Alabama and Georgia have been waiting to produce their first controversial game in Monday’s College Football Playoff Championship to perhaps the biggest point in the game.
Georgia defender Stetson Bennett, facing the third and eighth of his 27-year-olds, turned right to avoid the pressure of an impending attack in Alabama. He seemed to have thrown the ball, resulting in an incomplete pass or – in the worst case – intentional grounding. Exception: The ACC officials who started the game decided that he had lost control of the ball before his arm moved forward, resulting in a fumble that Alabama restored.
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Here is the game in question:
The game went under control and the officials took the time to come up with their challenge. Below is a look at Malachi Moore getting the ball along the side line.
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The fumble call was eventually confirmed, giving Alabama the first down to Georgia 16. Five games later, Alabama quarterback Bryce Young hit the close end of Cameron Latu for Crimson Tide’s first touchdown in the game. After a failed 2-point recalculation, Alabama led 18-13.
Georgia returned it to him in the ensuing ride when Bennett completed a 40-yard touchdown pass on Adonai Mitchell for his first touchdown in the game. After a failed 2-point conversion, the Bulldogs led Georgia 19-18 with 8:09 left in the game.