Georgia linebacker Lorenzo Carter (7) blocks a field goal attempt by Oklahoma kicker Austin Seibert (43) during overtime in the Rose Bowl. Georgia won 54-48. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
With all the hype about Heisman-winning Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and Butkus Award-winning Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith, little was said about special teams heading into the Rose Bowl.
Big-time special teams plays by Lorenzo Carter and Rodrigo Blankenship were critical in Georgia's 54-48 win over Oklahoma that lifted the Bulldogs into the national championship game.
Carter blocked a field goal by Oklahoma's Austin Seibert in the second overtime.
GEORGIA BLOCKED THE KICK!!!! pic.twitter.com/Mlkxg6O4Fx
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) January 2, 2018
Two plays later, Sony Michel scored his fourth touchdown of the day from 27 yards out for the game winner.
At the end of the first half, Oklahoma led 31-14 before a short kickoff gave Georgia good field position. Blankenship closed the half with a 55-yard field goal to give the Bulldogs momentum heading into the break. His previous career long was 49 yards.
Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship (98) celebrates after he kicked a field goal during the first half of the Rose Bowl against Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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