Grading the Bulldogs: Georgia 54, Oklahoma 48 (2OT)

Georgia wide receiver Javon Wims (6) moves the ball down the field after being in a pass from Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm (11) in the first half of the NCAA playoff Rose Bowl game between Georgia and Oklahoma in Pasadena, CA. Monday, January. 1, 2018. (Photo/Joshua L. Jones, Athens Banner-Herald)

Offense

 

A- It took a second for this offense to get moving. When they did though, it was hard to stop that train. Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, if they hadn’t already, cemented a spot in history by breaking the record for career rushing yards by a running back duo. They did it in exciting fashion as Chubb carried the ball 14 times for 145 yards and Michel put up four total touchdowns, three rushing and one receiving. There was a big difference between first half Fromm and second half Fromm. He started the game missing his receivers on a lot of easy throws. From the third quarter and on though he moved the offense efficiently and made some big plays along the way including a nice touchdown pass to Javon Wims.

Defense

A It’s incredible how quickly Georgia’s defense went from an F to an A. Everyone knew Baker Mayfield was going to make plays— he’s the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. People at least expected Georgia to stop the run, which they had an extremely difficult time doing against Rodney Anderson, who put up 201 yards on 26 carries, a majority of that coming in the first half. Mayfield was exceptional, especially in the first half when the Bulldogs struggled to get pressure on him. Georgia’s pass rush constantly hand hands in his face and were able to bring him down several times in the backfield. How Georgia was able to respond in the second half on defense is what earns Georgia an A.

Special Teams

A Field position was going to play a big role in this game for Georgia. Cameron Nizialek, like the rest of Georgia, did not have a hot start. He shanked his first punt and had just an OK punt after that. After that, though, he was sensational. Rodrigo Blankenship missed his first field goal, a 48-yard kick, but drilled his second one from a career-long 55 yards. Let’s be honest though, none of that matters in this grade. This A was earned in double overtime when Lorenzo Carter blocked Oklahoma’s field goal to basically seal a victory for the Bulldogs.

Coaching

A Georgia coach Kirby Smart said earlier this week that it’s not as much about the preparation of this game, but about in-game adjustments. Looking at the difference between the first and second half, Smart made just the right adjustments.

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