Georgia Bulldogs beat TCU to repeat as college football champions : NPR


Xavier Truss of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates with teammates after his crew’s first landing towards the TCU Horned Frogs within the College Football Playoff National Championship recreation on Jan. 9, 2023, in Inglewood, Calif.

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Xavier Truss of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates with teammates after his crew’s first landing towards the TCU Horned Frogs within the College Football Playoff National Championship recreation on Jan. 9, 2023, in Inglewood, Calif.

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The University of Georgia Bulldogs confirmed why they’re one of the best crew in college football — once more. With an unrelenting and dominant efficiency within the nationwide championship recreation, Georgia swamped Texas Christian University 65-7 to end undefeated and repeat as nationwide champions.

The 65 factors scored by Georgia even probably the most in a (BCS/College Football Playoff) championship recreation.

TCU got here in as an enormous underdog and the crew had no reply for Georgia. After the kickoff, Georgia stopped TCU’s opening drive, after which scored first with a 21-yard dashing landing by senior quarterback Stetson Bennett. The Bulldogs marched down the sphere in lower than three minutes slicing via TCU’s protection.

It was an indication of issues to come.


TCU quarterback Max Duggan is sacked within the second quarter through the College Football Playoff National Championship recreation on Jan. 9, 2023.

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TCU quarterback Max Duggan is sacked within the second quarter through the College Football Playoff National Championship recreation on Jan. 9, 2023.

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UGA pressured a fumble on the Horned Frogs subsequent offensive effort and the turnover led to one other Georgia rating — a 24-yard area objective to go up 10-0 halfway via the first quarter.

But third-ranked TCU answered on its subsequent drive. Quarterback Max Duggan marched the Horned Frogs 75-yards for a rating. Like the Georgia QB, Duggan, the Heisman runner-up, rushed for a landing to reduce the Bulldog lead to 10-7. It can be TCU’s solely factors of the sport.

Georgia responded immediately with a 37-yard Bennett landing move to lengthen the lead to 17-7. The Bulldog protection stopped TCU on its subsequent collection after which marched 92-yards for one more Stetson Bennett dashing landing for a 24-7 Georgia lead within the second quarter.

A Duggan interception led to yet one more Bulldog landing earlier than halftime.


Quarterback Stetson Bennett #13 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts after a landing move within the first quarter towards the TCU Horned Frogs within the College Football Playoff National Championship recreation on Jan. 9, 2023.

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Quarterback Stetson Bennett #13 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts after a landing move within the first quarter towards the TCU Horned Frogs within the College Football Playoff National Championship recreation on Jan. 9, 2023.

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Georgia merely dominated to lead 38-7 on the break, scoring on all six of its possessions (the primary crew to try this within the playoffs). The Bulldogs racked up 354 yards of offense within the half and averaged 9 yards per play.

TCU began the second half on a constructive be aware — forcing a Georgia punt. But the Horned Frog offense was stymied but once more and the Bulldogs picked up the place they left off — with one other landing move by Bennett to lengthen the lead to 45-7.

With 11 minutes left within the third quarter, the sport was basically over.

Bulldog quarterback Stetson Bennett would account for six touchdowns (two dashing and 4 passing) and was taken out of the sport 95-seconds into the fourth quarter.

Georgia entered the competition undefeated (14-0) and the defending nationwide champions. Led by Bennett (a former walk-on QB), Georgia overwhelmed the Southeastern Conference — one of the best convention in college football. Georgia was ranked primary for a lot of the season.

Texas Christian is a personal college in Fort Worth, Texas, with an enrollment of about 12,000. It got here in to the title recreation with a 13-1 document and the Big 12 Conference champions. Before the season started, TCU was picked to end seventh within the convention and was a 200-to-1 longshot to win the nationwide championship. But the Horned Frogs stunned legions of football followers all season lengthy with their potential to win. They could not discover a well beyond Georgia although in a very powerful recreation of the yr.

The Southeastern Conference has dominated the Division I FBS college football playoffs. Since 2014 when the CFP started, an SEC crew has received the title six occasions. Before Georgia, no crew had repeated as nationwide champion within the CFP period.

One notable Bulldog did not get to witness the victory. Georgia’s well-known mascot, Uga X, didn’t make the journey to southern California for the championship recreation. The bulldog is a standard fixture at Georgia video games sporting a UGA uniform and hanging out in an air-conditioned doghouse on the sidelines. His house owners advised WTOC tv the cross-country flight would have been too tough for the 9-year-old bulldog.

It’s protected to say Uga X will benefit from the upcoming victory parade in Athens, Ga.

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