Ohio State vs. Georgia live score, updates, highlights from 2022 College Football Playoff semifinal


Georgia’s follow-up season to its national-championship run in 2021 has been perhaps even more impressive. After sending an NFL-record 15 players to the NFL Draft, the Bulldogs responded by running the table in 2022, dominating against their toughest opponents and setting themselves up to be the first-ever back-to-back College Football Playoff national champion.

It’s reward for that standout 2022 season? Getting matched up with a talented Ohio State team playing with house money.

The Buckeyes were throttled 45-23 at home in their last game of the season to rival Michigan after entering the game ranked second with a Heisman Trophy contender steering one of the game’s most dangerous passing offenses. However, USC’s loss in the Pac-12 championship and Clemson’s loss to South Carolina in the final week of the regular season allowed Ohio State to backdoor its way into the playoff as the No. 4 team, setting up a matchup of two of the most vaunted teams in the country.

While Georgia is favored by a touchdown, don’t expect the Bulldogs to just walk over the Buckeyes.

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Georgia is the undefeated No. 1 team for many reasons, but its passing defense ranks only 51st in yards allowed per game among FBS teams. It has also been susceptible to explosive passing plays, having allowed 12 passing plays of more than 40 yards this season (113th among FBS teams).

Ohio State’s passing attack, led by C.J. Stroud, Marvin Harrison Jr. and Emeka Egbuka, is ninth in the nation in 40-plus passing plays and 14th in passing yards per game. And without a great pass-rush (only 26 sacks, 67th in the nation), a standout Ohio State offensive line should give Stroud a chance to find his guys in space.

But Georgia isn’t all defense. Their offense has been outstanding this season, ranking ninth in yards per game and 10th in scoring per game. Ohio State’s defense has had nearly as many issues with explosive plays allowed (11 40-plus-yard passing plays) as Georgia, and have not faced receivers like Brock Bowers, Ladd McConkey and Darnell Washington this season.

The Sporting News is tracking live scores and highlights from Ohio State vs. Georgia. Follow along for updates from the 2022 College Football Playoff semifinal game.

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Ohio State vs. Georgia score

  1 2 3 4 F
Ohio State 7 21 10 3
Georgia 7 17 0 18

Ohio State vs. Georgia live updates, highlights from College Football Playoff semifinal

(All times Eastern)

Fourth quarter

11:51 p.m.: Stroud starts the drive with a scramble for five yards, and Georgia defender Robert Beal is injured on the play, stopping the clock with 43 seconds left. 

11:50 p.m.: Buckeyes start at their own 25.

11:48 p.m. Georgia scoring play: Bennett finds Mitchell in the end zone for a go-ahead touchdown with 54 seconds left. That drive took 1:49 off the clock. The Buckeyes will get a chance to respond with two timeouts left. Georgia takes a 42-41 lead.

11:46 p.m.: Bennett hits Jackson for a huge gain up to the Ohio State 22 for a pickup of 35 yards. Bulldogs are rolling with under a minute-and-a-half to play.

11:45 p.m.: Bowers makes a big catch at the Georgia 45. The Bulldogs will move up five more yards after an offsides penalty on Ohio State.

11:44 p.m.: Georgia will start its drive from its own 28 after a 23-yard return from Jackson.

11:42 p.m. Ohio State scoring play: Ruggles drills the 48-yard field goal with 2:43 left to play. The reigning champions will get the ball back with two timeouts left trailing by six. Ohio State extends its lead to 41-35.

11:41 p.m.: Georgia blitzes again and Stroud has to throw it away. Buckeyes will send out the field-goal unit with 2:49 left.

11:41 p.m.: Strouds picks up five on an option to the left, but is sacked for a huge loss of 12 yards. Ohio State now facing a third-and-17 from the Georgia 30 with under three to play.

11:37 p.m.: Stroud fires in a strike to Egbuka for nine yards to convert on a pivotal third-and-8 to the Georgia 23. Time keeps ticking as the Buckeyes inch closer to the end zone with less than five minutes to play.

