CFP National Championships: Georgia Bullies TCU 65-7 to Take Back-to-Back Titles

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CFP National Championships: Georgia Bullies TCU 65-7 to Take Back-to-Back Titles


CFP National Championships: Georgia Bullies TCU 65-7 to Take Back-to-Back Titles

Stetson Bennett, 13, and Georgia made it easy for the Bulldogs to win their second consecutive national title against TCU. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

ENGLEWOOD, Calif.—Georgia has booked in favor of the 2022 season.

The No. 1 Bulldogs defeated the No. 3 TCU, 65-7, to clinch their second national title Monday night at SoFi Stadium. Georgia is the first team to win back-to-back domestic titles since 2011 and his 2012 Alabama, and the first college football team to achieve the feat during his playoff era.

It didn’t take long for Georgia to make it clear that TCU had a very slim chance of winning the game. After TCU cut their lead to 10-7 in the first quarter, the Bulldogs end the first half thanks to two interceptions by Javon Bullard before having to leave the game with a left shoulder injury. Scored 24 consecutive points to do.

The Bulldogs went up 31-7 with a TD with 1:09 in the second quarter after Bullard intercepted Max Duggan on a wildly downed deep pass to Quentin Johnston. Bullard then picked off Duggan with a third deep in Georgia territory going into halftime with 36 seconds remaining. AD Mitchell made a nice contested catch two plays later for a 38-7 halftime lead.

Georgia’s 58-point victory was the largest margin of victory in a national championship game dating back to the beginning of the 1998 BCS era, surpassing USC’s 55-19 victory over Oklahoma in January 2005.

Great game by Stetson Bennett

After leading Georgia to a come-from-behind win against Ohio State in the second half of the Peach Bowl a week ago, Stetson-Bennett capped off his college career with a stunning title game performance. Bennett won a national title in either the BCS or CFP multiple times in his game.

Bennett is also the third starting quarterback to win back-to-back national titles. AJ McCarron was the starter for both Alabama titles a decade before him, and Nebraska’s Tommy Frazier was the starter for both his title teams in his 1994 and 1995 National titles. .

The former walk-on showed why he was a Heisman finalist and one of the top starting quarterbacks in the country on Monday night. He made some exceptional throws, including a third down pass, involving three TCU defenders in the middle of the first half, and was in full command of an offense that disrupted the TCU defense. .

Both Brock Bowers and Rudd McConkie made big plays at receivers, so Georgia averaged over nine yards in the first half. Bowers had more than 100 receiving yards in the first half en route to a 152-yard day, including a nice leaping catch on a perfect back-shoulder TD pass from Bennett early in the third quarter.

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A very bad day for TCU

The Horned Frogs gave a glimmer of hope when Delius Davis caught a 60-yard pass from Duggan to set up Duggan’s 1st quarter TD run and cut Georgia’s lead to 7. I got

Unfortunately, that was the high point for the horned frog. In the first minute of the second quarter, TCU found themselves trailing 17–7 with fourths and sixths at Georgia’s 47-yard line. TCU coach Sonny Dykes sent his team out on a punt instead of going plus to his territory.

Georgia then played 92 for 11 yards as Bennett capped the drive with his second rushing score of the game.

Duggan also had his worst game of the season on Monday night. From the start of the game, it was clear Georgia didn’t let Duggan get yards on the ground and instead tried to tear the Bulldogs apart in the air.

And that game plan worked perfectly. Georgia didn’t let Duggan out of his pocket like CJ Stroud did with his bowl of peaches. Defensively he was under pressure when the line was open to nothing in the secondary.

Georgia was #1 for most of the season

Georgia started the season strong with a 49-3 victory over Oregon in Week 1. The Bulldogs gave Oregon no chance of a comeback as he led 28-3 at halftime before scoring his 14 points in the third quarter.

Georgia started the season in 3rd place in the AP polls, but that win made it clear that the Bulldogs were the best team in the country. It remained in that position for the rest of the term, but also led the final five sets of the playoff rankings.

Georgia’s talent up and down the roster allowed the Bulldogs to play in cruise control for much of the season. Sure, there was a test in Missouri, but late in that game it was clear Georgia’s superior player would win despite a narrow 26-22 result.

Georgia then went on to a 14-point win over Tennessee and a 10-point win over Kentucky before the playoffs, winning every other game by a much more skewed 10-plus point margin than the scores indicated. bottom.

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