PASADENA, Calif. – The Rose Bowl stadium was packed with different shades of red as fans flocked to Pasadena to watch the Georgia Bulldogs and the Oklahoma Sooners battle for a spot in the national championship.
The Sooners won the coin toss and decided to defer, giving the Bulldogs the ball at their own 25 yard line.
Immediately, freshman quarterback Jake Fromm completed his first pass, moving the chains to the Georgia 49 yard line. After two failed passes and a 3-yard run, the Bulldogs were forced to punt.
On OU’s first possession, Rodney Anderson didn’t gain a single yard after being stopped at the line of scrimmage. Baker Mayfield completed a pass to Dimitri Flowers to move the chains. Immediately, Mayfield fired another bullet to Flowers.
Next, a pass to Mark Andrews was caught for an 8-yard gain and Georgia was called for a facemask, which resulted in a 15 yard penalty. Anderson ran for another 2 yards before Mayfield threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Brown.
After each team’s first series, OU led 7-0.
Although the Sooners’ offense was running on all cylinders, the OU defense struggled to stop the dual threat of strong running backs and freshman quarterback Jake Fromm on Georgia’s offense.
Immediately after the kickoff, Georgia gained 25 yards with a run from running back Nick Chubb. Chubb ran for another yard before Sony Michel ran for 20 yards. Jake Fromm passed a few short passes to set Georgia up at the 10 yard line. A pass to a wide open Sony Michele tied the game at 7-7.
Baker Mayfield kicked things off with a pass to Marquise Brown, who earned 9 yards after the catch. Running back Rodney Anderson ran for another three yards, earning OU another first down. Following an incomplete pass, Anderson was given the ball again, found a hole and ran for 45 yards. Immediately after the long run, Anderson was given the ball again for 9 yards to the 9 yard line. The Sooners went back to the run again, as Anderson carried for 9 yards for the score. At that point, the Sooners led the Bulldogs 14-7.
On their next possession, Georgia relied on running back Nick Chubb, who ran on several carries. Jake Fromm was able to throw down the field, but completed a 2-yard pass under pressure that was short of the first down. On a fourth down, Georgia attempted a 48-yard field goal, but missed.
The Sooners were given the ball at the 31 yard line and were only able to move it a short distance before the end of the first quarter. The quarter ended with the Sooners leading the Bulldogs 14-7.
Just a few plays into the second quarter, Mayfield gave the ball to Rodney Anderson, who ran for 41 yards to the end zone. The Sooners led 21-7.
On the first play of Georgia’s next possession, Sony Michel ran 75 yards to put the Bulldogs back on the board. The score stood at 21-14.
When the Sooners got the ball back, Baker Mayfield threw a 29-yard pass to Mark Andrews to move the chains. Next, Rodney Anderson ran the ball for a gain of five yards, followed by another run for two yards. On that play, Anderson was shaken up as he was tackled by multiple defenders. On third down at the Georgia 39 yard line, Mayfield kept the ball and ran for 10 yards and a first down. Mayfield threw a pair of incomplete passes to CeeDee Lamb. On third down, Mayfield was under pressure and dumped off a quick pass to Lamb for 14 yards and a first down. With Anderson still out, freshman Trey Sermon stepped into the game as a running back. With seven yards to go from the 12 yard line Mayfield was tangled up and sacked. Despite a 9 yard loss on the play, kicker Austin Seibert was able to end the drive with a 38 yard field goal. The Sooners led 24-14.
Georgia’s Mecole Hardman ran the ball out of the endzone for more than 30 yards, but an illegal block moved ball back to the 20. A pass quickly gained the Bulldogs another first down before D’Andre Swift ran for a two yard gain. As the defense blitzed, Fromm quickly threw a pass but it was broken up and ruled incomplete. On third down, Fromm’s pass to Sony Michel was dropped, making it fourth down.
Following the punt, the Sooners got the ball back at their own 42 yard line. Rodney Anderson went back in the game and earned seven yards. On the next play, BakerMayfield was tripped up in the back field and lost nine yards. Mayfield completed a pass to Marquise Brown, but it was short of the first down marker. Austin Seibert’s punt went 49 yards and bounced out of bounds at the 2 yard line, pinning the Bulldogs deep in their own territory.
