Georgia's Past Peach Bowl Games

ATHENS - Dean Legge takes a quick look at Georgia's Peach Bowl contests from the past.

Georgia 17, Maryland 16
Georgia defeated Maryland behind their defense which gave up 461 yards but only one touchdown. Georgia stopped the Terps five times inside the Bulldog 15-yard line, allowing Maryland's only touchdown on a 68-yard bomb. Georgia broke a 10-10 tie on an eight yard drive following a Maryland fumble and held on for the win. Maryland's Steve Mike-Mayer kicked three field goals.

Syracuse 19, Georgia 18
On a day that offered the warmest weather in Peach Bowl history, the Georgia Bulldogs were ready to capture the championship. According to the scoreboard, never once did the Bulldogs fall behind to the Orangemen. But, with only 25 seconds in the game, Syracuse K John Biskup kicked a 26-yard field goal that gave the Orangemen a thrilling 19-18 victory over Georgia.

Virginia 34, Georgia 27
Virginia controlled the game and led 27-17 after three quarters. Early in the fourth quarter, Georgia kicked a field goal to narrow the margin to seven points. With 1:09 remaining, Virginia fumbled deep in their territory. Georgia's Jason Ferguson picked up the loose ball and returned it 10 yards for a touchdown. The extra point tied the game witnessed by the Peach Bowl's largest crowd ever - 70,284. With the record crowd roaring, the ensuing kickoff was run back by Virginia's Demetrius Allen for record-setting and game-winning 83-yard return for a touchdown.

Georgia 35, Virginia 33
The No. 19-ranked Georgia Bulldogs avenged 1995's loss to Virginia with a stirring, come-from-behind 35-33 victory in front of a record crowd of 72,876. After 12th-ranked Virginia had built a 21- point lead by capitalizing on three interceptions by Georgia freshman quarterback Quincy Carter, the Bulldogs responded with 21 points of their own. Virginia regained the lead late in the third quarter on a 67-yard pass from Aaron Brooks to Terrence Wilkins. The extra point failed, however, and at the end of three quarters the Cavaliers led 27-21. Georgia took the lead for good on its first possession of the fourth quarter when senior running back Olandis Gary capped a 67-yard drive with a two-yard run. After a Carter quarterback sneak from one yard out and an extra point conversion upped the Bulldog lead to eight points, Virginia responded as Brooks scrambled 30 yards to cut the lead to two points at 35-33 with 1:34 remaining. Bulldog Jeff Harris broke up the Cavaliers' two-point conversion, seemingly icing the victory for Georgia. However, Vi rginia re c o v e red the onside kick, setting up a 48-yard field goal attempt with 19 seconds remaining. Todd Braverman's kick sailed wide right, though, and Georgia held on for the victory.

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