An old-fashioned beating of the Georgia Bulldogs resulted in the most points ever scored in a national championship game, as quarterback Stetson Bennett was responsible for six touchdowns in a 65-7 win over the TCU Horned Frogs.
The victory kept the national title in Athens, as the Bulldogs have won back-to-back championships. But this was never in doubt compared to this fight with Alabama last year.
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart called a timeout with 13:25 remaining in the fourth quarter, with his Bulldogs leading 52-7, to allow Bennett to call the curtain as the night ended. Smiling, Bennet hugged Smart and many of his teammates as he played in his last college game and realized he was a two-time national champion.
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Bennett finished the game 18 of 25 passing for 304 yards and four touchdown passes, while also rushing for two touchdowns in the blowout victory.
The first half was an absolute nightmare for TCU as Georgia scored on every possession they had and Bennett got off to a hot start right away. After the defense forced a three-and-out on the Horned Frogs to start the game, it took the Bulldogs just five plays to drive 57 yards and collect a 21-yard touchdown run to get on the board quickly.
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The defense then stepped up once more, forcing a fumble to TCU’s Derius Davis, which Javon Bullard recovered at the Horned Frogs 33-yard line. Jack Podlesny ended up kicking a 24-yard field goal after TCU got a much-needed third-down stoppage.
Max Duggan, a Heisman Trophy finalist like his counterpart in Bennett, found some offensive rhythm on the ensuing drive, passing one to Davis for 60 yards to set up in Georgia territory. Duggan went untouched for a two-yard touchdown run to regain some momentum.
Unblinking, Georgia didn’t let that last long. Bennett needed four plays this time, finding speedy receiver Ladd McConkey for a 37-yard touchdown run on missed coverage to come back from 10.
From there, the Bulldogs really got away with this game. They would score three more touchdowns before the half ended, while Duggan threw two interceptions to set them up for turnover points.
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Bennett scored his second rushing touchdown of the game from there, while also passing Adonai Mitchell and passing it to Kendall Milton for a one-yard score.
The game essentially ended at halftime with a score of 38-7, but hey, it’s not over until the final whistle.
TCU finally got Georgia to punt the ball on the first drive of the second half, but they were the only drive points not scored. Bennett found tight end Brock Bowers for 22 yards to make it 45-7 followed by McConkey’s second touchdown of the night for 14 yards.
After Bennett left the game, Carson Beck, who is expected to be Georgia’s starter next season, took over at quarterback. He picked up where his teammate left off, with nine plays for a Branson Robinson touchdown, another key player for the upcoming season, on a one-yard run that broke the record for most points scored.
Robinson would score again after the Georgia defense generated another turnover on attempts, needing only one play to go 19 yards.
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In addition to Bennett, Bowers had a fantastic night with 152 yards on seven receptions, while McConkey finished with 88 yards on five receptions. The Bulldogs had 590 total yards of offense.