Georgia Beats Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma in 2OT Win in 2018 Rose Bowl

Jan 02, 2018, 06:21
Georgia Beats Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma in 2OT Win in 2018 Rose Bowl

Oklahoma brings the nation's fourth-best scoring offense into the Rose Bowl and the College Football Playoff semifinal on January 1 against a Georgia team boasting the fourth-best defense in the country. Each team is guaranteed a possession. Seibert responded with a 33-yard field goal for Oklahoma.

After Georgia took the lead to begin the fourth, Lincoln Riley stuck to the ground game and used big runs from Anderson and Mayfield on a touchdown drive to tie it at 38.

Sony Michel scored the game-ending touchdown after Georgia blocked Oklahoma kicker Austin Seibert's field goal in double overtime.

But as he had all game, Michel broke free.

The National Championship game will be played on Monday Jan. 8 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Georgia trailed 31-17 at halftime. This will be the Bulldogs' first national championship game since losing to Penn State in the 1983 Sugar Bowl in what was a de facto title game.

Mayfield was 23 of 35 for 287 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while Sooners running back Rodney Anderson rushed for 201 yards and two touchdowns.

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. Having two strong running backs has paid big dividends for freshman quarterback Jake Fromm, who effectively has navigated the offense after taking over for the injured Jacob Eason on opening day.

The matchup was determined by the final College Football Playoff rankings, which are made by a 13-member committee of five former coaches, four athletic directors, two former administrators, a college president and a former sports reporter.

Georgia (13-1), champion of the Southeastern Conference, became only the third team in 104 Rose Bowls to rally from a double-digit halftime deficit. Atlantic Coast Conference champion Clemson was ranked first and Alabama fourth.

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