The 2018 Rose Bowl was arugably one the best games in history. In the first-ever OT game in Rose Bowl history, the Georgia Bulldogs pulled away to beat the Oklahoma Sooners in double overtime, 54-48,
There was a lot of offense on display tonight and rightfully so. The Bulldogs’ dynamic running back duo Nick Chubb and Sony Michel and the Sooners’ decorated quarterback Baker Mayfield and the under-the-radar talent of Rodney Anderson. One team scores a touchdown, then the opposing team answers back with the same thing. This was a battle of the offenses.
The Bulldogs, led by Sony Michel, were offensively sound with the exception of a fumble. UGA true freshman quarterback Jake Fromm became the first true freshman to win the Rose Bowl. He completed 20-of-29 for 210 yards and two touchdowns. Michel had a great game, including the 27-yard rushing touchdown to win the game in double overtime. He had 11 carries for 181 yards with three rushing touchdowns, four receptions for 41 yards and one receiving touchdown. Nick Chubb made major contributions as well, with 14 carries, 145 rushing yards and two scores.
The Sooners had the UGA defense on their toes the entire game. Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield went 23-of-35 for 287 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He even got his first reception for a touchdown in an offensive trick play. The “forgotten piece,” I think, was Rodney Anderson, who pounded through the Bulldog defense rushing for 201 yards on 26 carries and two scores. Receiver Marquise Brown led in receptions with eight for 114 yards and a touchdown.
The Bulldog defense couldn’t quite control the Sooners’ running game allowing a total of 242 rushing yards, a first this season. They only allowed 112 yards rushing per game in the regular season.
Georgia will go on to play Alabama in the SEC Championship that we didn’t get to see this season. Only, this will be for the CFB Playoff National Championship.