Seibert kicked a 33-yarder and the Bulldogs and Sooners played on, but not for much longer. Some congratulated the celebrating Georgia Bulldogs.
It was a Big 12 kind of game.
But Oklahoma still took a commanding 31-17 lead to halftime. Probably just overall as a team how we played there coming out of halftime. The first drive for the Sooners was like watching an artist paint a picture.
Mayfield also threw his only interception to Dominick Sanders on the first snap of the fourth quarter. With everything on the line, Riley did everything he could to make sure Mayfield would not decide the most important game of either of their lives. He puts us in the right play.
"They can say what they want", Mayfield said, "they won the game". And as ESPN mentioned during the broadcast, Georgia had blocked several field goals during the season. A touchdown would have won the game. But Georgia did a slightly better job of containing Baker Mayfield than Oklahoma did Georgia's running game. This sets up Smart's version of Saban's process versus the master himself, a matchup that only came after the blind faith of three Georgia seniors who made the game's three biggest plays.
I'm not saying I blame Riley.
Should Baker Mayfield take the stage inside AT&T Stadium in late April, if drafted by an National Football League team in the first round, expect new girlfriend/Instagram model Emily Wilkinson to be among the first to congratulate the Oklahoma quarterback.
His fourth-quarter fumble earlier in the game almost cost the third-ranked Bulldogs a chance at a national championship. Due to his outspoken nature and on-field antics, many people have had their doubts about the #Oklahoma Sooners quarterback and have oftentimes compared him to National Football League bust Johnny Manziel [VIDEO].
Lincoln Riley went to a horribly conservative play-calling style in the second half, relying on running back Rodney Anderson and not attacking the Bulldogs down the field, something which was so successful in the first half. The final block to seal his path came from Fromm, one final critical play in a game filled with them.
Mayfield went 34-6 while spending three seasons as the Sooners' starter, but the former walk-on couldn't push them to the championship game in Atlanta next week. "You're supposed to make a play". "It was a great battle".
Instead, Mayfield finally ran out of magic.
Smart and two players, running back Sony Michel and linebacker Roquan Smith, participated in a teleconference with reporters Tuesday. With 8,114 yards OU also broke the '08 team's single-season record for total offense (7,670). Those numbers are accurate; 13.04 yards per carry. Michel and Chubb both would have been among the best running backs available had they made a decision to declare for the National Football League draft past year.
Again, the truth hurts.
"When I scored a touchdown, I knew it was over", he said.
"They're talented backs", said OU's Obo Okoronkwo. He's not going to have very many clean throwing lanes once he gets to the next level. The defense, not the offense, gave the Sooners a chance to win down the stretch.
Senior safety Steven Parker scooped a 46-yard fumble return for a touchdown, but OU surrendered another scoring drive that forced overtime.
Give the Sooners credit. "It's tough to describe right now with all the disappointment and hurt in the locker room". Being on this side of it, it's hard to describe.