Shannon Sharpe on the Rose Bowl: ‘I’m proud of Georgia… The better team won last night’

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In his conversation with Skip Bayless and Joy Taylor, Shannon Sharpe explains why Kirby Smart's offense was the key that led to the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs defeating Baker Mayfield and the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners.

- Shannon, what happened last night?

- Georgia Bulldogs happened. That's what happened. And I tried to explain to someone sitting up here on this desk, Joy, not you, that the Georgia Bulldogs offense was for real. And I said if Oklahoma's offense and Georgia Bulldogs' defense is a push, who you like--


- --OU's defense or Georgia's offense? [SCOFFS] Give Georgia credit, they fell behind, and they ran themselves back into the ballgame. When you can carry the ball 25 times for 326 yards, 326, 13 yards a carry, the Big 12, they do not play defense. What they do is that they try to outscore you, and they hope they can create one turnover, maybe two.

And normally, if Oklahoma's playing anyone else, I'm not so sure they are able to overcome what happened to Georgia early, especially in that first half. But Georgia stayed the course. We are a running football team. They ran the football, and they got-- what they did is that they let the true freshmen, Fromm, they put him in very manageable. They let him throw the ball on first down.

So they came out, and said we're going to throw early, we're going to run late. Oklahoma fell into the trap is that, we got a big lead. I don't think they took the foot off the gas. Oklahoma is Oklahoma.

I thought their offense generated. They had over 500 yards, they did what they did. They scored 48 points. But when you play defense like they play, they gave up chunk runs. That's what allowed Georgia to get back in the game. They didn't have to methodically move the ball.

Sony, Sony Michel, 75 yards, Chubby 50 yards, 40 yards, they're getting 40, 50, 30, 70 yards in a clip. Joy, you run yourself back into the ballgame. That's-- I've never seen this before. I've never seen a team fall behind like Georgia did in a ballgame, especially a bowl game, and run themselves back into the game.

And you look at the difference between the first and the second half, and-- although I don't listen to the sound-- I know what Kirby Smart told his guys. He said, guys, they're not doing anything in this game that we have not seen on film. We've got to defeat blocks, we've got to get home. Well, it's kind of hard to defeat a block if you're letting the team set-- they never get to third down, and when they do get the third down it's third and manageable.

They turned it up in the second half. They were able to get home with just four. They started going second and 10, second and 12. They put pressure on Baker Mayfield. They got to him, and when they didn't get to him, they made him see ghosts. He's throwing off balance.

Give Georgia credit. Oklahoma had a fantastic season. But at the end of the day, Georgia stayed the course. They were able to run themselves back into the game. They did just enough to come back and win this ballgame.

I'm proud of Georgia. 'Cause if you got a true freshman, that's not every day a true freshman in this type atmosphere can do what he did. He's going head to head with the Heisman Trophy winner, and he beat him. He outplayed him. Kudos to Georgia. Oklahoma, you had a great season. There's nothing to hang your head about. The better team won last night.