11:33 p.m.: Stroud puts his legs to use on back-to-back scrambles, first picking up four yards down the right sideline, then rushing out for a huge pickup of 17 to the left. Johnson then rushes for two yards to the Georgia 32, but a Bulldog down with 6:05 left in the game.

11:31 p.m.: Stroud connects with Fleming for eight yards, then Hayden bursts through the right side for a pickup of 12 to the Ohio State 45.

11:30 p.m.: Ohio State starts at its own 25.

11:27 p.m. Georgia scoring play: All of a sudden, this is a brand new game. Smith sped behind the defense after Ransom fell down in coverage and catches the wide-open 76-yard touchdown grab. Bennett hits McConkey for the 2-point conversion, and this is a field-goal game with 8:41 left. Ohio State still leads 38-35.

11:26 p.m.: This time, Ohio State gets the punt away, and the fair catch is made at the Georgia 23.

11:22 p.m.: Buckeyes are stopped a yard short, and the punting unit is coming out. Ohio State drew up a fake that appeared to work, but Georgia called a timeout just before the play went off.

11:21 p.m.: A short run by Johnson of three yards and a deflected pass have Ohio State facing a third-and-7 without Harrison on the field.

11:19 p.m.: A touchback for the Buckeyes.

11:16 p.m. Georgia scoring play: The Bulldogs score their first points of the second half, but they still trail by two scores after the Podlesny field goal of 31 yards with 10:14 to play. Ohio State still leads 38-27.

11:15 p.m.: Bennett then nearly throws an interception to Hickman at the goal-line, but the ball hits the turf. Bulldogs will have to settle for a field-goal try.

11:15 p.m.: Big loss for the Bulldogs as a pass to the left by Bennett is ruled as a lateral and it is recovered by McConkey at the Ohio State 13. Loss of 10 on the play.

11:14 p.m.: Edwards rushes up for a pickup of four yards. Second-and-goal from the 3.

11:12 p.m.: Officials overturn the call and give Georgia the first down. Bulldogs face a first-and-goal at the Buckeyes’ 7.

11:10 p.m.: Bennett connects with Bowers, but Lathan Ransom stops him a yard short. The play, however, is under review. If it stands, Georgia turns the ball over on downs at the Ohio State 8 with 12:10 left in the fourth quarter. 

11:09 p.m.: Runs by Bennett and Bowers pick up only four, then Bennett misfires left out to Mitchell. Bulldogs going for it on fourth-and-6.

11:07 p.m.: After a quick dump-off pass to Smith for six, Bennett finds Edwards for nine to pick up the first down. Then he finds Bowers to move up to the Ohio State 17. Bulldogs rolling on offense for first time in the half.

Third quarter

11:02 p.m.: McIntosh shows how dangerous he can be with the ball in his hands, darting through the defense up 17 yards down the left sideline to end the third quarter. Georgia will start the final quarter at its own 42.

11:01 p.m.: Georgia will start at the 25.

11 p.m. Ohio State scoring play: Noah Ruggles drills the 25-yard field goal to bring the score up to a 14-point advantage with 31 seconds left in the third quarter. Ohio State extends its lead to 38-24.

10:59 p.m.: Harrison is headed to the medical tent as Ohio State comes up for a fourth-and-goal at the 7.

10:58 p.m.: Officials rule there is no targeting on the play.

10:56 p.m.: Stroud is flushed out and fires a pass out to Harrison in the back of the end zone. Bullard is called for targeting on the play, and it is under review. Harrison appears to be hurt.

10:55 p.m.: Hayden runs for three yards, then Stroud can’t connect with Fleming in the end zone. Third-and-goal from the Georgia 7 coming up.

10:54 p.m.: Ohio State keeps marching as Stroud hits Egbuka for 27 yards. Buckeyes up to the Bulldogs’ 10.

