College Football Playoff: See Georgia run straight into its first Rose Bowl lead

It’s generally a good idea when Georgia puts the ball in the hands of its standout running backs, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.

It’s an especially good idea if your team is down 17 points at the start of the second half and your defense just sacked Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Georgia got back to its run game and took control in the second half of the Rose Bowl, running off 24 straight points to take a 38-31 lead. With just under 14 minutes to play, Georgia has outgained the Sooners 281 rushing yards to 173, with the Bulldogs averaging a whopping 14.8 yards per carry.

Let’s break down the cliff’s notes of Georgia’s turnaround:

Bulldogs’ Coach Kirby Smart smartly entrusted Chubb to keep Georgia in the game at the start of the third quarter, and boy, did Chubb deliver. The Georgia native escaped heavy coverage to bulldoze his way to a 50-yard touchdown run and narrow the gap and make it 31-24, Oklahoma.

Chubb’s success was a sign of more runs to come, and it was Michel’s turn late in the third quarter. The senior peeled off a 38-yard run to tie the game 31-all heading into the final period.

Lest the run game get all the attention, Georgia’s defense has sacked Oklahoma quarterback Mayfield five times thus far tonight. They intercepted Mayfield at the start of the fourth quarter to put the Bulldogs on the Oklahoma 4. The ensuing touchdown put Georgia in front.

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