College Football: Georgia tears down the Tide for their first national title in over 40 years!
Indianapolis, Indiana - Georgia enjoyed a historic 2022 College Football National Championship win as the Bulldogs denied Alabama a second-consecutive title!
The third-ranked Georgia Bulldogs beat the defending champion Alabama Crimson Tide 33-18 for the school’s first national championship since 1980 and third overall in the program’s history.
This matchup was no runaway for either team during the first three quarters thanks to the strong defensive efforts coming from both sidelines.
The top-ranked Tide did take the lead early with only a field goal in the first quarter, answered by a Georgia field goal that tied things up to open the second.
Alabama rallied with a couple more kicks to retake the lead and stayed ahead even though the Bulldogs booted through another score of their own for a 9-6 score at halftime.
Georgia finally found the end zone in the closing minutes of the third quarter for their first lead of the game.
The Tide stormed back with 10 unanswered points in the fourth, seeming like they would take the game as time began to tick away, but the Bulldogs had other plans.
Georgia scored three straight touchdowns, including a pick-six to take both the lead and the title as Alabama had nothing left to throw at the Bulldogs by the time the clock ticked down to zero.
The player spotlight
Georgia’s senior star quarterback Stetson Bennett (23) had a tough outing through most of the game, but he never faltered.
In the end, his team was able to jump ahead for good thanks largely to his efforts under center.
The Bulldogs’ air attack couldn’t get much going in the first half, but Bennett kept his team in it by committing no turnovers on offense during that period.
And while his numbers weren’t the best of the season, he still managed to throw for over 200 yards for the seventh time this year.
Bennett finished the game with 17-for-26 passing, 224 yards, and two touchdowns.
The big picture
This was the second time in three games that these two teams faced each other and overall, the game was everything college football fans would expect from two conference rivals.
It was a slug fest early on with neither Alabama nor Georgia ever holding a double-digit lead at any point in the game until the Bulldogs broke things wide open in the fourth quarter.
Georgia’s win was even sweeter in that they lost the game they played against Alabama last month, the SEC Championship game that the Tide won convincingly 41-24.
It’s way too early to know if the Bulldogs will go into next season as the nation’s top-ranked team, since Bennett leads a talented senior class on their way out and onto potential NFL Draft success in April.
But nonetheless, look for them to at least remain in the top ten once September rolls back around.
Cover photo: IMAGO / ZUMA Wire