After turning the football over on their first possession, Georgia looked to get things moving against Alabama on their second possession of the game. Things seemed to hit a brick wall when Jake Fromm was taken down for a big sack to pin them into a 3rd and 20, but running back Sony Michel turned in a dynamic run down the right sideline and tight-roped his way to a first down on a gain of 26 yards against one of the top rushing defenses in the country.
The Big Ten officials working the game decided to get a closer look through an instant replay to make sure Michel didn’t step out of bounds earlier than he was ruled out. Upon closer inspection, Michel made a phenomenal effort to keep his feet from crossing the sideline as he picked up extra yardage with little room to spare.
The big play helped lead Georgia to a field goal to open the scoring in the championship game. An early field goal put Georgia up 3-0 on Alabama.