'Dawgs run wild: Georgia beats Oklahoma 54-48 in Rose Bowl

Randolph Lopez
January 2, 2018

After an earlier fumble that left the senior hanging his head in despair, the Bulldogs senior ripped off a 27-yard run in double-overtime to send the Bulldogs into the national championship game with a 54-48 win in the Rose Bowl over Oklahoma. And one more thing: Don't discount the OU defense - Georgia's run game is exactly the kind of offense Mike Stoops loves to scheme for.

The Rose Bowl twitter account shared the awesome moment as the Bulldog players realize they will be heading home to play for a title in Atlanta in the coming days. The two teams combined for more than 1,000 yards of offense, led by Georgia's 317 rushing yards. Georgia lost two yards on a running play before Michel broke through the left side for his fourth score.

Corey Knapp: Oklahoma scoring first and then getting out to a two-touchdown lead will be a key for the Sooners, as Georgia has rarely had to play from multiple scores down at all this season, and when it did - first Auburn game - it wasn't pretty. Sooners coach Lincoln Riley decided not to go for it, and Austin Seibert made his 33-yard kick.

Sony Michel had a 27-yard touchdown run on the second play of the ensuing Georgia possession, and the Bulldogs advanced to the championship game in Atlanta on January 8.

"What a game, what an atmosphere", Georgia coach Kirby Smart told ESPN on the field after the game.

Connor Riley: Oklahoma will undoubtedly be the best offense Georgia has played this season. "He stretches and extends plays, extremely explosive, not afraid to make any throws".

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"We kept believing. We knew we were a fourth-quarter team".

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.

Oklahoma is in the College Football Playoff for the second time in three years after losing the Orange Bowl semifinal to Clemson in 2015.

Smith came up with his biggest plays in overtime. Smith and company just played better.

That made the score 31-14 with just six second left, but amazingly that was still time for Georgia to get points on the board after the Sooners failed to execute a squib kick which up-man Tae Crowder recovered at midfield. Because of that intangibles advantage and historic offensive firepower, the Sooners have a great shot to emerge victorious in the Rose Bowl.

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