Georgia-Alabama national title game final score, live in-game updates from Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Georgia Bulldogs win the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship after defeating Alabama 33-18 on Monday.

Below are in-game updates and commentary from the game in Indianapolis.

11:XX p.m. Final score 33-18. Bulldogs win the national championship

11:46 p.m. Kelee Ringo with a pick-6

Georgia's Kelee Ringo returns an interception 79 yards for a touchdown and Georgia takes control with 54 seconds remaining. The Bulldogs lead 33-18 and are on their way to a national title.

11:39 p.m. Bulldogs add to late lead with Brock Bowers touchdown

Stetson Bennett hits Brock Bowers for a 15-yard touchdown and Georgia leads Alabama 26-18 with 3:33 to play in the national championship game

11:28 p.m. Bulldogs take possession with late lead

Georgia leads 19-18 with 7:10 to play and will take possession at its own 38-yard line

11:21 p.m. Freshman AD Mitchell with incredible TD catch

QB Stetson Bennett takes advantage of an offside penalty by Alabama and hits AD Mitchell, who went up over the Alabama cornerback to pull in a 40-yard touchdown. The Bulldogs' two-point conversion failed but they lead 19-18 with 8:09 to play.

11:12 p.m. Alabama scores to take fourth quarter lead

The Crimson Tide capitalized on the turnover and scored on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Young to Cameron Latu and Alabama leads Georgia 18-13 with 10:14 to play. Its two-point conversion fails

11:08 p.m. Alabama recovers Stetson Bennett fumble at UGA 16

An odd play results in a fumble by QB Stetson Bennett. The QB attempted to throw the football away but it was ruled a fumble and recovered by Alabama.

10:58 p.m. Alabama adds fourth quarter field goal

The Crimson Tide's Will Reichard kicks a 21-yard field goal to pull within 13-12 of Georgia with 12:59 to play.

10:50 p.m. One quarter to play in national championship

Georgia leads 13-9 going into the final quarter. Alabama has ball at its own 48 as the fourth quarter begins.

10:46 p.m. Georgia takes first lead of national championship game

Georgia scores on a 1-yard Zamir White touchdown set up by a 67-yard rush by senior running back James Cook. Bulldogs take a 13-9 lead with 1:20 to play in the third quarter. It's the first touchdown of the game after five straight field goals.

10:40 p.m. Georgia blocks Alabama field goal

Jalen Carter got a hand up and blocked a 48-yard field goal attempt and Lewis Cine fell on the ball at the Bulldogs' 20. Georgia, still trailing 9-6, will take over with 3:18 to play in the third quarter.

10:21 UGA's Christopher Smith with interception

Bulldogs get best starting field position of the game after the game's first turnover. They'll begin the drive at the Alabama 43.

10:13 p.m. Georgia gets the ball to start the second half

Georgia opens second half with a 11-yard gain by Zamir White to open the half.

9:38 p.m. Bulldogs add latest field goal

Jack Podlesny with a season-long 49-yard field goal to trim the Alabama lead to 9-6 with 3:09 left in the half to make it 9-6.

9:28 p.m. Bulldogs defense gives up big play and then holds Tide out of end zone

Channing Tindall got Georgia's first sack of the game on a third-and-6 after a 61-yard completion to tight end Cameron Latu. Will Reichard makes his third field goal of the game, this time from 37. Alabama 9-3 with 7

9:16 p.m. Alabama goes ahead 6-3 but loses Jameson Williams

Star Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams needed to be helped off the field with an apparent knee injury after a 40-yard completion. Will Reichard booted a 45-yard field goal to make it 6-3 Bama with 11:13 to go in the first half.

9:05 p.m. Georgia ties game on chip-shot field goal

Georgia ties the game on a 24-yard Jack Podlesny field goal. The Bulldogs finally got something going on offense when Stetson Bennett hit George Pickens on a 52-yard gain. Georgia wet 87 yards on 11 plays to get the 3 points.

8:43 p.m. Bulldogs defense holds

After an ugly first offensive possession, Georgia gets a big third down stop by safety Lewis Cine on a pass to Slade Bolden to force a punt. Bulldogs take over at own 25 after a punt.

8:28 p.m. Alabama strikes first

Alabama goes ahead 3-0 after a 14-play 56 yard drive that ended with a Will Reichard 37-yard field goal. There's 9:55 to go in the first quarter. Georgia had a Jordan Davis sack that was recovered and returned for a touchdown by Nakobe Dean wiped out when it was ruled an incomplete pass. Georgia getting pressure on Bryce Young better than last time.

7:49 p.m. Kirby's pregame thoughts

Kirby Smart spoke to D.J. Shockley before heading to the locker room after warmu-ups. His impression of his team?

“Good juice," Smart said on the Georgia Bulldogs Radio Network. "They’re locked in ready to go.”

7:28 p.m. Shake-up in the secondary?

