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NCAA Football News and Notes for January 11

The Bulldogs finally snapped their streak. It took 41 years, but the Georgia Bulldogs are the College Football National Champions once again.

Getting revenge from their SEC Championship blowout, the Bulldogs took down No. 1 Alabama in the National Championship 33-18.

In the victory, Stetson Bennett threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns. It was a team effort, though. Not only did the defense limit one of the best offenses in the nation, but Zamir White was solid on the ground, rushing 13 times for 84 yards and a touchdown.

On the losing side, Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young couldn’t find any consistency. He threw for 369 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw two interceptions. It also didn’t help that top wide receiver Jameson Williams had to leave this game with a leg injury.

Running back Brian Robinson Jr. also struggled to gain traction, rushing 22 times for just 68 yards.

With their last National Championship coming in 1980, the Bulldogs can now celebrate as they finally are victorious again.

While all of the focus has been on the National Championship game, let’s take a look at some of the other stories from around the college football world.

Dorian Thompson-Robinson Returning To UCLA

UCLA will get their starting quarterback back for another season. On Monday, Dorian Thompson-Robinson decided to utilize his fifth-year option, granted due to the pandemic, to return for another year to UCLA.

Having played in a combined 36 games over four seasons with the Bruins, Thompson-Robinson has been the only quarterback that head coach Chip Kelly has known. This season, in 11 games, he threw for 2,409 yards, 21 touchdowns, and just six interceptions. He had an impressive quarterback rating of 153.4.

On the ground, he also rushed 130 times for 611 yards and nine scores. His rushing yardage this season exceeded his other three years combined.

For UCLA, they finished the season 8-4 and second in the PAC-12 South. The Bruins were bowl eligible, but they had their Holiday Bowl against No. 18 NC State canceled.

Nebraska Gets Solid Quarterback Transfer

It is official. Casey Thompson will be leaving the Texas Longhorns and joining the Nebraska Cornhusker next season.

Technically, Thompson played in all 12 of the Longhorns’ contests this season; however, he became the starter in Week 3, replacing Hudson Card.

On the year, Thompson threw for 2,113 yards, 24 touchdowns, and just nine interceptions. He also rushed for 157 yards and another four scores.

Thompson will be joining a Nebraska team that went just 3-9 this season and 1-8 in the Big Ten. The Cornhuskers will look to Thompson to replace Adrian Martinez and get along with new offensive coordinator Mark Whipple.

Other Transfers Around College Football

Casey Thompson isn’t the only player taking advantage of the transfer portal. Here are a handful of other players who will be donning new uniforms next season.

Zach Evans, who has played the last two years with TCU, is heading to Ole Miss. The running back rushed for 618 yards and five touchdowns this season. He also caught ten receptions for 130 yards and another score.

Auburn has another quarterback to add to their depth chart. Zach Calzada, who started for Texas A&M after Haynes King suffered a season-ending injury, is moving to the Tigers. In 12 games for the Aggies this season, he threw for 2,185 yards, 17 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.

Despite Lincoln Riley taking over the program at USC, it appears that quarterback Jaxson Dart intends to leave the program. On Monday, it was announced that he would seek a transfer.

This season, as a freshman, Dart threw for 1,353 yards, nine touchdowns, and five interceptions after taking over for injured quarterback Kevin Slovis.

With Dart out, some have speculated that it leaves a door open for Caleb Williams to reunite with Lincoln Riley at USC, but for now, it appears Dart is out of the picture.

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