INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 09: head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs raises the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy after defeating the TCU Horned Frogs in the College Football Playoff National Championship game at SoFi Stadium on January 09, 2023 in Inglewood, California. Georgia defeated TCU 65-7. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Georgia routs TCU, becomes 1st back-to-back CFB national champion in a decade.  The Bulldogs led from start-to-finish and pummeled TCU, 65-7 in the 2023 CFP National Championship Game to clinch its 2nd national title in as many seasons.

Georgia is the first school in the CFP era (since 2014) to win back-to-back national titles. The Dawgs are the first school to win consecutive titles since Alabama in 2011-12. Since 1990, the only other schools to win back-to-back national titles are Nebraska (1994-95) and USC (2003-04, ’04 title was later vacated by the NCAA).

HOW THE DAWGS DID IT

TCU’s defense simply could not keep up with the Georgia offense, as the Dawgs scored on all 6 of their first-half possessions. Bennett burned the Horned Frogs when they sent a standard pass rush, completing all 10 pass attempts for nearly 200 yards and 2 TD. The Bulldogs QB used play-action to his advantage, completing 7-of-8 attempts on play action for 120 yards and a TD.

UGA TE Brock Bowers was the primary beneficiary of the Dawgs’ air attack, piling up over 100 yards in the first half alone. His 152 yards for the game were the 2nd-most by a tight end in a BCS or CFP national title game.  When Georgia wasn’t burning TCU’s standard pass rush, it found wide-open run lanes, as the Dawgs piled up 110 rush yards in the first half, alone, before contact. UGA finished with 191 rush yards before contact; TCU had just 1 such yard.

GEORGIA ROUTS TCU: FUN FACTS

Not only was Georgia’s 58-point margin of victory the largest in a BCS or CFP national championship game it was the largest winning margin in any bowl game in college football history.

The 58-point cushion was also the largest lead any team has held in a BCS/CFP championship game.

The Bulldogs’ 65 points were the most in a BCS/CFP Championship Game, surpassing the 55 points by USC in the 2005 BCS National Championship Game (2004 season).

TCU’s 58-point margin of defeat ties for its 6th-largest losing margin in program history.

More on the Georgia rout of TCU later today on Shemon and Sheppard 2-6pm on ESPN-SWFL.