In the college football playoff semifinal, Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Ladd McConkey was battling a knee injury that had been bothering him for the last few weeks of the season. There was no word on how he would play against TCU in the national championship game on Monday night.
The answer? Two touchdowns and 88 yards on five receptions in the Bulldogs’ 65-7 rout of the Horned Frogs.
«I feel like we started to click,» McConkey told Fox News Digital in the Georgia locker room after the Bulldogs set the new college football record for most points scored in a title game. «He brought the momentum and we kept it rolling. When they called my number, I tried to make plays.»
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Stetson Bennett, the game’s overwhelming MVP, was responsible for six total touchdowns in the game: four passing and two rushing. Bennett’s near-perfect performance prompted head coach Kirby Smart to give him a final touch just as the fourth quarter began.
«He shows up in the big moments,» McConkey said of Bennett. «You’ve all seen him all year. Tonight was no different. We’re very lucky to have him as our quarterback.»
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McConkey was just a freshman when he first saw confetti fall on him last year, when Georgia beat Alabama. But with two to his credit in his first two college seasons, he knows this is a rare occasion.
«It’s amazing any time you can win a national championship, not once but twice. You have to absorb it all, you have to enjoy it,» he said. «It’s not something that happens often.»
McConkey finished his sophomore year with 674 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games leading up to tonight’s big win.
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«Coach Smart says we have a two-week layoff, we have a discretionary period, and then we’re back to work,» McConkey said.