Georgia rocks Rose Bowl in classic finish

Georgia rocks Rose Bowl in classic finish

It was the first overtime game in the 104-year history of the Rose Bowl, the highest-scoring Rose Bowl ever and the first College Football Playoff game to go into overtime.

That is what is going to haunt him in the months to come: The tale of two Baker Mayfields.

Self-sabotage. Self-sabotage in the form of Riley putting a governor on his offense and most important player. At the same time, OU's offense couldn't seem to find its rhythm and struggled to move the ball.

As the quarterback who carried every slight on his shoulder, beginning with all the coaches who passed on him as an undersized high school recruit, deemed too small and too slow to play at the FBS level.

In fact, Georgia's locker room was crowded with great running backs after Monday's game.

On Rodney Anderson's second touchdown of the night, he ran 41 yards through a giant hole on the left created by All-American tackle Orlando Brown, who is a likely first-round pick in April.

The whole Alabama-Georgia concept was still very fresh in those moments after the big Sugar Bowl win.

"I'm sure all of us are taking a beating right now", he said to a small group of reporters Wednesday morning.

"You'd think we were winning at halftime", Chubb said.

Now, fast forward to the final minute of the third quarter.


But it wouldn't have mattered anyone since Michel scored a touchdown for Georgia.

First half dominance, however, belonged to Oklahoma. My team just had faith in me", Bulldogs running back Sony Michel said after the game (ESPN), "That's what this team is all about. Everyone stood back and watched history in the making.

SONY MICHEL: We just wanted to play our style of football. The back shifted to Fromm's left side. A defensive pass interference in the end zone put Georgia at the goal line and Chubb ran it in on a direct snap.

The third quarter was a complete reversal from the opening two quarters, which were largely controlled by Oklahoma's high-powered, balanced offensive attack. "He just didn't hit it well and ended up going right to their guy, which that's the one thing you can't do and we did".

Predictably, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops has drawn plenty of ire in the wake of OU's 54-48 Rose Bowl loss.

Oklahoma's ability to run the football against the stout Georgia defense was a big question mark coming into the game, but the Sooners proved that their running game was stronger than anticipated. The security blanket was taken away and he didn't always do the best job of dealing with that adversity, although he did rebound late, bringing the Sooners back from a third-quarter deficit to tie the game and eventually take the lead, although it didn't hold.

"He should have been there", Chubb said. The game was tied at 48 in the second overtime, and the Sooners lined up in field goal formation to take the lead. The Rose Bowl ended up being his final game, and the braggadocios Heisman Trophy victor was emotional when asked about his time at Oklahoma ending.

However, the Bulldogs made one mistake.

When the Bulldogs and Sooners exchanged field goals in the first overtime, there was hope.

Maybe it was due to the flu-like sickness he'd battled in the days leading up to the game (Mayfield said he never felt fatigued). We called the same defenses we called in the first half.

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