When the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve State of Ohio had a very different night than the rest of the east coast.
The Buckeyes dominated the defending champion for most of Saturday night’s Peach Bowl and went into the fourth quarter with a 14-point lead Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett closed the gap to 41-35 with a minute left before taking the lead with a 76-yard drive and a 10-yard touchdown pass to Adonai Mitchell.
Ohio State had a chance to win back the game with a 50-yard field goal attempt, but as the East Coast welcomed in the New Year, the Buckeyes said goodbye to the College Football Playoff Title Game.
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Video of the devastating moment, synced to the ball drop in Times Square, showed the unfortunate timing of Noah Ruggles’ failed attempt.
“I just try to keep everything at stake. Honestly — games like this leave me speechless — it comes down to a play, but obviously it doesn’t matter a play,” Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud said, refusing to blame Ruggles.
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“So many things are connected to these games. On that last ride I saw how much time we had left and how many time-outs and I knew we could do it and I did my best to get us there .”
Georgia will look to claim back-to-back tiles on January 9th when they compete #3 TCU at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
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“If we’re going to have any chance of winning a national championship, we’ve got to play a lot better football than we did tonight, but we’ve got to have the resilience and composure,” said Georgia coach Kirby Smart.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.