Dawgs win Sugar Bowl: Three Keys Revisited

NEW ORLEANS - Josh Kendall reviews his three keys to Georgia's 2008 Sugar Bowl win.

Be close to Brennan

The Bulldogs were more than close. They were on top of the Heisman Trophy finalist most of the night, sacking him a BCS record eight times and forcing five turnovers from Brennan alone (three interceptions, two fumbles).

Run the football

Georgia ran the ball 40 times and only threw 27 passes. The Bulldogs finished with 159 yards on the ground and held the ball for 17:34 of the first half while it put the game out of reach.

Start fast

The Warriors won the toss and took the ball, hoping to show off their high-powered offense right away, but the Bulldogs set the tone by forcing a three-and-out. The offense scored a touchdown on its ensuing possession, and the rout was on.

Notable: It doesn't look like much in the stat sheet, but for A.J. Bryant it was enormous. Bryant, the senior wide receiver from Peach County, had a 20-yard run on an end around in the third quarter. "It was real nice. It was awesome," he said. "It was more than I expected. I was just glad that I got to go out with a bang, contributing something in my last game." Bryant hadn't touched the ball since being injured attempting a trick play against South Carolina in the second game of the season. "It's been a long time," he said. Those 20 yards stand as Bryant's only statistical contribution this year, but he hasn't given up on pro football. He will train in metro Atlanta with teammates Marcus Howard and Kregg Lumpkin in hopes of earning a shot in the NFL. … Senior Brandon Miller had his best game since being moved to defensive end, notching two tackles and a sack. "I felt kind of relaxed," he said. … Twelve Georgia players had a catch or a rush. … Ramarcus Brown had a 90-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter. … Hawaii's 57 pass attempts set a BCS bowl game record. The Warriors' 35 completions tied the record.

Quotable: "This game did take forever to play, probably the longest game in the history of college football." – Georgia head coach Mark Richt on a game that last four hour, five minutes and finished at 12:55 a.m. Wednesday Eastern time.

Injuries: Freshman left tackle Trinton Sturdivant suffered a sprained right knee and didn't play in the fourth quarter. Sturdivant left the Superdome on crutches but there was no update on his condition after the game. Senior wide receiver Mikey Henderson suffered a concussion in the second minute of the game and played only one offensive snap. Junior linebacker Marcus Washington tweaked an old ankle injury and didn't play in the second half.


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