The No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs scored on their first six drives and dominated No. 3 Texas Christian University 65-7 to win their second consecutive College Football Playoff championship sport on Monday evening in Inglewood, California.
Within the convincing win, Heisman Trophy-finalist quarterback Stetson Bennett handed for 4 touchdowns and ran for 2 extra to guide the Bulldogs (15-0), who turned the primary workforce to win back-to-back nationwide titles since Alabama in 2011 and 2012.
Bennett completed 18-of-25 with 304 yards passing in his remaining collegiate contest. He left the sport with 13:25 remaining within the fourth quarter.
Bennett instructed ESPN, which broadcast the title sport, that he was simply making an attempt to not cry.
“Champions of the whole damn world,” he stated as a struggled to search out phrases to echo his feelings. “I don’t know. I’m just trying to see everybody for the last time, you know, hug everybody.”
Bennett picked up his second championship sport offensive most useful participant award, and his six complete touchdowns tied the championship sport period file set by Joe Burrow with Louisiana State University in 2020.
Georgia constructed a 38-7 halftime lead, scoring the ultimate 28 factors earlier than intermission after TCU’s Max Duggan, the Heisman Trophy runner-up, rushed for a landing that made it 10-7 with 5:45 left within the first quarter.
The Bulldogs managed play and the clock within the half, having the ball for nearly 19 of the primary half-hour and outgaining the Horned Frogs (13-2) 354 yards to only 121.
The onslaught continued within the second half till Georgia head coach Kirby Sensible successfully referred to as off the canines and started utilizing extra second-team gamers within the fourth quarter. By then it was 52-7.
“We wanted our kids to play without fear,” Sensible instructed ESPN. Sensible stated he instructed his gamers that because the top-ranked workforce within the nation for a lot of the 12 months they have been the hunted, however on this sport they might be the hunters. That they had just one final likelihood to take action.
“And we hunted tonight,” he stated.
The Bulldogs are the primary workforce to win consecutive titles for the reason that creation of the reformatted College Football Playoff in 2014.
“They had a will to work. They didn’t listen to what everyone said about them,” Sensible stated referring to a nationwide preseason ballot that had Georgia No. 3 and the ballot of sports activities writers for groups within the Southeastern Convention. “And everyone doubted them to start the year and that chip on the shoulder was just big enough to create an edge for our team.”
Georgia’s Ladd McConkey, a sophomore broad receiver, had two landing grabs, together with a wide-open, 37-yard reception that introduced the primary six of the Bulldogs’ 55 consecutive factors.
Sophomore tight finish Brock Bowers, the nationwide participant of the 12 months at his place, had one landing catch in his seven receptions and 152 yards receiving.
“We certainly didn’t play our best. You gotta give Georgia a ton of credit,” TCU head coach Sonny Dykes stated at a postgame information convention. “Those guys came out and played exceptionally well.”
Dykes stated he was nonetheless extraordinarily pleased with his workforce and stated they might study from this loss.
“Next time we’re on a stage like this we’ll handle it better,” he stated.
The 58-point margin of victory was the most important since faculty soccer instituted an official championship sport within the 1998 season, and Georgia’s 65 factors are essentially the most scored in a championship sport.
President Joe Biden tweeted his congratulations to the Bulldogs following their win: “Glory glory, @UniversityofGA. Congrats to the Dawgs on a hard-fought National Championship – and to @TCUFootball for beating the chances all season.
“Georgia, no doubt you made your community proud tonight.”