Pasadena, CA – In second overtime tied 48-48 from the Georgia 27 yard line, Austin Seibert Oklahoma placekicker had his attempt blocked by Carter Lorenzo.
Then two plays later from the same spot 27 yard line running back Sony Michel raced around the left side to eventually walk in end zone for the 54-48 victory in the College Football Semifinal game on New Year’s Day.
“I believed in you (Michel)….,” said Georgia head coach Kirby Smart after the game on the field as they two embraced for a victory hug.
This CFP game lived up to all the hype that was built up in No. 2 vs No.3 match up that included Heisman trophy winning quarterback Baker Mayfield that left it all out on the field for his last college game.
“Oh, I can’t believe it’s over, said Mayfield, “It’s been a wild ride.”
Georgia game plan was to stop the run in the second half. At the half they were down 31-17 after kicking a late field goal to cut the lead down to 14 points.
“Absolutely. We can stop the run first; try to make them one dimensional.” said coach Kirby Smart
Smart knew that Mayfield would have to be the one to beat his Bulldogs, and he didn’t only throwing for 87 yards in second half to finish the day with 287 yards with 2 touchdowns.
Pretty interesting that Smart dared Oklahoma to test his Db’s but they couldn’t capitalizes on the extra time of possession.
In overtime, the crowd and Georgia’s defensive coordinator had to be surprised that coach Lincoln Riley didn’t put the game in Mayfield hands.
In the end Georgia freshman Jake Fromm was the victor throwing for 210 yards with 2 touchdowns.
The real hero was part of a double headed running duo lead by offensive MVP Michel who ran for 181 yards with 3 touchdowns.
“I mean, when I scored a touchdown, I knew it was over.” said Michel, “We finally get a chance to play for something big.”
So after this Georgia victory, they will now play in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday January 8, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia verse Alabama.