Sugar Bowl: Anderson does not play

ATLANTA – Defensive tackle Gerald Anderson tried almost all day Monday to get himself ready for the Sugar Bowl, but he couldn't manage it.

"I never did give up," he said 45 minutes before the game kicked off in the Georgia Dome. "I tried until right at pregame, (but) I can't even bend over and get in a stance."

Gerald Anderson, who didn't dress out for the game, didn't practice after the No. 8 Bulldogs' first workout in Atlanta, when he began to suffer back spasms. The senior said he was particularly disappointed to miss the game since it would have been his last chance to wear the red and black.

"I'm hurt," he said. "It's the biggest game of the season, the last game of my career."

Anderson, who played at Ware County High School, finished his collegiate career with 128 tackles in 49 games. His best season was 2003, when he had 55 tackles and two sacks. This year, he had just 15 tackles in 10 games.

As expected, Ray Gant started in place of Anderson. SHOWING SOME FIGHT: After giving up 31 points in the first half, Georgia's defense finally came to line late in the half. Cornerback DeMario Minter and linebacker Jarvis Jackson had to be escorted off the field by team personnel because they were yelling at West Virginia players.

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