Bulldogs pass ultimate test, beat Alabama 33-18 in CFP Championship Game

INDIANAPOLIS – The Georgia soccer team passed the ultimate test, holding together and finishing strong, beating Alabama 33-18 in the CFP Championship game.

Providing critical analysis is one thing, but recognizing the greatness of the program is another, and the 2021 Bulldogs have carved their place in college football history with dominant defense and resilient attacking.

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Individual numbers and position group scores don’t matter so much at this point in the season as the cumulative effect: it was a one-game season, a pass-fail situation, and Kirby Smart and its program have marked the history of fashion. .

Unfortunately, it is possible to look back on the performance of the CFP Championship match at Lucas Oil Stadium.


Bennett passed the final exam of the game, 4 of 4 in the fourth quarter for 82 yards and 2 touchdowns, feeding off the offense of play in the final stanza to win the offensive player of the game honors. Bennett finished an unspectacular 17-on-26 for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns, but overcame 5 sacks, penalties for intentional stranding and late play and a costly fumble at UGA 16 to find success when it counted. the more, with the match on the line.

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James Cook made the biggest play of the game, a 67-yard swing bursting into the heart of the Alabama defense to set up the Bulldogs’ first touchdown of the game with 1:20 left in the third quarter. Zamir White got the bulk of the carries, 13 for 84 yards, making decisive gains in the game’s final offensive offense. Kenny McIntosh was once again electric, racking up 3 catches for 23 yards and tearing through Bama’s defense for a 6-yard gain to set up White’s 1-yard TD run.

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George Pickens landed a sensational 52-yard dive and received a key pass interference penalty on the decisive strike in the fourth quarter. Brock Bowers was as reliable as ever at the top of the UGA with 4 catches for 36 yards and yet another TD. Adonai Mitchell made a massive 40-yard touchdown, passing the defenseman for football. Jermaine Burton had 2 catches for 28 yards and pulled a pass interference flag. Darnell Washington’s lone catch, a 9-yard, was a first down.


Georgia’s offensive line got bigger and more powerful on the inside as Jamaree Salyer moved from left tackle to right guard, and second Broderick Jones entered on left tackle. Justin Shaffer made a personal hand-to-face foul, and Salyer was called off for a false start. Sedrick Van Pran appeared to be playing well, but may have been late on a snap leading to a movement penalty.

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All-American and Outland Trophy winner Jordan Davis will be remembered as the face of the 2021 Bulldogs, and he sealed his legacy with a more impactful performance than his 2 tackles and SEBs represent. Nolan Smith had another big game, 7 saves, 2 TFLs and a sack. Travon Walker’s back pursuit saved a touchdown on a 24-yard catch and run, and the likely first-round pick also had a sack. Devonte Wyatt received a passer penalty that put Bama on the UGA 6-yard line.

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Nakobe Dean was sensational with his 4 tackles, but also impressive passing coverage, which included a SEB on the goal line. Channing Tindall had 8 tackles, including a sack that stopped Alabama on a third and a 6 goal. Quay Walker had 8 tackles and a crucial QBP on a crucial third and goal situation at Georgia 3 that forced Bama to settle for a goal on the field. Robert Beal had 3 saves and a sack, beating his hands-to-head penalty in the fourth quarter in this chippy game.


Cornerback Kelee Ringo had a few tough times in coverage this season and even earlier in the game, but like Bennett, he came out on top with his 79-yard interception return for a touchdown. Lewis Cine was a deserving defensive player in the game, as his run support over Brian Robinson included massive – and necessary – crashes. William Poole went four years without performing plays on the Biggest Stage on Monday night. Christopher Smith was also firm with a third SEB in the second quarter, and Derion Kendrick ended the season not allowing him any touchdown passes.

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Jalen Carter’s fielding block sparked the game’s turn, as James Cook snatched a 67-yard run in the next game. Bettor Jake Camarda was the elite, his punt of 55 yards (no return) overthrowing the pitch after UGA’s first possession. Camarda also dropped a punt at the Tide 2-yard line that Brock Bowers downed. Jack Podllesny was clutching, scoring 24- and 49-yard field goals in the first half when the offense crackled. There were a few mistakes, Ameer Speed ​​with a kick interference and a catch from Smael Mondon that nullified what would have been a 59-yard kick return by Kenny McIntosh.

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Bryce Young admitted that the Bulldogs’ defensive coaches threw some new things at him that he didn’t handle as quickly or as well as needed. Todd Monken, meanwhile, played every card up his sleeve in the fourth quarter with savvy play, resulting in a 4-play, 75-yard TD that put Georgia in the lead for good. Kirby Smart had his team in the right frame of mind, and it showed.


It doesn’t get any better than the way Georgian football won on Monday night, persevering through adversity, clearly believing and playing for each other even after Alabama controlled most of the first three quarters of play. The Bulldogs’ magical season will be long remembered, and these players have stood out from other former UGA stars by being part of Georgia’s biggest season in 41 years.

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