The Dawgs pulled off one for the ages

Published 4:54 pm Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Words can’t even begin to describe the feeling I had when Sony Michel crossed the goal line to seal the deal for Georgia’s win at the Rose Bowl on Monday.

But there are plenty of words to describe my feelings for the four hours before that moment.

After everything was said and done, I’d estimate a total of four years taken off my life from the anxiety attacks this game induced. There was pain, frustration and misery that swirled in my stomach to the point of nausea. But there was also hope, excitement and elation that has never been felt in my 27 years of watching sports. Yes, this is the greatest game I have ever watched. I guess I’m biased, though.

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The 2018 Rose Bowl will certainly go down as an all-time classic. The argument can be made that 2006’s Texas-USC matchup is the greatest, and most pundits will still point to that one as the ultimate game. Maybe if this year’s Rose Bowl was for a national championship, it’d take the cake.

Oklahoma punched Georgia early and repeatedly, but Georgia fought back. It started as a tit-for-tat kind of game, but when the Dawgs failed to tat back on one series, Oklahoma quickly began to sweep it away. The turning point, though, was when the Sooners squib kicked to the 50-yard line and set up a field goal for Georgia, who was still down 31-17 at the half.

Things changed. Georgia came out at halftime and seemed like an entirely different team, barking up 21 unanswered points. The game was going well. Then the rollercoaster took a big drop, and the Sooners scored on a costly turnover. But the Dawgs bit back and scored to send the game into overtime.

At this point in the game, my heartrate was easily at cardio levels. I probably lost a couple pounds, to be honest. My voice was hoarse from screaming at the TV. I was pacing like a lunatic.

But Georgia pulled through. Two of the seniors that decided to stay instead of enter the NFL draft made clutch plays to win: Lorenzo Carter blocking the Sooners’ field goal and Sony Michel running 27 yards for the score.

I’m still in shock just thinking about how that game played out. Georgia looked like it was done for when the score was 31-14. All the momentum was on Oklahoma’s side. But the massive shift in Georgia’s tone in the second half is the stuff legends are made of.

But it’s not over yet.

Georgia has one more game. Sixty more minutes of football against the biggest college football juggernaut of the modern era, Alabama.

I don’t know if my heart can beat any faster.

Check back Saturday for a dual column from Alabama fan Jeff Findley and Georgia fan Powell Cobb breaking down the National Championship matchup.