Offense was the story of the Rose Bowl for the first three quarters but it was Oklahoma’s defense that came through with a big play in the clutch to break a 38–38 tie.
With under seven minutes to play, Georgia running back Sony Michel took a handoff and was stuffed at the line of scrimmage. Sophomore linebacker Caleb Kelly forced Michel to fumble and the ball was scooped up by senior cornerback Steven Parker, who dashed 46 yards to the end zone to put the Sooners on top.
The play was reviewed to check that Parker did not step on the sideline and the touchdown was upheld.
The Sooners couldn’t hold on to the lead, though. Georgia tied the game right back up to force overtime and the Bulldogs won after a clutch defensive play of their own—a blocked field goal attempt in the second overtime.