LOS ANGELES — Sony Michel took a direct snap, headed to his left, broke a tackle near the line of scrimmage and sprinted 27 yards for the winning touchdown as No. 3 Georgia advanced to its first national championship game with a 54-48 double-overtime victory over No. 2 Oklahoma on Monday in front of 92,844 in the Rose Bowl.
Michel's game-winning run, which culminated a 181-yard, three-touchdown rushing performance, came after Georgia linebacker Lorenzo Carter blocked a 27-yard field-goal attempt by Austin Seibert.
Georgia (13-1), champion of the Southeastern Conference, became only the third team in 104 Rose Bowls to rally from a double-digit halftime deficit.
A mistake by Oklahoma (12-2) just before halftime proved costly to the Big 12 Conference champion.
The Sooners were up 31-14, having scored on a trick play that resulted in quarterback Baker Mayfield catching a two-yard touchdown pass from receiver CeeDee Lamb with six seconds on the clock.
But thanks to a blown squib kick, that was long enough for Georgia to tack on a field goal that ended up coming in handy at the end of regulation.
The Sooners' plan was to drive the kick into the center of the field, thwarting any kind of run back and allowing the remaining time to elapse.
Instead, Georgia got the ball at the Oklahoma 47. Quarterback Jake Fromm needed only five seconds to pick up nine yards on a pass, and kicker Rodrigo Blankenship connected on a career-best 55-yard field goal, the longest of this bowl season.
That still left the Bulldogs down by two touchdowns, but they got one of them back on their first offensive play of the second half, when Nick Chubb bolted 50 yards for a touchdown.
Chubb and Michel, both seniors, combined for 326 yards and five touchdowns rushing. Michel got his 181 yards in 11 carries; Chubb his 145 yards _ and two touchdowns _ in 14 carries. Along with a fairly steady performance by freshman quarterback Jake Fromm, who overcame first-half jitters to complete 20 of 29 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns, it was enough to overcome the high-scoring Sooners.
Oklahoma got 201 yards and two touchdowns rushing from Rodney Anderson, and 287 yards and two touchdowns passing from Mayfield, but the Sooners were held in check after scoring five times in six first-half possessions.
Georgia will play in the national championship game Jan. 8 in Atlanta against the winner of Monday night's Sugar Bowl matchup between top-ranked Clemson and No. 4 Alabama.