In one-half of the College Football Playoff, Georgia outlasted Oklahoma 54-48 in double overtime of the highest scoring Rose Bowl Game ever last Monday.
Senior Sony Michel’s 27-yard run was the difference with 92,844 in attendance and came after junior Austin Seibert’s 27-yard field goal was blocked by senior linebacker Lorenzo Carter.
(it was) the highest scoring Rose Bowl Game ever
In the first overtime, sophomore Rodrigo Blankenship hit a 38-yard field goal and Seibert a 33-yarder.
Senior Nick Chubb’s two-yard burst with 55 seconds left evened it at 45-45.
The Sooners (12-2) held a 17-point lead with six seconds left in the second quarter when freshman Cee Dee Lamb (66 yards on six catches) hit senior Baker Mayfield with a two-yard pass, only to see the Bulldogs erupt for 24 unanswered points and pull ahead 38-31.
Georgia (13-1) cut it to 31-17 on Blankenship’s 55-yarder as time ran out in the second quarter.
After Chubb (145 yards on 14 carries) had a 50-yard gallop with 12:25 left in the third period, Oklahoma’s lead was 31-24 and a 38-yard romp by Michel (181 yards on 11 rushes) evened it at 31-31 with 41 seconds showing in the same quarter.
When freshman Jake Fromm (20 of 29 for 210 yards) found senior Javon Wims (73 yards on six catches) with a four-yard laser and 13:57 left in the fourth period, the Bulldogs (527 total net yards) bulled ahead 38-31 and resulted when Mayfield (23 of 35 for 287 yards) was picked off by senior safety Dominick Sanders.
“I can’t believe it’s over,’’ said Mayfield, the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner. “It’s been a rough ride. Being with the best coach (Lincoln Riley) in the country. There’s a reason I’m sitting here today. There’s a reason we won three Big 12 titles in a row. There’s a reason our team’s in the playoffs this year.’’
Mayfield’s 11-yard strike to senior Dimitri Flowers (53 yards on three catches) tied it at 38-38 with 8:47 left in the fourth quarter and senior defensive back Steven Parker’s 46-yard fumble return of Michel’s miscue and 6:52 showing had the Sooners (531 total yards) in front 45-38.
Mayfield’s 13-yard bullet to sophomore Marquise Brown (114 yards on eight receptions) made it 7-0 with 11:31 on the timer in the first quarter.
Fromm’s 13-yard aerial to Michel (41 yards on four catches) evened it at 7-7 and 8:27 left in the same frame, but sophomore Rodney Anderson (201 yards on 26 carries) had a nine-yard scamper that gave Oklahoma a 14-7 edge with 6:56 in the first stanza.
Anderson’s 41-yard sprint with 14:12 left in the second quarter made it 21-7, but Michel’s 75-yard burst cut it to 21-14 with 14 minutes remaining.
Seibert’s 38-yarder with 9:12 left in the first half gave Oklahoma a 24-14 lead.
Rick Assad has written about sports for the Pasadena Star-News and Los Angeles Times. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.