The Georgia Bulldogs advanced to the College Football Playoff title game with a 42-41 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes in Game 2 of the College Football Playoff semifinal on Saturday.
Trailing by six late in the fourth quarter, defending national champion Georgia took the lead on quarterback Stetson Bennett’s third touchdown pass for a 72-yard drive with 54 seconds left.
Ohio State used the time to bring the ball into field goal range, setting up a 50-yard attempt for kicker Noah Ruggles. But the Ruggles hit the ball to the left and the Bulldogs escaped by one.
According to the NCAA, Georgia is the first team in College Football Playoff history to come back from a fourth-quarter deficit of 14 points.
Early Saturday, no. 3 Texas Christian University’s Horned Frogs entered Game 1 semifinals as underdogs and had a major upset, beating the top-ranked 51-45 thrillingly. 2 Michigan Wolverines.
The Horned Frogs, who started the season outside the top 25, defeated the previously undefeated Michigan Wolverines 51-45 in the highest-scoring Fiesta Bowl ever. Not only were the Big Ten champions favored for touchdowns entering the game, but TCU never fell behind in games en route to the national title.
Heisman runner-up Max Dugan threw for 225 yards and four total touchdowns at the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, while running back Emari DeMacado added 150 yards on the ground.
The Bulldogs will take on the Horned Frogs in the title game on Monday, January 9 at Sophie Stadium in Inglewood, California.
TCU will be chasing its first national championship since 1938 and the first for a Big 12 team since 2005, while Georgia aims to become its first since Alabama in 2011 and 2012 Back-to-back national championships, and the first repeat champion of the College Football Playoff era.