'Dawgs run wild: Georgia beats Oklahoma 54-48 in Rose Bowl

No. 3 Georgia slays Baker Mayfield and No. 2 Oklahoma to win the Rose Bowl in double overtime shootout

No. 3 Georgia slays Baker Mayfield and No. 2 Oklahoma to win the Rose Bowl in double overtime shootout

For a second it appeared that Georgia had set itself up a chance to go for the win right there when Deandre Baker picked off Baker Mayfield, only to have the play waved off when Jonathan Ledbetter jumped offside.

The teams traded field goals in the first overtime game in Rose Bowl history, with a score of 48-48 as they headed into double OT. Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops will try and do the same thing several other coaches tried all year: Stop the Georgia run game and force the true freshman quarterback to carry the load offensively.

The Bulldogs sent the game into overtime on Nick Chubb's 2-yard touchdown run with 55 seconds left in regulation. That's the most points ever in the first half of a Playoff game, though not the most in any half, period.

Later Monday, Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts went 16 for 24 for 120 yards and two touchdowns en route to the 24-6 win. The Bulldogs need a good push to prevent Mayfield from finding any sense of a comfort zone and to thwart the Oklahoma run game from establishing itself.

Trailing 31-17 at the half, Georgia's defense did what it had to do, stopping the Sooners on their opening possession, forcing a punt that Mecole Hardman returned to the 50-yard line.

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.

The 2018 National Championship kicks off on January 8 at 8 p.m. EST.

Texans GM Rick Smith taking leave of absence
After Sunday's loss to the Colts, O'Brien called his first losing season as an National Football League coach "absolutely brutal". O'Brien's return keeps offensive continuity in Houston and is good news for Deshaun Watson , DeAndre Hopkins, and Will Fuller.

Two plays later, Fromm hit Javon Wims for the 5-yard touchdown and a 38-31 Bulldog lead with 13:57 to play.

Mayfield and company were everything they were built up to be. The Bulldogs have made most offenses look bad this season, but the Sooners are on another level.

It wasn't all due to Mayfield.

Jake Fromm completed 20 of 29 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns for Georgia.

Of course, Mayfield played a huge role, too.

Oklahoma got 201 yards and two touchdowns rushing from Rodney Anderson, and 287 yards and two touchdowns passing from Mayfield, but the Sooners were held in check after scoring five times in six first-half possessions. Smith and Reggie Carter stopped wide receiver Jordan Smallwood short of the marker on a third-and-2 run in the first overtime, forcing the Sooners to kick a field goal.

Mayfield completed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Dimitri Flowers to cap an 88-yard drive and tie the game at 38 with 8:47 remaining.

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