10:53 p.m.: A scramble by Stroud to the left for seven yards followed by a big run by Hayden down the left sideline of 17 yards, freed up by a great block from Rossi, puts Ohio State back in Georgia territory at the 37.

10:52 p.m.: The next play, Kelee Ringo has no choice but to commit pass interference to prevent Harrison from catching a deep ball in Georgia territory. That’ll be 15 yards and a first down up to the Ohio State 39.

10:51 p.m.: Ohio State starts its drive with a holding penalty to bring up a first-and-20.

10:46 p.m.: Ohio State’s defense continues to show second-half improvement. Two carries by Edwards gained only three, then the pass-rush gets to Bennett to sack him for a loss of five and set up a 52-yard attempt for Podlesny. His kick is no good as Ohio State takes over at its own 42.

10:44 p.m.: Jackson sets up Georgia in excellent field position, weaving up to the Ohio State 32 for a 22-yard pickup on the punt.

10:43 p.m.: Stroud nearly connects with Harrison that would’ve picked up a big chunk of yardage, but the throw was just too high. Buckeyes will have to punt from inside their own end zone.

10:42 p.m.: After an end-around by Ebguka, Stroud was sacked by Bullard for a loss of five to bring up a third-and-12 from the Buckeyes’ 8.

10:38 p.m.: Ohio State will begin its drive at its own 10.

10:37 p.m.: Bennett is hit as he threw and the ball falls incomplete to bring up fourth down. Second straight Georgia drive ending in a punt to start the half.

10:35 p.m.: McIntosh darts through the middle of the line on the first play for 10 yards to get a first down, but is stopped at the line by Ty Hamilton for no gain.

10:35 p.m.: Georgia will start at its own 25 on the touchback.

10:30 p.m. Ohio State scoring play: Two runs by Johnson set up a third-and-2, then Stroud rolls out and hits Egbuka in stride on his way into the end zone. Buckeyes jump out to an 11-point lead to start the third quarter. Ohio State extends its lead to 35-24.

10:27 p.m.: Johnson picks up the longest rush of the game for Ohio State as he carries the ball eight yards to the left. He’s now the Buckeyes’ leading rusher with 15 yards on two carries. Then Stroud connects with Egbuka for 19 yards at the Georgia 18.

10:26 p.m.: Great play by Fleming as he cuts back deep down the field to get a pass that was under-thrown by Stroud for a 25-yard grab to the Georgia 45.

10:24 p.m.: Bennett over-shoots Bowers on the second-down throw and his third-down try is batted away at the line by Tyleik Williams. That’s the first time Ohio State has forced a punt. Egbuka calls a fair catch at the 29.

10:23 p.m.: McIntosh is stuffed right away at the line of scrimmage, but the scrum at the line pushes him upfield four yards to start the drive.

10:22 p.m.: The second half is underway, and Georgia will start at the Bulldogs’ 29.

Second quarter

10:06 p.m.: A few stats halfway through the second College Football Playoff game of the day. Stroud has completed 15-of-19 passes for 238 yards with three touchdowns and Bennett has completed 12-of-19 for 191 yards, a touchdown and a pick. Georgia has 122 rushing yards on 13 carries (9.4 yards per carry), while Ohio State has struggled 10 yards on 13 carries (0.8 yards per carry). Marvin Harrison Jr. leading all receivers with five catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

9:59 p.m.: Bennett kneels down after two incompletions and two near turnovers as Georgia opts to take a 28-24 deficit to halftime.

9:57 p.m.: Tuimoloau swats away a pass from Bennett on the first-down throw. Second-down throw from Bennett also falls incomplete after it was tipped up and nearly intercepted by Cameron Brown.

9:56 p.m.: Georgia has two timeouts and 49 seconds to respond. It starts from the 25 trailing by four.

9:54 p.m. Ohio State scoring play: Well that didn’t take long. Stroud hits Johnson up the middle, and the veteran wide receiver puts a spin move on at the end to shift past the Georgia safety and give Ohio State the lead on a four-play, 55-second drive. Ohio State takes a 28-24 lead.

