Georgia Bulldogs end 41-year Championship Drought


On Monday, January 10, the No.3 ranked Georgia Bulldogs Football Team made history by snapping a 41-year Championship drought against the No.1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide with a score of 33-18. This would be the first time the Bulldogs pulled off this feat since Herschel Walker led the team to a Championship in 1980. The win also breaks the Bulldog’s 7-game losing streak against Alabama and puts Head Coach Kirby Smart in the history books.

“I’ve never been around a group of players that really wanted it so bad and wouldn’t be denied,” said Smart.

The Championship caps off a wonderful season for the Bulldogs who finished with a (14-1) record with their only loss being handed to by the Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship.

The Bulldogs came into the game thirsting for vengeance but both teams weren’t able to get their offense running with both teams scoring no touchdowns in the first half. Coming out the locker room, the Bulldogs drew first blood through Running Back Zamir White to take a 13-9 lead. The Crimson Tide responded and reduced the deficit to 1 by scoring their 4th field goal of the game to make the score 13-12 and after a fumble by the Bulldogs, Heisman Trophy Winner Bryce Young connected with Tight End Cameron Latu for a 3-yd touchdown. The score was now 13-18 in favor of Alabama with 10:14 left in the 4th quarter. History was about to repeat itself again but Georgia Quarterback Stetson Bennet begged to differ by throwing a 40-yard touchdown to Wide Receiver Adonai Mitchell. After that touchdown, the atmosphere had changed on the Georgia Sideline. The Bulldog’s defense forced a three and out and on the next drive, Tight End Brock Bowers caught a screen pass and ran in the endzone for a 15-yd touchdown giving Georgia an 8-point lead. The job was still not done and the Crimson Tide kept coming, but the defense was able to hold on. With 54 seconds on the clock, Cornerback Kelee Ringo intercepted the ball and ran for a pick-6 to seal the game. After the pick-6 Stetson Bennett was spotted in tears on the sideline.

“I hadn’t cried in – I don’t know, years – but that just came over me,” said Bennett to ESPN.

The win was very emotional for the team and for Bulldogs fans across the state of Georgia.

The Cass Family showed their support by wearing UGA merchandise on game day and some even flew over to Indiana to watch the final.

Mrs. Bryson, who also has a daughter that cheers at UGA, says, “It was wonderful to see my daughter on the field and be a part of it. My husband and I are die-hard UGA fans. It was like a dream come true especially since it was against Alabama.”

This Championship will be forever cemented in Georgia sports history and complements the Braves winning the World Series in the same season.