Top performers from the Bulldogs win over Oklahoma

Top performers from the Bulldogs win over Oklahoma

"You know, an epic Rose Bowl game".

Throughout the third quarter, OU's defense struggled to find a way to stop Georgia's running game. It was a reverse to receiver CeeDee Lamb, who flipped a touchdown pass to quarterback Baker Mayfield with seconds left in the first half, giving OU its largest lead.

Q. Sony, you had a 38-yard touchdown run.

Mayfield's storybook run ends with a 4,627-yard, 43-touchdown and 6-interception campaign.

Georgia Coach Kirby Smart agreed it was a classic, with both teams spilling their guts out. I really just think the emotion in the players settled down and played with a little more discipline and a little more passion and energy.

Mayfield responded by leading a tying 88-yard touchdown drive in just six plays ending with 8:47 left in regulation, but the Oklahoma offense didn't reach the end zone again.

Seconds after Mayfield's TD catch, Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley called for a squib kick in an effort to burn as numerous remaining 10 seconds off the clock as possible.

In the first quarter, the Bulldogs ran 11 pass plays to only seven runs, even as the running game was picking up huge chunks of yards. Georgia's defense, porous in the first half, had not let Oklahoma advance past midfield in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs made some effective defensive tweaks at halftime, which led to Mayfield's dusting himself off frequently after getting sacked.

Or certainly of the most really good ones. "We were more physical, we were more physical than them and we just kept chopping", said Fromm.

A long field goal by Rodrigo Blankenship just before halftime shifted the momentum a bit in the Rose Bowl, sending the Bulldogs into halftime down 31-17 instead of 31-14. "You know, man, we're Running Back U. We always have the best backs".

Two plays later, Mayfield bought time with his feet, waiting for his primary target, fullback Dimitri Flowers, to wheel around the back of the end zone, where Mayfield delivered a dart.

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This game-winning touchdown was set up by a fellow senior Lorenzo Carter who blocked Oklahoma's go-ahead field goal attempt on their possession of the second overtime.

Chubb was told that he was announced as the Rose Bowl offensive player of the game, but that they made a late change for Michel after his game-winner.

For the Sooners, it was a wrenching end to a remarkable season.

"I felt fine", he said, a raspy voice partly belying his statement. "He reminds me of Brett Favre, because he makes all the throws, he's mobile and he can improvise on the run".

Mayfield started his career at Texas Tech with the Red Raiders before transferring to Oklahoma. An apparent interception in overtime was negated by penalty. "I'm proud as hell to be their coach", he said. "It's been a wild ride".

Riley is in his first season as Oklahoma's head coach.

"It was close", he said.

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

He opted for the safer choice, and moments later he and his team had been defeated.

Having won the game in a 2OT thriller 54-48, Georgia celebrated their National Championship bid on the field with Quavo by their side while confetti fell and the boys held newspapers that read "Later Sooners".

Then came an update: The recipient had been switched to Michel.

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