PASADENA, Calif. - Sony Michel burst through the line for a 27-yard touchdown run to give No. 3 Georgia a 54-48 victory Monday night against No. 2 Oklahoma, winning the first overtime Rose Bowl and sending the Bulldogs to the College Football Playoff championship game.
Michel, who had a fumble in the fourth quarter returned for a go-ahead Oklahoma touchdown, ran for 181 yards and three scores for the Bulldogs (13-1), but none bigger than the last one in the second overtime.
In the final game of one of the great college careers, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns, and caught a touchdown pass that gave the Sooners a 17-point lead with 6 seconds left in the first half.
But the Heisman Trophy winner could not get the Sooners into the end zone in the first overtime when a touchdown would have ended the game.
The Bulldogs will play Alabama on Jan. 8 for the national championship in Atlanta, about 90 miles from their campus — with a chance to win their first national title since 1980.
The first overtime Rose Bowl was also the highest scoring, surpassing last year's 52-49 USC victory against Penn State. There was a lot more on the line in this one, which will go down as one of the greatest Granddaddies of Them All.
After an offside penalty on Georgia gave Oklahoma a first down on third-and-five in the second OT possession, the Sooners stalled again and Austin Seibert came out for a 27-yard field goal. Leaping through the line, Lorenzo Carter got his outstretched hand on the kick and the ball fluttered down short of the uprights.
Any score would have ended it for the Bulldogs, and on the second play Michel slipped one tackle and was home free. The Bulldogs sprinted off the sideline and toward the corner of the end zone to mob Michel. Confetti rained down. Meanwhile, Mayfield stood motionless on the sideline for several seconds, bent over with his hands on his knees and head down.
Michel and his running mate Nick Chubb were awesome for Georgia. Chubb ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns, including a 2-yarder on a direct snap with 55 seconds left in regulation to tie it.
Both teams settled for field goals in the first overtime, first Georgia's Rodrigo Blankenship from 38 to make it 48-45.
Then it was Mayfield's turn. A touchdown would have sent the Sooners to Atlanta, but on a third-and-2 from the 17 Georgia All-America linebacker Roquan Smith nailed Jordan Smallwood a yard short of the first down.
Seibert kicked a 33-yarder and the Bulldogs and Sooners played on, but not for much longer.
The first meeting between the storied programs was an instant classic.
Here is a MINUTE-BY-MINUTE look at the game:
The Georgia Bulldogs are going to the national championship! UGA beats Oklahoma 54-48 in 2OT
Bulldogs get stop on 3rd down. Sooners prepared to kick FG in double OT.
Bulldogs get another stop on 1st down. 2nd and 10.
Georgia intercepts the pass, but is offsides. 1st down Oklahoma.
Baker Mayfield throws incomplete pass. 3rd and 5 for Sooners.
Roquan Smith with a huge hit. Sooners prepare for field goal in OT.
Georgia makes field goal, score now 48-45
Teams decide to run out the rest of the clock. Teams now heading into overtime
:29 4th quarter
3rd and 2, Oklahoma calls a time out
:55 4th quarter
Georgia scores touchdown, makes field goal, game tied at 45
1:04 4th quarter
Georgia pushes 1st and 10
2:17 4th quarter
First down Georgia
5:44 4th quarter
Sony fumbles and Oklahoma scoops and scores. Sooners lead by 7
6:52 4th quarter
OU goes back on top after UGA first turnover of game 46-yard fumble, scoop and score. Score 45-38, Sooners.
And just like that.. OU goes back on top after UGA first turnover of game— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) January 2, 2018
46-yard fumble, scoop and score
8:47 4th quarter
Mayfield takes the Sooners down the field and into the endzone. Game tied at 38.
Baker Mayfield snaps a 24-nothing run by UGA with short TD pass to Dimitri Flowers— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) January 2, 2018
Tied at 38 - 8:47 to play in Rose Bowl pic.twitter.com/Nb8L5bPdfx
10:43 4th quarter
The teams trade punts and Oklahoma has the ball on their own 12.
13:57 4th quarter
Fromm hits Wims from 4 yards out and the Dawgs lead 38-31!
Fromm now has more TD passes in this game than Baker Mayfield.. 4-yard toss to Javon Wims..— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) January 2, 2018
Bulldogs with first lead.. 38-31.. 24 straight points for UGA pic.twitter.com/b9JSaTMhzs
14:51 4th quarter
Dominick Sanders intercepts Baker Mayfield and returns it inside the 5. Georgia set up to take the lead.
Start of 4th quarter
Oklahoma has te ball on their own 18. The momentum in this game is completely with Georgia.
We head to the 4th at the #RoseBowl....— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) January 2, 2018
Tied at 31.
Who ya got..
0:41 3rd quarter
Sony Michel takes it in from 38 yards out and the game is tied at 31.
