Georgia wins College Football National Championship

By Jason Kurtz, Mike Hayes and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 1:08 a.m. ET, January 11, 2022
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10:56 p.m. ET, January 10, 2022

Georgia blocks Alabama's field goal, leading to the game's first touchdown

From CNN's Jason Kurtz

Georgia's Jalen Carter blocks a field goal in the third quarter.
Georgia's Jalen Carter blocks a field goal in the third quarter. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

On their third possession of the 3rd quarter, Alabama ran 17 plays, picked up 68 yards and ate up 7:45 of clock. They did not, however, add to their lead.

The Crimson Tide's long sustained drive goes for naught as Georgia's Jalen Carter blocks what would have been Will Reichard's fourth field goal of the game, keeping the score at 9-6 Alabama.

Following the blocked field goal, Georgia running back James Cook broke a huge run for 67-yards to the Alabama 13 yard line on the next play.

A facemask penalty inside their own three-yard line by Alabama set up Georgia with first and goal. On the next play, Bulldogs running back Zamir White hammered it into the end zone for the game's first touchdown.

It's now 13-9 Georgia, 1:20 remaining in the third quarter.

10:36 p.m. ET, January 10, 2022

Georgia gets the game's first turnover: Christopher Smith picks off Bryce Young

From CNN's Jason Kurtz

Christopher Smith celebrates with teammate Lewis Cine after intercepting a pass by Alabama's Bryce Young in the third quarter.
Christopher Smith celebrates with teammate Lewis Cine after intercepting a pass by Alabama's Bryce Young in the third quarter. (Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

We're less than three minutes into the second half from Indianapolis, and the Georgia Bulldogs have registered the game's first turnover.

On Alabama's first offensive possession following the intermission, Bryce Young was picked off by Georgia defensive back Christopher Smith.

The interception gave the Bulldogs the ball on the Tide's side of the field at the 43. However, Georgia was unable to capitalize, going three and out and punting the ball back to Alabama.

The score remains 9-6 Alabama.

10:35 p.m. ET, January 10, 2022

Alabama's star wide receiver is out for the game

From CNN's Mike Hayes

Alabama's Jameson Williams injures his knee after a catch in the first half.
Alabama's Jameson Williams injures his knee after a catch in the first half. (Paul Sancya/AP)

Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams is out for the game after suffering a knee injury in the first half.

Williams went down after hauling in a 40-yard reception down the middle of the field. Following the play, was helped off the field before heading for the locker room.

10:13 p.m. ET, January 10, 2022

The third quarter begins with Alabama leading Georgia

The second half is getting underway at the National Championship game in Indianapolis.

Georgia, trailing 6-9, gets the ball first in the third quarter.

10:15 p.m. ET, January 10, 2022

Neither Alabama nor Georgia scored a touchdown in the first half

From CNN's Jason Kurtz

Alabama's Slade Bolden reaches for a ball that fell incomplete during the second quarter.
Alabama's Slade Bolden reaches for a ball that fell incomplete during the second quarter. (Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

Thirty minutes of gameplay.

Twenty-six combined wins on the season.

Two of the best teams in the nation.

Zero touchdowns.

Through the first half of the National Championship game, Alabama leads Georgia 9-6 as neither team has been able to find the end zone.

The two teams are a combined 6-17 on third down, as both quarterbacks have had to contend with pestering and productive pass rushes from the other side.

Alabama's Bryce Young, the Heisman Trophy winner, has completed 15 of his 26 pass attempts for 206 yards, with the bulk of the damage being done on two second quarter chunk plays: a 61-yard catch-and-run by tight end Cameron Latu, and a 40-yard dime hauled in by wide receiver Jameson Williams. Williams, however, suffered an apparent knee injury on the play and has yet to return.

Meanwhile, Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett, who's been plagued by penalties and long third-down conditions, has completed 11 of 17 passes for 127 yards, with the highlight coming on a 52-yard completion to George Pickens. The Bennett to Pickens connection led to Georgia's first points of the evening, care of a 24-yard field goal from Jack Podlesny.

Podlsesny added a 49-yarder later in the second quarter, as the Georgia kicker is trying to go toe-to-toe with Alabama's Will Reichard who has a trio of 3-pointers himself.

In the first half Alabama outgained Georgia 216 yards to 153 — though Georgia is winning the time of possession battle, 16:08 to 13:52.

9:50 p.m. ET, January 10, 2022

It's halftime at the National Championship game

Alabama leads Georgia 9-6 at the half in Indianapolis.

9:42 p.m. ET, January 10, 2022

Georgia kicker hit a 49-yard field goal to cut the Alabama lead

Georgia kicker Jack Podlesny boomed one from 49-yards after the Dawgs' drive was stopped short. Both teams are still failing to find the end zone tonight.

Alabama is up 9-6 late in the second quarter.

9:41 p.m. ET, January 10, 2022

Long catch and run by Alabama tight end leads to another field goal, 9-3 Crimson Tide

From CNN's Jason Kurtz

Alabama's Cameron Latu runs past Georgia's Kelee Ringo after a catch during the first half.
Alabama's Cameron Latu runs past Georgia's Kelee Ringo after a catch during the first half. (Paul Sancya/AP)

With his top two targets unavailable due to injury, Alabama quarterback Bryce Young needed another place to go with the football. Cameron Latu offered him that opportunity.

Facing 2nd-and-5 from his own 31, the 'Bama signal-caller dumped it off to his 6'5", 250 junior tight end, then watched as Latu rumbled 61 yards to the Georgia 8 yard line for the game's biggest gain.

A 3rd down sack three plays later cost the Tide 13 yards and a shot at a touchdown.

Instead, Alabama settled for Will Reichard's 3rd field goal of the game, extending its lead to 9-3.

9:20 p.m. ET, January 10, 2022

Alabama answers with a field goal: Tide up 6-3

From CNN's Mike Hayes

After Georgia drove down the field and put up its first three points of the game, Alabama answered right back.

On the first play of the ensuing drive, Bryce Young completed one for 40-yards to wide receiver Jameson Williams, who went down with an apparent knee injury.

Alabama could go no further than the Georgia 28-yard line and had to settle for a 45-yard field goal. It's now Alabama 6, Georgia 3 in the second quarter.