On the first play, a hole opened up and a running back made it almost to midfield before being tackled. On the next play, OU’s Steven Parker sacked Jake Fromm. After an incomplete pass, Fromm thew a pass to Sony Michel, but it was short of the first down marker.
On the Sooners’ first drive, Trey Sermon avoided tackles and gained 31 yards. Rodney Anderson was held to just one yard before an incomplete pass by Baker Mayfield. On third down and 9 from the 42 yard line, Mayfield threw a pass to Marquise Brown who gained 25 yards on the play. CeeDee Lamb caught the next pass, putting the Sooners at the seven yard line. After a gain of just three yards on the play, the Sooners were inches short of the first down. Mayfield kept the football and gained the first down at the two yard line. After taking two timeouts, Georgia stopped Dimitri Flowers for a loss of four yards. On a trick play, CeeDee Lamb was running a reverse when he threw a two yard touchdown pass to Baker Mayfield. The Sooners went up 31-14.
A mistake on the kickoff ended up giving the Georgia Bulldogs excellent field position. With one second left on the clock, Rodrigo Blankenship kicked a 55-yard field goal to end the quarter. At the end of the half, OU led 31-17.
It started off as the tale of two halves. Throughout the third quarter, OU’s defense struggled to find a way to stop Georgia’s running game. At the same time, OU’s offense couldn’t seem to find its rhythm and struggled to move the ball.
To start off the second half, the Sooners were the first to receive the ball. Anderson was the first to kick things off with a gain of three yards. On the next play, Baker Mayfield kept the ball but lost two yards, bringing up third and nine. A pass to Marquise Brown was short by 1 yard of the first down.
Following the punt and a run, Georgia’s offense got the ball. On the first play from scrimmage, Nick Chubb ran 50 yards to the end zone for the first score of the second half. At that point, OU led 31-24.
Georgia’s scoring drive appeared to swing momentum in the Bulldogs’ favor as the defense was staunch as ever. CeeDee Lamb gained 6 yards on a pass, bringing up third down and three. Mayfield was sacked in the back field and the Sooners went three-and-out on their second possession.
Sony Michele got the ball and ran for two yards and three yards before being stopped by the Sooners’ defense. On third down, D’Andre Swift got the ball close to the first down marker but was several inches short. On the punt, OU’s CeeDee Lamb stepped away from the ball, and it was downed on the Sooners’ one-yard line.
After a three-and-out by the Bulldogs, the Sooner offense got another shot to get the ball rolling. OU running back Rodney Anderson made it three yards before being tackled at the five yard line. On the next play, Baker Mayfield kept the ball and ran for eight yards and a first down. It marked the team’s first first-down in the second half. After that, Mayfield threw an incomplete pass and then kept the ball for a short gain. Anderson was able to break free and run for 25 yards to the 38 yard line. On the next play, Mayfield hesitated and was sacked in the backfield. Then, the offensive line failed to stop a defender and Mayfield was sacked for a second time in two plays. An incomplete pass ended OU’s drive.
On the next series, Jake Fromm was able to complete an 11 yard pass for the first down. The next play, Kenneth Murray stopped a run for a loss of 1 yard. On the next play, Fromm threw a bullet down field to Javon Wims. Sony Michel was able to add three yards to that play, bringing the ball to the 38 yard line. After being pressured by the defense, Fromm, so threw away the ball. The next play, Sony Michele took the ball 38 yards for the touchdown to tie up the game at 31 points a piece.
After starting off the play with no gain, Mayfield pass to Marquise Brown was incomplete to end the third quarter.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Baker Mayfield’s pass was intercepted by Dominick Sanders. Sanders was able to run the ball back to the 4 yard line for the Bulldogs. After a couple of plays, Fromm threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Javon Wims. For the first time in the game, Georgia led the Sooners 38-31.
On OU’s next possession, the struggle continued for the offense. On the first two plays, Marquise Brown gained just one yard and Rodney Anderson gained three yards to set up third down. Mayfield’s next pass went for four yards, a couple of yards short of the first down, and OU was called for offensive holding.
