Georgia football outlasts Ohio State, proves offense can win shootout

Georgia football beats Ohio State at their own game in the Peach Bowl.

As the clock struck midnight on 2022, the last remaining negative opinion of Georgia football’s offense came toppling down. Just as the ball that was kicked by Noah Ruggles hit the ground, so did the idea that Georgia couldn’t win a shootout with an elite offense. After taking a late lead over Ohio State, whom Georgia trailed by double-digits twice, they proved that they could.

Georgia football’s offense was led by Stetson Bennett, the former walk-on who was said to not have the ability to carry Georgia to victory himself. His production in the fourth quarter again built on his legend in Bulldog lore. Bennett attempted 12 passes completing 10 of them for 190 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. This gave him a perfect 158.3 passer rating for the quarter.

Even though Bennett had a lackluster third quarter, he was able to outduel his co-Heisman Finalist CJ Stroud.

QuarterbackCmp.Att.Yds.Cmp. Pct.Y/ATDINT
Stetson Bennett233239872%12.4431
CJ Stroud233234872%10.8840
Stats from https://georgiadogs.com/sports/football/stats/2022/ohio-state/boxscore/24342

Georgia football outgained Ohio State on the ground, 135 yards to 119. Standout Georgia running back Kenny McIntosh led the Bulldogs’ running attack with 70 yards on just five carries. Kendall Milton and Bennett combined for Georgia’s two TDs on the ground.

McIntosh also led all Georgia football receivers with five catches. He had ten total touches in the game for 126 yards and one touchdown. Arian Smith led Georgia in receiving yards with 129 yards. Smith also scored a touchdown. AD Mitchell, returning to play significant snaps for the first time since Georgia’s game vs Oregon, caught the game-winning touchdown.

The National Sports Media seemed stuck on the idea that Georgia football was still a ground-and-pound offense stuck in the past before this game. However, Todd Monken’s offense outgained Ohio State 533 yards to 467 yards. This proves once and for all, Georgia’s offense is for real and can compete with any offense in College Football.

Georgia football’s offense has officially come into the modern way of doing things. Their offense can score on anyone in any way it needs to. They don’t have the 5-stars that a lot of other offenses do, but what they do have is Monken as offensive coordinator. Monken’s ability to scheme based on the talents he has to work with is what has propelled Georgia’s offense forward.

Georgia football’s offense has long been thought of as living in the past. That all changed last night. Monken and company proved once and for all that Georgia’s offense has evolved into a modern marvel.

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