GLORY, GLORY, GEORGIA

January 02, 2018
By: Erica Rose
I hope everyone had a nice New Years. I’m sure yours was a lot more exciting than mine! Both kids are sick (again) so I got to stay home all day and watch College Football Bowl and Playoff games. Yay! Lucky me! (sarcasm) Don’t get me wrong I like college football, but unlike my husband I can’t sit there and watch it from noon to midnight every Saturday. I will admit however yesterday’s games were pretty exciting – UCF upset Auburn, Notre Dame put together a better second half to pull out the win over LSU and Georgia, well if you didn’t see the game then you missed out.  All I can say is WOW.  After being down by 17 points in the first half, I thought the game was over; I’m not going to lie. They did not look like the Georgia team that I had watched all season. But credit Oklahoma for that. With Heisman Trophy Winner Baker Mayfield under center the Sooners offense was pretty impressive. History was not in the Bulldogs favor either, teams were 536-16 this year when leading by 17 or more points. However, the second half was a different story Georgia opened with a 21-0 run, which included picking off the Heisman QB. And now I thought the game was over, how could Oklahoma not be deflated at this point!? But, I was wrong again!  Goo d thing I’m not a psychic! Oklahoma responded AGAIN! So, after much back and forth, the game headed to overtime for the first time in Rose Bowl History. At this point I just wanted to go to bed! However, I sucked it up and stayed up for the end, and it was there that the defense and special teams would rise to the challenge.
 
For those of you who do not know, in College football both teams get an opportunity to score starting on the 35.  The Bulldogs would have their offense on the field first but settle for the field goal, the defense would only give up 3 as well, now tied at 48-48! So, I had to stay up for a second OT! It was there the defense would redeem them-selves after jumping off sides, and special teams would take care of the rest blocking the Sooners field goal!  I have never seen a person stay in the air as long as Lorenzo Carter did. This ultimately gave UGA the win. All they had to do was score a field goal now, but the Sooners were deflated and ended up allowing an easy TD as Georgia pulled out one of the most exciting wins I have ever seen 54-48. As much as I wanted Georgia to win, I did feel bad for the Sooners. They played their hearts out as well and no team deserved to lose that game. 
 
So what now? Well, Georgia is headed to the College Football Championship game, with a true freshman quarterback leading the way.  The Bulldogs will have their toughest test when they face recent powerhouse Alabama, who took care of Clemson easily.  But I believe the Bulldogs can pull off the upset! (Fingers crossed!)