Pasadena, California. – Blake Corum scored a 17-yard touchdown in the second game of overtime and the Michigan Wolverines beat the Alabama Crimson Tide 27-20 on Monday at the Rose Bowl.
Thus, Michigan, the top seed, reached the final of the NCAA playoffs for the first time in its history.
This was only the second time in 110 editions of the Rose Bowl that the game ended in overtime. Michigan's defense stopped Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Milroe on fourth down on the Wolverines' third line.
Coach Jim Harbaugh's Wolverines (14-0) will play for the program's first national title since 1997 against the University of Washington on Jan. 8 in Houston. The Huskies defeated the Longhorns 37-31 on Saturday night in the Sugar Bowl.
Roman Wilson had a 4-yard run with 1:34 remaining in regulation for the Wolverines, who had not scored in the second half before this 75-yard drive led by JJ McCarthy.
Jase McClellan had 87 rushing yards and two touchdowns for the Tides (12-2), who moved one win away from playing for Nick Saban's potential seventh national title with Alabama.
The Tides took a 20-13 lead after Will Reichard's 52-yard field goal with 4:41 left in the game, but their defense couldn't hold on to the lead.
McCarthy had 221 receiving yards, along with three touchdown passes for the Wolverines.
Milroe finished with 116 yards and ran for 63 more.
Amazing match between Washington and Texas
In the other semifinal, the Washington Huskies held off a late Texas Longhorns berth to earn a spot in the Grand Final.
On the Huskies' 13 with 15 seconds left, Texas couldn't get into the end zone to tie the game 37-37 and attempt a one-point conversion for the win.
Michael Penix Jr. had a great game in Huskies camp. The quarterback threw for 430 yards, two touchdowns and had no turnovers.
Dillon Johnson scored two quick goals for Washington. Rome Odunze (six receptions, 125 yards) and Ja'Lynn Polk (five receptions, 122 yards) benefited from Penix's big play.
Quinn Ewers had 318 yards in the loss.
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