Sugar Bowl: Dawgs comeback falls short

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Posted Jan 3, 2006


ATLANTA - Josh Kendall breaks down how the Dawgs and WVU scored.

First Quarter

Key Moment

Down 14-0, Georgia running back Danny Ware was stripped of the ball by Ernest Hunter with Dee McCann recovering at the Georgia 26-yard line. The Mountaineers scored five plays later to go up 21-0. Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley fumbled on the Bulldogs' next possession, which led to Georgia falling behind by 28 points early in the second quarter.

Key Stat

West Virginia never faced worse than third-and-2 in the quarter. The Mountaineers converted their two third-and-short situations.

The Man

West Virginia sophomore Darius Reynaud scored two of West Virginia 's three first quarter touchdowns. He caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Pat White with 6:27 to play in the quarter. He then put the Mountaineers up three touchdowns on a 13-yard end around with 4:27 to play in the quarter.

The Score

West Virginia 21-0

Second Quarter

Key Moment

On a third-and-10 late in the second quarter, Shockley scrambled and avoided a sack then connected with Mario Raley on a 32-yard gain. The first down extended the drive and the Bulldogs scored three plays later when Shockley found Leonard Pope in the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown.

Key Stat

After gaining just 61 yards of total offense in the first quarter, the Bulldogs racked up 250 yards of offense in the second quarter. Shockley accounted for 135 through the air after passing for no yards in the first quarter.

The Man

Georgia running backs Thomas Brown and Kregg Lumpkin came alive with touchdown runs of 34 and 52 yards, respectively. The potency of the run game allowed Shockley to rebound from his dreadful first half.

The Score

West Virginia 31-21

Third Quarter

Key Moment

After picking up 21 yards rushing on a third-and-7, Shockley found former Peach County star A.J. Bryant on a 34-yard touchdown with 1:44 to play in the quarter. It was Bryant’s second career touchdown catch, following a 27-yard pass from Joe Tereshinski against Kentucky.

Key Stat

West Virginia quarterback Pat White was virtually perfect through three quarters, going 11-of-12 for 120 yards and a touchdown. He was 3-of-3 in the third quarter for 26 yards.

The Man

Shockley accounted for 104 yards of total offense in the third quarter with 21 coming on a scramble that kept the quarter’s lone scoring drive alive. Shockley found Bryant for the touchdown on the next play.

The Score

West Virginia 31-28


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