|GEORGIA 35 OLE MISS 15|
| Georgia took its first possession at its 49 but was
stopped on downs. On its next series, it took the ball at the Ole Miss 28
and capitalized behind the strong running of Verron Haynes. Ole
Miss attacked the cornerback position opposite Tim Wansley, and
Georgia tried Bruce Thornton, Brandon Williams and Decory
Bryant at the position.
Key stat: Ole Miss ran 21 plays compared to 12 for Georgia.
Georgia 7, Ole Miss 0
Georgia touchdown: Haynes 13 run (Billy Bennett kick), 9:03. Drive: 3 plays, 28 yards, 1:21. Key play: A defensive stop, followed by a 15-yard punt return by Damien Gary, gave Georgia excellent field position. Haynes scored on a first-down play, finding a huge hole straight ahead behind center Curt McGill.
| Georgia 7, Ole Miss 6
Ole Miss touchdown: Jason Armstead 10 pass from Eli Manning (Jonathan Nichols kick failed), 3:50. Drive: 13 plays, 80 yards, 5:13. Key play: A late hit by Georgia cornerback Brandon Williams drew a personal foul penalty that pushed Ole Miss to the 11. On third down from the 10, Manning eluded Charles Grant and stepped up to pass to Armstead in the middle of the end zone. Cornerback Bruce Thornton was trailing on the play.
|Two Greene interceptions stopped any momentum by the
Georgia offense. The second pickoff set up the Rebels' go-ahead field
goal. Ole Miss also missed a 48-yard field goal attempt early in the
Key stat: Georgia entered the game averaging 301.9 yards passing per game, but managed only 30 yards passing in the half as Greene was 5 for 11 passing with the two interceptions.
| Ole Miss 9, Georgia 7
Ole Miss field goal: Lee Rogers 37 kick, 1:22. Drive: 4 plays, minus-2 yards, 1:07. Key play: A Greene pass intended for Randy McMichael was deflected by Syniker Taylor and intercepted by Von Hutchins, who returned the ball 18 yards to the Georgia 18. An intentional grounding penalty against Manning pushed the Rebels back from the Georgia 5 to the 19.
| Georgia assumed a different offensive personality after
halftime, attacking the weakness of the Rebels' defense with persistent
runs. On its first touchdown drive, Georgia kept the ball on the ground
nine straight plays. Greene mixed three passes on a 10-play touchdown
Key stat: Georgia ran 19 plays for 170 yards in the quarter while Ole Miss was held to 24 yards.
| Georgia 14, Ole Miss 9
Georgia touchdown: Jasper Sanks 1 run (Bennett kick), 11:16. Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 3:44. Key plays: Georgia kept the ball on the ground, with Sanks running for 20 and 11 yards on back-to-back plays before Haynes rambled for 23 yards to the 3. Two carries by Sanks pushed the ball in for the touchdown.
| Georgia 21, Ole Miss 9
Georgia touchdown: Terrence Edwards 9 pass from Greene (Bennett kick), 4:06. Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 4:47. Key play: Greene found Gary for a gain of 44 yards to the 15. Gary beat cornerback Justin Coleman, the same defender who was covering Edwards on the fade route. Edwards caught the pass over his left shoulder.
Georgia put the game away with two more touchdowns, with Jermaine Phillips'
interception return the play that clinched the win.
Key stat: Phillips' 82-yard interception return for a touchdown was the fourth-longest in Georgia history.
| Georgia 28, Ole Miss 9
Georgia touchdown: Phillips 82 interception return (Bennett kick), 13:29. Key play: Ole Miss had a third and 6 play from the Georgia 27. Manning dropped back to pass and was pressured by defensive tackle David Pollack. Manning's pass was intercepted by Phillips, who returned the ball all the way down the Ole Miss sideline, outrunning Manning inside the 10.
| Georgia 35, Ole Miss 9
Georgia touchdown: Haynes 26 run (Bennett kick), 7:36. Drive: 8 plays, 61 yards, 4:18. Key play: After an earlier gain of 17 yards, Haynes broke through the line on a second-down play from the 26 and found open field as he rambled straight ahead, untouched for the final 20 yards, for his second touchdown.
| Georgia 35, Ole Miss 15
Ole Miss touchdown: Jamie Armstrong 18 pass from Manning (kick failed), 4:38. Key play: Georgia had backup players on the field for the drive. Armstrong beat Kentrell Curry for the touchdown.
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