Every Dawg Has Its Day: Georgia Finally Conquers Tide, Wins National Championship

Jonathan Grant | January 11th, 2022

It had been a long 41 year wait for the Georgia Bulldogs to finally win another national championship in college football. That wait was extended greatly by the Alabama Crimson Tide, particularly over the last few years as the Dawgs just could not get over the hurdle. That made Monday night’s 33-18 victory all the sweeter for Georgia as they took the title out of the hands of Nick Saban and co. Early on, the game was an exercise in execution, with neither team doing much in the way of overt skill.

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Field goals ruled early, and the Tide had the edge at the half, leading 9-6. It took until late in the third quarter for the game’s first touchdown to be scored as Zamir White rushed in for the Dawgs to give them their first lead at 13-9. It was an omen of sorts, even if we didn’t know it yet. Bama would score a field goal and a touchdown of their own consecutively as the fourth quarter opened, but Georgia responded less than two minutes later to retake the lead when Stetson Bennett, the walk-on-turned-starter found Adonai Mitchell from 40 yards out. He then found Brock Bowers with 3:33 to go, giving them an eight-point edge before the defense, which had been the strong suit of the team all year, came through with a 79-yard interception return via Kelee Ringo. That was the second time they had picked off Heisman winner Bryce Young in the contest, though the QB still managed to rack up 369 yards in an air-heavy approach. Alabama had been held to field goals or picked off, like at the end of the game, multiple times in the loss, indicating one area that the difference was made. That vaunted defense had bent but it didn’t break often enough, and that allowed them to finally get UGA their first win over Bama since 2008, ending a seven-game losing run. It also saw them capture their first national title since Herschel Walker led them to one way back in 1981.

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