A Beat Down to Go Back to Back

By DJ Harding –

At Sofi Stadium on January 9th Texas Christian University (TCU) took on the University of Georgia. The Horned Frogs (TCU) came in as a 3 seed while the Bulldogs (Georgia) were number 1. TCU were total underdogs this whole season to the point that during a preseason a bet of $10 would win $2,010. The Cinderella story that is the Horned Frogs season, got here after beating number 2 Michigan in a New Years duel that had some back and forth. While Georgia beat Ohio State on a game winning field goal at the buzzer. The Bulldogs came into this championship looking to go back to back and be the 8th team to accomplish this feat. The Bulldogs were also looking to complete an undefeated season. TCU meanwhile were hoping to win their third national title in school history the previous one being in 1938 and also winning in 1935.

TCU got the ball to open up the game but the Georgia Defense showed the world they came to play as they forced a three and out. The Georgia offense with the momentum from the defense took the ball 57 yards in 5 plays that ended in a Stetson Bennett 21 yard touchdown run. The Georgia Defense stayed dominant causing a TCU fumble which led to a field goal. With a 10-0 lead TCU finally woke up after a touchback Max Duggan threw a 60 yard bomb to Derius Davis in what was the big play in a 5 play 75 yard drive that ended in a Max Duggan 2 yard rushing touchdown. Unfortunately TCU must’ve gone back to sleep as those were their only points of the night. Yes you heard that right the Horned Frogs had only 7 points. What was a Cinderella Run quickly turned into 12:01 because the Horned Frogs fell apart. The Next Drive was what the dagger even though it was the first quarter as Bennett threw a 37 yard touchdown to a wide open Ladd McConkey. The Bulldogs proceed to take advantage of the Horned Frogs carriage turning into a pumpkin as the Bulldogs proceeded to steamroll TCU in the first half of the game with the half ending Georgia up 38-7.

Coming out of the half Georgia had the ball and scored again. The Bulldogs were so dominant they scored on 10 of their 12 possessions one being a punt the other being the kneel downs at the end of the game. The Bulldogs went on to win in a 65-7 slaughter in what was Stetson Bennett’s final college football game as he earned himself a curtain call which coach Kirby Smart gave him in the 3rd quarter. Bennett went out in style throwing for 304 yards and 4 touchdowns along with 39 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns on top of that. Bennett also won the games MVP making it his second in the national championship and his fourth in bowl games.Bennett is the first player ever to have 4 bowl game MVPs as he led the Bulldogs to the largest margin ever recorded in a bowl game. At 25 years old and finishing his 6th year of eligibility Bennett now heads to the draft as Georgia will attempt to make it 3 in a row next season.

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