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CFP Semi-Final: Peach Bowl: Georgia 42, Ohio State 41

(AP Photo/Danny Karnik)

By CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA - Stetson Bennett capped No. 1 Georgia's comeback from a two-touchdown, fourth-quarter deficit with a 10-yard, last-minute scoring pass to Adonai Mitchell in a 42-41 victory over No. 4 Ohio State for a shot at its second straight national title.

The comeback in the College Football Playoff Peach Bowl semifinal held just after midnight Sunday when Noah Ruggles' 50-yard field goal attempt for Ohio State with three seconds remaining sailed wide left, setting off a celebration on the Georgia sideline.

Georgia (14-0) will play No. 3 TCU, which beat No. 2 Michigan 51-45 in the Fiesta Bowl semifinal, on Jan. 9 for the national championship. The Bulldogs, who won their first national title since 1980 last season, will play for the first back-to-back championships in school history.

C.J. Stroud threw four touchdown passes for Ohio State (11-2), which led 38-24 in the fourth quarter. Bennett's 76-yard scoring pass to Arian Smith, followed by Bennett's pass to Ladd McConkey on the 2-point play, cut it to 38-35.

Following Bennett's go-ahead scoring pass to Mitchell with 54 seconds remaining, Stroud led the Buckeyes back with a 27-yard run to the Georgia 31. The missed field goal set off the Georgia celebration that left Bennett in tears.

Ruggles' 48-yard field goal gave the Buckeyes a 41-35 lead, leaving only 2:36 for Bennett and Georgia's offense.

Stroud completed 23 of 34 passes for 348 yards without an interception.

Stroud capped the Buckeyes' first possession of the second half with a 10-yard scoring pass to Emeka Egbuka for a 35-24 lead - already the most points allowed in a full game by the Bulldogs this season.

Marvin Harrison Jr. had five catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Egbuka had eight catches for 112 yards and one score.

December 31, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter OhioStUGa
OhioSt TD 8:16 Marvin Harrison Jr. 31 yd pass from C.J. Stroud (Noah Ruggles kick) 7 0
UGa TD 3:15 Kenny McIntosh 25 yd pass from Stetson Bennett (Jack Podlesny kick) 7 7
Second Quarter OhioStUGa
OhioSt TD 12:30 Miyan Williams 2 yd run (Noah Ruggles kick) 14 7
OhioSt TD 10:56 Marvin Harrison Jr. 16 yd pass from C.J. Stroud (Noah Ruggles kick) 21 7
UGa TD 9:16 Kendall Milton 11 yd run (Jack Podlesny kick) 21 14
UGa TD 6:07 Stetson Bennett 3 yd run (Jack Podlesny kick) 21 21
UGa FG 1:44 Jack Podlesny 32 yd FG 21 24
OhioSt TD 0:49 Xavier Johnson 37 yd pass from C.J. Stroud (Noah Ruggles kick) 28 24
Third Quarter OhioStUGa
OhioSt TD 10:37 Emeka Egbuka 10 yd pass from C.J. Stroud (Noah Ruggles kick) 35 24
OhioSt FG 0:31 Noah Ruggles 25 yd FG 38 24
Fourth Quarter OhioStUGa
UGa FG 10:14 Jack Podlesny 31 yd FG 38 27
UGa TD 8:41 Arian Smith 76 yd pass from Stetson Bennett (Ladd McConkey 2pt pass from Stetson Bennett) 38 35
OhioSt FG 2:43 Noah Ruggles 48 yd FG 41 35
UGa TD 0:54 Adonai Mitchell 10 yd pass from Stetson Bennett (Jack Podlesny kick) 41 42
Team Stats
  Ohio State Georgia
First downs 24 22
  Rushing 5 7
  Passing 17 15
  Penalty 2 0
3rd Down Efficiency 4-12, 33% 2-10, 20%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 32-119 26-135
Passing Yards 348 398
Return Yards 30 72
Completions-Attempts-Int 23-34-0 23-34-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 4--36 2--12
Punts 5 2
Punts-Average 43.4 44.5
Fumbles Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 4-24 4-45
Time of Possession 32:36 27:24
Ohio State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Stroud 23 34 348 4 0
Georgia Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Bennett 23 34 398 3 1
Ohio State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Hayden 9 43 4.8 0
C. Stroud 12 34 2.8 0
X. Johnson 6 28 4.7 0
M. Williams 3 8 2.7 1
E. Egbuka 2 6 3.0 0
Georgia Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. McIntosh 5 70 14.0 0
D. Edwards 8 58 7.3 0
K. Milton 3 26 8.7 1
B. Bowers 1 1 1.0 0
S. Bennett 7 -18 -2.6 1
Ohio State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
E. Egbuka 8 112 14.0 1
M. Harrison Jr. 5 106 21.2 2
J. Fleming 5 71 14.2 0
X. Johnson 3 43 14.3 1
J. Royer 1 9 9.0 0
C. Stover 1 7 7.0 0
Georgia Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Smith 3 129 43.0 1
B. Bowers 4 64 16.0 0
K. McIntosh 5 56 11.2 1
A. Mitchell 3 43 14.3 1
K. Jackson 1 35 35.0 0
M. Rosemy-Jacksaint 2 34 17.0 0
D. Blaylock 1 20 20.0 0
D. Washington 1 9 9.0 0
D. Edwards 1 9 9.0 0
L. McConkey 2 -1 -.5 0
Ohio State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
S. Chambers 1 15
Georgia Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Ohio State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Mirco 5 217 43.4
Georgia Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Thorson 2 89 44.5
Ohio State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Georgia Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Jackson 1 22 22.0
Ohio State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
X. Johnson 1 15 15.0
Georgia Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Jackson 2 50 25.0
Ohio State Missed FG
Player Length
N. Ruggles 50
Georgia Missed FG
Player Length
J. Podlesny 47
J. Podlesny 52




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