Road To A Championship Title
Rose Bowl: #2 Oklahoma vs. #3 Georiga
2018 started out with a BANG! The first semi-final game between the #2 Oklahoma Sooners and the #3 Georgia Bulldogs did not disappoint.
The first half began with two six play drives for a touchdown by Baker Mayfield and the Sooners. In between these two drives, Georgia also put up 7 points with a 75 yard drive.
Oklahoma went on to punt only 1 time in the first half and put up 31 points against a top ranked Bulldog defense.
One questionable play was a squib kick that Georgia corralled at the end of the first half and set up a 55 yard field goal to pull within 14 of Oklahoma.
The second half began with a punt from OU and a 50 yard drive for a touchdown by UGA to bring the game to 24-31 (OU).
After a couple 3 and out drives by both teams and a punt by OU, Georgia knotted things up at 31 with a 38 yard touchdown run by Sony Michel.
The very next drive Baker Mayfield threw a costly interception on their own 18. That resulted in the Dawgs going up 38-31 to start the 4th quarter.
Another pair of 3 and out drives followed by another Sooner touchdown tied the game at 38.
Georgia then had a mis-cue, fumbling the ball at their own 46 yard line where Steven Parker scooped and scored to take back the lead for the Sooners.
Then, with 55 seconds left on the clock, Georgia RB Nick Chubb took the ball into the end-zone and pushed the game into overtime.
After winning the OT toss and choosing defense, Baker Mayfield ran to the OU fan section yelling and jumping up and down to get them hyped up. However, both teams offense fizzled in the first OT scoring only a field goal, sending the game to 2OT.
In the second overtime, Georgia held OU to a field goal attempt from 27 yards out but Georgia’s Lorenzo Carter got a hand on the ball and blocked the kick!
Georgia’s Sony Michel broke free on the 2nd play of 2OT with a 27 yard touchdown to seal the win for Georgia 54-48 sending the Bulldogs back home to Atlanta for the Championship game next Monday.
Sugar Bowl: #1 Clemson vs. #4 Alabama
The first half played out how a lot of people expected; a chess match between two great coaches.
The half was a back and forth battle of field position and defensive stops. Alabama ended the half with a missed field goal but a 10-3 lead.
Alabama received the ball to start the second half and was looking to break Clemson’s spirits. However, an Alabama team who only had 8 turnovers (fewest in the FBS) fumbled the ball on the first play from scrimmage.
Clemson took over at the ‘Bama 20 yard line but had to settle for a field goal after their 3 plays amassed for -5 yards.
Clemson had their chances. On the very next drive they marched down the field looking to close the gap in this 10-6 game. However, Tiger QB Kelly Bryant was hit in the backfield causing the ball to deflect into a defenders arms.
The Tide capitalized on that mistake and extended their lead to 17-6.
The next play on offense was a disaster for the Tigers. Bryant’s pass was deflected into the hands of Mack Wilson who dove in for an 18 yard pick 6.
This was the last score of the game as neither team made it to the end-zone again.
Alabama wanted to prove that they deserved to be in the CFP Championship and they did just that, handily beating the #1 team in the nation.
Now, the All-SEC Championship is set to be played on Monday, January 8th. #whoyagot #getyourpopcornready