SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – On Monday night, the Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 33-18 in the national title game in Indianapolis.

Kirby Smart and the Dawgs claimed UGA’s first National Championship since 1980 and ended a streak of seven straight games that the Tide have bested the Bulldogs, dating back to Sept. 22, 2007.

Over a hundred passionate UGA fans from the Coastal Empire gathered at Coaches Corner in Thunderbolt to witness the title game firsthand.

“Forty-one years, I’ve waited for this…you see me crying.”

There was only one number on the minds of Georgia fans all across the country.

“Forty-one years man, what do you think? Forty-one years. I just wish my dad was here, it’s been 41 years, this is everything. It’s been a long, long time,” said UGA fan Bubba Edgerly.

It’s been a long ride for the Bulldog faithful, filled with plenty of ups and downs. 

“You know, I’m 35, and for probably 33 years of being a Georgia fan, it was perpetual disappointment,” said Natalie Britt.

“We were there in ’18, and lost in overtime — heartbreak. And to have it tonight, and with a walk-on quarterback from Blackshear, Georgia,” said Edgerly.

But through the triumphs and the heartbreaks, the game has a funny way of coming full circle. 

“I was there in 1980 and I’m here now, and I can’t, I can’t tell the difference. Except for, we had Herschel then,” one fan laughed.

For Georgia fans, this win over Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide means more than just a championship. It’s a national reckoning — a wake-up call if you will.

“It’s like slaying the devil. To be the man, you gotta beat the man,” explained one fan.

“I was walking through the hospital all day long today and people were saying ‘Go Dawgs! Go Dawgs!’ And that’s a blessing to get to have that camaraderie with people and share that fandom that you get to experience and love,” said Britt.

Georgia football has once again broken through, and this time they’re here to stay.

“I’m Georgia born, Georgia bred, and when I die it’s gonna be a Bulldog dead, that’s all I can say…family,” said Edgerly.

“My dad, my brother were there, I’m so happy for them. Die-hard fans through and through,” said Laurie Burns, a UGA grad. “My family’s alumni, we’re legends here. Go Dawgs from Savannah! We love you.”