Georgia Bulldogs advance to National Championship

Marie Harrington
January 2, 2018

The Heisman Trophy victor couldn't convert those opportunities, and plenty of Sooners fans wished Mayfield had been given a whole lot more chances to conjure his usual magic during Georgia's epic 54-48, double-overtime win Monday night. The Bulldogs' senior backfield tandem of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel combined for 326 rushing yards and six total touchdowns, including Michel's game-winning score in the second overtime period.

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

Oklahoma attempted only that single shovel pass during its first overtime possession, which went nowhere and resulted in a field goal.

The national championship game is January 8 in Atlanta.

Georgia will play the victor of the Sugar Bowl played between #4 Alabama and #1 Clemson.

The Bulldogs (12-1) rode that stifling defense to the program's first Southeastern Conference championship since 2005 - a familiar formula for second-year head coach Kirby Smart, who is actually making his third appearance in the playoff. Bulldogs linebacker Roquan Smith made a game-high 11 tackles and was selected as the defensive player of the game.

"I made plays. I gave up plays". 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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"I've been able to keep up with them a little bit throughout the year, and Coach Smart's done obviously a tremendous job with that group in such a short amount of time", Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said.

That first Auburn game was on the road, but Georgia got revenge on the Tigers in the SEC title game in Atlanta.

Georgia: The Bulldogs came in with the sixth-best defense in the country, but Mayfield and the Sooners sliced it up in the first half, including a nifty reverse pass to the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback that made it 31-14 with 6 seconds left in the second quarter.

Lorenzo Carter blocked Seibert's 27-yard field goal attempt in the second overtime.

Oklahoma: The Sooners' defense has been an issue all season, but it did look for a while like it might make the decisive play.

But with a chance to close out the game with 3:22 left in the fourth, Georgia freshman quarterback Jake Fromm led a game-tying drive. That game was at the Rose Bowl, although it wasn't the official Rose Bowl game, which was between Ohio State and OR that season. Fromm finished 20-for-29 for 210 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

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