No. 1 Georgia (15-0) wins their second straight CFP National Championship and beat down No. 3 TCU (13-2) 65-7.
The Bulldogs dominated from start to finish and became the first team to win back-to-back national championships since Alabama (2011, 2012). Georgia outgained TCU 589-188 and only punted one time.
The Bulldogs put on a show tonight at SoFi Stadium.
For the first time in school history, Georgia finished the season 15-0. They are the third team since the late 1800’s to accomplish that feat (2018 Clemson, 2019 LSU).
Georgia’s 38 points at halftime is now the most points scored in a half by a team in the national championship. Their 65 points broke the CFP record for most points scored in a national championship. Both records were previously held by Alabama (35 at half; 52 in the game) when they played Ohio State in the national championship in 2020.
The 58-point margin of victory is now the highest in national championship history, shattering the previous record of 38 held by Nebraska (def. Florida 62-24 in 1996 Fiesta Bowl).
Stetson Bennett played his final snaps for the Bulldogs, and saved his best game for last.
Bennett was named the Offensive Player of the Game as he finished 18-of-25 with 304 passing yards and four passing touchdowns. He also had three carries for 39 yards along with two rushing touchdowns. He is the first quarterback to be named
Bennett is now tied with Joe Burrow for most touchdowns responsible for (6) and most points responsible for (36) in a national championship game.
Bennett also became the record holder for most passing yards in a season (4,127). That record was previously held by Aaron Murray (3,893) in 2021.
DB Javon Bullard (Soph.) was once again named Defensive Player of the Game. Bullard recorded two interceptions, a forced fumble, and a tackle.
Brock Bowers had a career high 152 receiving yards off of seven catches along with a receiving touchdown.
True Freshmen shine
DT tackle Bear Alexander recorded a sack and a tackle for loss (2 total) in the championship. OLB/DL Mykel Williams also had a sack and a tackle for loss. LB Jalon Walker also recorded a sack.
RB Branson Robinson had 42 rushing yards on seven carries and two touchdowns.
What’s next for Georgia?
Junior DT Jalen Carter and junior CB Kelee Ringo both declared for the NFL draft. Bennett, S Christopher Smith, RB Kenny McIntosh, OLB Robert Beal, DL Tramel Walthour, OL Warren Ericson are all graduating and leaving the team.
There are other players that will declare for the NFL draft, including OT Broderick Jones, but Georgia is projected to bring a lot of key pieces back.
Departing players like Stetson Bennett, Jalen Carter, and Kelee Ringo headline this team, but a lot of the main contributors of this year’s squad were true sophomores and freshmen.