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Georgia Bulldogs Win Second Straight College Football National Championship, Dominating TCU

10 January 2023, Tuesday
The University of Georgia Bulldogs reaffirmed their status as one of the top teams in college football with a stellar performance in the national championship game. Georgia romped past Texas Christian University with a final score of 65-7, finishing the season undefeated and repeating as national champions.

The 65 points they posted are now the highest amount of points ever in a (BCS/College Football Playoff) championship game.

TCU came in as a massive underdog, but soon found themselves unable to answer Georgia's offensive attack. After their initial kickoff, the Bulldogs put their first points on the board quickly, with a 21-yard rushing touchdown courtesy of senior quarterback Stetson Bennett. TCU did not stand a chance as the Bulldogs sliced through their defense, needing less than three minutes to march down the field and secure the first score. It was a trend that would continue throughout the game.

The Georgia Bulldogs opened the game with a strong defensive effort, forcing the TCU Horned Frogs to punt on their first possession. On their next offensive effort, the Bulldogs caused a fumble and the turnover led to a 24-yard field goal, putting them up 10-0 midway through the 1st quarter. 

However, TCU quarterback Max Duggan, the Heisman Trophy runner-up, marched the Horned Frogs 75-yards for a touchdown, slicing the Bulldogs lead to 10-7. Unfortunately for the Horned Frogs, this would be their only points of the game.

Georgia responded quickly with a 37-yard touchdown pass from Bennett, increasing the lead to 17-7. The Bulldogs defense then ended TCU's next drive, and marched 92 yards for another Stetson Bennett rushing touchdown, making the score 24-7 in Georgia's favor in the second quarter.

An interception by Duggan sparked one more touchdown for the Bulldogs before the end of the half. Georgia completely dominated their opponents, resulting in a half-time score of 38-7. The Bulldogs had succeeded in scoring on all of their 6 possessions, something that had never been done before in the playoffs. Their offense generated an impressive 354 yards during the half and averaged 9 yards per play.

TCU began the second half with a promising start, successfully forcing Georgia to punt. However, the Horned Frog's offense was thwarted once more, and the Bulldogs maintained their momentum, resulting in another Bennett touchdown pass, extending the lead to 45-7 with 11-minutes remaining in the third quarter. At that point, the game was virtually finished.

Stetson Bennett, the quarterback for the Georgia Bulldogs, was pulled from the game ninety-five seconds into the fourth quarter, after having accounted for two rushing and four passing touchdowns. Georgia came into the contest with an unblemished record of 14-0 and were the reigning national champions. Ranked at the top all season, the SEC powerhouse was no match for Bennett and the Bulldogs.

TCU, a private university with an enrollment of around 12,000, made it to the title game with a 13-1 record and won the Big 12 Conference. Prior to the season, predictions suggested the Horned Frogs would finish seventh in the conference, and had 200-to-1 odds of winning the national championship. Surprisingly, TCU defied expectations and managed to win many games throughout the season - yet it wasn't enough to get past Georgia in the most crucial game of the year.

The Southeastern Conference has been the dominant force in Division I FBS college football playoffs since the CFP began in 2014, with an SEC team winning the title six times. Georgia's recent win marks the first time since the inception of the CFP that a team has repeated as national champions.

Unfortunately, Uga X, Georgia's iconic mascot, was not present to experience the victory, as his owners determined the cross-country flight to be too much of a strain on the 9-year-old bulldog. But the Bulldog is sure to be present for what promises to be a joyous victory parade in Athens, Georgia.
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