Bulldogs Get Revenge in College Championship

Bulldogs Get Revenge in College Championship

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On Jan. 11, the Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 187th College Football National Championship. The ending score of 33-18 gave the Bulldogs their third National Champion title. The team was led by their coach, Kirby Smart, and their walk-on quarterback, Stenson Bennett. Alabama head coach, Nick Saban, and the 18 time National Champions were defeated.

However, this wasn’t Georgia and Alabama’s first match up this season. Prior to the championship, Alabama came out on top against Georgia in the SEC Championship, 41-24. However, Georgia learned from their mistakes and came out on top when it counted.

The first half of the championship started off slow with each team trading field goals ending the half with Alabama leading 9-6. The second half brought some action with a Georgia touchdown at the end of the third quarter. The Bulldogs’ victory was finally sealed with a Georgia pick-six late in the fourth quarter to make the score 33-18. 

Georgia quarterback Bennett was in tears after their win. Bennett grew up a Georgia Bulldog and has loved this team since he was born. Before Bennett came back to be the Bulldogs’ quarterback, he attended Jones County Community College and led his team to a 10-2 record. Bennett then transferred back to Georgia in 2019. Finally, Bennett got his opportunity in the 2021-2022 season. After leading his team to their third National Championship, Bennet was named offensive MVP.

After the game, the head coaches met at midfield. Saban had nothing but respect for Georgia and their big win. 

“You guys kicked out a– in the fourth quarter,” Nick Saban remarked, and Smart returned the respect by asking how Alabama’s injured player was. Smart was previously 0-4 against Saban’s Alabama and was astounded to finally break his losing streak.

Alabama quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, Bryce Young, blames himself for the loss. 

“We had a lot of opportunities, moved the ball relatively well. We did some stuff well. We didn’t execute, and at the end of the day, that’s on me,” Young said in a post-game press conference. 

Young played much of this game without his top two receivers, John Metchie and Jameson Williams. Metchie tore his ACL two games before in the SEC Championship, and Williams also tore his ACL in the second quarter of the National Championship. 

“We’ve had a lot of guys critical parts of this team that didn’t participate in this game, but I’m extremely proud of this team,” Saban said.