INGLEWOOD, California Stetson Bennett threw two touchdown passes and scored two goals in the first half as No. 1 Georgia destroyed No. 3 TCU 65-7 on Monday night to become the first team to win back-to-back college football playoff national championships.
The Bulldogs (15-0) became the first repeat champions since Alabama won back-to-back ten years ago and left no doubt that they replaced the Crimson Tide as the new hooligans on the block.
TCU (13-2), the first Cinderella team of the playoff era, never stood a chance against the Georgia juggernaut. Unlike Michigan in the Fiesta Bowl semi-finals, the Bulldogs did not succumb to the Hypnotoads spell.
Georgia suffered one of the biggest losses in the game that determined the national title, reminiscent of Nebraska beating Florida by 38 in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl, Oklahoma by 36 in the 2005 Orange Bowl and Alabama by 28. BCS Championship breakthrough over Notre Dame in 2013.
But it was worse.
Too many talents. Trains too well. Two consecutive coaching titles Kirby Smart‘Dawgs.
No team has ever scored more points in a national championship game since BCS in 1998.
With 13:25 left in the fourth quarter, coach Kirby Smart called a mid-attack time-out to allow Bennett to walk away to the cheering of the heroes in the last game of his college career.
Georgia offensive linemen nibbled on chicken wings on the touchline as the game drew to a close.
Smart is now 81-15 in his first seven seasons in Georgia with two national titles. His mentor, coach from Alabama Nick Sabanwas 79-15 with three titles in his first seven seasons with the Tide.
This season, the Bulldogs have dominated in a different way: not as stingy on defense, but more explosive on offense.
Previously, when Smart was at his alma mater, Georgia fans were worried about whether former defensive coordinator Saban could build an offense to match this high-scoring era of college football.
Under third year coordinator Todd MonkenBulldogs have become prolific, creative and offensively varied. They opted for TCU 3-3-5 protection from all sides.
The Bulldogs scored all six times they touched the ball in the first half. Twice Bennett ran it over to himself; the former striker, who became a two-time national champion, barely touched two goalkeepers-defenders.
He hit a wide-open McConkey for 34 yards in the first quarter, a perfectly executed play from a tucked formation that had TCU defensemen in disarray. Bennett scored from 22 yards Adonai Mitchell was of a higher degree of difficulty, fell on a defender who had a tight cover.
It was very similar to the Bennett-Mitchell touchdown that gave Georgia a fourth-quarter lead that it would not lose to Alabama in last year’s CFP title game.
There was no such drama against the upstart Horned Frogs.
The Bulldogs have never bothered with Alabama this year. They made it through the SEC, survived Ohio State in a classic CFP semi-final, and then resolutely established themselves as a rising dynasty.
Bennett hit Brock Bowers for 22 yards with 10:52 left in the third quarter to go 45-7. The sophomore tight end signaled a touchdown as he lay on the turf at Sophie Stadium. Bennett grinned broadly as one of his linemen tapped his helmets.
UGA’s iconic Georgia bulldog mascot couldn’t make the cross-country tour to support his team, but it still felt a bit like Sanford Stadium in Southern California.
Many TCU fans left with more than half of the fourth quarter left, choosing to head out on a rainy and cold night rather than watch more of a massive mismatch.
Heisman Trophy runner-up Max Duggan threw two first-half interceptions in the final game of his TCU rollercoaster career.
A four-year-old starter who had never bowled before this season, Duggan led TCU to one of the most incredible runs in college football history. Fell national rankings after a losing season and finished seventh in the Big 12 for Sonny DykesIn their first year as coach, the Frogs won nine games by 10 points or less. They were within limits of winning the program’s first national title since 1938.
COLOMBIA, South Carolina – Spencer Rattler returns to South Carolina.
The Gamecocks quarterback announced his return on social media Tuesday night. The video showed Rattler’s best moments of the season and ended with the words “He’s back.”
Rattler’s future was one of the biggest offseason questions for South Carolina, which finished 8-5 last season and finished the year 23rd in the AP Top 25.
Rattler’s NFL stock surged late in the season as he led South Carolina to consecutive wins over No. 5 Tennessee, 63–38, and No. 8 Clemson, 31–30, a week later.
Last year, Rattler passed for 3,026 yards, 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. More than a third of his passing yards have come in his last three games.
After losing 45-38 at the Gator Bowl to Notre Dame, Rattler told the media that he would need some time before deciding his future.
Rattler helped the Sooners to the 2020 Big 12 Conference title and was a contender for the Heisman Trophy at the start of the following season. However, he lost his initial job due to Caleb Williams and handed over to Gamecocks and coach Shane Beamer after the season.
Rattler’s top target last year, Antwine “Juice” Wells, announced on Monday that he was leaving the NFL for another season in South Carolina.
Wells caught 68 passes for 929 yards and six touchdowns.
NORMAN, Oklahoma – Oklahoma hired Emmet Jones as a receivers coach and passing game coordinator, the school announced on Tuesday.
Jones held the same positions at Texas Tech last season. The Red Raiders beat Oklahoma 51–48 in overtime on November 26, gaining 599 offensive yards, including 436 passing yards. Texas Tech led the Big 12 and ranked 12th in the nation in passing yards (302.0 yards per game) and 13th in the nation in passing yards (3,926 yards).
Prior to his season at Texas Tech, Jones was a receiving coach in Kansas for three years and was a game coordinator there for the last two years. He was interim coach for Kansas in the spring of 2021 before coach Lance Leipold was hired.
Jones is the receiver’s coach, which was vacated when Cale Gandhi left in August. Gandhi has been with the program as an assistant since 1999, but the school said he uttered racist words several times during filming.