Bobo remembers '98 Outback

ATHENS — Mike Bobo makes it sound like he didn't do anything, but Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez remembers it differently.

The last time Georgia and Wisconsin played, as they will on Jan. 1 in the Outback Bowl, was in the Outback Bowl following the 1997 season. The Bulldogs won 33-6 behind a near-perfect day by Mike Bobo, who was Georgia's quarterback and is now the school's quarterback coach.

Bobo was 26 of 28 that day for 267 yards, one touchdown and a bowl-record 19 straight completions to finish the game.

"That's as good a quarterback plays as I've probably ever seen against us," Alvarez said.

Bobo's not so sure.

"I really didn't do much but get it to Hines Ward and Robert Edwards on some screen passes," he said. "Everything just clicked that game."

The Badgers played a lot of zone that day, Alvarez remembers, because they didn't have the athleticism or experience to match up man-to-man with Georgia's receivers. Bobo took advantage by dropping the ball underneath all day long.

"They were high percentage plays," Alvarez said, "but you still have to execute them. You still have to get the ball in there."

Bobo was directing an offense that had Ward, a future NFL Pro Bowler, future NFL tight end Larry Brown and three future NFL running backs in Edwards, Patrick Pass and Olandis Gary.

"Really, I was just lucky to be playing with those guys," Bobo said. "I just had to get it to the athletes."

That was Bobo's final collegiate game, and Georgia starter David Greene, a senior, said he'd like to repeat his coach's feat.

"You dream of playing a game like that," Greene said. "It'd be fun to go out that way, it certainly would."

GOOD NEWS: No Georgia players will lose their bowl eligibility due to academics, Coach Mark Richt said Tuesday. In fact, the entire team, around 120 players including walk-ons, is expected to make the trip to Tampa for the bowl game. Last year, Georgia left several lesser-used players at home for disciplinary reasons, but there are no discipline issues at this point, Richt said.

"I think they all deserve the trip," Richt said.

PRACTICE REPORT: Georgia practiced for almost two hours early Tuesday morning and then broke for the holiday. The team won't practice again until it reconvenes in Tampa on Sunday.

"We probably had about as good a day as you can expect for everybody's car engine to be running and them being ready to go," Richt said. "Now we just have to hope they remember a few things when they come back."

For Georgia's seniors, Tuesday was the final practice at the Woodruff Practice Fields, which are located just outside the practice facility off Lumpkin Street. Linebacker Arnold Harrison was thinking about that as he slowly walked off the field afterward.

"I was thinking how much sweat and blood have been shed out here," he said. "I guess I left it all out here for the most part."

Starting running back Thomas Brown (concussion) missed Tuesday's practice, but he is expected to be 100 percent when Georgia practices on Sunday.

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