Georgia ends 41-year championship drought

On Jan. 10, the Georgia Bulldogs took on the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football national championship game. Georgia defeated Alabama 33-18, earning their first national title since 1980. 

These two teams played each other on Dec. 4 in the Southeastern Conference championship game. In that game, Alabama dominated Georgia, winning 41-24. Since Alabama handled Georgia easily in that game, they were the favorites to win the national championship. 

The first half provided dominant defensive play by both teams, as there were no touchdowns. Entering halftime, Alabama had the lead 9-6, but the flow of the game completely changed in the second half. 

Late in the third quarter, Georgia scored the first touchdown of the game. Following the extra point, Georgia took the lead with a score of 13-9. On the next drive, Alabama scored a field goal, cutting down the deficit by one point. Georgia was still in the lead, 13-12. 

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett fumbled the ball after the Alabama scoring drive. Alabama recovered the ball deep in Georgia territory. Alabama scored a touchdown not long after forcing the turnover, but they did not convert on the two-point conversion. Early in the fourth quarter, Alabama had the lead with a score of 18-13. 

On the next possession, Georgia scored a 40-yard touchdown pass caught by wide receiver Adonai Mitchell. Georgia took the lead with a score of 19-18 after a failed two-point conversion attempt. 

Georgia scored again in the fourth quarter on a touchdown pass caught by tight end Brock Bowers. After the extra-point, Georgia expanded their lead to 26-18. 

To seal the deal, Georgia cornerback Kelee Ringo intercepted Alabama quarterback Bryce Young’s pass and returned it for a touchdown. Georgia put the game away with this touchdown, making the final score 33-18.