The latest information on the College Football Playoff Championship game (all local time):
Stetson Bennett’s 40-yard touchdown pass to Adonai Mitchell gave Georgia a 19-18 lead over Alabama in the National Championship game.
Bennett lost a fumble on Georgia’s previous practice, leading to a touchdown in Alabama.
The Bulldogs responded with their happiest practice of the game. Jermaine Burton caught a 10-yard catch to open the drive before shooting a pass interference penalty.
Bennett was sacked but responded quickly with the scoring pass to Mitchell, a freshman.
James Cook of Georgia was stopped in the 2-point race.
Alabama regained the lead in the National Championship game with their first touchdown, thanks to a nonchalant breakaway recovery and a short touchdown pass from Bryce Young to Cameron Latu.
Young’s 3-yard pass gave the Crimson Tide an 18-13 lead with 10:14 left against Georgia. Young was tackled behind the line on a 2-point attempt.
The score was established when Georgian quarterback Stetson Bennett lost the ball while Christian Harris dragged it across the grass. Bennett was trying to throw the ball but it appeared to come out before his arm moved forward and it was deemed to be a fumble on the field. Replay confirmed the call.
Alabama safety Brian Branch retrieved the ball almost casually as he went out of bounds, putting one foot into the bounds.
Georgia took their first national championship lead with the first touchdown by either team.
A 67-year-old James Cook-led set the yardstick for Zamir White who put the Bulldogs ahead of Alabama 13-9 with 1:20 remaining in the third quarter.
By the time the Whites found the end zone, rivals Southeastern Conference had combined for five baskets.
Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams’ national championship game ended early, but his team still led 9-6.
The All-American, a transfer from the state of Ohio, sidelined in street clothes midway through the third quarter. Williams appeared to injure his left knee in the first half at the end of a 40-yard catch. It was a non-contact injury. He had four catches for 65 yards.
Alabama broadcast the ball without Williams, with eight different players catching passes. The Tide also used running back Brian Robinson Jr. after Williams suffered an injury.
Alabama’s No.1 leads Georgia’s No.3 9-6 at half-time in the CFP Championship game, a competition that turned into a defensive fight.
The two teams have combined five field goals and have just 31 rushing yards.
The Crimson Tide lost top receiver Jameson Williams with what appeared to be a left knee injury early in the second quarter. He didn’t come back.
Coach Nick Saban told ESPN at half-time that the young receivers should step up their efforts.
“They have talent. So they have to play with a competitive character and have a chance to make some coins. They are capable, ”Saban said. “They don’t have the experience, but they’re going to have it tonight.”
Georgian coach Kirby Smart said his team had to avoid mistakes in attack.
“We have to settle down,” he said. “We probably didn’t have a single practice where we didn’t have negative yards to start where we had to fall back.”
Georgia will kick off the second half.
Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams fell with an apparent injury to his left knee.
The Crimson Tide All-American gripped his left knee to the ground after a 40-yard second quarter grab against Georgia. Williams was helped off the field, putting minimal weight on his left leg. He walked to the locker room a few minutes later.
Alabama scored on the disc to take a 6-3 lead.
Alabama was already without 1,000-yard wide receiver John Metchie III, who was lost to a knee injury in the Southeastern Conference Championship game. Freshman Agiye Hall was pushed into action.
Williams is one of the top deep threats in the country, with four touchdown passes over 70 yards to lead the country. He had four catches for 65 yards at the time of the injury.
Williams had seven catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns in the SEC title game against the Bulldogs.
A sold-out crowd, dressed largely in red, filled Lucas Oil Stadium arrived early for the national championship game between SEC rivals No.1 in Alabama and No.3 in Georgia.
Organizers were following county health department guidelines – strongly encouraging the wearing of masks but not requiring them. Unlike last year’s title game in Miami, fans weren’t socially distanced.
The capacity of the stadium is approximately 70,000.
College Football Hall of Fame inductee Andrew Luck returned to Lucas Oil Stadium for what would be his first appearance on the Indianapolis Colts since his unexpected retirement in August 2019.
Luck was one of 21 former players or coaches named as part of this year’s Hall of Fame class earlier today.
The two-time Heisman Trophy finalist looked a lot slimmer than he did when playing for the Colts from 2012-18. He was the first pick in the 2012 draft and replaced Peyton Manning as a starter of the Colts.
When rumor of Luck’s retirement leaked near the end of a preseason game, Indy’s fans started booing. After the game, Luck made the official announcement of his retirement – a little earlier than he had expected.
The streets of the city of Indianapolis were busy Monday afternoon, nearly five hours before the Alabama No.1 and Georgia No.3 played for the College Football National Championship.
The Colts’ blue outfit that local fans usually wear has been replaced with red hats, shirts, jackets and jerseys from both Southeastern Conference teams, playing for a title in the Midwest.
Fans lined up inside and outside the restaurants despite hovering temperatures in the mid-1920s, while others flocked to Monument Circle for afternoon concerts with Breland and Sam Hunt under the sunny sky.
Alabama beat Georgia five weeks ago in the SEC title game, but the Bulldogs are a slight favorite. This is the first rematch for the Championship in the playoff era.
The game kicks off at Lucas Oil Stadium at 8 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN.
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