ATLANTA (AP) — Stetson Bennett capped No. 1 Georgia’s two-touchdown comeback, going 10 yards within the fourth quarter with a last-minute landing go to Adonai Mitchell in a 42-41 victory over No. 4 Ohio State. a shot at its second consecutive nationwide title.
Within the School Soccer Playoff Peach Bowl semifinals simply after midnight Sunday, Ohio State’s Noah Ruggles’ 50-yard discipline purpose try with three seconds left sailed large left, setting off a celebration on the Georgia sideline.
Georgia (14-0) will play No. 3 TCU, which beat No. 2 Michigan 51-45 on Jan. 9 within the semifinals of the nationwide championship Fiesta Bowl. The Bulldogs, who received their first nationwide title since 1980 final season, will likely be enjoying for the primary back-to-back championships at school historical past.
CJ Stroud had 4 assists for Ohio State (11-2), which led 38-24 within the fourth quarter. Bennett’s 76-yard scoring go to Arian Smith, adopted by Bennett’s go to Ladd McConkey on a 2-point play, minimize the deficit to 38-35.
After Bennett’s landing go to Mitchell with 54 seconds left, Stroud introduced the Buckeyes again to the Georgia 31 with a 27-yard run. A missed discipline purpose set off a Georgia celebration that introduced Bennett to tears.
Ruggles’ 48-yard discipline purpose put the Buckeyes up 41-35 with simply 2:36 left for Bennett and the Georgia offense.
Stroud accomplished 23 of 34 passes for 348 yards with out an interception.
Stroud capped the Buckeyes’ first possession of the second half with a 10-yard scoring go to Emeka Egbuka for a 35-24 lead.
Marvin Harrison Jr. had 5 catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Egbuka had eight catches for 112 yards and a rating.
Ohio State shut out Georgia within the third quarter and the Buckeyes pulled away by 10 factors.
Bennett, who joined Stroud as one in every of 4 finalists for the Heisman Trophy, completed the sport robust, finishing 23 of 34 passes for 398 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
Stroud’s second scoring go, a 16-yarder to Harrison, put the Buckeyes up 21-7. Stroud averted stress on the play earlier than passing to a diving Harrison ultimately zone.
Georgia scored the following 17 factors to take a 24-21 lead. The Bulldogs had an 11-yard run by Kendall Milton and a 3-yard run by Bennett on the drive.
Ohio State. The Buckeyes scored at a devastating charge at instances. The dashing 75-yard landing put Ohio State up 28-24 at halftime. Stroud accomplished 4 straight passes on the drive, together with a 37-yard scoring go from Stroud to Xavier Johnson.
Georgia: The Bulldogs rushed for 135 yards and completed with 533 yards, successful on offense on an evening whose proud protection could not cease Stroud.
Ohio State TE Cade Stover, struggling again spasms, was taken to the hospital as a precaution, the staff introduced early within the second half. There was no rapid replace.
Georgia OLB Chaz Chambliss left the sport late within the first half with an obvious left knee damage. Chambliss wanted assist leaving the sector. Georgia T.E. Darnell Washington was on crutches on the sideline after injuring his left ankle within the second interval.
Georgia WR Ladd McConkey (knee) had restricted enjoying time and RT Warren McClendon (knee) was in uniform however didn’t play.
Buckeyes operating again Myan Williams, who missed follow this week with a abdomen bug whereas nonetheless recovering from an ankle damage, had simply three carries for eight yards, together with a scoring drop from the two, within the first half.
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