Rapid Reaction: Georgia leaves no doubt against TCU, earns 2nd straight Title
No miracle comebacks or wild finishes this time. Georgia football, for the 2nd straight season, has won the College Football Playoff National Championship, blitzing TCU 65-7.
The game looked like it might be interesting for about 3 minutes in the first quarter. TCU fell into an early 10-0 hole and fired back, with quarterback Max Duggan finding wide receiver Derius Davis for a long completion down the right sideline. Duggan later ran it in himself for 6.
That was the end of any hope TCU fans in SoFi Stadium held. Georgia rattled off 28 straight points immediately following, forcing 3 turnovers from the Horned Frogs in the process. To put the cherry on top, Georgia intercepted Duggan with under a minute left deep in TCU territory; Georgia threw a touchdown just a few plays later to take a 38-7 halftime lead.
Did we mention it was one-handed? Georgia was playing with their food at this point.
— ESPN (@espn) January 10, 2023
It was a lot of the same after halftime. Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett connected with Brock Bowers (you’ll hear that one a lot) for a 22-yard touchdown, taking just 4 plays to do so. At this point in the game, Georgia had run 45 plays on offense and had 45 points to show for it.
1 point per play. We’ve thrown football out the window at that point, that’s a basketball stat.
My goodness, Brock Bowers!! pic.twitter.com/lxNVXJv80z
— 𝗙𝗢𝗟𝗟𝗢𝗪 @𝗙𝗧𝗕𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗱𝟳 (@FTBeard7) January 10, 2023
Bowers does indeed look like he’s playing a different sport than the defensive back here. It was much of the same all evening in Los Angeles; Bowers finished the game with 7 receptions for 152 yards and 1 touchdown.
Of course, you can’t forget the guy dropping the ball directly into his hands, either. Bennett had one of his better games in recent memory against TCU’s 3-3-5 defense, throwing for 304 yards, 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions with just 7 incompletions. He added 39 rushing yards with 2 touchdowns.
And so ends Bennett’s college career. The star Georgia signal caller ends his career with 8,518 passing yards, 66 touchdowns, 21 interceptions, 1 SEC championship and 2 National Championships. He received his curtain call with just under 14 minutes remaining.
Stetson Bennett gets his curtain call with 13 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter
What a career👏
— PFF College (@PFF_College) January 10, 2023
As a collective, Georgia’s run game was dominant from start to finish. In total, the Bulldogs rushed for 258 yards and 5 touchdowns. No one Georgia rusher totaled more than 50 yards rushing.
The Bulldogs have not lost a football game since Dec. 4, 2021, now having won 16 in a row. Georgia finishes the season 15-0, the best mark in program history. This is just the 3rd time the Bulldogs have finished the season undefeated since joining the SEC in 1933.
The Bulldogs are 33-1 in their last 34 games.