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BCS mismatch: Georgia routs Hawaii

By CHIP TOWERS

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 01/02/08

New Orleans Perhaps the BCS would like to rethink their bowl matchups.

Georgia's game against Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl wasn't much of one.

The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs steamrolled the No. 10-ranked and previously undefeated Warriors 41-10 before a sold-out and mostly blacked-out crowd of 73,303 at the Louisiana Superdome.

USC's game against Illinois in the Rose Bowl - where many thought the Bulldogs probably should have been - also wasn't close. The Trojans won 49-17. Hawaii (12-1) was expected by many national experts to become the third consecutive non-BCS school to knock off a major power in a major bowl. But the more BCS-experienced Bulldogs would have nothing of it.

Playing in their third Sugar Bowl in the past six years, Georgia jumped ahead 24-3 in the first half and cruised from there. With the win, the Bulldogs are 24-16-3 in bowl games, 4-5 in the Sugar Bowl and 30-2 against non-conference opponents under coach Mark Richt. It was also the Bulldogs' 40th win in four seasons.

More importantly, the victory positions Georgia (11-2) for a run at the national championship next season. The Bulldogs, who will return 17 of 22 starters, almost certainly will open with a top-five national ranking. And their current recruiting class is ranked No. 3 nationally.

Hawaii, of the Western Athletic Conference, was playing in its first major bowl, its second bowl on the mainland and eighth overall. The loss snapped the Warriors' 13-game winning streak, longest in the nation.

After fighting for BCS bowl inclusion, fellow WAC team Boise State knocked off No. 11 Oklahoma last year in the Fiesta Bowl, and Utah defeated Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl the season before.

You thought you might know what kind of game was in store shortly after the coin toss. Hawaii won the flip and elected to receive. It had false starts on its first two plays, was forced to punt after a net gain of 2 yards, committed a 15-yard penalty on Georgia's punt return and looked relatively helpless as the Bulldogs drove 61 yards in nine plays and scored on Knowshon Moreno's 17-yard run.

The Warriors appeared to settle down and put together a typical pass-filled drive on their next possession. But a personal foul penalty against Jason Rivers and a sack of Colt Brennan backed them up, and Hawaii had to settle for a field goal.

Georgia took firm control the rest of the half, getting a 52-yard field goal and two touchdowns - an 11-yard Moreno run and an 11-yard catch by Sean Bailey - to build a 24-3 advantage by halftime.

The Bulldogs stuck to their game plan of pounding Hawaii with their potent running attack and controlling the clock. Georgia led the rushing stats 110 yards to 8 in the first half and held the ball for 17 minutes, 34 seconds.

Hawaii had come back from a 21-point deficit in its last game against Washington, but Georgia took care of any notion of a comeback when Marcus Howard who had three of the Bulldogs' seven sacks through 2 1/2 quarters nailed Brennan at Hawaii's 2 and recovered the fumble in the end zone for a TD, which gave the Bulldogs a 31-3 lead at the 8:57 mark of the third quarter.

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Yeah, it was pretty nasty all night long. Colt Brennan is an amazing QB with great talents, but our defense spent almost the entire game in the backfield, especially game mvp Marcus Howard. Well, Hawaii, welcome to SEC football, the best of the best. Good luck opening up your season next year against Florida in The Swamp, cause your going to need it.

Oh and this was quoted from Colt Brennan after the game in an Espn.com articlehttp://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=280010061 : "We've never played in this element," Brennan said. "We got here and we tried as hard as we could to keep it as normal as we're used to, but it just seemed like we weren't used to this kind of venue. We weren't used to the crowd noise. We couldn't get our audibles.

"It was the fastest team I've probably ever seen. We just couldn't get into our groove and do what we wanted to do."

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Yeah, it was pretty nasty all night long. Colt Brennan is an amazing QB with great talents, but our defense spent almost the entire game in the backfield, especially game mvp Marcus Howard. Well, Hawaii, welcome to SEC football, the best of the best. Good luck opening up your season next year against Florida in The Swamp, cause your going to need it.

Oh and this was quoted from Colt Brennan after the game in an Espn.com articlehttp://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=280010061 : "We've never played in this element," Brennan said. "We got here and we tried as hard as we could to keep it as normal as we're used to, but it just seemed like we weren't used to this kind of venue. We weren't used to the crowd noise. We couldn't get our audibles.

"It was the fastest team I've probably ever seen. We just couldn't get into our groove and do what we wanted to do."

Let's see tebow calls UGA's defense the best defense he has played..  Colt said it's the fastest team he has ever seen.. I am liking the future.  :)  It's only going to get better defensively.

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