Bulldogs literally raise the roof over Rose Bowl win

Bulldogs literally raise the roof over Rose Bowl win

The Sooners led by as many as 17 points in their College Football Playoff semifinal Monday but couldn't hold on, as Georgia rallied for a dramatic, 54-48 victory in double overtime in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual.

The Bulldogs will play Alabama on January 8 for the national championship in Atlanta, about 90 miles from their campus - with a chance to win their first national title since 1980.

"We encouraged them while they were out there to kind of try to stay around Central Time if they could because you go to bed a little bit earlier, get up a little bit earlier so the transition coming back wouldn't be real bad", Smart said.

"That's a good football team".

Alabama and Georgia collided in a memorable SEC title game following the 2012 season, with the Crimson Tide prevailing 32-28. "Of course, a lot of our guys were getting exhausted early in the night, so they wanted to go to bed earlier, and their bodies were naturally getting up earlier". But apparently the determination of Chubb had been made before Michel's 27-yard touchdown in the second overtime won the game. Georgia's night turned sour again when OU linebacker Caleb Kelly forced the ball from Michel's hands and into the grasp of Sooner safety Steven Parker, who returned it for a 46-yard score that gave the Sooners a 45-38 lead in the fourth.

Q. Sony, you had a 38-yard touchdown run.

"There was a lot of excitement, but our ultimate goal was to get to the national championship, and I think that's everybody's focus", Michel said. He converted on 3rd-and-10 at the OU 23 with just over a minute left before Chubb scored the game-tying touchdown.

In the end, Mayfield's chance of becoming the fifth Heisman Trophy victor to win a national championship in the last 10 years was thwarted.

A day after arriving in Los Angeles for Rose Bowl preparations, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said he was hoping for a "good problem" to emerge.

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

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.

"I know it's probably a little easier on the other two being in New Orleans, but it's tough on anybody", Smart said. "We wanted to run the ball, and we did that".

"This decision was hard", said Riley, who became emotional during his weekly press conference, unable to speak for several seconds. But Mayfield's attitude is largely because he can back up what he says.

Mayfield threw for 287 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the losing effort. "I've been hearing about him for a long time".

But on Monday, Michel made the plays when it mattered. On the next play, running back Nick Chubb took off on a 50-yard touchdown run that brought Georgia within seven, 31-24.

"I told him that he had to keep running and trying to hit the corner", Chubb said. "There was a lot of energy and guys leading". I just knew it wasn't playing to our style and whatever that was. College is one thing, but no one is going to get away with those types of antics in the NFL.

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