Georgia tops TCU for second straight CFP national championship

Georgia tops TCU for second straight CFP national championship

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Expertise gained.

After 10 days of TCU enjoying the plucky underdog and the primary school soccer Cinderella of the playoff period, the glass slipper bought smashed into one million items by halftime. The nationwide championship sport appeared like varsity in opposition to JV, starters in opposition to backups and sure, SEC in opposition to all people else.

Georgia put an exclamation mark on an all-time nice season with a 65-7 beatdown of Texas Christian on Monday evening, the biggest margin of victory ever within the nationwide title sport. That secured Georgia a 15-0 document, its third nationwide championship and second straight title. It turned out the Bulldogs may as nicely have been handed the trophy in Atlanta after profitable the Peach Bowl. That’s how straightforward this was.

After one sack of TCU quarterback Max Duggan deep in TCU’s personal territory, Georgia’s Bear Alexander appeared up on the sea of followers sporting purple behind the tip zone and waved goodbye. There have been nonetheless 42 seconds left within the first half.

Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) celebrates with offensive lineman Sedrick Van Pran (63) after scoring a landing in opposition to the TCU Horned Frogs.USA TODAY Sports activities

It turned out, that was sufficient time for the Bulldogs to intercept Duggan for the second time, on the very subsequent play, and add a 22-yard Adonai Mitchell landing catch to their jaw-dropping tally of first-half factors, two performs later. That made it 38-7, establishing the second half as a 30-minute procession to purple and black confetti and a trophy presentation.

Thanks for coming, Horned Frogs. Perhaps subsequent time.

As for the ’Dawgs, they’ve changed Alabama as the usual on this sport, with coach Kirby Good equaling his former boss Nick Saban’s feat of back-to-back titles, which the Crimson Tide gained in 2011-’12. A yr after toppling Alabama within the title sport, Georgia romped to a different championship, enjoying two shut video games all season and holding onto the highest spot within the CFP rankings in each iteration however the first.

After turning into one of many sport’s very unlikely tales by main Georgia to the nationwide title final yr, Stetson Bennett put the ending touches on a legendary story. The quarterback from Blackshear, Ga., threw for 304 yards and 4 touchdowns, working for 2 extra in his remaining sport with the Bulldogs. He’s solely the sixth quarterback within the historical past of the sport to win back-to-back nationwide titles as a starter. By far and away, he’s additionally essentially the most unlikely — a former walk-on who as soon as transferred to Jones Group School and needed to show himself again and again to Good and offensive coordinator Todd Monken to earn the beginning job.

Javon Bullard (r.) of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts with teammates after his second interception late within the second quarter in opposition to the TCU Horned Frogs within the School Soccer Playoff Nationwide Championship.Getty Photos

On Monday, he couldn’t miss. Neither might Good, nor Monken, nor anybody else coated in crimson. Georgia overpowered TCU on the line of scrimmage on either side of the ball. Its pass-catchers, notably tight finish Brock Bowers and receiver Ladd McConkey, proved an excessive amount of to deal with. Its secondary, questioned after a rocky efficiency within the semifinal in opposition to Ohio State, blanketed Quentin Johnston and the remainder of TCU’s receivers nearly all evening. Even Duggan, a Heisman finalist, couldn’t batter his method out of this one.

If TCU did have a second to remain within the sport, it got here throughout the briefest attainable first-quarter window. Already down 10-0, Derius Davis took benefit of a uncommon Georgia protection breakdown to go 60 yards, establishing a 2-yard Duggan rating.

Georgia Bulldogs defensive lineman Bear Alexander (99) tackles TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Max Duggan (15) throughout the third quarter of the CFP nationwide championship sport.USA TODAY Sports activities

For only a second, it appeared just like the ’Dawgs could be weak. After which Bennett marched them straight down the sphere, with McConkey catching balls of 11, 11 and 37 yards on a coverage-bust landing to key a four-play, 70-yard drive.

By the point halftime struck, Bennett had marched Georgia on three extra landing drives of 92, 66 and 22 yards, all for touchdowns and all with out TCU solutions.

The Horned Frogs made their hay this season on coming again when all appeared misplaced, however that was within the Large 12. Right here, in opposition to SEC pace and power, there was no method, no how.

Cinderella tales are cute. However within the final 4 recruiting cycles, Georgia has ranked fourth, first, second and first, per 247Sports. Good luck beating that with grit and a can-do perspective.

Bennett was pulled with 13:25 to go within the fourth quarter, with Good calling a timeout to arrange a curtain name with Georgia main by 45 factors. A sea of purple greeted him with a standing ovation.

Expertise gained, however it turned out that Bennett wrote the underdog story that TCU couldn’t.

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