Georgia Dominates TCU in One-Sided National Championship

Georgia becomes the first team since the implementation of the College Football Playoff to win back-to-back National Championships


Cam Meyer, Editor In-Chief

Coming into this season, nobody was expecting the TCU Horned Frogs to even be close to the playoffs, let alone in the National Championship. However, it’s smart to never say never in College Football, as an unranked TCU ended up in the National Championship, looking to win it all for the first time since 1938. The Horned Frogs put on an absolute masterclass of a performance in the Fiesta Bowl against #2 Michigan, and you would’ve thought the team from the National Championship was a completely different team from the one 9 days prior.

Georgia went into the first quarter on their first possession with a score, as Quarterback Stetson Bennett ran it in for a 21-yard touchdown, making the lead 7-0. After Horned Frogs Wide Receiver Derius Davis fumbled, Georgia went right back down the field, but was only held to a field goal and some signs of life were starting to show from TCU, especially after TCU Quarterback and Heisman nominee Max Duggan rushed in for a 2-yard touchdown, making it a one-possession game.

Sadly that’s all we saw from Duggan and the Frogs as on the next possession for Georgia, Bennett connected with Wide Receiver Ladd McConkey on a 37-yard touchdown pass, to make their first history-making play of the night. Georgia was up 17-7 in the first quarter and those 17 points are the most in CFP National Championship history, for the first quarter contest, and the Bulldogs were just getting started with their lead.

Georgia then went on an all-around tear defensively and offensively, pushing TCU to punt once, and Javon Bullard came up with two interceptions on back-to-back defensive plays, adding to his stat sheet as he came up with a fumble recovery earlier in the contest. The Bulldogs were connecting on all cylinders as Bennett and Running Back Kenall Milton both rushed in for scores, along with Bennett connecting to his Receiver Adonai Mitchell on an amazing one-handed catch to make the final score of the first half 38-7. This lead was recorded as the second-largest halftime lead in BCS/CFP National Championship Game history. Only toppled by the Miami Hurricanes who led the Nebraska Cornhuskers 34-0 in the 2002 Rose Bowl.

Coming out of halftime, it was Georgia who got to start with the ball and didn’t do much with their advantage, going three-and-out and punting back to TCU. The same could be said for the Frogs as they started on their ten and only gained a total of five yards on three plays. 

It seems that you can’t hold Georgia to three-and-outs for more than one drive, as on their next possession, Stetson Bennett took it down the field and connected with his Tight End Brock Bowers on a 22-yard touchdown to make the score 45-7, making this game seemingly out of reach, even if the second half had just started.

There wasn’t a single minute of breathing room for TCU, as it was constant bullying from Georgia and that was shown in their final drive of the third quarter, coming all the way from their own 28-yard-line with McConkey scoring a 14-yard touchdown to make the game 52-7, and making it all but over for the Horned Frogs.

It looked like the Horned Frogs were playing in the wrong Bowl Game. By the start of the fourth quarter, Georgia had their second-string players in, letting the starters sit down and sink in their second National Championship win in a row. Even with the backups in, the Bulldogs still managed to score even more finishing the game with a final score of 65-7, surpassing the previous highest amount of points scored in a title game by a wide margin, stripping 2020’s Alabama vs. Ohio State, along with 1996’s Nebraska vs. Florida Fiesta Bowl of their records. Adding onto this historical win for Georgia they now hold the record for the largest margin of victory in a title game ever

With this win, Georgia became just the third FBS team in the modern era to finish with an undefeated regular season record and top it all off with a National Championship crown, following behind the 2020 LSU Tigers and the 2018 Clemson Tigers. 

I’ll leave you with two more history-making statistics from this National Championship Game, both coming from National Championship MVP Stetson Bennett. Bennett is now the only Georgia player in the program’s history to pass for 4000 yards in a single season, taking the throwing title from Aaron Murray. Along with tying Joe Burrow’s record of being responsible for 36 points and would’ve possibly created more history, by surpassing the current Bengal, if he wasn’t substituted out.