An old-fashioned Georgia Bulldogs beatdown resulted in the most points ever scored in a national championship game, as quarterback Stetson Bennett was responsible for six touchdowns in the 65-7 win over the TCU Horned Frogs.
The win kept the national title in Athens, as the Bulldogs have won back-to-back championships. But this one was never a doubt compared to this bout with Alabama last year.
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart called a timeout with 13:25 left in the fourth quarter, with his Bulldogs up 52-7, to allow Bennett a curtain call as he was done for the night. Smiling, Bennet hugged Smart and many of his teammates, as he balled out in his final collegiate game and realized he was a two-time national champion.
Bennett finished the game 18 of 25 through the air for 304 yards and four passing touchdowns, while rushing two touchdowns as well in the blowout win.
The first half was an absolute nightmare for TCU, as Georgia scored on every single possession they had with Bennett immediately getting off to a hot start. After the defense forced a three-and-out on the Horned Frogs to start the game, the Bulldogs needed just five plays to go 57 yards and collect a 21-yard touchdown run to get on the board fast.
Then, the defense stepped up once again, forcing a fumble on 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 stop.
Max Duggan, a Heisman Trophy finalist like his counterpart in Bennett, found some offensive rhythm on the next drive, airing one out to Davis for 60 yards to set up in Georgia territory. Duggan ended up going untouched for a two-yard touchdown to get some momentum back.
Not batting an eyelash, Georgia didn’t let that last for long. Bennett needed four plays this time, finding speedy receiver Ladd McConkey for a 37-yard touchdown on busted coverage to go back up 10.
From there, the Bulldogs truly ran away with this game. They would score three more touchdowns before the half ended, while Duggan threw two interceptions to set them up for points off turnovers.
Bennett scored his second rushing touchdown of the game from there, while also passing to Adonai Mitchell and handing it off to Kendall Milton for a one-yard score.
The game was essentially over at halftime with a 38-7 score, 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 it was the only drive points weren’t put on the board. Bennett found his tight end Brock Bowers for 22 yards to make it 45-7 followed by McConkey’s second touchdown grab 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, going nine plays for a touchdown score Branson Robinson, another key player for next season, on a one-yard run which broke the record for most points scored.
Robinson would score again after the Georgia defense created another turnover on downs, needing just one play to go 19 yards.
Other than Bennett, Bowers had a fantastic night with 152 yards on seven catches, while McConkey finished with 88 yards on five receptions. The Bulldogs had 590 total yards of offense.