9:54 p.m.: Two quick throws, first to Johnson for six then to Egbuka for 19 has Ohio State up to the 50. Stroud then hits Fleming for 13. Buckeyes rolling up to the Georgia 37.

9:52 p.m.: Buckeyes start at the 25.

9:51 p.m. Georgia scoring play: Make it 17 unanswered points for the Bulldogs as Georgia takes its first lead of the day with 1:44 in the half. Georgia takes a 24-21 lead.

9:50 p.m.: Georgia tries to get Ohio State to jump, but the Buckeyes don’t bite. Field-goal unit coming out.

9:48 p.m.: McConkey is stopped short of the first-down marker to bring up a fourth-and-4. Ohio State calls a timeout, but looks like Georgia is going to keep the offense out there.

9:45 p.m.: On a third-and-6, Bennett hits Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint on a deep crosser, and he takes it 28 yards to the Ohio State 35. Milton then takes a carry of 15 yards up the middle to the Ohio State 20. Ohio State struggling to slow down this Georgia offense.

9:41 p.m.: Ohio State kept the offense on the field and would have picked up the first down on a Stroud run, but fullback Mitch Rossi is called for an illegal motion. Buckeyes have to punt, and Georgia will start at their own 32.

9:39 p.m.: Hayden is stopped an inch or two shy of the first-down marker. Ohio State kept the offense out for a fourth-and-1 look, but called its second timeout.

9:38 p.m.: Joe Royer, filling in for Stover who remains out with an injury, gets involved in the passing game, hauling in a nine-yard pass to start the drive.

9:37 p.m.: Johnson returns the kickoff out to the Ohio State 25.

9:36 p.m.: The two passing games between the two quarterbacks have looked relatively even, with Stroud having 154 passing yards and Bennett at 157. The difference right now? Georgia has 104 yards on nine carries for an average of 11.6 yards per carry.

9:35 p.m. Georgia scoring play: It’s a tie game again. An Edwards run of seven yards set up Bennett to take a designed run three yards to the left to even the score with 6:07 left in the half. Georgia ties the game at 21-21.

9:33 p.m.: McIntosh cut through the Ohio State defense and appeared to be off to the races before tripping at the Ohio State 10 after a pickup of 52. Would’ve been an easy touchdown had he not fallen down.

9:31 p.m.: Huge loss for the Bulldogs as tight end Darnell Washington is ruled out with an ankle injury. A projected first-round pick, Washington has been an integral blocker for the team on top of catching 27 passes for 426 yards and two touchdowns.

9:30 p.m.: Kearis Jackson makes the fair catch at the Georgia 38 with 7:41 left in the half.

9:29 p.m.: Georgia forces the first three-and-out of the night as Stroud is sacked on a third-and-7 back at the Ohio State 19. Buckeyes will have to punt.

9:26 p.m.: Buckeyes back on offense at the 25.

9:23 p.m. Georgia scoring play: Make it another huge play for Georgia. Arian Smith catches a 47-yard deep ball to put Georgia back in the red zone. The Bulldogs then cap it off with an 11-yard rushing touchdown by Kendall Milton. Georgia keeps it a one-score game. Georgia still trails 21-14.

9:19 p.m.: Bennett throws the ball well over the line of scrimmage and that’s a four-yard penalty and a loss of down. Second-and-14 coming up.

9:18 p.m.: Edwards slips through the right side of the line and speeds up 21 yards to the Georgia 46. Bulldogs have had several explosive plays in this game, already now four plays of more than 20 yards.

9:16 p.m.: Georgia will start at the 25 trailing by its largest deficit of the season.

9:12 p.m. Ohio State scoring play: Unbelievable play by Stroud as he escapes pressure, scrambles to the right and fires a perfect throw to the end zone to Harrison. Second time the two have connected for a touchdown. Buckeyes take the interception and turn it into a 14-point lead. Ohio State extends lead to 21-7.

