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Georgia Bulldogs Defeat TCU to Repeat as College Football National Champions
Georgia Bulldogs Defeat TCU: The University of Georgia Bulldogs once again demonstrated why they are the best team in college football. Georgia dominated Texas Christian University in the national championship game, winning 65-7 to finish undefeated and repeat as national champions. Georgia’s 65 points are the most ever scored in a (BCS/College Football Playoff) championship game.
TCU was a huge underdog, and they had no answer for Georgia. Following the kickoff, Georgia stalled TCU’s first drive before scoring first on a 21-yard rushing touchdown by senior quarterback Stetson Bennett. In less than three minutes, the Bulldogs marched down the field, slicing through TCU’s defence. It was a sign of things to come.
On the Horned Frogs’ next offensive attempt, UGA forced a fumble, which resulted in another Georgia score — a 24-yard field goal to put Georgia up 10-0 midway through the first quarter. TCU, ranked third, responded on the next drive. Max Duggan led the Horned Frogs 75 yards for a touchdown. Duggan, like Georgia’s quarterback, rushed for a touchdown to cut the Bulldog lead to 10-7. It was TCU’s only point of the game.
Georgia immediately responded with a 37-yard Bennett touchdown pass to increase the lead to 17-7. TCU was stopped on its next series, and Georgia marched 92 yards for another Stetson Bennett rushing touchdown to take a 24-7 lead in the second quarter. Before halftime, another Bulldog touchdown was set up by a Duggan interception.
Georgia simply dominated to take a 38-7 lead into halftime, scoring on all six of its possessions (the first team to do that in the playoffs). In the first half, the Bulldogs racked up 354 yards of offence and averaged 9 yards per play.
TCU began the second half on a high note, forcing a Georgia punt. The Horned Frog offence was stymied once more, and the Bulldogs picked up right where they left off, with another touchdown pass from Bennett to extend the lead to 45-7. With 11 minutes left in the third quarter, the game was essentially over.
Bulldog quarterback Stetson Bennett would account for six touchdowns (two rushing and four passing) and was taken out of the game 95 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Georgia entered the game undefeated (14-0) and defending national champions. Georgia dominated the Southeastern Conference, the best conference in college football, led by Bennett (a former walk-on QB). For the majority of the season, Georgia was the undisputed champion.
Texas Christian University is a private university in Fort Worth, Texas, with approximately 12,000 students. It entered the championship game with a 13-1 record and as the Big 12 Conference champions. TCU was picked to finish seventh in the conference and was a 200-to-1 longshot to win the national championship before the season began. The Horned Frogs, on the other hand, surprised legions of football fans all season long with their ability to win. They couldn’t get past Georgia in the most important game of the year, however.
The Southeastern Conference has dominated the Division I FBS college football playoffs. Since 2014 when the CFP began, an SEC team has won the title six times. Before Georgia, no team had repeated as national champion in the CFP era.
One notable Bulldog didn’t get to witness the victory. Georgia’s famous mascot, Uga X, did not make the trip to southern California for the championship game. The bulldog is a common fixture at Georgia games wearing a UGA uniform and hanging out in an air-conditioned doghouse on the sidelines. His owners told WTOC television the cross-country flight would have been too difficult for the 9-year-old bulldog.
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