Live updates: Alabama leads Georgia at the half time of the national championship

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Georgia spent much of December defending Stetson Bennett as its budding quarterback. He then passed the Orange Bowl against Michigan and completed two-thirds of his passes at 313 yards and three touchdowns.

But there was a uglier trip in December – and he was against Alabama. In that game, Bennett was 29 for 48. He threw three touchdowns, but also two interceptions.

Monday could offer another dose of redemption and maybe a little revenge. (Bennett was also a quarterback when Georgia lost in Alabama in 2020. He finished less than half of his passes that night in Tuscaloos.)

“I thought I played well in the SEC championship game,” Bennett said last week. “I’ve made a few mistakes you can’t make against a good team.” But I also made some really good throws, good decisions. So in the fight for Michigan, I focused mainly on clearing my mistakes and continuing what I was doing well. “

And for a lot of college football observers, if not always for everyone on Twitter, Bennett does a lot of things well.

“I don’t think people realize how athletic Stetson Bennett is as a quarterback,” said Shane Beamer, a South Carolina coach who recalled Bennett’s defender of the scout team when he was an assistant in Georgia under Kirby Smart.

“I remember Kirby coming to the staff meeting every day about the first Stetson Bennett and how they can’t stop him,” Beamer said.

Bennett has scored 4,077 passes over three seasons at Georgia, including more than 2,600 this season, playing 11 games.

Alabama has indicated that she is not particularly concerned about how often Bennett has seen her defense in recent years.

“I think you’re trying to get him to decide what the coverage is, what the queue is, what the pressure is when he has the ball in his hand,” said Pete Golding, a defense coordinator in Alabama. “I think the key is that in pre-song reading, he thinks it looks like this, and then the ball turns around and it’s a different coverage or it’s a different pressure, it’s a different queue.” And now he has to think. “

Not that Alabama overlooked him.

“He’s really taking the offensive,” said Will Anderson Jr., defender Crimson Tide, who was named the best defensive player of the season. “His ability to get out of his pocket, I think it’s one of his biggest and strongest abilities he has.” He can prolong games with his hands. But we just have to detain him. I think the biggest part of his game is his legs and running around the field. We have to have it in our pocket and make sure that it doesn’t run all over the field and so on. “

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