Georgia edged out Ohio State in the college football playoff semifinal Saturday night thanks to a missed Buckeyes field goal late in the game.
Stetson Bennett had two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to help the Bulldogs win the game 42-41. He finished with four total touchdowns on the night. His coach, Kirby Smart, wasn’t about to praise the quarterback just because Georgia miraculously got the win.
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Smart said immediately after the game that Bennett has to buckle up.
«He showed great competitive character, but he has to play within our system and he has to do what he’s been taught to do or you can’t win games,» Smart said as his players celebrated. «He didn’t get those chances until the defense stopped them and we were lucky to stop them a couple of times. He has to play better if we hope to win the next one.»
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Ohio State jumped out to a 21-7 lead and took a 28-24 lead until halftime. The Buckeyes then led 38-24 going into the fourth quarter before the wild fourth quarter changed everything. Bennett had an interception and was sacked four times. Georgia also went just 2-for-10 on third down.
«If we want to have any chance of winning the national championship, we have to play much better football than we played tonight, but we have to maintain our resilience,» Smart added at the post-match press conference.
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Georgia will now face TCU for a shot at back-to-back national championships.
Associated Press contributed to this report.