9:11 p.m.: Jalen Carter flies through the offensive line, but Stroud evades the pressure and hits Julian Fleming for a 13-yard gain up to the 17. 

9:10 p.m.: Bennett throws a strike right to Chambers for the first turnover of the game. The Buckeye linebacker takes the ball back to the Georgia 30.

9:09 p.m.: The Bulldogs drive will start at the 25.

9:08 p.m. Ohio State scoring play: Williams powers through a lot of contact to get into the end zone and give Ohio State the lead back with 12:30 remaining in the half. Ohio State takes a 14-7 lead.

9:04 p.m.: After an incompletion from Stroud to Harrison, the Buckeyes call a timeout to think over the second-and-goal play from two yards out.

9:02 p.m.: Stroud tries to hit Egbuka in the end zone, but can’t connect. But on the play, Javon Bullard grabbed Egbuka’s jersey to draw the pass interference penalty. Buckeyes up to the Georgia 2.

9:01 p.m.: A run by Hayden picks up five yards, but Stroud is stopped for a loss of one on a designed carry the next play. Rare run by the Ohio State quarterback that doesn’t pan out, as the Buckeyes now face a third-and-6.

9 p.m.: Ohio State gets very lucky. Harrison carves up the Georgia defense on a catch-and-run up to the Georgia 16 and a hit knocked the ball out. However, no Georgia defender can fall on the ball before it runs out of bounds. Buckeyes maintain possession.

First Quarter

8:55 p.m.: Stroud hits Egbuka with a laser on a 13-yard slant to pick up the first down and putting an end to the first quarter at the Georgia 40.

8:54 p.m.: Pickup of two yards for Egbuka on a short pass and then Cade Stover catches a pass and takes it seven yards, including leaping a defender to set up a third-and-1.

8:53 p.m.: Williams powers through for four yards to pick up the first down on the next play. Ohio State has started the drive with three straight runs after totaling just two on the previous two drives.

8:52 p.m.: Xavier Johnson runs the ball seven yards out, but gets his helmet knocked off on the play. Miyan Williams then takes the next handoff for two yards to set up a third-and-1.

8:48 p.m.: Ohio State will start at the 25.

8:44 p.m. Georgia scoring play: The Bulldogs respond quickly. Bennett dumps a short pass out to McIntosh, and he takes it 25 yards to the house. Tie game with 3:15 left in the first quarter. Georgia ties the game at 7-7.

8:43 p.m.: Ohio State’s blitz gets to Bennett as Chambers and J.T. Tuimoloau take him down for a loss of seven.

8:42 p.m.: Brock Bowers finally gets involved in the offense, catching a 17-yard pass up to Ohio State’s 18. Georgia in the Ohio State red zone for the first time tonight.

8:41 p.m.: Daijun Edwards picks up two yards on his first carry, but shakes through a tackler on a second straight carry to pick up 18 out to Ohio State’s 35. Georgia marching with five minutes left in the first quarter.

8:40 p.m.: After a seven-yard gain to Kenny McIntosh, Bennett hits Dominick Blaylock for a 20-yard gain to the Georgia 45 to keep the drive alive.

8:39 p.m.: Zach Harrison blows up a jet sweep to Ladd McConkey and brings him down for a loss of seven yards.

8:38 p.m.: Georgia will start its second drive at its own 25 after a touchback.

8:34 p.m. Ohio State scoring play: Stroud rolls out to his right and directs Harrison in the end zone before firing a 31-yard strike to get the Buckeyes on the board. Ohio State takes a 7-0 lead.

8:32 p.m.: Third completion, third first down for the OSU passing game. Stroud hits Emeka Egbuka for a 13-yard gain to the Georgia 34.

8:31 p.m.: Harrison is wide open down the left sideline and makes the easy 24-yard grab at the Georgia 47.

8:28 p.m.: Jack Podlesny’s field goal attempt is wide left from 47 yards out. Ohio State will take over possession at its own 37.

