UGA wins Rose Bowl, heading to national championship game

Confetti flies over Georgia and Oklahoma coaches and players at Disney California Adventure Park on Wednesday

Confetti flies over Georgia and Oklahoma coaches and players at Disney California Adventure Park on Wednesday

The National Championship game will be played on Monday Jan. 8 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Both teams kicked a field goal in the first overtime but Georgia blocked Oklahoma's field goal attempt in the second overtime, the pivotal moment in overtime.

Following a 9-yard pass to Terry Godwin, out trotted Rodrigo Blankenship to squeak in a 55-yard field goal - a Rose Bowl record - to make the halftime score 31-17. Georgia lost two yards on a running play before Michel broke through the left side for his fourth score.

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The Bulldogs (12-1) rode that stifling defense to the program's first Southeastern Conference championship since 2005 - a familiar formula for second-year head coach Kirby Smart, who is actually making his third appearance in the playoff. "My heart goes out to the Oklahoma team, because these guys played their tails off".

"It's a different style", Smart said of Oklahoma's 44.9-point per game offense. The victor could be who handles the other team's strength the best: Georgia has not faced a passing attack the caliber of Oklahoma's, but the Sooners' offense has not lined up against a defense like the Bulldogs.

The Sooners' dreamlike run to the playoff included quarterback Baker Mayfield winning the Heisman Trophy with 41 touchdown passes and 4,340 yards through the air.

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Chubb ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Michel and Chubb have accounted for 8,284 total rushing yards in their time at Georgia, surpassing SMU's duo of Eric Dickerson and Craig James (8,193).

Corey Knapp: Oklahoma scoring first and then getting out to a two-touchdown lead will be a key for the Sooners, as Georgia has rarely had to play from multiple scores down at all this season, and when it did - first Auburn game - it wasn't pretty. "We were more physical, we were more physical than them and we just kept chopping", said Fromm.

Brian Stultz: Georgia's defense taking on Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is the best matchup of either playoff games. Fromm finished 20-for-29 for 210 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. The Sooners had 37 yards in their first five possession of the second half before that drive. The Sooners had taken a 45-38 lead when Steven Parker returned Michel's fumble for a TD with 6:52 left in the fourth. Oklahoma had 360 yards in the first half, the second-most the Bulldogs had allowed in a game this season.

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"Everybody kept giving it their all".

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