Georgia Brings Back Their First National Championship in 41 Years


Joshua Bickel

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The Georgia Bulldogs are the 2022 National Champions after beating Alabama 33-18.
Georgia and Alabama faced off in the 2022 College Football National Championship, a rematch between two powerhouse teams. Both dominated their respective semi final games, Georgia beating Michigan 34-11 and Alabama beating Cincinnati 27-6. In the SEC championship just 37 days before the national championship Alabama made the Georgia defense look silly beating them 41-24.
Georgia came out with a chip on their shoulder hungry to avenge their loss. Not only did they want to avenge the SEC championship but the 2018 national championship where Bama ripped the title out of their hands after Tagovailoa dropped a 41 yard pass to Devonta Smith in OT. In his pregame interview Kirby Smart stated that the key for Georgia that night would be winning their one on one matchups and containing Heisman winning QB Bryce Young and that they did. Smart must have challenged his O-Line’s manhood at halftime because after a mediocre performance in the first half they turned it around creating the perfect gaps for their running backs to get 140 yards compared to Alabama’s 30 yards.
Georgia iced their win with an interception late in the fourth quarter by cornerback Kelee Ringo and returned it 79 yards to the house, scoring the longest pick-six in championship history.

Kelee Ringo intercepts Alabama QB Bryce Young to seal their win (via arizonasports)
Stetson Bennett IV kisses the National Championship trophy after leading his team to a win. (USATSI)

Stetson Bennett IV grew up a Georgia kid and came to UGA as a walk-on; he then left for JUCO after he sat behind Jake Fromm. After one season at Jones College he returned to his home state to play for the Dawgs. Bennett said to ESPN after the game, “when you put as much time as we do into this thing, blood, sweat, tears, it means something.” At the start of this season Bennett IV was the third string but ended his season as the QB who led Georgia to a national championship with 244 passing yards, 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.



Kirby Smart Georgia head coach won his first national championship after years of being just on the cusp of greatness. Smart also joins Jimbo Fisher in being the only two former Saban assistants to beat him.

Kirby Smart hoists his first National Championship trophy (via FOX5atlanta)

With their win in Indy the Bulldogs brought a National Championship back to Athens for the first time since 1980. The historics of this season doesn’t stop there, the Bulldogs finished this season with a 14-1 record, the most wins in school history as well as going undefeated at home. This Georgia team is the 2nd in the AP era to win 13 games by 15 or more points. This win signifies that there is no place like sports, ESPN put it best when they said “where else does redemption come with a trophy?”