Some Bulldogs players were seen during the championship celebration at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis wearing hats that indicated Alabama had won the championship.
Jan 10, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Georgia Bulldogs cheerleaders celebrate on a confetti covered field after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2022 CFP college football national championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
The mistake was amplified on social media.
By the time Georgia players got to the podium to lift the national championship trophy, it appeared players had the right championship gear on.
The Bulldogs held on to beat the Crimson Tide 33-18 thanks to the resilient performance by Stetson Bennett.
Jan 10, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Georgia Bulldogs players after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2022 CFP college football national championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports)
After a questionable fumble call that led to an Alabama score earlier in the period, Bennett would regroup and toss a 40-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Adonai Mitchell to put the Bulldogs back up. Bennett would strike again later in the fourth with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Brock Bowers.
With 3:33 left, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Bryce Young would get the ball back to try to force overtime. Young would throw a Pick Six to Kelee Ringo, which would seal the deal.
Bennett finished 17-for-26 with 224 passing yards and two touchdown passes. Mitchell had two catches for 50 yards and Bowers had four catches for 36 yards.
Jordan Davis #99 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide during the College Football Playoff Championship held at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 10, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)
It was Georgia’s first national title since 1980.