Georgia overcomes 14-point fourth quarter deficit over Ohio State to advance to second-straight title game
The National Championship for Jan. 9 is set.
No. 1 Georgia will face No. 3 TCU will meet No. 4 Ohio State, 42-41, on Saturday night in the Peach Bowl.
Georgia’s hopes of repeat success are still alive after they defeated Alabama in the title game last season. Georgia is now 14-0 this season.
Earlier in the day No. No. 3 TCU beat No. 2 Michigan ,, who also entered the day undefeated in the biggest upset in CFP history.
Georgia was expected to win, but it didn’t feel that way for a while.
Stetson Bennett #13 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts after a touchdown during the first half against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 31, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Georgia was down 14 entering the fourth quarter, but they kicked a field goal early to make it an 11-point deficit. After forcing a three-and-out, Stetson Bennett found Arian Smith on the first play of their next drive for a 76-yard drive. They went for two and got it, making it a 38-35 game with 8: 41 to go. The Buckeyes had to settle for a field goal with 2: 43 to go, giving a streaking Georgia offense one more chance. They were in the red zone within a minute. On 2nd and 5 from the Buckeye 10, Stetson found Adonai Mitchell for the 10-yard touchdown, and the ensuing field goal gave Georgia a 42-41 lead with 54 seconds left.
C.J. Stroud had less than a minute to send the Buckeyes to the National Championship after Georgia overcame a 14-point deficit to take a one-point lead – they were in field goal range in about 30 seconds. Noah Ruggles came on for a 50-yard field goal with eight seconds left, but he missed wide left, giving Georgia the victory.
Ohio State got off to a 21-7 lead as they picked off Bennett after going up a touchdown and turning that into another seven points (who else but Marvin Harrison Jr. to score twice in the first half). After Kendall Minton brought the Bulldogs within a touchdown, they forced an out-of-bounds three-and-out and Bennett ran one in to tie it. The Bulldogs added a field goal with 1: 44 to go in the half, but Stroud threw for 75 yards on just four plays in less than a minute to take a 28-24 lead into the locker room.
Georgia got the ball to start the second half but went three-and-out, and OSU took advantage, as Stroud found Emeka Egbuka for a 10-yard touchdown to go up 11. Both teams exchanged punts but Kearis Jackson returned Kearis Jackson’s punt to the field goal area. Jack Podlesny missed a field goal and Ohio State made another trip to the end zone. Stroud was still looking for Harrison on 3rd and Goal, but he suffered a serious injury and had to be taken to the trainers. After a brief stop, the Buckeyes knocked the field goal to go up 38-24, and Harrison never returned to the game. And then, well, it was history.
Stetson Bennett #13 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts after a field goal during the first half against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 31, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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The Bulldogs outscored OSU 18-3 in the fourth quarter for the comeback victory.
Bennett completed 23 of his 34 passes for 398 yards and three touchdowns, while 10 Bulldog receivers had at least one catch.
Stroud threw for 348 yards on 23 of 34 passing, while Egbuka and Harrison combined for 218 receiving yards on 13 catches.
Kendall Milton #2 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates after a touchdown during the second quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 31, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Georgia and TCU will face off at SoFi Stadium in Southern California.
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