One Last Look At Georgia's Key Moments Of The Rose Bowl

One Last Look At Georgia's Key Moments Of The Rose Bowl

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One Last Look At Georgia's Key Moments Of The Rose Bowl

It was an instant classic and a game that will be discussed for decades. Georgia’s 54-48, double overtime victory over Oklahoma had a bit of everything and was an emotional roller coaster. 

Many are calling it the greatest Rose Bowl game ever, and one of the best college football games of all time. Big plays, nearly 1,000 yards of offense, 102 points, blocked kicks, broken records and even defensive gems, the 2018 Rose Bowl will be one of those legendary games in Georgia and college football history.

Here’s a look back at the key plays that allowed Georgia to overcome a 17-point deficit late in the second half and advance to the national championship game.

• The Sooners were piling up yards and points in the first half. Rodney Anderson ran 41 yards for a touchdown which put the Sooners up 21-7 early in the 2nd quarter. The Dawgs needed an answer and it came on their next play from scrimmage. Sony Michel ripped off a 75-yard TD run to keep Georgia in the game. The offensive line opened such a large hole, had the game been one-hand touch, Michel still would have scored.

• Oklahoma had scored on a Baker Mayfield trick play with 6 seconds remaining in the half to go up 31-14. The Sooner offensive juggernaut was rolling and Oklahoma was to receive the second half kickoff. Saying it was gloomy in the Georgia section would have been generous. On the ensuing kickoff, the Sooners boot a rocket of a squib kick that somehow Georgia linebacker Tae Crowder scoops like third baseman and immediately falls to the ground at the 47. With five seconds on the clock, Jake Fromm hits Terry Godwin with a perfect out pattern at the 38.  One second remains and Rodrigo Blankenship’s 55-yard field goal was not only a huge momentum changer and a personal best, but also a Rose Bowl record.

• Oklahoma receives the 2nd half kickoff. The Dawgs fly down the field and nail the returner at the 14 yard line. The Rose Bowl erupts and momentum is wearing Red & Black. Oklahoma goes three and out. The Dawgs’ defense has set the tone for the balance of the game.

• Mecole Hardman’s 21-yard punt return sets the Bulldogs up at the 50. On Georgia’s first offensive play after halftime, the line opened an express lane, and Nick Chubb’s 50-yard touchdown run changed the definition of the game.

• With the score 31-24, the teams trade punts. Georgia’s Cameron Nizialek booms a 61-yarder that’s downed at Oklahoma’s 2 yard line.

• Dawgs hold again and Michel’s 38-yard TD run with 41 seconds left in the 3rd quarter pulls the Dawgs even at 31.

• Dominick Sanders intercepts Mayfield and returns to the Oklahoma 4.  Fromm hits Javon Wims on the slant for a TD and Georgia has its first lead of the game, 38-31.

• With 3:45 remaining and the Sooners leading 45-38, Roquan Smith makes the crucial tackle on 3rd and 3 for no gain at the Oklahoma 30 to give the ball back to the Dawgs.

•On a scary 3rd and 10 with 1:04 left, Fromm, as cool as a California cucumber, completes a crucial 16-yard pass over the middle to Godwin, to the Oklahoma  7.

• After Chubb’s two yard run to make it 45-44, Blankenship mis-times his approach to the ball and Nizialek’s hold, has to stutter-step but calmly nails the extra point. 45-45.

• Lorenzo Carter’s considerable hand blocks Oklahoma’s 27-yard field goal attempt in the second overtime.

• Led by blocks from Jeb Blazevich and Fromm, Michel’s 27-yard TD run out of the Wild Dawg, sends Georgia to an improbable 54-48 Rose Bowl victory and a trip to the National Championship game.

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