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Posted Dec 14, 2006


2006 Chick-fil-A Bowl Player Profile, History & More



Georgia (8-4) vs. Virginia Tech (10-2)

Dec. 30, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

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Chick-fil-A Bowl History
formerly the Peach Bowl
2005 LSU 40, Miami 3
2004 (Dec.) Miami 27, Florida 10
2004 (Jan.) Clemson 27, Tennessee 14
2002 Maryland 30, Tennessee 3
2001 North Carolina 16, Auburn 10
2000 LSU 28, Georgia Tech 14
1999 Miss State 17, Clemson 7
1998 (Dec.) Georgia 35, Virginia 33
1998 (Jan.) Auburn 21, Clemson 17
1996 LSU 10, Clemson 7
1995 (Dec.) Virginia 34, Georgia 27
1995 (Jan.) NC State 28, Mississippi State 24
1993 (Dec.) Clemson 14, Kentucky 13
1993 (Jan.) North Carolina 21, Mississippi State 24
1992 East Carolina 37, NC State 34
1990 Auburn 27, Indiana 23
1989 Syracuse 19, Georgia 18
1988 (Dec.) NC State 28, Iowa 23
1988 (Jan.) Tennessee 27, Indiana 22
1986 Virginia Tech 25, NC State 24
1985 Army 31, Illinois 29
1984 Virginia 27, Purdue 24
1983 Florida State 28, North Carolina 3
1982 Iowa 28, Tennessee 22
1981 (Dec.) West Virginia 26, Florida 6
1981 (Jan.) Miami 20, Virginia Tech 10
1979 Baylor 24, Clemson 18
1978 Purdue 41, Georgia Tech 21
1977 NC State 24, Iowa State 14
1976 Kentucky 21, North Carolina 0
1975 West Virginia 13, NC State 10
1974 Texas Tech 6, Vanderbilt 6
1973 Georgia 17, Maryland 16
1972 NC State 49, West Virginia 13
1971 Mississippi 41, Georgia Tech 18
1970 Arizona State 48, North Carolina 26
1969 West Virginia 14, South Carolina 3
1968 LSU 31, Florida State 27

By Richard Cirminiello

Chick-fil-A Bowl Player Profile
DE Charles Johnson, Georgia – This season that’s rapidly coming to an end was supposed to be Quentin Moses’ year to dominate, pile up big numbers and individual awards and improve his draft grade.  None of it materialized for the senior, whose production slipped in 2006, while his roommate unexpectedly took the baton and carried on the recent tradition of ferocious Georgia defensive ends.  Three years ago, Johnson was a blue-chip recruit out of Hawkinsville (Ga.) High School, but the plan called for the junior to be a nice complement to Moses this year before playing the starring role in 2007.  He, however, had an entirely different blueprint.  Johnson benefited early on by the extra attention Moses was getting, but by November, it was Johnson that was commanding a second blocker.  With one game left, he leads the SEC with 16 tackles for loss and the Dawgs with 7½ sacks, raising questions whether he’ll be in Athens or the NFL next year.  Ironically, that was the same exact dilemma Moses was facing at this time last year.  In a draft that’s deep at defensive end, Johnson reportedly will forego his final year of eligibility if he receives a first-round projection from the NFL’s advisory committee.  The player that not too long ago seemed to be getting hard for Georgia coaches to motivate has become significantly harder for opposing tackles to block—maybe even harder to block than his more heralded roomie.                                     

Best Bulldog Bowl Moment – Georgia has a very rich bowl tradition that includes 41 invites and victories in the Rose Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Gator Bowl, Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl.  Fueled by freshman sensation Herschel Walker, the Dawgs took a perfect mark into the 1981 Sugar Bowl, where No. 7 Notre Dame awaited.  Walker shook off a dislocated shoulder in the first quarter to score a pair of touchdowns leading Georgia to a 17-10 win and the national title.           

Best Hokie Bowl Moment
– Meeting Florida State for the national championship in the 2000 Sugar Bowl was quite an accomplishment, but whooping a one-loss Texas team in the 1995 game was even better.  Led by big plays from receiver Bryan Still and an attacking defense, the Big East champs won their tenth straight game, earning a second helping of national respect.  

Virginia Tech's best win ... Virginia Tech 27 ... Wake Forest 6
Virginia Tech lost star RB Branden Ore early to an ankle injury, but got an efficient game from Sean Glennon with a 53-yard touchdown pass to Josh Morgan and a 49-yard scoring pass to Eddie Royal for a 14-3 lead. The Tech defense got into the act with a 35-yard fumble return for a score from Xavier Adibi, while Brandon Pace hit field goals from 42 and 35 yards out. Wake Forest only managed 257 yards of offense and two Sam Swank field goals.

Virginia Tech's worst performance ... Boston College 22 ... Virginia Tech 3
Boston College's defense held Virginia Tech to just 181 yards of total offense forcing four turnovers and allowing a 36-yard Brandon Pace field goal. The Eagle offense got two touchdown catches from Kevin Challenger, but the real star was walk-on PK Steve Aponavicius, who provided the first steady kicking of the year with two field goals and two extra points. The Hokies finished averaging just 2.9 yards per play.


