And after nearly giving up everything on one play and watching his college career end on a whimper, Michel took that final carry and carried the Bulldogs to a national championship berth.
Monday marked Georgia's first game in California since a 10-3 loss to Southern Cal in 1960, but second-year coach Kirby Smart prepped his players for the time change.
The senior tailback had gone from possible goat to all-time hero for Georgia, sending the Bulldogs to the national championship game with one last burst in a game full of them.
"They kind of remind us of us", Alabama cornerback Anthony Averett said of Georgia. "So I think for us it's continuing to build on it, trying to find a few ways to get a little better, and maintain the high expectations there's always been at Oklahoma".
"We kept believing. We knew we were a fourth-quarter team".
The College Football Playoff has been around for four seasons now but no semifinal has been as entertaining as Monday's Rose Bowl. On Monday another matchup of SEC teams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium will decide the national championship.
Smart and two players, running back Sony Michel and linebacker Roquan Smith, participated in a teleconference with reporters on Tuesday.
The highest scoring game in the Rose Bowl's history ended when Sony Michel took the direct snap, patiently ran wide left, cut it up field, and waltzed into the end zone.
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"I got up in the air, got my right hand on the ball, " Carter said.
With minutes dwindling late in the game, a pattern was set into motion: The Bulldogs made a big play, then the Sooners found a way to answer. We had faith in each other, and all 11 guys on offense just kept grinding.
The 2017 Heisman Trophy victor was spotted at the Staples Center after the Rose Bowl, taking in L.A.'s win over Memphis with lady friend Emily Wilkinson.
Oklahomas Steven Parker returned a fumble by Michel 46 yards for a touchdown with 6:52 left in regulation to give Oklahoma a 45-38 lead, but Chubbs 2-yard touchdown run with 55 seconds remaining in the tied the score to force overtime. "You call enough plays, you'll call some bad ones".
Georgia cornerback DeAndre Baker, running off the field with a rose clenched in his teeth, said of the Bulldogs' mood at halftime: "We were happy". With 8,114 yards OU also broke the '08 team's single-season record for total offense (7,670). The Bulldogs' scout team can provide impressively accurate renditions of Mayfield's top tendencies, such as his slick ability to move forward through a collapsing pocket before making a throw right at the line of scrimmage.
"I have no idea", a still-disappointed Mayfield said.
Mayfield finished 23-of-35 passing for 287 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
Quavo even took to his Instagram to share a picture of him on the field, leaving the following caption: "W E D I D I T A G A I N!" "He could play at any school in the country, but he's out here trying to make us better in practice". The Sooners gained 360 yards and led 31-17 at halftime.
"I told him that he had to keep running and trying to hit the corner", Chubb said.