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Georgia demolishes Michigan, 34-11, in CFP semifinal at Orange Bowl

Bulldogs had 24-point lead at halftime, cruise to victory in 2nd half; now face Alabama for national title

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 31: Stetson Bennett #13 of the Georgia Bulldogs runs with the ball as Julius Welschof #96 of the Michigan Wolverines defends in the second quarter of the Capital One Orange Bowl for the College Football Playoff semifinal game at Hard Rock Stadium on December 31, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) (Kevin C. Cox, 2021 Getty Images)

The Georgia Bulldogs got off to a strong start and never looked back Friday night against the Michigan Wolverines in their College Football Playoff (CFP) semifinal game at the Orange Bowl in Florida.

Georgia jumped out to an early 14-0 lead in the 1st quarter. The score was 27-3 by halftime. No. 2 Michigan could not get any offense going while the Bulldogs repeatedly, and at times easily, marched down the field on their way to the 34-11 victory.

The pain for the men in blue continued into the second half as the Georgia defense stifled them. A crucial fumble derailed yet another attempt to get the Wolverines offense rolling.

The biggest letdown for the Bulldogs was a missed field goal near the end of the 3rd quarter, and that obviously didn’t factor into the outcome.

Michigan was finally able to add a touchdown late in the 4th quarter, but it was far from enough to matter.

Both teams were 12-1 heading into this matchup. No. 2 Michigan topped rival Ohio State to grab the Big Ten title. It was the program’s biggest win under coach Jim Harbaugh.

The Wolverines finish the 2021 season with an impressive 12-2 record and the school’s first trip to the College Football Playoff on the books.

No. 3 Georgia (now 13-1) had lost their previous game to rival Alabama in the SEC championship, moving the Crimson Tide into the No. 1 spot. But the Bulldogs now have their rematch set against Alabama, who topped No. 4 Cincinnati, 27-6, in the other CFP semifinal earlier on Friday.

The all-SEC National Championship game between No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia is scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 in Indianapolis.

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Dave Bartkowiak Jr. is the digital managing editor for ClickOnDetroit.