Georgia’s Kirby Smart takes blatant challenge to Stetson Bennett after thrilling win: ‘He should play better’

Avoid Georgia’s Ohio College Football Playoff Semi-finals on Saturday night thanks to a missed Buckeyes field goal at the end of the game.

Stetson Bennett caught two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to help the Bulldogs win the game 42-41. He finished with four total touchdowns on the night. His coach, Kirby Smart, wasn’t about to praise the quarterback just because Miraculously Georgia I got to win.

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Ohio State quarterback Georgia Stetson sacked Bennett during the Peach Race, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022, in Atlanta.
(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Smart said immediately after the match that Bennett should back off.

“He showed a very competitive personality, but he has to play within our system and he has to do what he’s trained to do or you can’t win games,” Smart said as his players celebrated. “He didn’t get those chances until the defense stopped them and we’ve been lucky enough to stop them a few times. He has to play better if we expect to win next time.”

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Ohio State jumped out to a 21-7 lead and a 28-24 lead going into halftime. The Buckeyes then had a 38-24 lead in the fourth quarter before a wild fourth quarter changed everything. Bennett demurred and was sacked four times. Georgia was also 2 of 10 in third place.

Quarterback Stetson Bennett and coach Kirby Smart after Georgia's victory over Ohio State in the Peach Bowl, Saturday, December 31, 2022, in Atlanta.

Quarterback Stetson Bennett and coach Kirby Smart after Georgia’s victory over Ohio State in the Peach Bowl, Saturday, December 31, 2022, in Atlanta.
(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

“If we want to have any chance of winning the national championship, we have to play much better football than we did tonight, but we have to keep our flexibility,” Smart added in the post-match press conference.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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