INGLEWOOD, California. TCU’s dream turned into a nightmare on Monday night.
All the strengths that helped TCU qualify for the college football championship playoffs were quickly lost by Georgia in a 65-7 defeat at SoFi Stadium.
Quarterback Max Duggan was under pressure for most of the night, the defense was unable to keep the Bulldogs out of the end zone in the first half, and three losses in the first half contributed to Georgia opening a 38–7 lead at halftime.
“In the first half, things went as badly as possible for us. We turned the ball over three times, refused big games. I think our guys were a bit wide open in the beginning,” coach Sonny Dykes said at halftime on ESPN.
It didn’t get any better, and TCU (13-2) ended up with the most points after a 70-35 loss at Texas Tech on September 18, 2004.
Duggan, a Heisman Trophy finalist, completed 14 of 22 passes for 152 yards and two interceptions. The only time he hit any rhythm was the Horned Frogs’ third drive of the game, which ended with the elder rushing to the left for a 2-yard touchdown to get them 10-7 with 4:45 left. first quarter.
The touchdown had been called three plays earlier when Duggan connected with Derius Davis for a 60-yard completion of the Georgia 11-yard line.
For the rest of the night, Duggan tried to avoid the pressure, but was fired five times. Even when Duggan tried to attack goalkeepers, he often couldn’t find a loophole and didn’t win.
Any hopes Duggan and TCU would have of a comeback ended late in the second quarter when he threw interceptions in consecutive runs and Georgia turned both into touchdowns.
Duggan was out of the game in the middle of the fourth quarter.
The TCU defense proved to be just as unsurpassed as the offense. Stetson Bennett, wide receiver Ladd McConkey and tight end Brock Bowers found gaps in minor matches and often had at least 3 yards on receptions.
The Horned Frogs defense held on with a 25.9% conversion rate on their third loss, but Georgia had 9 of 12.