Oklahoma brings the nation's fourth-best scoring offense into the Rose Bowl and the College Football Playoff semifinal on January 1 against a Georgia team boasting the fourth-best defense in the country.
Michel had 181 yards rushing and three touchdowns and caught four passes for 41 yards and a score as the Bulldogs (13-1) posted the largest comeback in Rose Bowl history in what was also the highest-scoring Rose Bowl.
Oklahoma roared back, tying the game at 38 on a six-play, 80-yard drive with Mayfield hitting Dimitri Flowers in the back of end zone for an 11-yard scoring play.
In the second overtime, Smith tackled running back Rodney Anderson for a loss of 2 yards on a second-down reception, which led to Oklahoma attempting a 27-yard field goal that was blocked by linebacker Lorenzo Carter. Monday's game is played on a neutral field at Rose Bowl Stadium - but after a hiatus of 74 years since the Bulldogs last appeared in the Rose Bowl, Georgia fans eager to make the trek to California could make it a de facto home game.
Georgia will face the victor of the Sugar Bowl in the national championship.
"What a game, what an atmosphere", Georgia coach Kirby Smart told ESPN on the field after the game.
Although he may not be fully recovered by Monday's kickoff, it seems that the passionate player is getting motivated for the big game. Chubb is second on the SEC's all-time rushing list and sits at 1,175 yards on the ground this season while Michel is 52 yards away from 1,000, and both have rushed for 13 touchdowns.
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"I made plays. I gave up plays".
For the first time since 1980, Georgia could be a national champion in a few days. Because of that intangibles advantage and historic offensive firepower, the Sooners have a great shot to emerge victorious in the Rose Bowl.
"We had to believe", Fromm said of the Bulldogs effort in the second OT.
"It's just the competitive nature that's in us that keeps us pushing each other to be better", he said.
An Oklahoma defense that surrendered at least 38 points three times in the regular season showed improvement down the stretch, particularly in holding TCU to 20 and 17 points in their two meetings. "We knew each and every blow we took in the first half was going to pay off for us in the second half".
"He's just such a good athlete", Smart said.
Fromm finished the first half by completing 12 of 12 passes for 109 yards and the touchdown toss to Michel.