I didn't see this on the scoreboard but Anthony Dasher of Rivals.com reported that Ameer Speed was announced as secondary starter and redshirt freshman Kelee Ringo was not. Speed, a senior, started the first three games of the season. UPDATE: It looks like Ringo is still running with the ones as is William Poole at the Star nickel spot.

6:52 p.m. Former Colts star Andrew Luck on the scene

Former Colts star Andrew Luck, who was among those named to the College Football Hall of Fame today, is on the sideline here. Luck who is now retired and on "Daddy duty," as he called it, was asked on ESPN about advice for the quarterbacks tonight.

“Limit turnovers and enjoy the moment," he said.

6:41 p.m. Scenes from field

Jordan Davis came out of the tunnel on the field talking on a smartphone. Maybe he was FaceTiming. Wide receiver Ladd McConkey entered and flashed a thumbs up sign to someone in the stands.

6:35 p.m. Round 2 against Jameson Williams

Georgia’s defense will try to better contain Alabama wideout Jameson Williams who went off for 184 yards and 2 touchdown on 7 catches in the first meeting.

Georgia had busts that Alabama turned into explosive plays.

“They threw a few more haymakers and we couldn’t respond,” Davis said.

Williams expects Georgia will be even more motivated.

“It's going to be a very good challenge,” he said. “I'm pretty sure all those guys will come twice as hard as the first game. We have to play a lot better than the first game, a lot better than the last game. We've got to go out and play our best football this game.

Wide receiver John Metchie, Alabama's other top threat, is out after tearing an ACL in the SEC championship game. Georgia switched up its defense after he went out.

“I guess they tried to play a little over the top,” Williams said. “That's all we've seen. We've seen some extra defenses. That was pretty much it, though, a little extra over the top

5:58 p.m. Your game captains today from Georgia and Alabama

Georgia's game captains: inside linebacker Nakobe Dean, nose guard Jordan Davis, offensive tackle Jamaree Salyer and running back Zamir White.

Former Georgia All-America defensive end David Pollack is the honorary captain.

Alabama's game captains: Linebacker Will Anderson, defensive linemen Phil Mathis, offensive lineman Evan Neal and quarterback Bryce Young. The honorary captain is Ryan Kelly, a center with the Colts who played for the Tide.

5:49 p.m. The national championship game officials are from...

It's an ACC officiating crew for this matchup of SEC teams. The referee is Duane Heydt.

5:34 p.m. Dan Lanning's Georgia time ends with a big assignment

Dan Lanning is still doing that two-job thing with most of his attention in the last week on this matchup.

Oregon announced another assistant hire to Lanning’s coaching staff today in Tosh Lupoi as defensive coordinator.

Lanning’s four seasons at Georgia, three as coordinator end tonight.

He was asked about the pressure Georgia is feeling to finally beat Alabama and win that national title.

“None of that is hanging over our head,” he insisted. “At the end of the day, we want to go perform to the best of our ability. We want to execute at a really high level. But ultimately it's not about them. It's about us. We want to go play our best game. If we play our best game, we feel confident that we can win that game. That being said, they're a really good team and they deserve all the credit in the world for everything they've done over time. But so are we. So we expect a good game. We expect a tough challenge, but there's no more pressure outside the room than the pressure we put on ourselves to perform at a high level. I know that. I know how much our players care, how much our coaches care. We have a great plan, and we need to go out and execute, and I think we can do that.”

Drew Brannon, a sports psychologist who worked with the team for its “skull sessions,” that players say strengthened connections on the team, spoke Sunday night to the team, according to ESPN.

5:12 p.m. Nick Saban on Stetson Bennett

The quarterback matchup obviously favors Alabama considering Bryce Young is the Heisman Trophy candidate who shredded Georgia last time out.

Stetson Bennett is coming off an offensive MVP showing at the Orange Bowl win over Michigan when he threw for 313 yards and 3 touchdowns.

“He’s a really good athlete,” Alabama coach Nick Saban told ESPN. “He’s got great quickness. Runs much better than people give him credit for. I think he’s a very talented passer, he’s very accurate with the ball. If you don’t affect him in some kind of way, he can slice and dice you pretty good. I think that’s going to be the key for us in the game that we can affect him in some kind of way.”

He said that includes disguising coverages and pressures.

PREGAME

Greetings from Lucas Oil Stadium where a national champion will be crowned before the end of the night.

It’s Georgia-Alabama once again. You know the recent history of this series.

There’s no telling what will be behind the curtain of this one after some memorable games — granted with results Bulldog fans have had a hard time digesting.

Maybe this time will be different.

Georgia players are certainly envisioning how this could unfold with a fan base ready to end a 41-year drought.

“The whole state's behind us,” nose guard Jordan Davis said. “And you can think back to how many great teams have been at the University of Georgia since 1980 that haven't won a championship. We just want to take that opportunity and be different. And at the end of the day that's what we came here for. That's what we're grinding for. And we want to do something absolutely special in our time here.”

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