ATLANTA - Georgia never lost its poise and furiously rallied from an 18-point deficit to stun 14th-ranked Virginia Tech 31-to-24 to win in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Georgia finished an up-and-down season with three straight victories over ranked teams, a first for the program. The Bulldogs finished 9-and-4. The Dawgs salvaged their season with wins over fifth-ranked Auburn and number-16 Georgia Tech before catching the Hokies.
The Dawgs are 4-and-2 in bowls under coach Mike Richt. He did this with a freshman quarterback, Matthew Stafford, who was forced into action through late-season injuries. Tony Taylor set up two fourth-quarter touchdowns with interceptions. The senior linebacker has seven picks this season and helped Georgia rally from a 21-to-3 halftime deficit.
Stafford threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to tight end Martrez Milner in the third quarter. He passed to Milner again for a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter that tied the game at 21-21. Brandon Coutu's third field goal of the game, from 28 yards, gave Georgia a 24-21 lead.
Taylor returned his second interception to the Hokies' one-yard line to set up a T-D that gave Georgia a 31-to-21 lead.