8:28 p.m.: Steele Chambers chases Bennett out of the pocket, and he takes a three-yard loss to bring up a fourth-and-4. Georgia will be out to kick a field goal.

8:26 p.m.: After a six-yard pass, Mitchell is back at it, catching his second pass from Stetson Bennett and taking it up 22 more yards to the Ohio State 35.

8:25 p.m.: Out since Week 2, Mitchell immediately makes his presence felt by hauling in an 11-yard catch to the Georgia 37.

8:24 p.m.: The Bulldogs will begin their drive at the Georgia 26.

8:24 p.m.: The Georgia blitz gets to Stroud as Smael Mondon comes through the offensive line untouched to take down the Buckeyes’ QB. Punt coming up.

8:23 p.m.: A three-yard rush by Dallan Hayden and an incomplete pass out to Harrison, and Ohio State is facing a third-and-7.

8:22 p.m.: C.J. Stroud connects with Marvin Harrison Jr. for an 11-yard pass.

8:21 p.m.: And the Peach Bowl will begin with Ohio State starting at its own 25.

8:19 p.m.: Georgia has won the toss and deferred. Ohio State will start the game on offense.

8:17 p.m.: Ohio State and Georgia have taken the field ahead of tonight’s Peach Bowl matchup with the captains getting ready to come out for the coin toss.

8:06 p.m.: The winner of Georgia-Ohio State will face No. 3 TCU after the Horned Frogs pulled off a stunning upset victory over No. 2 Michigan.

7:43 p.m.: The kickoff for the Peach Bowl is scheduled for around 8:20 p.m. ET with the Fiesta Bowl still ongoing. ESPN has the broadcast for both games.

7:37 p.m.: The teams have taken the field in Atlanta.

6:40 p.m.: A good sign for Georgia during warmups. Both Ladd McConkey and Adonai Mitchell look alright getting ready for the game. The last time both had a catch in a game: Sept. 10 against Samford. Would be huge to have both starting for the Bulldogs.

6:20 p.m.: The last time Ohio State won the College Football Playoff, Urban Meyer was hoisting the trophy. He’s on the sideline again, this time as a Fox analyst before the Buckeyes face the Bulldogs.

Ohio State vs. Georgia start time

  • Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT)

Kickoff for Ohio State vs. Georgia is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 31. It is the second of the two Playoff games, following the Fiesta Bowl between No. 2 Michigan and No. 3 TCU kicking off at 8 p.m. ET.

What channel is Ohio State vs. Georgia on today?

  • TV network (national): ESPN

Ohio State vs. Georgia will be carried nationally on ESPN. Chris Fowler will call play-by-play with Kirk Herbstreit providing analysis. Holly Rowe and Laura Rutledge will be the two sideline reporters for the game.

Viewers will have several alternate broadcasts for the game on its MegaCast.

Telecast TV channel
Field Pass with The Pat McAfee Show ESPN2
Command Center ESPNU
Skycast ESPNews
Spanish-language ESPN Deportes

How to live stream College Football Playoff games

In addition, viewers can also find the game with streaming options, including ESPN’s app and with ESPN+. Viewers on ESPN+ can find local hometown radio broadcasts of the games, and an all-22 angle.

There are several other ways to stream ESPN’s broadcast, including fuboTV, which offers a free trial.

Streaming option Cable subscription needed? Free? Cost Free trial?
ESPN.com/ESPN app Yes Yes
Yahoo! Sports App No Yes
fuboTV No No $60/month Yes
AT&T TV Now No No $55/month Yes
Hulu Plus Live TV No No $55/month Yes
Sling TV No No $35/month No
YouTube TV No No $65/month Yes

College Football Playoff schedule

Date Bowl Matchup Time (ET) TV
Dec. 31 Fiesta Bowl (CFP semifinal) No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 TCU 4 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV
Dec. 31 Sugar Bowl (CFP semifinal) No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 4 Ohio State 8 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV
Jan. 9 CFP National Championship Game TBD vs. TBD 8 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV


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