For those of us with an early bedtime last night, the College Football Playoff national championship game was over before it started.
Last night, the Georgia Bulldogs completed their quest to become the first back-to-back national championships since 2011-2012. The last time a team repeated as national champions in college football was the Alabama Crimson Tide. Ironically enough, the defensive coordinator of the repeat Crimson Tide champs was current Georgia head coach Kirby Smart.
The Bulldogs beat the Horned Frogs 65-7, setting many college football playoff records on the way to the victory and the back-to-back championships. The Horned Frogs never looked comfortable on the big stage in SoFi Stadium, as TV cameras caught Horned Frogs fans leaving the stadium towards the end of the third quarter.
Game Summary: All Georgia, All Day
The moment the game kicked off, the Georgia Bulldogs were off and running. Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett scored the opening touchdown four minutes into the first quarter. TCU responded to the first touchdown, converting a 60-yard pass play. Max Duggan scrambled from 2 yards into the end zone to make the game 10-7. From there on out, it was all Georgia, all day.
The Bulldogs were up 38-7 at halftime and tacked on two more touchdowns in the 3rd quarter before Kirby Smart decided to pull the starters and bring in the reserves. The reserves even scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter, taking the game to its final score, 65-7.
TCU had one of its worst performances of the season. They had three turnovers in the first half. TCU quarterback Max Duggan threw multiple interceptions in consecutive games. In 13 games for TCU this year, Duggan threw four interceptions total. The Horned Frogs’ offense got shut down. TCU’s offense averaged 455 yards on the season; they finished the game with 188 yards.
Championship Game Records
Because of the Georgia Bulldog’s one-sided dominance in the match-up, the game set several records. The 17 points scored by Georgia in the first quarter are the most in the first quarter of a CFP National Championship Game. The 38 points scored by Georgia in the first half of the game are the most points ever scored in the first half of a national championship game.
Stetson Bennett tied the record for most total touchdowns in a game – six – which ties Joe Burrow from the 2019 national championship game. Bennett was also the first quarterback with multiple rushing touchdowns in a game since Vince Young in 2006.
The game also broke the record for the margin of victory in the National Championship game. A way-too-early top 25 says that the Georgia Bulldogs will be contending again next year. Let’s see if they can challenge for back-to-back-to-back national titles!
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