The Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes, 42-41, in Saturday’s second semifinal college football playoff game to advance to the college football playoff championship.
Trailing by six points late in the fourth quarter, defending national champion Georgia mounted a limited 72-yard drive on quarterback Stetson Bennett’s third touchdown pass of the game to take the lead with 54 seconds remaining. did.
Ohio State used the time to drive the ball into field goal range and set up a 50-yard attempt for kicker Noah Ruggles. But Ruggles hooked the kick to the left and the Bulldogs got away by one point.
According to the NCAA, Georgia is the first team in college football playoff history to recover from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
Early on Saturday, the No. 3 Texas Christian University’s Horned Frogs entered the first semifinal game as underdogs, causing major upsets and delivering a thrilling 51-45 victory over the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines. .
Starting the season outside the top 25, the Horned Frogs defeated the previously undefeated Michigan Wolverines 51-45 in the Fiesta Bowl’s all-time highest scoring Fiesta Bowl. The Big Ten champions entered the game with more than a touchdown in favor, but TCU didn’t drag into the game en route to a shot at the national championship.
At the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, Heisman runner-up Max Duggan threw for 225 yards and scored a total of four touchdowns.
The Bulldogs will face the Horned Frogs for the championship game on Monday, January 9 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.
TCU will be the first Big 12 team since 1938 to seek a national championship since 2005. Georgia, meanwhile, won her second consecutive national title, first since Alabama in 2011 and her 2012, and the college football playoff era.