Blocked field goal by Carter set up Dogs’ victory

By Nicole Saavedra

 

Athens Banner-Herald

PASADENA, Calif. — Georgia linebacker Lorenzo Carter finished the Rose Bowl with 10 tackles, including three solo tackles, and assisted on a sack and a tackle for loss.

But the field goal he blocked in double overtime to help give Georgia (13-1) a 54-48 win over Oklahoma (12-2) and a spot in the national championship game is what will likely be remembered.

Carter and the rest of Georgia’s defense rebounded from a frustrating performance in the first half – Oklahoma tallied 360 yards of total offense, four touchdowns and a field goal before halftime –to key a second half comeback. Georgia swung from a 14-point deficit to a seven-point lead. By the end of regulation, the score was tied at 38.

Oklahoma held Georgia to a field goal in the first overtime period. Georgia did the same.

Then, Austin Seibert attempted a 27-yard field goal. Carter jumped, stretched out his right hand and knocked it away.

“Just had to get off the ball. Got off the ball and got through the gap,” Carter said. “Try to jump, timed my jump pretty well, got my hand up and just knocked the ball down.”

A few moments later, senior Sony Michel ran 27 yards for the game-winning touchdown. Game over, with the national championship ahead.

“Nobody ever hung their head,” Carter said. “Nobody ever got out of it. We just kept fighting, kept chopping wood and kept talking positive.”

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