Sunday, January 29, 2023

TCU Loses to Georgia in College Football Championship After Historic Season

Stetson Bennett threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores in the first half as No. 1 Georgia demolished No. 3 TCU 65-7 on Monday night and became the first team to win back-to-back college football national championships.

The Bulldogs (15-0) became the first repeat champion since Alabama did a decade ago and there’s no doubt they’ve replaced the Crimson Tide as the new champions on the block.

TCU (13-2), the “Cinderella” of the playoff era, was the first team to never have a chance against the Georgia Giants. Bulldogs opposite Michigan in Fiesta Bowl semifinal hypnosis,

Gave Georgia one of the all-time victories in a national title-deciding game, reminiscent of Nebraska routing Florida 38 in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl, USC’s 36-point loss to Oklahoma in the 2005 Orange Bowl, and Alabama’s 28-point loss The defeat of BCS Championship blowout at Notre Dame in 2013.

But it was worse. very talented. very well trained. Two consecutive titles for ‘Dogs’ coach Kirby Smart.

No team has scored more points in the national championship game since the BCS’s inception in 1998.

With 13:25 left in the fourth quarter, coach Kirby Smart called a timeout in the middle of an offense so Bennett could walk off to a hero’s ovation in the final game of his torturous college career.

He completed 18 of 25 passes for 304 yards and four touchdown passes.

Georgia’s offensive linemen were eating chicken wings on the sideline as the game ended.

Smart is now 81-15 with two national titles in his first seven seasons at Georgia. His mentor, Alabama coach Nick Saban, went 79–15 with three titles in his first seven seasons with the Tide.

The Bulldogs were a different kind of dominant this season: not stingy on defense, but more explosive on attack.

Earlier in Smart’s tenure at his alma mater, Georgia fans worried that Saban’s former defensive coordinator would be able to build an offense to match this high-scoring era of college football.

Under third-year coordinator Todd Monken, the Bulldogs have become prolific, creative and varied on offense. He picked off TCU’s 3-3-5 defense from every angle.

Versatile tight end Brock Bowers had seven receptions for 152 yards. Receiver Ladd McConkey caught two touchdowns. Georgia rushed for 254 yards with seven players having at least 10 receiving yards.

The Bulldogs scored on all six shots in the first half. Twice Bennett carried it out himself; The former walk-on two-time national champion was barely touched by two quarterbacks.

He hit a wide-open McConkey for a 34-yard TD in the first quarter, a perfectly executed play that left TCU’s defensive backs in disarray. Bennett’s 22-yard score to Adonai Mitchell had a high level of difficulty, falling over a defender who had tight coverage.

It looked a lot like the Bennett-to-Mitchell touchdown run that gave Georgia a fourth-quarter lead that it would not lose against Alabama in last year’s CFP title game.

Georgia ended a 41-year national title drought last season by defeating the Tide, avenging its only regular season loss in the process.

There was no such play against the newcomers Horned Frogs.

This year the Bulldogs never had to worry about Alabama. They swept through the SEC, survived Ohio State in a classic CFP semifinal, and then emphatically marked themselves as a rising dynasty.

Bennett hit Brock Bowers for a 22-yard score, making it 45–7 with 10:52 remaining in the third quarter. The other tight end signaled a touchdown as he lay down on the grass at Sophie Stadium. Bennett broke into a wide grin as he clashed helmets with one of his linemen.

Georgia’s famous bulldog mascot, UGA, was unable to make a cross-country trip to cheer on its team, but it still felt like SoCal’s Sanford Stadium.

With more than half of the fourth quarter left, many TCU fans opted to head outside on a cold, rainy night rather than watch the massive mismatch.

Heisman Trophy runner-up Max Duggan threw two first-half interceptions in the final game of his rollercoaster career at TCU.

A four-year starter who had never played in a bowl prior to this season, Duggan led TCU to one of the most unlikely runs in college football history. Unranked nationally after the losing season and picked seventh in the Big 12 for Sonny Dykes’ first year as coach, the Frogs won nine games by 10 points or less. They were one win away from the program’s first national title since 1938.

A young Hispanic girl lived her dream of being accepted with a full scholarship to prestigious TCU University in Fort Worth. Nancy Leal presents us with her success story.

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