone and hurt themselves with costly penalties.

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But some of the real drama was happening off the field. Before the game, an Ohio State cheerleader was tripped up and trampled as the team ran out of the tunnel. The cheerleader was back on her feet quickly, and appeared to be unharmed, but images of the incident quickly made their way around the Internet.

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Another popular meme from the game was pictures and tweets about one of the game’s referees, who looked remarkably like television legend Bob Newhart. The resemblance was so uncanny that “Bob Newhart” trended on Twitter for the majority of the game.

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The comedian even took to his Twitter account to comment on his doppelganger.

Stars from Ohio like John Legend, LeBron James, and Josh Radnor expressed their joy over the game's outcome on social media.

On this bird celebrating a great night for OHIO!! THE Ohio State Buckeyes are National Champions!! #OH

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The game’s viewership, which was estimated to reach around 30 million viewers, meant big numbers for the new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, which aired during a commercial break. Check it out below.