GAME BLOG: Dawgs are back-to-back national champions with 65-7 win over TCU

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) celebrates a touchdown run by Georgia running back...
Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) celebrates a touchdown run by Georgia running back Kendall Milton against TCU 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)(Mark J. Terrill | AP)
Published: Jan. 9, 2023 at 7:44 PM EST
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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - The University of Georgia Bulldogs and Texas Christian University Horned Frogs are in a battle tonight at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, for the College Football Playoff National Championship. If the Bulldogs win, it will be the second time in a row for the team based in Athens. If TCU wins, it will be the first time since 1938 that the team has won.

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Final

The Georgia Bulldogs are national champions for the second consecutive year! The Dawgs dominated the Horned Frogs 65-7 and became the first team since Alabama to go back-to-back!

4th Quarter - 7:23

Is this real life? Dawgs defense forces a turnover on downs and then one play later Branson Robinson is back in the endzone. Folks, it is 65-7. Yes, 65, as Podlesny actually missed the extra point. LOL.

What a night for Stetson
4th Quarter - 9:24

The backups are in and they’re picking up where the starters left off. Branson Robinson gets into the endzone for a one yard score and the Dawgs now lead 59-7 in the 4th quarter.

Curtain Call for Stetson

After a record-setting performance, Georgia QB Stetson Bennett gets a curtain call with a full quarter left to play. What a performance. What a career.

End of the 3rd Quarter

The only thing left in doubt is the final score. Dawgs trouncing the Horned Frogs 52-7. 15 minutes to go.

Is that good?
It does not appear so, CBS Sports.
3rd Quarter - 2:17

Stetson Bennett throws his fourth touchdown of the game, his sixth overall. This one goes 14 yards to Ladd McConkey and the Dawgs have eclipsed the 50-point mark in the third quarter. 52-7 UGA.

Same Ella, same
3rd Quarter - 7:34

Dawgs D gets another stop. Offense back on the field up 45-7 midway through the third quarter.

Here’s another look at Brock Bowers’ touchdown catch
3rd Quarter - 10:52

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before. Bennett to Bowers. This time for a touchdown. Dawgs take a 45-7 lead early in the third quarter.

3rd Quarter - 12:21

That was quick. 3 plays, 5 yards. TCU punts back to Georgia. Still 38-7 Dawgs.

3rd Quarter - 13:42

The Horned Frogs defense gets its first stop of the game, as they force a 3-and-out. TCU going to need a lot of stops and a lot of points to get back into this one.

Halftime

Wow. No words. 38-7 Dawgs at halftime.

Here’s a look at the AD Mitchell TD
2nd Quarter - 0:26

TCU can’t even get it into halftime unscathed. Javon Bullard gets his second pick of the game and the Dawgs offense makes them pay as Bennett finds AD Mitchell for the 22-yard score. Dawgs destroying TCU 38-7.

Here’s a look at that Kendall Milton touchdown
2nd Quarter - 1:19
5 possessions, 5 scores for the Dawgs offense. Kendall Milton punches it in from the 1 yard line and the Dawgs lead 31-7.
The roof at SoFi Stadium has sprung some significant leaks in the south part of the stadium
2nd Quarter - 1:41

UGA overcomes a 3rd an 15 with a 24-yard pitch and catch from Bennett to Bowers. Just when it looked like the Horned Frogs were gonna get a stop, the Dawgs find a way. UGA back in the red zone threatening for the 5th time this game.

Here’s a look at Bullard’s INT of Duggan
2nd Quarter - 6:34

Max Duggan trying to get it all back in one throw and he heavily overthrows his wide receiver Quenton Johnston, and Javon Bullard picks him. Dawgs with the ball again, up 24-7.

Here’s a look at Stetson Bennett’s 3rd touchdown of the night
2nd Quarter - 8:30

My goodness. Stetson again. His third touchdown tonight, second on the ground as he walks it into the endzone. Not a TCU defender in sight. This is getting ugly. Dawgs lead 24-7.

History for the Dawgs
2nd Quarter - 12:57

This is almost not fair right now. Bennett to Bowers for a big play down the right sideline. Dawgs driving again up 17-7.

2nd Quarter - 14:13

Dawgs D responds after giving up a touchdown on the last drive. They get the ball back deep in their own territory, looking to blow this game wide open early in the second quarter.

End of the 1st Quarter

Wow, what a ride that was and we’re only 15 minutes in! Non-stop action up and down the field in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game and the Dawgs lead the Frogs 17-7. With this break, let’s take a look back at that Ladd McConkey TD.

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles...
1st Quarter - 2:43

The Dawgs offense is absolutely rolling! Stetson Bennett finds a wide open Ladd McConkey for a 47-yard strike and a 17-7 lead late in the 1st Quarter. What a show!

1st Quarter - 4:45

After a huge pass play to Derius Davis, Max Duggan uses a similar play call as the one that Stetson Bennett scored on and he’s into the endzone. TCU cuts Georgia’s lead to 10-7. We’ve got a ballgame!

1st Quarter - 6:51

A big hold for the TCU defense after the turnover. 24-yard FG by Jack Podlesny puts the Dawgs up 10-0 with 6:51 left in the first quarter. The Horned Frogs are going to need to answer quickly or this game might get away from them.

1st Quarter - 9:30

And just 10 seconds later the Dawgs get the ball back after a fumble by the TCU running back. Dawgs take over on the TCU 33. Trouble time for the Horned Frogs.

1st Quarter - 9:40

The Dawgs defense appears to have taken offense to their play against Ohio State in the Peach Bowl on New Year’s Eve. This team is FLYING around. However, a holding call on 3rd and 15 gives TCU its first first down of the game.

1st Quarter - 11:01

The Dawgs get on the board first with a long touchdown run by quarterback Stetson Bennett IV. Dawgs lead 7-0 early in the first quarter.

1st Quarter - 14:05

The Dawgs defense forces a big 3 and out and chants of U-G-A! U-G-A! can be heard across SoFi Stadium!

1st Quarter - 15:00

It is loud in here!

Fans continue to pour out of the rain-soaked So-Fi Stadium in the Los Angeles metro area after the Bulldogs’ dominant win in the national championship game on Monday evening.
Many UGA fans assembled in Athens to celebrate the Bulldogs’ dominant championship win over the TCU Horned Frogs late Monday evening. Bulldogs were seen chanting and celebrating all over the UGA campus. As is a tradition, fans ‘rang the bell’ to celebrate a Bulldogs victory.
COIN TOSS

Georgia has won the toss and elected to defer to the second half. TCU will get the ball first. Let’s see how the Dawgs defense does on the first possession of the game.