Georgia Beats Michigan 34-11 in CFP Semifinal
MIAMI, FL – Georgia dominated from start to finish on Friday night, handing Michigan a 34-11 defeat in the College Football Playoff semifinal.
The first half went about as poorly as it could for Michigan. Georgia scored touchdowns on its first two possessions of the game and raced out to a 27-3 halftime lead. The disastrous half was capped off when quarterback Cade McNamara threw an interception to Georgia defensive back Derion Kendrick late in the second quarter.
Michigan had just five first downs in the half and gained just 101 total yards. Meanwhile, Georgia had 330 total yards in the first half, 252 of them coming through the air.
It did not get better for the Wolverines in the third quarter. Michigan drove down the field on its opening possession, but McNamara was intercepted by Kendrick again, this time in the end zone. Michigan’s next possession also ended in a turnover as running back Blake Corum fumbled.
Michigan scored just one touchdown in the game as JJ McCarthy hit Andrel Anthony for a 35-yard score late in the fourth quarter.
With the win, Georgia advances to take on Alabama in the CFP National Championship. It will be a rematch of the SEC Championship, a game Alabama won 41-24.
Michigan finishes the season 12-2. The Wolverines won the Big Ten Championship and beat the rival Ohio State Buckeyes. This was their first trip to the College Football Playoff and they are the first school to ever make the playoff after starting the season unranked.