Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) leaps and celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Georgia during the first half of the Rose Bowl. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

No team has manhandled Georgia’s well-respected defense this season like Oklahoma in the first half of the Rose Bowl.

Georgia entered the game allowing just 13.2 points and 270.9 yards per game, good for fourth nationally in each category. The Sooners gained 360 yards and led 31-17 at halftime. Only Auburn had scored more than 31 points or gained more than 360 yards in an entire game against Georgia this season. 

Oklahoma, the nation's leader in yards per game, had it going on all cylinders against a Georgia unit led by Butkus Award-winning linebacker Roquan Smith. Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield passed for 200 yards and a touchdown and he caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from Cee-Dee Lamb. Rodney Anderson ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns on just 13 carries.

 

 

It was another dominant first half for Oklahoma. In its previous six games, all wins, the Sooners scored 28 points in the first half against Texas Tech, 38 against Oklahoma State, 38 against TCU, 21 against Kansas, 45 against West Virginia and 24 in the Big 12 Championship game against TCU. 

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