Georgia rallies past OU in 2OT Rose Bowl classic

02 January, 2018, 11:46 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Apr 16 2016 Athens GA USA Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Davin Bellamy on the sideline during the second half of the spring game at Sanford Stadium. The Black team defeated the Red team 34-14. Mandatory Credit Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Sony Michel really couldn't have had much better of a game in Georgia's double overtime win over Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl on Monday, but the senior is nowhere near satisfied.

Michel had 181 yards rushing and three touchdowns and caught four passes for 41 yards and a score as the Bulldogs (13-1) posted the largest comeback in Rose Bowl history in what was also the highest-scoring Rose Bowl.

The match up was tied at 45 at the end of the fourth quarter.

Both teams settled for field goals in the first overtime.

Georgia will advance to the January 8 title game against the victor of the Sugar Bowl between Alabama and Clemson. After Georgia made its first trip to the Rose Bowl since 1943 a rousing, heart-stopping success, the Bulldogs will play for their first national title since 1980.

Coach Kirby Smart said the defense "stunk it up" in the first half, but there were no dramatic changes in the second.

Jake Fromm vs. Oklahoma defense - The Bulldogs will undoubtedly look to move the ball on the ground today, but the Sooners come into the game only surrendering 144 rushing yards per game. "He stretches and extends plays, extremely explosive, not afraid to make any throws".


That still left the Bulldogs down by two touchdowns, but they got one of them back on their first offensive play of the second half, when Nick Chubb bolted 50 yards for a touchdown.

"I don't exactly know what the feeling was", Smith said.

For a second it appeared that Georgia had set itself up a chance to go for the win right there when Deandre Baker picked off Baker Mayfield, only to have the play waved off when Jonathan Ledbetter jumped offside. Sooners coach Lincoln Riley decided not to go for it, and Austin Seibert made his 33-yard kick.

Following a 9-yard pass to Terry Godwin, out trotted Rodrigo Blankenship to squeak in a 55-yard field goal - a Rose Bowl record - to make the halftime score 31-17.

An Oklahoma defense that surrendered at least 38 points three times in the regular season showed improvement down the stretch, particularly in holding TCU to 20 and 17 points in their two meetings.

"It's just the competitive nature that's in us that keeps us pushing each other to be better", he said. Oklahoma had 360 yards in the first half, the second-most the Bulldogs had allowed in a game this season.

Fromm finished the first half by completing 12 of 12 passes for 109 yards and the touchdown toss to Michel.

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