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Georgia running back Sony Michel during one of his 11 rushes for a team-high 181 yards and four touchdowns, including the game winner in the second overtime at yesterday’s Rose Bowl. Photo courtesy of YouTube.com

 

IT WAS A ROSE BOWL FOR THE AGES.

In my view, the greatest “Grandaddy of Them All” ever played.

And I’ve seen many of these New Year’s Day games, including the one I saw in person in 1999, the last one that UCLA was involved in where they lost to Ron Dayne (with his 250 yards and four touchdowns) and his Wisconsin Badger mates.

Although it didn’t end well for this Bruin alum, I still have the ticket stub from that contest.

This 104th Rose Bowl beats the one in 2005, when Texas beat Michigan on a last second field goal.

This 104th Rose Bowl beats the one in 2006, where Vince Young practically beat USC by himself as his Texas Longhorns deprived the Trojans of a championship they felt they were entitled to.

And this 104th Rose Bowl definitely beats last year’s game, where Sam Darnold pretty much willed ‘SC to an epic, final moment win over Penn State.

The reasons are fairly simple and straight forward…

  • It was an official semifinal of the College Football Playoff,
  • It was the first overtime game in the history of the Rose Bowl

Indeed, SEC champion Georgia’s 54-48, double overtime win over Big 12 champion Oklahoma was an absolute instant classic, one which reminded me why I like college football so much better than the pro version.

Let’s go ahead and show the highlights of this epic battle between the Bulldogs and Sooners, just in case you missed it due to being too tired from your New Year’s Eve festivities or were too busy watching the encores of the Rose Parade or the several marathons of various shows and movies (click on the link)…

 

 

 

 

Here are some other photos of this epic College Football Playoff semifinal, as Georgia now will head to what will essentially be a home game for them, being that the National Championship game on January 8th vs SEC rival Alabama – who smacked around Clemson in the other semifinal in the Sugar Bowl – is in Atlanta, 70 miles (and about an hour) away from their campus in Athens:

 

Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise Brown reacts after making a catch for a touchdown during the first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Georgia, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Photo courtesy of ocregister.com

 

 

Georgia running back Nick Chubb scoring a touchdown late in the Bulldogs’ 54-48 double overtime win. Photo courtesy of fairfieldcitizenonline.com

 

 

 

The Rose Bowl looking very nice for what would be an instant classic. Photo courtesy of georgia247sports.com

 

 

 

The blocked field goal attempt heard ’round the world – or at least back to the Georgia campus in Athens and the rest of that state. Photo courtesy of si.com

 

 

 

Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield during what would be his final college game – I wish him well as he may well be in a Cleveland Browns uniform next season. Photo courtesy of kdow.biz

 

 

Georgia Bulldogs defeat Oklahoma Sooners 54-48 in double overtime during the College Football Playoff semifinal of the 104th Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, Calif., on Monday, Jan. 01, 2018. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) Photo courtesy of dailynews.com

 

 

 

Georgia Bulldogs running back Sony Michel (1) along with teammate linebacker Roquan Smith (3) hoists up the Rose Bowl trophy as they defeated Oklahoma Sooners 54-48 in double overtime during the College Football Playoff semifinal of the 104th Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, Calif., on Monday, Jan. 01, 2018. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) Photo courtesy of dailynews.com

 

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