For Georgia, Nick Chubb gained three yards on the Bulldogs next possession, followed by a three yard pass completion to Wims. As he was being pressured, Jake Fromm was sacked for a loss of 11 yards to end the drive.
On the first play from the Oklahoma 12-yard line, Rodney Anderson ran for 15 yards and a first down. Two plays later, Baker Mayfield threw a 36-yard pass to CeeDee Lamb to move the ball down field for the first time in the fourth quarter. Mayfield kept the football for a gain of 22 yards before handing the ball off to Anderson for a gain of three yards. Mayfield threw a touchdown pass 11 yards to Dimitri Flowers to tie the game at 38-38.
During the next series, Georgia’s first run by Sony Michel went for five yards. The next play, Fromm’s pass to Mecole Hardman was complete for a first down at the 45 yard line. The Sooner defense responded by stopping Chubb after just one yard. The next play, the tide appeared to have turned when Caleb Kelly caused Sony Michel to fumble the football. The football was recovered by Steven Parker for a touchdown, giving the Sooners back the lead 45-38.
After retaking the lead, the Sooner defense stopped Georgia from gaining much ground. Georgia got the ball back at the 25 yard line, and Nick Chubbbs was stopped by the defense. Fromm kept the ball and gained five yards to lead to a third down. Fromm’s next pass was incomplete, giving the ball back to the Sooner offense with five minutes left in the game.
The Sooners started their drive at the 23 yard line when Anderson gained five yards on the first play. On the next play, Baker Mayfield kept the football and gained two yards. Anderson failed to gain any ground on third down.
On Georgia’s first play, Sony Michel gained four yards before being stopped at the 45 yard line. Jake Fromm completed a 15-yard pass to Terry Godwin. When it looked like the pocket was crumbling, Fromm was able to get the ball to Michel for a 17 yard gain. On the next play, Fromm kept the football but was stopped short of a gain. Fromm’s next pass was thrown out-of-bounds to bring up third down. On third down, Fromm was able to throw a 16-yard pass to Godwin and make it first and goal at the 7 yard line. The next play, Fromm’s pass was incomplete, but OU was called for pass interference. A direct snap went to Chubb, who ran the two yards for the touchdown, tying the game at 45-45.
With just 55 seconds left on the clock, OU got the ball back at their own 25 yard line. On the first play, Mayfield completed a 12 yard pass to Brown to earn a first down. The second pass intended for Brown was incomplete before Anderson ran the ball for 8 yards. The next pass to Anderson was incomplete, bringing up fourth down.
With 17 seconds left on the clock, Georgia got the ball back at their own 25 yard line and took a knee to send the game into overtime.
OU won the coin toss and chose to defer. Georgia handed the ball off to Chubb, who was stopped after gaining one yard. Sony Michel gained three yards on the next play, bringing up third and six. Fromm’s pass was almost intercepted but was ruled incomplete. The field goal by Rodrigo Blankenship put the Bulldogs ahead 48-45 before OU’s possession.
On OU’s first possession, Anderson gained four yards before Mayfield completed a pass to Brown for four yards. On third down, Jordan Smallwood gained one yard but was one yard short of the first down. On fourth down, Austin Seibert tied it up 48-48 with a field goal.
During the second overtime, OU had the ball first. Rodney Anderson picked up five yards on the first carry. Mayfield attempted to scramble on the second play and his pass to Mark Andrews was incomplete. Mayfield threw a pass to the end zone which was picked off, but an off sides penalty moved the Sooners five yards closer to the end zone and let them keep possession of the ball. Kyler Murray entered the game but his first play was for no gain. Mayfield’s next pass to Anderson was a loss of two yards. On third down with 12 yards to go, Mayfield’s pass to Brown gained 7 yards. On fourth down, Austin Seibert’s 27-yard field goal attempt was blocked.
Georgia got the ball back but OU’s defense stopped D’Andre Swift, causing a loss of two yards. On the next play, a direct snap to Sony Michel sent him into the end zone for the 54-48 win in double overtime.