Georgia Reigns Victorious over TCU in the 2023 CFB Championship


Hyatt Criser

Winning back-to-back seasons, the University of Georgia Bulldogs defeated Texas Christian University in the college football National Championship. Both teams shared their thoughts on the game.

Hyatt Criser, Print Managing Editor-In-Chief

On Monday night, Jan. 9th, the 2022 – 2023 College Football season concluded with a meeting between the University of Georgia Bulldogs and the Texas Christian University Bullfrogs. This matchup was predicted to be a “dog-fight” as the underdogs, TCU, were the final step in the Bulldogs’ feat to win back-to-back Championships.

This game resembled no such dog-fight, though, as Georgia pummeled TCU with a score of 65 – 7. This effort and defensive resilience was described by Georgia coach Kirby Smart.

“All year I told ’em, ‘We ain’t getting hunted guys, we’re doing the hunting,” Smart said. “And hunting season’s almost over. We only got one more chance to hunt.” 

Georgia quarterback, Stetson Bennet, led his offense to 615 total yards and contributed to six touchdowns, throwing 4 and running-in 2.

“But to this university – for a kid that was told he wasn’t good enough, to come back and win two national championships – he’s really phenomenal,” Smart said. “He did some things tonight that are just electric, he’s a one-of-a-kind, he’s a special football player, and he should get many opportunities to keep playing.”

Walking on at Georgia in 2017, Bennet was redshirting and then transferred to Jones College for two years. He later returned to Georgia in 2019, and has acquired two national championships as their starting quarterback.

“I dunno, last one, I have no clue,” Bennet said “Champions of the whole damn world. Just trying to see everybody for the last time, hug everybody, trying not to cry.”

TCU Coach Sonny Dykes is responsible for bringing his team to a stage only imagined by the university. Though his team suffered a disappointing loss, he has a constructive belief for their future.

“Well, tough one tonight, Dykes said. “I think anybody that saw that could see that we certainly didn’t play our best. You’ve got to give Georgia a ton of credit. They did a tremendous job of getting their team ready to play.

“We’ll evaluate what happened. Couldn’t be more proud of our football team, though. I think we’re all disappointed that we didn’t play better and we didn’t coach better and we didn’t represent our team better than we did tonight. But we’ll learn from it. And next time we’re on a stage like this we’ll handle it better.”