Georgia’s 65-7 win over TCU in the College Football Playoff National Championship marked the most lopsided points difference for a bowl game in FBS history, surpassing the previous 56 mark set by LSU in their 63-7 win over Purdue scored in this year’s Citrus Bowl. The batting that gave the Bulldogs their second straight national championship also broke several other records as UGA maintained its place at the pinnacle of the sport.
It was the most lopsided win in a national title game since the BCS/CFP era of title games began in 1998. Previously, the most lopsided title win belonged to USC, who ended the 2004 college football season with a 55-19 win from Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. By comparison, Monday night’s game looked like a nail biter. Georgia set new title game records for total points and most consecutive unanswered points with 55 after TCU scored to reduce Georgia’s first quarter lead to 10–7.
While the team records were striking, quarterback Stetson Bennett IV also went out with a bang. With four passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns, Bennett equaled former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow’s title game record for most touchdowns scored. In doing so, he became the first player in the BCS/CFP era to have at least two passing touchdowns and two or more rushing touchdowns in a national title game.
This marked the first time in Bennett’s career that he was responsible for four or more touchdowns in three consecutive games. He picked a great time for it as the Bulldogs drove past LSU in the SEC championship game to secure the CFP No. 1 pick. Then came a heroic 42-41 win over Ohio State in the Peach Bowl. Finally, Monday evening, a national championship victory that crowns the career.
Ironically, one of Georgia’s few mistakes cost the Bulldogs another record. Junior kicker Jack Podlesny has recorded 174 of 175 extra point attempts in his career. But he missed his last PAT attempt of the night in the fourth quarter. Due to the miss, UGA’s 65 points only tied the record for most points scored against an AP top 3 opponent.
From a team perspective, the result was Georgia’s most lopsided win of the season, even surpassing its 55-0 win over Vanderbilt on Oct. 15. It was TCU’s most one-sided defeat since 1986.
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