Kirby Smart Bizarrely Criticizes Stetson Bennett After Beating Ohio State

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Georgia coach Kirby Smart had an interesting reaction after beating Ohio State when talking about Stetson Bennett.

The senior QB struggled earlier in the game against the Buckeyes, but eventually gathered his footing. With the game and his legacy up in the air, Bennett orchestrated an incredible drive to score what would be the game-winning TD.

Kirby Smart rips into Stetson Bennett after beating Ohio State.

Yet, instead of showering Bennett with praise and criticizing behind closed doors after the 42-41 win, Smart chose a very different path.

“He showed great competitive character, but he’s got to play within our system and he’s got to do what he’s coached to do or you can’t win games … He must play better if we expect to win the next one,” Smart said on the field after the game was done.

Smart was also picked up on a broadcast camera appearing to be in a tense exchange with his star QB and Heisman finalist.

While fans couldn’t hear what was said, Bennett’s expression didn’t appear to be a happy one.

Seriously, does this look like the face of a man who just punched a ticket to another national title game? I think the answer to that question is obvious and it’s no.

Stetson Bennett looks like a man absolutely crushed and defeated during this exchange. Fans would probably pay a lot to know what was said.

Kirby Smart didn’t seem happy with Stetson Bennett after Georgia beat Ohio State. (Credit: Screenshot/Twitter Video

A simple rule in life is to handle issues internally. You shouldn’t ever crush a guy publicly, especially after he engineered a drive to win and advance to the national title game.

Bennett finished the game with 398 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. Yes, he threw an incredibly ugly interception and made some mistakes, but overall, he won the damn game.

You can guarantee the conversation continued once Georgia left the field. I would give just about anything to know what was said. Next time, Smart should choose a bit of a classier path. There was no reason to do that to Stetson Bennett after earning a tough win.

Written by David Hookstead

David is a college football fanatic who foolishly convinces himself every season the Wisconsin Badgers will finally win a national title. Has been pretending to be a cowboy ever since the first episode of Yellowstone aired.


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  1. To be fair, they got lucky that a lot of things went their way and they were able to come back and win. Ripping him publicly wasn’t the right thing to do, but he absolutely is within his rights to be upset that they were ever in position to need a comeback at all… And he knows they have one more game against a very dangerous opponent.

    I don’t blame Kirby at all for being upset. Next week is all that matters. Had they lost last night or if they lose next week, they’ll just be a name in the record book for 2022.

    Get back to us next week after they win, if Kirby Smart is still upset. My guess is that he won’t be.

  2. As a Dawg fan, I was pissed the entire game. The defense was worn out because Bennett kept screwing up the offense. Kirby has been nice long enough. It’s about time he lit into him publicly. Kirby knows how to motivate his players and you can bet he’s tried everything else. Bennett has one more game and he needs to know that what he did against OSU is completely unacceptable. If it takes a tongue lashing on National TV to get that across, so be it.

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