INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Talent won.

After 10 days of TCU playing the plucky underdog and the first college football Cinderella of the playoff era, the glass slipper got smashed into a million pieces by halftime. The national championship game looked like varsity against JV, starters against backups, and yes, SEC against everybody else.

Georgia put an exclamation mark on an all-time great season with a 65-7 beatdown of Texas Christian on Monday night, the largest margin of victory in the national title game, and in any bowl game ever. That secured Georgia a 15-0 record, its third national championship and second straight title. It turned out, the Bulldogs might as well have been handed the trophy in Atlanta after winning the Peach Bowl. That’s how easy this was.

“It seems like for the past three or four months, we’ve been looking to see if somebody could beat us,” quarterback Stetson Bennett said. “And we just ran out of games.

“Nobody could.”

Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) celebrates with offensive lineman Sedrick Van Pran (63) after scoring a touchdown against the TCU Horned Frogs.

After one sack on Max Duggan deep in TCU’s own territory, Georgia’s Bear Alexander looked up at the sea of fans wearing purple behind the end zone and waved goodbye. There were still 42 seconds left in the first half.

It turned out, that was enough time for the Bulldogs to intercept Duggan for the second time and add a 22-yard Adonai Mitchell touchdown catch to their jaw-dropping tally of first-half points. That made it 38-7, setting up the second half as a 30-minute procession to red and black confetti and a trophy presentation.

Thanks for coming, Horned Frogs. Maybe next time.

“They’re a great team,” Duggan said. “Everybody knows how good they’ve been this year and prior years and we knew that.”

The Horned Frogs may have known it. But now they’ve felt it in a historic way.

“This team is special,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said, “because they didn’t have a flaw.”

This team has replaced Alabama as the standard in this sport, with Smart equaling his former boss Nick Saban’s feat of back-to-back titles, which the Crimson Tide won in 2011-’12. A year after toppling Alabama in the playoff, Georgia romped to another championship, playing two close games all season and holding onto the top spot in the CFP rankings in every iteration but the first.

Adonai Mitchell’s late touchdown grab helped Georgia set a CFP record.
Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Christopher Smith (29) celebrates after defensive back Javon Bullard (22) made an interception against TCU.
Georgia Bulldogs running back Kendall Milton (2) runs for a touchdown.
TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Max Duggan (15) reacts after a play against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first quarter of the CFP national. championship game
Stetson Bennett #13 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates with teammates.
Adonai Mitchell #5 of the Georgia Bulldogs catches a touchdown pass.
Kenny McIntosh #6 of the Georgia Bulldogs runs with the ball against Mark Perry #3 of the TCU Horned Frogs in the second quarter in the College Football Playoff National title game. Championship game
Georgia wide receiver Adonai Mitchell (5) makes a touchdown catch against TCU cornerback Kee’Yon Stewart (2) during the first half of the national championship.
Javon Bullard #22 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts with teammates after his second interception late in the second quarter against the TCU Horned Frogs in the College Football Playoff National Championship. game
Jalen Carter #88 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts after a play in the second quarter against the TCU Horned Frogs in the College Football Playoff National Championship game.
A fan watch the NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game between TCU and Georgia
An overall view of midfield as Stetson Bennett #13 of the Georgia Bulldogs throws a pass.
Georgia Bulldogs tight end Brock Bowers (19) scores a touchdown over TCU Horned Frogs safety Abraham Camara (14) during the second half in the CFP national championship game.
Georgia Bulldogs defensive lineman Bear Alexander (99) tackles TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Max Duggan (15) during the third quarter of the CFP national championship game.
TCU coach Sonny Dykes
Running back Branson Robinson (22) scores a touchdown against the TCU Horned Frogs during the fourth quarter of the CFP national championship game.
Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) celebrates with offensive lineman Sedrick Van Pran (63) after scoring a touchdown against the TCU Horned Frogs during the second quarter of the CFP national championship.
Georgia and coach Kirby Smart celebrate winning the national championship.

After becoming one of the sport’s most unlikely stories by leading Georgia to the national title last year, Bennett put the finishing touches on a legendary tale. The Blackshear, Ga., native threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns, running for two more in his final game with the Bulldogs. He is only the sixth quarterback in history to win back-to-back national titles as a starter. By far and away, he’s also the most unlikely — a former walk-on who once transferred to Jones Community College and had to prove himself time and again to Smart and offensive coordinator Todd Monken to earn the starting job.

On Monday, he couldn’t miss. Neither could Smart, nor Monken, nor anyone else covered in crimson. Georgia overpowered TCU at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Its pass-catchers, particularly tight end Brock Bowers and receiver Ladd McConkey, proved too much to handle. Its secondary, questioned after a rocky performance in the semifinal against Ohio State, blanketed Quentin Johnston and the rest of TCU’s receivers just about all night. Even Duggan couldn’t batter his way out of this one.

“I’m going to enjoy watching this tape,” Bennett said.

Javon Bullard (r.) of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts with teammates after his second interception late in the second quarter against the TCU Horned Frogs in the College Football Playoff National Championship.

If TCU did have a moment to stay in the game, it came during the briefest possible first-quarter window. Already down 10-0, Derius Davis took advantage of a rare Georgia coverage breakdown to go 60 yards, setting up a 2-yard Duggan score.

For just a second, it looked like the ’Dawgs might be vulnerable. And then Bennett marched them straight down the field, with McConkey catching balls of 11, 11 and 37 yards on a coverage-bust touchdown to key a four-play, 70-yard drive.

By the time halftime struck, Bennett had marched Georgia on three more touchdown drives of 92, 66 and 22 yards, all for touchdowns and all without TCU answers.

Georgia Bulldogs defensive lineman Bear Alexander (99) tackles TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Max Duggan (15) during the third quarter of the CFP national championship game.

The Horned Frogs made their hay this season on coming back when all seemed lost, but that was in the Big 12. Here, against SEC speed and strength, there was no way, no how.

“I think we’re setting that standard,” McConkey said. “No one’s [won back-to-back titles] in the CFP era. For us to go and be the first team, it’s a great feeling.”

Bennett was pulled with 13:25 to go in the fourth quarter, with Smart calling a timeout to set up a curtain call with Georgia leading by 45 points. A sea of red greeted him with a standing ovation.

“That was special, coming off and seeing coach Smart,” Bennett said. “That was really cool.”

Talent won, but it turned out that Bennett wrote the underdog story that TCU couldn’t.