Georgia football won its first national title in 40 years Monday night over Alabama and here are five things we learned from the CFP National Championship.
Boy, what a night it was for Georgia football and its fans. The Bulldogs partied like it was 1980 which was the last season that saw UGA win it all.
The path to the CFP National Championship was long and arduous. It also featured plenty of disappointment along the way.
Georgia football was poised to beat Alabama for the national title in 2017 when Tua came off the bench and rallied the Crimson Tide for an overtime win. UGA also lost a couple of heartbreakers to Alabama in the SEC title game over the years.
So when big bad Alabama was the opponent Monday, Georgia fans had a right to be worried. And the concern was legitimate when the Tide took a five-point lead in the fourth quarter.
Stetson Bennett just fumbled and wasn’t having a great night. But the kid saved his best for last and that’s where we begin with five things we learned in Georgia’s national championship win over Alabama.
Stetson Bennett is a championship quarterback
There are lots of reasons Georgia football beat Alabama. But one of the biggest was the clutch fourth-quarter play of walk-on quarterback Stetson Bennett. Or former walk-on I should say.
Bennett was the big question mark coming into the postseason. Skeptics wondered how he would handle Michigan’s pass rush and then Alabama’s. And while he did get hit and turned the ball over late, he responded with two championship drives.
Even as Twitter pundits were calling for JT Daniels with Georgia down five, Bennett drove the Dawgs down the field for a touchdown, then added to the lead when he found Brock Bowers for his second TD pass of the stanza.
When it was all said and done, Bennett completed 17-of-26 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Bryce Young threw for more yards but also made more mistakes and Georgia proved once and for all, you don’t need a five-star QB to win a national title.
Bennett also proved he’s a championship-caliber quarterback and that’s something that no one will ever be able to take away from him.