Georgia Bulldogs etch name into the history books as back-to-back champs, dominate TCU in lopsided chase for the title
Georgia's 65-7 win marks the largest margin of victory ever in a National Championship game
INGLEWOOD, Calif., (KYMA, KECY) - It's one of the greatest stories ever told: bringing home the National Championship trophy to your school.
The story was fitting for this culmination of another college football season. One of the biggest Cinderella stories in college football's long history, attempting to knock off the "top dog" looking to win back-to-back titles.
The underdog TCU Horned Frogs searching to complete a run that started as an unranked team before the season began and ending it with their first national championship since 1938.
The Georgia Bulldogs aiming to be the first team since the 2011 & 2012 Alabama Crimson Tide to win back-to-back championships.
The ultimate story was set into place, and Monday night in southern California, the story belonged to the Georgia Bulldogs.
The best team in the country over two years once again inking their name in the history of college football. This time in dominate fashion, winning 65-7.
It was an explosive start for the Bulldogs - who came out with a five-play, 57-yard drive in their opening possession for a touchdown. Then the defense followed that up with a fumble recovery, leading to a field goal to go up 10-0.
But like we saw all throughout the semi-final game in Glendale a week earlier, the Horned Frogs answered with a five-play, 75-yard drive - all set up by a 60-yard connection between Max Duggan and Derius Davis before Duggan ran it in for the score three plays later.
While the unbearable sound of TCU's crowd looked like hope and promise, the Bulldogs took that and ran the opposite way with the momentum.
Georgia scored on their next two possessions. A four-play, 70-yard drive ending in a 37 yard hook up between Stetson Bennett to Ladd McConkey and an 11-play, 92-yard killer for the TCU defense, ending in the second rushing touchdown for Bennet to put the Bulldogs up 24-7 with 8:30 to go in the first half.
Then another Georgia takeaway on a Javon Bullard interception set up the Bulldogs once again before the half.
And they capitalized again, pulling off an 11-play, 66-yard drive ending in a Kendall Milton one-yard rushing score to make it 31-7 after the extra point.
And then it got worse for the TCU faithful.
Another Javon Bullard interception gave Georgia the ball back again with 36 seconds left. Two plays later, Bennett connected with Adonai Mitchell on a 22-yard score to put the exclamation point on an incredible first half for the No. 1 team in the nation - all while pitting TCU in a bludgeoning hole.
The second half would not get any better for a hopeful TCU turn around. Four more Bulldog touchdowns sealed the deal for the largest margin of victory ever in a National Championship game (58 points).
An epic display of dominance by a Bulldog team that did not sputter all year. A win that stamps head coach Kirby Smart's legacy and pins Georgia as having one of the greatest two year runs ever.
Stetson Bennet leading the Bulldog offense with 304 yards passing and six total touchdowns.
He left the field to a standing ovation after passing Aaron Murray for the most passing yards in a single season in Georgia program history. A perfect way to put a cap on an incredible run.