Bulldogs Notch Third Straight Bowl Win
by Mike Mitchell
January 1, 2009
Georgia beat Michigan State 24-12 in the Capital One Bowl as Matthew Stafford threw 3 touchdown passes in the final 18 minutes. Knowshon Moreno caught the 21-yard game-clincher with 3:43 left to play.
The Dawgs improved to 6-2 in bowl games under Mark Richt as they notched their third straight bowl win, and sixth in the last seven tries.
Afterward, Stafford said he was 50-50 on returning for his senior season.
Georgia was a preseason favorite to play in the national title game and began the year ranked No. 1. But the Bulldogs took losses to Alabama, Florida and Georgia Tech en route to a 9-3 regular season finish. The bowl win gives them a double-digit victory total for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.
Michigan State has lost three straight bowl games, and seven of its last nine.
Spartan RB Jevon Ringer entered the game as the nation's No. 3 running back with 132.5 yards per game, but the much-maligned Georgia defense held him to 47 yards on 20 carries. Ringer still managed a 4th-quarter TD that pulled his team to within 17-12 with 8:50 still to play. He also caught 3 balls for 30 yards.
Georgia, however, marched down the field on its next possession and put the game away with Stafford's pass to Moreno.
The Spartans also shut down Moreno as he was held to 62 yards on 23 carries. However, he added 63 yards on 6 catches and the clinching TD.