2006 Chick-fil-A Bowl: Three Keys revisited

2006 Chick-fil-A Bowl: Three Keys revisited

ATLANTA - Josh Kendall takes a look at the three keys to Georgia's win over Virginia Tech.

Make first downs

Turns out this wasn't all that important. Each team had just nine first downs. It was a season-low for the Bulldogs and the only time this season that the Bulldogs and their opponent combined for fewer than 28 first downs.

Pressure Sean Glennon

Virginia Tech's sophomore quarterback threw two crucial interceptions in the second half and both times he had a Bulldog rusher coming around his backside. The first interception was the worst as Glennon threw right to Tony Taylor while Ray Gant and Charles Johnson were bearing down on him.

Don't turn the ball over

Georgia's only turnover of the game looked like it might be a backbreaker. Matthew Stafford's 13th interception of the season gave the Hokies the ball at Georgia's 17-yard line and led to Virginia Tech's first touchdown. However, Stafford settled down and completed 6-of-12 passes in the second half.

Notable: After Saturday night's win, Georgia has now held three straight ranked opponents to fewer than 200 yards of total offense. Virginia Tech had 189, Georgia Tech had 188 and Auburn had 171. "I'd say for a three-game stint versus ranked teams, it's probably as good as we've played," Coach Mark Richt said. … Senior tight end Martrez Milner had some rough times in Athens, but he went out on a high. Milner led the Bulldogs with three catches for 49 yards. He also caught a 6-yard touchdown pass and the game-tying, two-point conversion pass. "I made my mistakes," Milner said, "but when it counted, I came through with the big plays." … Georgia coach Mark Richt credited assistant Jon Fabris with the onside kick the Bulldogs executed successfully in the third quarter. It was the first successful onside kick of the Richt era. … Brandon Coutu's 51-yard field goal was the second longest in the history of the Chick-fil-A/Peach Bowl.

Quotable: "Tony Taylor, he's done it all year for us." – Martinez after his senior linebacker had two interceptions to spark Georgia's comeback. Taylor finished the season with seven interceptions, becoming the first linebacker to lead the team outright in that category since Vince Guthrie (three) in 1987. Since 1950, no Georgia linebacker had had more than three interceptions in a season.

Up next: Georgia vs. Oklahoma State, Sept. 1, Sanford Stadium

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