INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – It’s over. Forty-one years of frustration and agony were wiped out on Monday night at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Georgia Bulldogs are your 2021 national championship with a 33-18 win over Alabama, taking a seven-game losing streak against the Crimson Tides to secure the coveted crown.
Georgia won the game when Stetson Bennett led the Bulldogs (14-1) to 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter first Kelee Ringo He froze the game and the title with a choice from 79 yards six, the longest in the history of a championship game.
For Bennett, the victory crowned one of college football’s most surprising stories.
The former walk-on completed 17 of the 26 passes for 224 yards and two scores, one each for DC Mitchell and narrow end Brock Bowers.
Run back White Zamir And James Cook ran for 84 and 77 yards. White scored a touchdown on a 1-yard run.
Bulldog fans should sweat for the win.
After Alabama kicked a field goal to equalize by 13-12, Bennett was put under pressure on the third down. In the defender’s catch, Bennett throws as he is hit, with the ball dribbling towards the sideline.
After extensive review, the game was deemed a fumble, giving Alabama (13-2) the kick to the Bulldogs 20.
Three plays later, Bryce Young hit Cameron Latu with a 2-yard touchdown pass.
A two-point conversion failed when Young was run over by Young Nolan Smith.
On Bennett’s arm, the Bulldogs would respond right away.
A completion of 18 yards a Jermaine Burton was followed by a pass interference call on Tide to move the ball to Alabama’s 43s.
The Tide would have fired Bennett for an 8-yard defeat, but in the next play, the magic.
Alabama seemed to jump offside, giving Georgia a free game. Bennett took advantage of it, hitting freshman Mitchell for a 40-yard touchdown.
Trailing 9-6 at the half, Georgia came inside the Alabama 50-yard line twice but failed to take home points.
It looked like missed chances would cost the Bulldogs after Alabama took a punt from their 2 and drove to 30 before the defense tightened, bringing the fourth down.
The tide would reach a field of 47 yards within Will Reichard, but Jalen Carter he had other ideas when he broke in and blocked the attempt, keeping the score at 9-6.
It was then that Cook gave Georgia the offensive spark she was desperately looking for.
In the first play, Cook broke a 67-yard playing record to Alabama 13.
Two plays later, White dives from 1 and the lead of 13-9.
Alabama would have responded, leading 72 yards out of 10 plays for Reichard’s fourth field goal. It could have been worse. A 28-yard completion by Young brought the Crimson Tide to 5 o’clock before the Georgia defense kept Alabama out of the end zone.
It looked like Georgia had gotten their first big break in the game when Giordano Davis faced Young. The ball came off, with Nakobe Dean picking it up and returning for an apparent touchdown.
After a review, it was determined that Young’s arm was going forward, allowing Alabama to retain possession.
The Crimson Tide eventually settled for Reichard’s 37-yard field goal to crown a 14-yard 56-yard drive.
Georgia would have responded with a drive that scored a 24-yard field goal Jack Podlesny, but otherwise the Bulldogs have not achieved much on offense.
Thanks to the defense, the game hasn’t gotten out of hand.
Alabama responded with two more field goals from Reichard for a 9-3 lead, the final came 37 yards after Young was fired by Channing Tindall for a 13-yard sack.
The Bulldogs then responded with a 49-yard field goal from Podlesny to bring Georgia back to 9-6.