Wednesday, January 19

Georgia bulldog mentality beats Alabama for CFP championship


It’s easier to tell an athlete with a bad memory to forget that last terrible play or that last embarrassing loss than to do it for real. Especially when there is a national championship at stake.

Unless you’re Stetson Bennett IV, that is.

Bennett got rid of a fumble early in the fourth quarter that could have doomed Georgia’s chances of winning its first national title in more than 40 years, uncorking a 40-yard touchdown pass on the next drive.

“In no way would I let a turnover like that stop us from winning a national championship,” said Bennett, who was named the offensive player of the game. “I wasn’t going to let that happen. It wasn’t going to be the reason we lost.”

Bennett threw for another touchdown just in case in the Georgia series after that and, in a bit of poetic irony, Kelee Ringo made a pick-six to end a 33-18 win over Alabama on Monday night.

It was Georgia’s first national title since 1981, when Herschel Walker and the Bulldogs capped their undefeated season with a 17-10 victory over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl.

Georgia was in the national championship game four years ago, only to lose to Alabama in overtime.

“That was with me for a long time,” said Georgia coach Kirby Smart, who had never beaten his mentor Nick Saban before.

“This will be with me for much longer.”

And this game will be remembered for its hectic and fabulous ending. Fortunately, because it was a failure for much of the first three quarters.


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