“Humble yourself,” Georgia linebacker Davin Bellamy shouted towards Heisman winner Baker Mayfield after the Bulldogs overcame the hard fought battle Monday against Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl winning 54-48.
With 2nd down and 12 yards to go in 2OT, Georgia sets up the Wildcat formation and RB Sony Michel burst his way to the end-zone to move the Bulldogs one step closer to the promise land for the first time in since 1980.
SEE YA SONY! The Bulldogs are running to the NATTY! pic.twitter.com/WvIoD9DWuG
— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) January 2, 2018
Just a few plays before that Georgia’s DE Lorenzo Carter steps up big in blocking the Oklahoma Kicker’s Field Goal attempt which swung the momentum to the Bulldogs on their game winning series.
But lets take a step back and remember what got the Bulldogs to this point.
Oklahoma’s Offense seemed to find their groove early after getting a stop on the defensive end and quickly scoring the first Touchdown of the Rose Bowl.
However, Georgia came right back at the Sooners and scored seven for themselves to even things up and from there on, fans knew this was going to be a shootout.
Oklahoma jumped to a comfortable 31-14 lead just seconds before the first half ended and it seemed like the Sooners had full control of this game.
However, with just a few seconds left Oklahoma squib kicks to the Bulldogs and they recover it quickly and run one play thats puts them in field goal range.
From 55-yards deep Rodrigo Blankenship also known as “Hot Rod” with no hesitation boots in the Field Goal to cut the lead to 31-17 heading into halftime and from there on things went up hill for the Bulldogs.
Georgia found themselves ahead 38-31 but couldn’t add on to the lead which led to Baker Mayfield marching down field again to tie the game up 38-38.
The bulldogs looked to take the lead back and continued to use the run game. Sony Michel ran to the outside trying to find a hole and gets hit hard by a Sooner which caused him to fumble. The ball was picked up and taken to the house to put the Sooners up 45-38 late in the fourth quarter.
With the last drive it was all on true-freshman Quarterback Jake Fromm. Looking as composed as ever Fromm, lead the Bulldogs down the field and handed it off to Nick Chubb who runs it in to send the Rose Bowl to overtime for the first time in College Playoff history.
The Running Back duo of the Bulldogs Michel and Chubb ran for a combined 326 rushing yards, five Touchdowns on 25 carries.
Jake Fromm showed that he isn’t afraid of the spotlight completing 20-29 of his passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns.
The Bulldogs were able to celebrate Monday Night but have to forget about their hard fought win fast as they will face Alabama next Monday.
Alabama has the advantage over the Bulldogs in head-to-head meetings 38-25. But for the first time Nick Saban will have to face his former assistant Kirby Smart. The Crimson Tide comes in to this National Championship game after handling the number 1 seeded Tigers 24-6 in the Sugar Bowl.
Concerns are raised as Georgia had to go through a emotional battle to get to this game will they be ready and able to bounce back in just a week against an experienced Nick Saban team?
Knowing this team and Kirby Smart, Georgia will be more than ready and prepared for the battle.
The Bulldogs have waited a long time to get back to the National Championship and a lot of their student-athletes came back their Senior years for this moment.
The National Championship game will be played in newly built Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia next Monday at 8.pm.
Daric Clemens – @DClemens_