Georgia blocked Oklahoma's shot for victory. Michel also scored on a 75-yard run in the second quarter, a 38-yard run in the third quarter and a 13-yard pass from Jake Fromm in the first quarter. "I just came in there and let them know that I have their back, that we have their back as an offense".
"When I scored a touchdown, I knew it was over", Michel told reporters after the game. "That's what this team is all about". They say adversity kind of reveals character.
After the game, outside linebacker Davin Bellamy, Carter's close friend and teammate, expressed his happiness in the huge play that helped Georgia defeat the Sooners and reach its first true national championship game since the 1982 season.
Their collaborative performance upstaged Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, this season's Heisman victor, who was intermittently outstanding following a week of intense scrutiny over his dealing with flulike symptoms.
Georgia fans left the Rose Bowl on Monday night dealing with a case of emotional whiplash.
In fact, Georgia's locker room was crowded with great running backs after Monday's game.
Several Alabama players reacted to the matchup between the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs in the locker room after beating Clemson 24-6 in the Sugar Bowl. "It's not done", Michel said. We talked about it a lot, that we get another chance to finish it out the right way. He wasn't holding the ball and waiting for someone to come open at times. He also caught his first career touchdown off a reverse pass with six seconds to go in the first half, which gave the Sooners a 31-14 lead.
Any score would have ended it for the Bulldogs, and on the second play Michel slipped one tackle and was home free. A double-reserve on which Lamb found a wide-open Mayfield in the corner of the end zone gave the Sooners a three-possession lead, with no signs of slowing down. "We were more physical, we were more physical than them and we just kept chopping", said Fromm.
"I can't believe it's over", Mayfield said through tears. "Its been a wild ride", said Mayfield with a hoarse voice before he started to cry. Georgia got pressure on the first attempt but just couldn't get a hand on the ball.
I love him, love the rest of these guys. "There's a reason we've won three Big 12 titles in a row, and that I've put myself in a good position going forward in the future". Rodrigo Blankenship missed his first field goal, a 48-yard kick, but drilled his second one from a career-long 55 yards. Georgia entered with the nation's No. 2 passing defense, and that unit finally engaged after intermission.
Talent-wise, Mayfield is already a top-five quarterback in the draft, but mix that with the passion that he has, then it becomes impossible to pass up on him. On third and 2 from the 17 Georgia All-America linebacker Roquan Smith nailed Jordan Smallwood a yard short of the first down.
He produced more than just the momentous play. After slowing the Sooners in the second half, the Bulldogs' defense held them out of the end zone in both overtimes.
Perhaps he was simply loosening up his throwing arm and his play-calling voice, as well as the vocal cords of Sooners supporters, who had plenty to cheer for in the first half.
"Man, we stunk it up and played really bad", Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said. Oklahoma managed only 171 yards and one touchdown in the second half and OT.
He was able to use option and play action to really shed the Bulldogs defense.
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