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Sooners play a classic, but still bitter pill to swallow

PASADENA, Calif.  Every rose has its thorn.

The Granddaddy of Them All turned into an instant classic Monday evening in the annual Rose Bowl Game, ringing in the New Year with a bang.

It just wasn't scripted the way Oklahoma (12-2) wanted it  proving that fairytale endings are few and far between, even in Hollywood.

"That was a helluva football game." Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. "It's tough to describe right now with all the disappointment and hurt in the locker room."

In the first overtime game in Rose Bowl history, No. 3 Georgia (13-1) beat No. 2 Oklahoma, 54-48, in double overtime to book a spot in the national championship game in Atlanta next week.

"Our team laid it all on the line," Riley said. "It's been a great run. This will set the stage for even bigger things in the coming years."

When it was all said and done, there may not have been a Rose Bowl as invigorating as 2018 since USC-Texas in the championship game over a decade ago.

After trading field goals in the first overtime, Georgia linebacker Lorenzo Carter blocked OU kicker Austin Seibert's field goal, setting up the dagger.

Moments later, Georgia running back Sony Michel, who carved up the Sooners for 181 yards and three rushing touchdowns, scored the emphatic game-winner from 27 yards out on a direct snap.

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