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UGA wins Rose Bowl, heading to national championship game

Published: Monday, January 01, 2018 @ 11:25 PM
By: WSBTV.com

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.

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Michel, who had a fumble in the fourth quarter returned for a go-ahead Oklahoma touchdown and ran for 181 yards and three scores for the Bulldogs (13-1), but none bigger than the last one in the second overtime.

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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 six 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.

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On Jan 8., the Bulldogs will play either Alabama or Clemson for the national championship, in Atlanta, about 90 miles from their campus. It will be a chance to win their first national title since 1980.

The first overtime Rose Bowl was also the highest-scoring one, 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 overtime 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.