Sony.......— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) January 2, 2018
His 3rd TD of the game.. we're tied at 31-
UGA now with 281 yards rushing on 18 carries.. pic.twitter.com/0MycNW8PbP
10:10 3rd quarter
Georgia forces its second-straight 3-and-out and takes over at their own 28.
Zo and Roquan... way to bring it..UGA forces back-to-back 3 and out's to start second half..— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) January 2, 2018
12:25 3rd quarter
Nick Chubb goes 50 yards to the house and Georgia now trails 31-24.
RUN. THE. BALL— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) January 2, 2018
50 yard TD CHUBB
15:00 3rd quarter
The Sooners get the ball first.
While he leads the team in tackles.. Roquan Smith needs to make a play on D to turn this Rose Bowl around... pic.twitter.com/SIQMvkyqKm— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) January 2, 2018
Blankenship hits a 55-yard field goal as time expires. Oklahoma leads Georgia 31-17. The Sooners will receive the second half kickoff.
Solid 1st half for the Heisman Trophy winner..— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) January 1, 2018
Against a top-10 defense..
13-18, 200 yards, TD and TD reception pic.twitter.com/IdFvmI6n0v
0:06 2nd quarter
Oklahoma goes right down the field and scores late in the 1st half. It's now 31-14.
Against Mississippi St, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia Tech & Auburn in SEC Title game.. UGA gave up a TOTAL of 24 points..— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) January 1, 2018
Oklahoma has 31 in the first half pic.twitter.com/ZauAxHHDgf
9:12 2nd quarter
Georgia gets a huge sack on 3rd down and forces an Oklahoma field goal. It's 24-14 Oklahoma.
14:00 2nd quarter
Sony Michel goes 75 yards and the Dawgs are right back within one score. It's 14-7.
Feed those backs!!!— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) January 1, 2018
75-yard rushing TD for Sony Michel
Makes it a 21-14 ball game 1-minute into the 2nd quarter pic.twitter.com/Cz3PLelqf5
14:12 2nd quarter
Oklahoma scores again and now leads 21-7.
3-touchdowns...— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) January 1, 2018
3-drives for Oklahoma
41-Yard td run for Rodney Anderson
21-7 OU with 14:12 left in 1st Half pic.twitter.com/xhff2qIbnL
OU has had the ball for 6:13— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) January 1, 2018
209 yards of offense
12.3 yard per play - only one 3rd down
End of 1st quarter
Oklahoma leads Georgia 14-7.
1:48 1st quarter
Rodrigo Blankenship misses a 48-yard field goal and Oklahoma takes over at their own 31.
6:56 1st quarter
Oklahoma answers right back and retakes the lead, 14-7.
Rodney Anderson with 9-yard TD for Oklahoma - They went 75-yards in 91-seconds— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) January 1, 2018
2 Touchdowns for the Sooners
up 14-7 and there is still 6:56 left in 1st q pic.twitter.com/wkM1HrSbqp
8:27 1st quarter
Jake Fromm leads the Dawgs right down the field to tie the game. A 13-yard pass to Sony Michel caps off a 6-play, 75-yard touchdown drive.
Huge answer from UGA - Fromm to Michel for a 13-yard TD— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) January 1, 2018
tied at 7 at Rose Bowl
11:31 1st quarter
Baker Mayfield takes the Sooners right down the field and Oklahoma leads 7-0.
OU slams it down UGA's top-10 ranked defense on their opening drive - 6-pays, 80-yards, 2:06— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) January 1, 2018
Baker Mayfield: 4-4, 63 yards and a TD
7-0 Sooners just 11:31 into game
13:37 1st quarter
Georgia picks up a first down on their opening drive but eventually punts. Oklahoma takes over on their own 20.
Fromm with strike on 1st play of game.. 21-yard gain.. So much for freshman nerves— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) January 1, 2018
Start of game
Georgia receives the opening kickoff.
Oklahoma won the toss... UGA will get the ball to start the game pic.twitter.com/FjBqTW1w4B— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) January 1, 2018
1:20 p.m. PT
The Bulldogs are on the field warming up. The Georgia fans who made the trip to California are making themselves heard.
Getting closer to kick........ pic.twitter.com/yXwSMpsHzW— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) January 1, 2018
11:54 a.m. PT
Excitement is growing outside the stadium as Bulldog Nation awaits the arrive of the Georgia football team.
11:07 a.m. PT
Here's a look at the walk the Georgia Bulldogs will make from their lockerroom to the field.
Georgia’s view.. from their Lockeroom to the field at the 🌹 Bowl... pic.twitter.com/craGdnvWhe— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) January 1, 2018
9:46 a.m. PT
The press box at the Rose Bowl is starting to fill up. We expect the Dawgs to arrive around noon local time.
8:56 a.m. PT
Zach Klein and the rest of the Channel 2 Action News team are headed from the media hotel to the Rose Bowl.
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