The Latest: Georgia beats Alabama 33-18 for national title

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest connected the College Football Playoff title crippled (all times local):

11:57 p.m.

Stetson Bennett threw 2 touchdown passes to pb Georgia to a 33-18 triumph implicit Alabama connected Monday nighttime for its archetypal nationalist title successful 41 years.

Bennett, a erstwhile walk-on, threw scoring passes of 40 yards to Adonai Mitchell and 15 yards to Brock Bowers.

Georgia again leaned connected its defense. The clinching touchdown came connected cornerback Kelee Ringo’s 79-yard interception instrumentality of Bryce Young’s walk with little than a infinitesimal remaining.

Georgia won its archetypal nationalist rubric since 1980. Vince Dooley, the 89-year-old manager of that team, attended the game.

The Bulldogs mislaid to Alabama 41-24 successful the Southeastern Conference title crippled connected Dec. 4.

Bennett’s mislaid fumble acceptable up an Alabama touchdown for an 18-13 pb with astir 10 minutes remaining. Georgia dominated the remainder of the game.

It was the archetypal triumph for Georgia manager Kirby Smart, the erstwhile Alabama antiaircraft coordinator, successful 5 meetings with Crimson Tide manager Nick Saban.


11:28 p.m.

Stetson Bennett’s 40-yard touchdown walk to Adonai Mitchell has fixed Georgia a 19-18 pb implicit Alabama successful the nationalist title game.

Bennett mislaid a fumble connected Georgia’s erstwhile drive, starring to an Alabama touchdown.

The Bulldogs responded with their astir pass-happy thrust of the game. Jermaine Burton had a 10-yard drawback to unfastened the thrust earlier drafting a pass-interference penalty.

Bennett was sacked but answered rapidly with the scoring walk to Mitchell, a freshman.

Georgia’s James Cook was stopped connected the 2-point run.


11:15 p.m.

Alabama regained the pb successful the nationalist title crippled with its archetypal touchdown, acknowledgment to a nonchalant-looking fumble betterment and Bryce Young’s abbreviated touchdown walk to Cameron Latu.

Young’s 3-yard scoring walk gave the Crimson Tide an 18-13 pb with 10:14 near against Georgia. Young was tackled down the enactment connected a 2-point attempt.

The people was acceptable up erstwhile Georgia backmost Stetson Bennett mislaid the shot portion Christian Harris was dragging him to the turf. Bennett was trying to propulsion the ball, but it appeared to travel retired earlier his limb moved guardant and it was ruled a fumble connected the field. Replay upheld the call.

Alabama information Brian Branch astir casually collected the shot arsenic helium was headed retired of bounds, getting 1 ft successful bounds.


10:50 p.m.

Georgia took its archetypal pb of the nationalist title crippled with the archetypal touchdown by either team.

A 67-year-old tally by James Cook acceptable up Zamir White’s 1-yard people that enactment the Bulldogs up of Alabama 13-9 with 1:20 near successful the 3rd quarter.

Before White recovered the extremity zone, the Southeastern Conference rivals had combined for 5 tract goals.


10:35 p.m.

Alabama receiver Jameson Williams’ nationalist title crippled ended early, but his squad inactive led 9-6.

The All-American, a transportation from Ohio State, returned to the sideline successful thoroughfare apparel midway done the 3rd quarter. Williams appeared to wounded his near genu successful the archetypal fractional astatine the extremity of a 40-yard catch. It was a non-contact injury. He had 4 catches for 65 yards.

Alabama dispersed the shot astir without Williams, with 8 antithetic players catching passes. The Tide besides utilized moving backmost Brian Robinson Jr. much aft Williams was hurt.


9:50 p.m.

No. 1 Alabama leads No. 3 Georgia 9-6 astatine halftime of the CFP title game, a contention that has turned into a antiaircraft struggle.

The 2 teams combined for 5 tract goals and and person conscionable 31 yards rushing.

The Crimson Tide mislaid apical receiver Jameson Williams with what appeared to beryllium an injured near genu aboriginal successful the 2nd quarter. He has not returned.

Coach Nick Saban told ESPN astatine halftime that young receivers would person to measurement up.

“They’ve got talent. So they’ve got to play with competitory quality and person a accidental to marque immoderate plays. They’re capable,” Saban said. “They don’t person the experience, but they’re going to get it tonight.”

Georgia manager Kirby Smart says his squad needs to debar mistakes connected offense.

“We’ve got to settee down,” helium said. “We haven’t had astir apt 1 thrust wherever we didn’t person antagonistic yards starting wherever we had to backmost up.”

Georgia volition person the 2nd fractional kickoff.


9:18 p.m.

Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams went down with an evident near genu injury.

The Crimson Tide All-American clutched his near genu lying connected the crushed aft a 40-yard drawback successful the 2nd 4th against Georgia. Williams was helped disconnected the field, putting minimal value connected his near leg. He walked toward the locker country minutes later.

Alabama scored connected the thrust to instrumentality a 6-3 lead.

Alabama was already without 1,000-yard receiver John Metchie III, mislaid to a genu wounded successful the Southeastern Conference title game. Freshman Agiye Hall was pressed into action.

Williams is 1 of the nation’s apical heavy threats, with 4 touchdown catches of 70-plus yards to pb the nation. He had 4 catches for 65 yards astatine the clip of the injury.

Williams had 7 catches for 184 yards and 2 touchdowns successful the SEC rubric crippled against the Bulldogs.


8:10 p.m.

A sellout crowd, clad mostly successful red, filled Lucas Oil Stadium arrived aboriginal for the nationalist title crippled betwixt SEC rivals No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia.

Organizers were pursuing the region wellness department’s guidelines — powerfully encouraging masks beryllium worn but not requiring it. Unlike past year’s rubric crippled successful Miami, fans were not socially distanced.

Capacity of the stadium is astir 70,000.


7:30 p.m.

New College Football Hall of Fame inductee Andrew Luck returned to Lucas Oil Stadium for what is believed to beryllium his archetypal quality astatine the Indianapolis Colts location tract since helium retired unexpectedly successful August 2019.

Luck was 1 of 21 erstwhile players oregon coaches named arsenic portion of this year’s Hall of Fame people earlier successful the day.

The two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up looked overmuch thinner than helium did erstwhile playing for the Colts from 2012-18. He was the No. 1 wide draught prime successful 2012 and replaced Peyton Manning arsenic the Colts starter.

When connection leaked of Luck’s status adjacent the extremity of a preseason game, Indy fans began booing. After the game, Luck made made his authoritative status announcement — a small sooner than helium had planned.


3 p.m.

Indianapolis’ metropolis streets were bustling Monday afternoon, astir 5 hours earlier No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia played for assemblage football’s nationalist championship.

The bluish Colts attire that section fans usually deterioration was replaced with reddish hats, shirts, jackets and jerseys of the 2 Southeastern Conference teams, playing for a rubric successful the Midwest.

Fans waited successful agelong lines wrong and extracurricular restaurants contempt temperatures hovering successful the mid-20s, portion others flocked to Monument Circle for day concerts with Breland and Sam Hunt underneath the sun-drenched skies.

Alabama bushed Georgia 5 weeks agone successful the SEC rubric game, but the Bulldogs are a flimsy favorite.This is the archetypal rematch for the title successful the playoff era.

The crippled kicks disconnected astatine Lucas Oil Stadium astatine 8 p.m. and airs connected ESPN.


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