University of Georgia

UGA wins Rose Bowl, heading to National Championship game

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.

UGA players, coach talk about Rose Bowl win

Coach Kirby Smart discusses win against Oklahoma and what's ahead for the Bulldogs as they head to the National Championship game.

Posted by WSB-TV on Monday, January 1, 2018

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.

UGA wins the Rose Bowl

Here is a live look from the field after the Georgia Bulldogs defeat Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl and get ready to head to the National Championship game.

Posted by WSB-TV on Monday, January 1, 2018

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

Double Overtime: 

Bulldogs get stop on 3rd down. Sooners prepared to kick FG in double OT.

Double Overtime: 

Bulldogs get another stop on 1st down. 2nd and 10.

Double Overtime: 

Georgia intercepts the pass, but is offsides. 1st down Oklahoma.

Double Overtime: 

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.

8:47 4th quarter

Mayfield takes the Sooners down the field and into the endzone. Game tied at 38.

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!

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.

0:41 3rd quarter

Sony Michel takes it in from 38 yards out and the game is tied at 31.

10:10 3rd quarter

Georgia forces its second-straight 3-and-out and takes over at their own 28.

12:25 3rd quarter

Nick Chubb goes 50 yards to the house and Georgia now trails 31-24.

15:00 3rd quarter

The Sooners get the ball first.


Blankenship hits a 55-yard field goal as time expires. Oklahoma leads Georgia 31-17. The Sooners will receive the second half kickoff.

0:06 2nd quarter

Oklahoma goes right down the field and scores late in the 1st half. It's now 31-14.

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.

14:12 2nd quarter

Oklahoma scores again and now leads 21-7.

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.

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.

11:31 1st quarter

Baker Mayfield takes the Sooners right down the field and Oklahoma leads 7-0.

13:37 1st quarter

Georgia picks up a first down on their opening drive but eventually punts. Oklahoma takes over on their own 20.

Start of game

Georgia receives the opening kickoff.

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.

11:54 a.m. PT

Excitement is growing outside the stadium as Bulldog Nation awaits the arrive of the Georgia football team.

UGA arrives at the Rose Bowl Stadium

It's almost time - the Georgia Bulldogs are expected any moment at the Rose Bowl! As you can see, Bulldog Nation is out in FULL FORCE! (LIVE MINUTE-BY-MINUTE UPDATES:

Posted by WSB-TV on Monday, January 1, 2018

11:07 a.m. PT

Here's a look at the walk the Georgia Bulldogs will make from their lockerroom to the field.

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.