Texas A&M scored first and dominated Georgia in the first half of its Independence Bowl Game with Georgia, but found itself trailing at halftime 14-7 due to costly special teams mistakes. The Aggies tied the game in the third quarter, before the Bulldogs scored 30 unanswered points to defeat the Aggies 44-20..
The first quarter was a series of punts, 4 by Georgia and 3 by Texas A&M.
On their fourth possession, Texas A&M drove to the Bulldog 32-yard line, before Randy Bullock's 49-yard field goal was blocked by Georgia.
After an exchange of punts, Jerrod Johnson connected with Brandal Jackson on a 41-yard pass completion and then threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jamie McCoy. Randy Bullock's extra point gave A&M a 7-0 lead with 2:22 to go in the first half.
Caleb King scored on a 2-yard dive and Walsh's extra point gave Georgia a 14-7 lead with 1:22 left in the half.
Texas A&M drove to the Georgia 20-yard line but time ran out before the Aggies could attempt a field goal.
At halftime, the Aggies led everywhere except where it really counted, the scoreboard.
Texas A&M had 14 first downs to Georgia's 4, and A&M led Georgia in total yards 249 to 99.
Jerrod Johnson had completed 15 of 26 passes for 194 yards and 1 TD and had rushed for 31 yards on 10 carries. Jeff Fuller had 3 catches for 42 yards, Brandal Jackson had the one 41-yard catch, and Ryan Swope had 4 catches for 31 yards. Chistine Michael had rushed for 33 yards on 9 carries.
The Aggie defense had held the Bulldogs to just 27 yards rushing on 14 attempts.
Texas A&M received the opening kickoff of the second half and drove 73 yards in 9 plays, with Christine Michael scoring on a 14-yard TD run. Bullock's extra point tied the game 14-14 at the 12:36 mark in the third quarter.
Georgia drove to the Aggie 31-yard line before having to settle for a 49-yard Blair Walsh field goal to take a 17-14 lead with 9:25 to go in the third quarter.
The next A&M drive ended with a muffed punt that gave Georgia the ball at the Aggie 24-yard line.
The Aggies seemed to lose the plot after this latest special teams error.
Joe Cox connected with Aron White on a 24-yard TD pass and Walsh's extra point gave Georgia a 24-14 lead midway through the third quarter.
The Aggies drove into Bulldog territory by Jerrod Johnson's deep pass attempt was intercepted by Bulldog Reshad Jones at the Georgia 13-yard line and returned 59 yards to the Aggie 28-yard line.
Georgia took advantage of the Aggie turnover and went up 31-14 early in the fourth quarter when Joe Cox tossed a 2-yard touchdown to Aron White.
After the Aggies went three-and-out, Georgia drove 71 yards in six plays, all on the ground, and Caleb King dove over from the 1-yard line to extend the Bulldog lead to 38-14. Another three-and-out by the Aggies and Georgia drives 65 yards in nine plays, again all on the ground, and reserve Shaun Chapas scores on a 5 yard run to give Georgia a 44-14 lead with 4:29 left in the game.
A&M mounted a 12-play, 65-yard drive, with Jerrod Johnson tossing a 5-yard touchdown pass to Howard Morrow to make the final score Georgia 44, Texas A&M 20.
For the game, A&M maintained its statistical advantage over Georgia, in total yards 471 to 366 and in first downs 26 to 17.
Jerrod Johnson completed 29 of 58 passes for 360 yards and 2 TDs with 2 interceptions and rushed for 52 yards on 14 carries. Jeff Fuller caught 7 passes for 101 yards and Howard Morrow caught 5 passes for 64 yards and 1 TD. Christine Michael rushed for 78 yards and 1 TD on 15 carries.
For Georgia, Joe Cox completed 15 of 28 passes for 157 yards and 2 TDs with 1 interception. A.J. Green caught 6 passes for 57 yards. Waushaun Ealy rushed for 79 yards on 13 carries and Caleb King added 61 yards and 2 TDs on 15 carries.