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Stetson Bennett’s Five Best Games

By BJ Bennett
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Looking back at Stetson Bennett's five best games from Georgia's championship season.

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett just had a championship season for the ages. He finishes the year 185-of-287 passing (64.5%) for 2,862 yards with 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions, ranking 4th nationally with a passer rating of 176.69.

Below are Bennett's five best games from this season;

1. College Football Playoff Final vs Alabama
How you finish is what matters and Bennett's finish to the national championship game was, simply put, legendary. After a controversial fourth quarter review decision that resulted in a fumble call, with the Crimson Tide taking the lead moments later, Bennett answered by finishing the game 4-of-4 passing for 83 yards and two touchdowns. His 2nd-and-long 40-yard touchdown heave to Adonai Mitchell is one of most iconic plays in Georgia history and is one of the great plays of any recent national championship game. Bennett later added a 15-yard strike to Brock Bowers, ultimately expending the Bulldogs' lead to eight points. With pressure at an all-time high, with the best program in the college football seemingly with all of the momentum, Bennett was the best player on the field in the biggest game of the season late.   

2. Orange Bowl (Playoff Semifinal) vs Michigan
On the big stage of the College Football Playoff, Bennett was as good as can be. Facing a top ten Michigan defense featuring Heisman Trophy finalist Aiden Hutchinson, Bennett calmly completed 20 of 30 passes for 313 yards, good for an average of 10.4 yards per attempt, all with three touchdowns. He added a 20-yard rush. It didn't take Bennett long to make a statement in Miami as he was 4-of-4 passing for 67 yards and a touchdown on Georgia's opening drive of the game. The Bulldogs' 521 yards of total offense were the most since September. 

3. vs UAB
College football simply hasn't seen much like what Bennett did against the Blazers. That afternoon, he became one of just six Georgia quarterbacks ever with five touchdown passes in a single game. Remarkably, Bennett threw for all of those scores in the first half. He, in fact, completed 8-of-9 passes for 269 yards those five touchdowns in the first two quarters alone. Bennett, this game, became the nation's only quarterback this millennium with a passer rating of a minimum of 400 on at least ten completions. 

4. vs Kentucky
Against the 11th-ranked, then-undefeated Wildcats, Bennett promptly threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns on 14-of-20 passing. His 19-yard touchdown pass to James Cook on the first play of the second quarter broke a scorless tie. Bennett's 27-yard touchdown to Brock Bowers early in the third quarter later helped Georgia separate and pull away in an important mid-season victory.

5. at Georgia Tech
Bennett was great on rivalry week in Atlanta, completing 14-of-20 passes for 255 yards, four touchdowns, averaging an impressive 12.8 yards per attempt. His fourth score of the game came with 9:55 remaining in the third quarter. Included in that production was one of Georgia's longest plays of the season, a 77-yard strike to Brock Bowers. The 243.1 passer rating was Bennett's season-high against Power Five competition.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports