Georgia Bulldogs Win 2022 CFP National Championship, First Since 1980

by Jonathan Howard
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The Georgia Bulldogs have won the College Football Playoff national championship, taking down the Alabama Crimson Tide 33-18.

The rematch of the SEC Championship game. Running it back just like in 2018. This time, the battle between Georgia and Alabama ended with the Bulldogs finishing off the Tide with a massive win in Indianapolis.

Bryce Young, the Heisman Trophy winner was throwing the ball all night. In fact, both offenses relied heavily on the passing game. The once run-heavy SEC offenses have now developed into more modern, pro-style offenses. Despite the ball slinging in the air, the score stayed relatively low throughout the first three quarters.

The Georgia Bulldogs got in the endzone first. After a huge run from James Cook put them within the 10-yard line, Zamir White punched it in from close and scored. The third-quarter touchdown gave them a 13-9 advantage. Just when it seemed that the Bulldogs had all of the momentum, things changed.

The ball switched possession a couple of times. Georgia was looking to capitalize, extend the lead. Then, Alabama’s defense made a big play. Christian Harris knocked the ball out of Bennett’s hand, and it was ruled a fumble, recovered by Alabama.

Fourth Quarter Drama

The fourth quarter came around and it looked like Saban and his team had just found their opening. By far the play of the game up to that moment, the fumble was huge. After a few plays, Young hit his tight end Cameron Latu in the end zone. Bama took the lead and set themselves up for a hotly contested fourth quarter.

Despite the big play, the Georgia Bulldogs stayed confident. It seemed that their offense got more and more comfortable with each play. Even with the mistake, they were starting to click. They had to answer the Tide. Being down 18-13 is not a place the Dawgs wanted to be.

However, a massive, 40-yard touchdown pass from Stetson Bennett to Adonai Mitchell changed everything. The pass was massive. It was the opening that Bennett needed. He had been pressured all night but was able to sit and find his man in one-on-one coverage.

Just to cap things off, Georgia decided to snag an interception and run it back for a pick-six with one minute remaining in the game. Kelee Jahare-Hale Ringo made the massive play and iced the game for the Bulldogs. 33-18 final score.

Georgia Bulldogs, Kirby Smart Get Win Over Alabama Crison Tide, Nick Saban

When the 2018 national championship game was played Georgia had just beaten Alabama and was running high. They were seen as the team that could finally take down the SEC superpower. Coach Kirby Smart was dying to get a win over his former boss. They lost. Now, four years later, it is a different story.

Now, after a battle of 60 minutes on the gridiron, the Georgia Bulldogs are victorious. They played a tough game. While many weren’t sure it could be done, Smar kept his team calm, confident, and they turned things around from the Conference championship game to the national championship.

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