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Georgia 31, Virginia Tech 24

Kregg Lumpkin Kregg Lumpkin
Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford looks to pass Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford looks to pass
Virginia Tech quarterback Sean Glennon looks to pass Virginia Tech quarterback Sean Glennon looks to pass

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.

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