The College Football Playoffs the semifinals are finally here, with the Peach Bowl wrapping things up Saturday night with a matchup between No. 1 Georgia (13-0) and No. 4 Ohio State (11-1).
Georgia is trying to become the first team since Alabama in 2011-12 to win back-to-back national titles. A year ago, the Bulldogs won their first championship since the 1980 season. Ohio State can reach the national title game for the third time, even though the Buckeyes didn’t play for the Big Ten championship. The Buckeyes won the first CFP title in the 2014-15 campaign and lost to Alabama in the championship game two seasons ago.
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The winner will advance to the TCU game in the National Championship Game on Jan. 9 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.
Here are the highlights from the Peach Bowl.
Peach Bowl: Ohio State vs. Georgia
Ohio State on the board first
After Georgia missed a basket in their opener, the Buckeyes got to work
Ohio State walked down the field before CJ Stroud found Marvin Harrison Jr. on a rollout for a 31-yard touchdown pass.
After a slow start, Georgia’s offense came to life on its second possession. Running back Kenny McIntosh lined up as receiver and caught a screen pass, which he took 25 yards from home. The touchdown tied the game at 7-7.
Attends, Harrison !
The Buckeyes got away with one when Harrison made some moves to get the YAC, but got the ball off his arm while still running. Luckily for Harrison, the ball went out of bounds and the Buckeyes kept the ball in the red zone.
Make them miss, Miyan
Miyan Williams has come back big for the Buckeyes. Struggling with an ankle injury, Williams hammered the ball in for a 1-yard score to restore the Buckeyes’ lead.
Ohio State capitalized on a Steele Chambers interception, as Stroud escaped pressure on the blitz before unbalancing Harrison in the end zone.
Buy TDs at Milton’s
Bennett made up for the interception on the next drive by throwing a deep completion to Arian Smith for a 47-yard gain to bring the Bulldogs into Buckeyes territory.
Right after Bennett’s deep strike against Smith, Kendall Milton fought back and fought his way into the end zone for 11 yards to make it 21-14 in the second quarter.
He’s going to score a touchdo-wait, what?
McIntosh had a man to beat and dumped him. So he was on his way to six, right? Fake. The Georgia star stumbled at the 10-yard line, confusing even Chris Fowler who once said he scored a touchdown.
It’s OK McIntosh, Bennett got you. The Georgia QB ran for a 3-yard score to tie the game at 21-21 midway through the second quarter.
X-man, spin man
Ohio State made it easy for her two-minute drill. On the fourth play of practice, Xavier Johnson caught a pass in midfield and caught it for a 37-yard touchdown. The Buckeyes went 75 yards on the drive to take a 28-24 lead before halftime.
Four for CJ
Stroud continued his first-half pace in Ohio State’s first half of the second half, leading the Buckeye downfield before lightly throwing a touchdown to Emeka Egbuka to make it 35-21 .
Georgia squanders good field position
After a punt return put the Bulldogs on the Buckeyes 32-yard line, Georgia failed to score. A third sack brought him back to the 34-yard line, setting up a 52-yard field goal on fourth-and-12. Jack Podlesny, however, missed his second field goal of the night, keeping Ohio State’s lead at 35- 24.
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