|BOSTON COLLEGE 20 GEORGIA 16|
| Despite losing a fumble and being stopped on a fourth-down play — both
coming in Boston College territory — Georgia led 7-3 thanks to a defensive
stop at its 4-yard line. Boston College was forced to settle for a field goal
after a 19-play drive.
Key stat: Decory Bryant's 86-yard kickoff return to open the game was the longest in Georgia's bowl history.
|Georgia 7, Boston College 0
Georgia touchdown — Fred Gibson 15 pass from David Greene (Billy Bennett kick), 14:05. Drive: 2 plays, 14 yards, :55. Key play: On the opening kickoff, Gibson fielded the ball and then handed off to Bryant on a reverse. Bryant raced 86 yards to the Boston College 14.
| Georgia 7, Boston College 3
Boston College field goal — Sandro Sciortino 25 kick, 1:43. Drive: 19 plays, 73 yards, 9:14. Key plays: The Eagles took possession at their 19 after a Verron Haynes fumble and had a first and goal at the Georgia 4 before losing yards on back-to-back plays, including a second-down stop of William Green by Charles Grant and Chris Clemons for a loss of one yard on a screen pass.
|Boston College took its first lead, moving 85 yards after taking the ball
from Georgia on an interception. Greene threw a second interception in the
quarter, giving Georgia three turnovers leading to 13 Boston College points.
Key stat: In the half, Boston College scored its 13 points off three Georgia turnovers, including two interceptions by Greene. The Eagles did not commit a turnover.
| Boston College 10, Georgia 7
Boston College touchdown — Dedrick Dewalt 10 pass from Brian St. Pierre (Sciortino kick), 9:09. 5 plays, 85 yards, 2:07. Key play: Georgia's second turnover of the game gave the Eagles possession at their 15, and on second down from there Green broke through the line for a 75-yard run to the Georgia 10. Green was caught from behind by Jermaine Phillips, who punched the ball out of Green's hands out of bounds. Dewalt beat Bruce Thornton for the touchdown catch.
| Boston College 13, Georgia 7
Boston College field goal — Sciortino 26 kick, 3:05. Drive: 12 plays, 43 yards, 4:08. Key play: Linebacker Scott Bradley intercepted a Green pass intended for Randy McMichael, giving the Eagles possession at their 48.
| Boston College 13, Georgia 10
Georgia field goal — Bennett 24 kick, :39. Drive: 10 plays, 66 yards, 2:26.
Key play: On third and goal from the 7, Greene pitched to Damien Gary who pulled up and tired to passed to Terrence Edwards in the end zone. Edwards made the catch but was out of bounds, too deep in the end zone.
| Georgia had its first two punts of the game but took the lead by avoiding
mistakes for one touchdown drive and containing Green.
Key stat: Green was held to three yards rushing on seven carries in the quarter after rushing for 126 yards in the first half.
| Georgia 16, Boston College 13
Georgia touchdown — Haynes 1 run (Bennett kick failed), 5:26. Drive: 12 plays, 69 yards, 4:31. Key plays: Gibson caught passes for 23 and 18 yards. Kareem Marshall was offsides on the first extra-point attempt by Bennett, and Bennett's second effort after the penalty was wide. It was his first missed extra-point of 2000.
Georgia coach Mark Richt's decision to punt on a fourth-and-12 play from the
Georgia 48 with 1:24 left to play was the most debatable call of the game. More costly, however, was the awful pass thrown by Greene that led to an
offensive pass interference call against receiver Edwards, putting Georgia in the bad situation. Another failed fourth-down play helped set up
Boston College's go-ahead touchdown drive.
Key stat: St. Pierre threw nine straight incomplete passes before passing to tight end Sean Ryan for 20 yards on the Eagles' touchdown drive.
Boston College 20, Georgia 16
Boston College touchdown — Green 7 run (Sciortino kick), 4:43. 9 plays, 63 yards, 4:43. Key play: Green picked up two yards on a fourth-and-1 run from the Georgia 34, and on the next play Dewalt caught a pass for 22 yards to the 10.
Charles Odum can be reached at CEOdum@aol.com.