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Thoughts from the Box: Georgia Bulldogs Stun Buckeyes In 42-41 Victory

December 31, 2022

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ATLANTA - The Georgia Bulldogs are heading BACK to the national championship game.

In one of the wildest games in Bulldog history, quarterback Stetson Bennett led Georgia on a game-winning drive late in the 4th quarter to give the Bulldogs a 42-41 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Playing from behind for most of the game, Bennett put on a show in the 4th quarter. With the game on the line, Bennett threw two late touchdowns and helped lead the Bulldogs to an incredible come-from-behind victory.

Bennett was shaky early on, but when the game mattered most, he made the throws. He ended the game 23/34 for 398 yards and three touchdown passes.

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The defense has a lot to clean up, but like Bennett, they stepped up when it mattered most. They gave everything they had, and it when it was time to get one more stop, they hunkered down and did their job.

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It didn’t look great early on. CJ Stroud, who torched Georgia’s secondary for most of the night, had the Buckeyes up two possession multiple times throughout the game. He made throw after throw and played his ass off. In a losing effort, Stroud was 23/34 for 348 yards and four touchdowns.

Javon Bullard was named Defensive MVP. Chris Smith and Smael Mondon were active all night long. They went up against a high-powered offense and made just enough plays at the end to secure the victory. 

It looked like Kirby Smart was going to get out-coached in this one, but then he made arguably the best timeout you’ll ever see. Right before the Buckeyes were about to attempt a successful fake punt that would’ve given them the ball at mid-field with an 11-point lead, Smart called a last-minute timeout that saved the day. It wasn’t a game-changing play, but it was a game-changing call.

Marvin Harrison Jr. getting hurt in the 2nd half also changed the game. He was giving Georgia’s secondary trouble all game long, and the Buckeyes really missed him late in the ballgame.

This is a game that Georgia fans will remember forever. With a national-championship appearance on the line, the Bulldogs played from behind and came away with an exhilarating victory at the end of regulation. 

Down by six points with 2:36 left, the game was on the line. Bennett hit Brock Bowers for 15 yards, Karis Jackson for 35 yards, and found AD Mitchell for a score from 10-yards out to give Georgia the lead.

That’s what winners do. They make plays with the game on the line, and that’s what Stetson Bennett did once again in front of the entire college football world.

Tip your hat to Kirby Smart. Tip your hat to Todd Monken. And you know what? Tip your hat to Stetson Bennett. He’s the guy who led Georgia to victory.

Arian Smith came up big. AD Mitchell came up big. Kenny McIntosh came up big. 

This was a hard-fought victory that will go down as one of the best in program history.

Now? It’s on the Los Angeles to take on TCU, and the Horned Frogs better be ready.

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