The phrase “Georgia Bulldogs, National Champions” is a phrase that Georgia fans haven’t heard in quite some time. But, after 42 years, the Bulldogs finally have ended the drought and are the kings of college football once again, topping Alabama 33-18 on Monday night.
The night started slow for both teams, with the score being 9-6 Alabama to end the first half; the first time no touchdown has been scored in the first half of a CFP National Championship. Defense continued to be the dominated side for both teams throughout the game. It wasn’t until the 4th quarter that the offenses finally started to break through.
The Tide pushed ahead 18-13 after scoring a touchdown with just over 10 minutes remaining. It would be all Dawgs after that though, as Georgia would score 20 unanswered points including a late Pick-Six to seal a championship for Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs.
Stetson Bennett was able to drown out the noise, just as he has been all season. Winning the Offensive MVP award, Bennett was a stellar 17/26, throwing for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns. Defensive MVP Lewis Cone’s impact was felt as well, accounting for 7 tackles and 2 TFL.
Alabama may have beaten Georgia in the passing game, with over 369 yards, but the Bulldogs owned the run game. The Dawgs accounted for 140 rushing yards to Alabama’s mere 30.
The Tide will finish the season 13-2, victors of an SEC Championship and a Cotton Bowl championship. They also produced their 4th Heisman winner in school history in Bryce Young.
Georgia caps off their 14-1 season with a National Championship after already earning an Orange Bowl win over Michigan. The Bulldogs fell short in the SEC Title game, but they avenged that loss when it mattered most.
Another historic college football season is in the books, and the Georgia Bulldogs are the 2022 National Champions. Now, it’ll be their turn to defend the newly-acquired crown in 2023, but the Bulldogs don’t seem to be finished yet.