Georgia outlasts Oklahoma, 54-48, to reach title game

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By: Associated Press
January 1, 2018

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Georgia is going to the national championship game.

Sony Michel's 27-yard touchdown run in double overtime gave Georgia a 54-48 win over Oklahoma in a Rose Bowl thriller.

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. Georgia will play Alabama in the title game on Jan. 8.

Rodrigo Blankenship made a 38-yard field goal to give Georgia a 48-45 lead in overtime. Austin Seibert's 33-yard field goal tied the game at 48 to force the second overtime. Lorenzo Carter blocked Seibert's second field-goal attempt to set up Michel's game winner.

Oklahoma's Steven Parker returned a fumble by Michel 46 yards for a touchdown with 6:52 left in regulation to give Oklahoma a 45-38 lead, but Nick Chubb's 2-yard touchdown run with 55 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter tied the score to force overtime.

Georgia entered the game allowing just 13.2 points and 270.9 yards per game, good for fourth nationally in each category. The Sooners gained 360 yards and led 31-17 at halftime.

Georgia rallied and finally took the lead on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Jake Fromm to Javon Wims early in the fourth quarter. The Sooners responded with an 88-yard scoring drive that ended when Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield connected with Dimitri Flowers for an 11-yard touchdown pass to tie the score at 38.

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