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Georgia weathers 41-year title drought with 33-18 win over Bama

Stetson Bennett made the biggest pitch of his story-writing career, and Georgia’s defense marked the sweetest win in show history, beating rival Alabama 33-18 to claim the College Championship. Football Playoff.

INDIANAPOLIS – Stetson Bennett made the biggest throw of his story-writing career and Georgia’s defense scored the sweetest win in show history, beating rival Alabama 33-18 in the title match. College Football Playoff on Monday to win its first national championship in 41 years.

Bennett connected with Adonai Mitchell on a 40-yard touchdown to give No. 3 Georgia a 19-18 lead with 8:09 left and then connected with Brock Bowers for a 15-yard TD on screen to put Bulldogs up with Left 3:33.

The final blow came from the defense. Kelee Ringo intercepted a slightly deep ball on the sideline of Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young. Instead of going down with just over a minute left, Ringo took off and was behind a swarm of tackles that went 79 yards to make a touchdown, ushering in a passionate celebration by the Georgia fans who had packing Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Bulldogs haven’t won a national title since freshman Herschel Walker led them there in 1980. If simply weathering the drought wasn’t good enough, go head to head with No. 1 Alabama (13 -12) must make it feel better.

Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide has won seven consecutive games against the Bulldogs, including the last four against Georgia coach Kirby Smart, Saban’s longtime assistant.

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https://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/georgia-snaps-41-year-title-drought-33-18-82191466 Georgia weathers 41-year title drought with 33-18 win over Bama

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