CFP National Championship Highlights: Georgia dominates TCU, 65-7

The Georgia Bulldogs they are national champions again.

Stetson Bennett threw for 304 yards and six total touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to a dominating 65-7 victory over TCU in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday.

Georgia, the unstoppable SEC power and NFL talent factory, is the first team in the CFP era to win back-to-back national championships and the first repeat champions since Alabama (2011-12).

Here are the highlights!

Georgia 65, TCU 7

Let’s go!

Georgia forced a three-and-out on TCU’s opening drive, and the Bulldogs wasted no time getting into the end zone on their first possession. They went 57 yards in five plays, capped by Bennett’s 21-yard score.

Calamity strikes

TCU’s second drive didn’t go as planned either. Senior receiver Derius Davis fumbled the ball on a short run and the Bulldogs recovered. The turnover resulted in a field goal for Georgia, extending the defending champions’ lead to 10-0.

Failed coverage

Redemption was the name of the game on the Frogs’ next drive. QB Max Duggan hit a wide-open Davis for a 60-yard gain to move the sticks and put TCU deep in the red zone late in the first quarter.

Closing the gap!

TCU capped that run with a quick score by Duggan that kept Georgia within reach, 10-7.

Dawgs on bagels

However, TCU’s defense failed on the Bulldogs’ next drive, as Georgia’s Ladd McConkey threw a 37-yard touchdown pass from Bennett to make it a 10-point game again, 17-7.

Those 17 points scored by Georgia are the most in the first quarter in CFP National Championship Game history.

Seeing double

Bennett cashed in his second rushing score of the night midway through the second quarter, this time on the 6 yard run to cap off a strong 11-game drive to put Georgia ahead 24-7.

Bennett is the first quarterback with multiple rushing touchdowns in a title game since Vince Young in 2006.

refused!

TCU hit another roadblock on its next drive, as Bulldogs defensive back Javon Bullard picked off Duggan, ending another Frogs possession early.

It marked the second straight game in which Duggan threw multiple interceptions after previously throwing just four picks in his first 13 games for TCU this season.

Accumulation

Then the Bulldogs got their fourth touchdown of the game, this time thanks to a short run by Kendall Milton late in the second quarter. Just like that, Georgia took a huge 31-7 lead over TCU.

Georgia got its third score of the first half on TCU’s ensuing drive. The Bulldogs quickly turned that into points, thanks to Adonai Mitchell’s stunning goal with less than 30 seconds left in the half.

The Dawgs took a 38-7 lead into the break, the most points ever scored in the first half of a CFP title game, breaking the record of 35 points set by Alabama against Ohio State in the 2021 championship game.

There is no giving up

The Bulldogs started the second half the same way they ended the first – with a goal. Star tight end Brock Bowers had a terrific 22-yard touchdown run to extend Georgia’s lead to 45-7 early in the third quarter.

Meanwhile, Bullard, who scored two takeaways for Georgia in the first half, was ruled out for the remainder of Monday’s game with an apparent shoulder injury.

Closing the deal

Bennett connected with McConkey for a 14-yard strike late in the third quarter, marking his fourth touchdown pass and sixth overall of the night. In doing so, Bennett tied the record for most total touchdowns (six) in a CFP title game, set by then-LSU QB Joe Burrow in the 2020 championship game against Clemson.

Georgia boasted a whopping 52-7 lead in the fourth quarter when Bennett exited the game after going 18-for-25 for 304 yards. His exit was met with a standing ovation from the packed crowd at SoFi Stadium.

Backup QB Carson Beck subsequently reported to the Bulldogs. Then freshman running back Branson Robinson threw two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to extend Georgia’s lead, 65-7, midway through the final frame and secure the victory.

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