No. 1 Georgia bullies TCU 65-7 to win 2nd consecutive title

ByRALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer AP logo
Tuesday, January 10, 2023
Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against TCU during the national championship NCAA College Football Playoff game, Jan. 9, 2023.
AP Photo/Ashley Landis

INGLEWOOD, California -- Stetson Bennett threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores in the first half as No. 1 Georgia demolished No. 3 TCU 65-7 Monday night to become the first team to win consecutive College Football Playoff national championships.

The Bulldogs (15-0) became the first repeat champs since Alabama went back-to-back a decade ago and left no doubt that they have replaced the Crimson Tide as the new bullies on the block.

TCU (13-2), the first Cinderella team of the playoff era, never had a chance against the Georgia juggernaut. Unlike Michigan in the Fiesta Bowl semifinal, the Bulldogs would not succumb to the Hypnotoads' spell.

Georgia turned in one of the all-time beatdowns in a game that decided a national title, reminiscent of Nebraska running over Florida by 38 in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl, USC's 36-point rout of Oklahoma in the 2005 Orange Bowl and Alabama's 28-point BCS championship blowout over Notre Dame in 2013.

But this was worse.

Too much talent. Too well-coached. Two straight titles for coach Kirby Smart's 'Dawgs.

No team has ever scored more points in a national championship game, dating to the beginning of the BCS in 1998.