Rushing duo carries Bulldogs over Sooners in epic Rose Bowl finish

Georgia halfback Sony Michel rushed 27 yards in the second overtime for his fourth touchdown of the game and the No. 3 Bulldogs overcame a 17-point deficit to advance to the national championship game in a wild 54-48 victory over the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners in the 104th Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on Monday.

The national championship game is Jan. 8 in Atlanta.

Michel had 181 yards and three touchdowns rushing and caught four passes for 41 yards and a score as the Bulldogs (13-1) posted the largest comeback in Rose Bowl history in what was also the highest-scoring Rose Bowl.

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PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Mecole Hardman #4 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates by kissing the trophy after the Georgia Bulldogs beat the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Linebacker Lorenzo Carter #7 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates with a fan after winning the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual against the Oklahoma Sooners 54-48 at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Mecole Hardman #4 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates by holding up the trophy after the Georgia Bulldogs beat the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners and Mark Andrews #81 of the Oklahoma Sooners hug after the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Roquan Smith #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates after defeating the Oklahoma Sooners 54-48 in double overtime in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Sony Michel #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates after scoring the winning touchdown in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Linebacker Lorenzo Carter #7 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates with a fan after winning the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual against the Oklahoma Sooners 54-48 at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Sony Michel #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs scores the winning touchdown in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: A general view of the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Georgia Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Austin Seibert #43 of the Oklahoma Sooners attempts the field goal but is blocked by Lorenzo Carter #7 of the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Nick Chubb #27 of the Georgia Bulldogs and Isaiah Wynn #77 celebrate after Chubb scores a touchdown in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:The Georgia Bulldogs huddle in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates after Steven Parker #10 of the Oklahoma Sooners scores a 46 yard touchdown because of a fumble by Sony Michel #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners looks to avoid a sack by linebacker Roquan Smith #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs in the second half in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners throws a pass during the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates after the Bulldogs beat the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Mecole Hardman #4 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates by holding up the trophy after the Georgia Bulldogs beat the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Sony Michel #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts after the Bulldogs beat the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
January 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates with offensive lineman Bobby Evans (71) his touchdown scored against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first half in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Aaron Davis (35) sacks Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) during the third quarter of the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Nick Chubb (27) runs the ball for a touchdown during the third quarter of the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Nick Chubb (27) runs the ball for a touchdown during the third quarter of the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
January 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners running back Rodney Anderson (24) celebrates his touchdown scored against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first half in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
January 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver CeeDee Lamb throws a pass to quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) for a touchdown against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first half in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Jake Fromm (11) passes the ball defended by Oklahoma Sooners defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (31) during the first quarter of the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Sony Michel (1) scores a touchdown against the Oklahoma Sooners in the first quarter in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
January 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Sony Michel (1) runs the ball against the Oklahoma Sooners during the first half in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
January 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; wide receiver Marquise Brown (5) celebrates his touchdown scored against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first half in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Jake Fromm (11) prepares for the snap during the first quarter of the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
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Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass during the first quarter of the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners and Marquise Brown #5 of the Oklahoma Sooners hug after playing in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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Rodrigo Blankenship made a 38-yard field goal to give Georgia a 48-45 lead on the first possession of overtime before Austin Seibert forced a second overtime with a 33-yarder.

Lorenzo Carter blocked Seibert's 27-yard field goal attempt in the second overtime. Georgia lost two yards on a running play before Michel broke through the left side for his fourth score.

"What a game, what an atmosphere," Georgia coach Kirby Smart told ESPN on the field after the game. "My heart goes out to the Oklahoma team, because these guys played their tails off. And so did ours, nobody ever quit. Everybody fought hard ... so proud of these kids."

Oklahoma had 531 yards total offense. Georgia had 527.

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield completed 23 of 35 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns, and he also caught a touchdown pass. His 2-yard scoring catch with six seconds left in the first half made it 31-14, but Blankenship made a 55-yard field goal as time expired to cut it to 31-17.

Jake Fromm completed 20 of 29 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns for Georgia. Nick Chubb added 145 yards rushing and two scores as he and Michel became the all-time leaders for rushing yards by a duo in FBS history. 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).

Georgia scored the first three touchdowns of the second half and Fromm's 4-yard scoring pass to Javon Wims gave the Bulldogs their first lead, 38-31, with 13:47 remaining. That drive was set up by Mayfield's only interception.

"We kept believing. We knew we were a fourth-quarter team. We were more physical, we were more physical than them and we just kept chopping," said Fromm. "We knew each and every blow we took in the first half was going to pay off for us in the second half."

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. The Sooners had 37 yards in their first five possession of the second half before that drive.

On the next series, Oklahoma cornerback Steven Parker returned a Michel fumble 46 yards for a touchdown to put the Sooners up 45-38 with 6:52 left.

Chubb tied the game on a 2-yard run with 55 seconds remaining.

"We had to believe," Fromm said of the Bulldogs effort in the second OT.

"Everybody kept giving it their all. Just an incredible experience to share with my teammates."

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