Georgia Has The Edge Over Alabama – Breaking 41 Year Title Drought

Georgia Has The Edge Over Alabama – Breaking 41 Year Title Drought

After four long decades of heartbreak, pent-up emotion was unleashed Monday night as the Bulldogs ended a frustrating national championship drought by defeating their nemesis, The Alabama Crimson Tide. Quarterback Stetson Bennett gave Georgia the edge, by recording one of his best performances on the gridiron to date. He showcased his elite arm talent by fitting balls within tight windows and efficiently distributing the pigskin to his extremely talented group of skilled players. Georgia's defense sealed the biggest win in program history, beating Alabama 33-18 in the college football playoffs for their first National Championship in 41 years. "I've never been around a group of players who really wanted it that badly and wouldn't be turned down," Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. Smart, an all-star defensive back for the Bulldogs in the mid-1990s, returned to his alma mater in 2016 after aiding Nick Saban in building a dynasty as an assistant in Alabama. 

Georgia became an elite program under Smart, but was unable to chase its Southeastern Conference rival. Bennett connected with Adonai Mitchell through the air for 40-yards for a touchdown which ensured a comfortable lead for Georgia.The final blow came from Georgia's dominating defense. "I just saw the ball in her hands and that's all she wrote," said safety Lewis Cine, defensive MVP of the game.

With just over a minute remaining, Ringo took off behind a convoy of blockers and raced 79 yards, Smart chasing him and yelling at him to get off so he wouldn't risk a fumble. The touchdown sparked a wild celebration by relieved Georgia fans who packed Lucas Oil Stadium. "There's going to be property destroyed in Indianapolis tonight," Smart said, paraphrasing Georgia fire-for-game player Larry Munson. To their dismay, the Georgia Bulldogs hadn't won a national title since rookie Herschel Walker led them there in 1980.

Saban's Alabama Rolltide had won seven straight against the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs have lost two SEC Championship games, including one five weeks ago, and the 2018 CFP title game to Alabama under Smart.  

Zamir White came in standing from a yard out with massive defensive tackles Jalen Carter and Davis leading the way as blockers. The Bulldogs led for the first time, 13-9. After Alabama added another field goal, the Tide took a break on a weird turnover. As Bennett was down deep in Georgian territory, he tried to throw the ball away.

Alabama's Brian Branch casually grabbed him as he jogs out of bounds. Once again, it looked like Georgia wouldn't be able to break 'Bama's curse. Bennett was 13 of 22 for 141 yards heading into the next drive, and you could practically hear every skeptical Georgia fan wondering why Smart didn't turn to his four-star backup QB, J. As he put it done so many times during a career that started on the scout team and detoured through junior college in Mississippi, the small-town Georgia kid nicknamed “The Mailman” came along. The Bulldogs defense put down Young, forcing a three-and-out on the Tide's next drive, then Georgia got away.

Young was sacked three times after Georgia failed to bring him down once in the first meeting. “We played a hell of a game against a hell of a team for the first three quarters of the game,” said Saban, who was denied his eighth national title, seventh with Alabama in the past 13 years. 

Source: ESPN