It didn’t help that Georgia missed a 47-yard field goal on its opening drive. The ball returned to the Buckeyes, and Stroud used a 24-yard pass to Harrison to maneuver Ohio State into Georgia territory. Later, Stroud took a snap and Harrison swept — no, surged — across the sphere and caught a touchdown.
The Bulldogs retaliated with a touchdown by means of a fast throw from quarterback Stetson Bennett to Kenny McIntosh, but quickly found themselves down 21-7 early within the second quarter, partially due to their very own miscues. Bennett, himself a Heisman finalist, had thrown an interception that helped result in an Ohio State rating, and nerves were fraying in Atlanta and Athens, in Norcross and Waycross.
Georgia fans of this particular era, in any case, aren’t accustomed to trailing by any margin, much less a double-digit one.
Still, Georgia trailed by 4 at halftime and eventually arrange for its surge with lower than nine minutes left in the sport.
After a hapless Ohio State drive, Bennett found Arian Smith charging alone up the sphere. The throw arrived as Smith’s feet reached the playoff logo on the Ohio State 25. He ran, ran and ran a little bit more. He could have slowed down a touch since no Buckeye defender was close enough to try a lunge to stop him.
Ruggles responded to the touchdown with a 48-yard field goal for Ohio State. Two minutes, 43 seconds to go, and Georgia, the reigning champion, was down by 6 in Atlanta.
This was not a game where many fans were leaving. (Theatrics aside, if you happen to had paid what a few of them did to get in — a mortgage payment or more — you may have been hard-pressed to depart, too, regardless of the rating.) The stadium, where Georgia had crushed two opponents this season, stayed awash in red, scarlet and hoarseness. The Peach Bowl, they were reasonably certain, would prove loads higher than the Peach Drop, a neighborhood Latest 12 months’s Eve celebration.