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TCU Falls to Georgia 65-7 in the National Championship
By Amanda Scurlock, Sports Editor
Published January 11, 2023

Georgia defensive back Javon Bullard (22) intercepts the ball intended for TCU wide receiver Quentin Johnston (1) during the first half of the national championship NCAA College Football Playoff game, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

A 65-7 victory against the TCU Horned Frogs in the CFP National Championship capped off a perfect season for the Georgia Bulldogs. They became the first team in the CFP era to earn back-to-back National titles.

The last team to go back-to-back was the Alabama Crimson Tide from 2011 to 2012.

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Georgia senior quarterback Stetson Bennett showed off his skills with six touchdowns, two rushing and four passing. He completed 18 out of 25 passes for 304 yards.

Georgia Football head coach Kirby Smart hoists the National Championship trophy after the Bulldogs defeated the TCU Horned Frogs 65-7 (Jerry Kelly/TGSportstv1)

“When you have a quarterback that can do the protections and check things and know what the defense is doing, yet still beat you with your feet, you’ve got a high-level quarterback,” said Georgia head coach Kirby Smart. “People have slept on Stetson Bennett for too long.”

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Bennett was also third on the team in rushing yards with 39. His efforts would earn him Offensive Player of the Game honors.

Georgia freshman running back Branson Robinson (22) had seven carries for 42 yards and two touchdown rushes against TCU during the CFP National Championship (Jerry Kelly/TGSportstv1)

“It’s special,” Bennett said. “It seems like for the past three or four months we’ve been looking to see if somebody could beat us and we just ran out of games.”

The Bulldogs came from behind to defeat the Ohio State Buckeyes 42-41 during the Peach Bowl. That game was the smallest margin of victory the Bulldogs had since their 26-22 victory over the Missouri Tigers.

Georgia defensive lineman Bear Alexander (99) made one sack for a loss of 10 yards against the TCU Horned Frogs (Jevone Moore/Fullimage 360)

“As a kid, you always dream of moments like this and just to see those moments and accomplishments and things like that come true, it’s just a surreal feeling,” said sophomore defensive back Javon Bullard. “I’m extremely blessed to be in the position I am. I just thank God for it every day.”

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Bullard committed a fumble recovery and two interceptions during the first half of the matchup. All the turnovers ended in scores for the Bulldogs.

Georgia sophomore wide reciever Ladd McConkey (84) made five catches for 88 and two touchdowns gainst TCU (Jevone Moore/Fullimage 360)

“They didn’t really do anything special,” said TCU senior linebacker Dee Winters. “We just kind of beat ourselves up, kind of executed on our misalignments and kept scoring on those.”

Although Georgia held the TCU offense to 188 yards, Frogs senior running back Emari Demercado led all rushers with 59 net rushing yards from 14 carries. Winters made seven tackles in the National Championship.

Georgia senior wide reciever Kearis Jackson (10) registered 20 recieving yards during the National Championship (Jevone Moore/Fullimage 360)

TCU had 66 tackles instead of Georgia’s 45, but the Bulldogs committed 9.0  tackles for a loss of 51 yards; five of those tackles were sacks.

“We ran into a really good team and we did some very uncharacteristic things and it snowballed on us,” said TCU football head coach Sonny Dykes. “That hasn’t happened to us one time this year that were able to do it.”

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