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Georgia end 41-year title shortage with 33-18 win over Bama

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Stetson Bennett made the biggest throws of his storybook career and the Georgia defense took the biggest win in program history, beating rival Alabama 33-18 in the playoff title of college football on Monday for his first national title in 41 years.

Bennett connected with Adonai Mitchell on a 40-yard touchdown to give Georgia No.3 a 19-18 lead with 8:09 to go, then joined Brock Bowers for a 15-yard touchdown on a screen for put the Bulldogs with with 3:33 remaining.

The coup de grace came from the defense. Kelee Ringo intercepted a deep ball knocked down over the sideline by Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young. Instead of going down with just over a minute to go, Ringo took off and behind a convoy of blockers traveled 79 yards for a touchdown that sparked a wild celebration from the Georgia fans who packed Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Bulldogs hadn’t won a national title since rookie Herschel Walker brought them there in 1980. If breaking the drought wasn’t enough, fighting Alabama’s No.1 ( 13-12) was to make things even better.

Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide had won seven in a row against the Bulldogs, including the last four against Georgia coach Kirby Smart, Saban’s longtime assistant.


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