Georgia's best win ...
Georgia 37 ... Auburn 15
Georgia's defense stuffed Auburn's offense holding it to 171 yards and picking off Brandon Cox four times. Tra Battle came up with three interceptions taking one 30 yard for a touchdown, and Matthew Stafford had his best day as the starting quarterback with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Kregg Lumpkin and a nine-yard scoring run to put the game away. Lumpkin also ran for an eight-yard score and Brannan Southerland ran for a one-yard touchdown on the way to a 24-0 first half Bulldog lead. Auburn scored on a 21-yard Brad Lester run and a 34-yard touchdown pass to Rodgeriqus Smith, but it wasn't nearly enough to overcome the mistakes.

Georgia's worst performance ...
Vanderbilt 24 ... Georgia 22
Bryant Hahnfeldt's 33-yard field goal with two seconds remaining lifted Vanderbilt to a stunning 24-22 win. Georgia had pulled ahead in the fourth quarter on linebacker Tony Taylor's 24-yard interception return with 9:22 remaining, but the door was still open for Vandy after quarterback Matthew Stafford's two-point conversion rush attempt was stopped short keeping the lead 22-21. Chris Nickson threw two touchdown passes for the Commodores, while the defense held Georgia's offense to three field goals and a second quarter 23-yard touchdown catch from Martrez Milner.

2005 Peach Bowl
LSU 40 ... Miami 3

LSU's defense held Miami to six first downs and 153 yards of total offense giving up just a 21-yard field goal for an early 3-0 deficit. The Tiger offense scored 40 unanswered points highlighted by a 51-yard touchdown pass to Chris Davis, two Joseph Addai scores, and field goals from 51, 47 and 50 yards from Chris Jackson. LSU outrushed Miami 272-53, held the ball for 39:08, and limited Miami to one first down in 12 tries.
Player of the game: LSU QB Matt Flynn completed 13 of 22 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns and ran five times for 39 yards.
Stat Leaders: LSU - Passing: Matt Flynn, 13-22, 196 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Joseph Addai, 24-130, 1 TD. Receiving: Craig Davis, 5-99, 1 TD
Miami - Passing: Kyle Wright, 10-21, 100 yds
Rushing:
Charlie Jones, 8-50. Receiving: Quadtrine Hill, 4-36
What to take away from this game: Any and all questioning of Les Miles has to be gone now. How did he get his team to respond to the blowout SEC championship game loss to Georgia and the absence of starting QB JaMarcus Russell? He let it rip. With Bo Pelini's defense crushing and killing Miami's offense, QB Matt Flynn was able to relax and throw. He was nearly perfect while the ground game, thanks to Joseph Addai, was shockingly unstoppable. Give credit to the LSU offensive line for dominating the Cane front four. ... LSU's defense might be fantastic, but there's no excuse for Miami's offensive performance. It was as if there weren't any ideas left in the bag after the first quarter. ... The team speed in this game was blinding. Is there a faster team in America than LSU? ... What a game from Matt Flynn. He didn't have to win the game for LSU, but he still made the big plays. ... With the way Kyle Wright failed to progress, the Miami starting quarterback job has to be open for competition this off-season. ... Where was the fire, the pride and the attitude of the Miami D? There was no swagger whatsoever.


Georgia Bowl History (26-15)
2005 Sugar West Virginia 38, Georgia 35
2004 Outback Georgia 24, Wisconsin 21
2003 Capital One Georgia 34, Purdue 27 OT
2002 Sugar Georgia 26, Florida St 13
2001 Music City Boston College 20, Georgia 16
2000 Oahu Georgia 37, Virginia 14
1999 Outback Georgia 28, Purdue 25 OT
1998 Peach Georgia 35, Virginia 33
1997 Outback Georgia 33, Wisconsin 6
1995 Peach Virginia 34, Georgia 27
1992 Citrus Georgia 21, Ohio St 14
1991 Independence Georgia 24, Arkansas 15
1989 Peach Syracuse 19, Georgia 18
1988 Gator Georgia 34, Michigan State 27
1987 Liberty Georgia 20, Arkansas 17
1986 Hall of Fame Boston College 27, Georgia 24
1985 Sun Georgia 13, Arizona 13
1984 Citrus Georgia 17, Florida St 17
1983 Cotton Georgia 10, Texas 9
1982 Sugar Penn St 27, Georgia 23
1981 Sugar Pitt 24, Georgia 20
1980 Sugar Georgia 17, Notre Dame 10
1978 Bluebonnet Stanford 25, Georgia 22
1976 Sugar Pitt 27, Georgia 3
1975 Cotton Arkansas 31, Georgia 10
1974 Tangerine Miami (Ohio) 21, Georgia 10
1973 Peach Georgia 17, Maryland 16
1971 Gator Georgia 7, North Carolina 3
1969 Sun Nebraska 45, Georgia 6
1968 Sugar Arkansas 16, Georgia 2
1967 Liberty N.C. State 14, Georgia 7
1966 Cotton Georgia 24, SMU 9
1964 Sun Georgia 7, Texas 0
1959 Orange Georgia 14, Missouri 0
1950 Presidential Cup Texas A&M 40, Georgia 20
1948 Orange Texas 41, Georgia 28
1947 Gator Georgia 20, Maryland 20
1946 Sugar Georgia 20, North Carolina 10
1945 Oil Georgia 20, Tulsa 6
1942 Rose Georgia 9, UCLA 0
1941 Orange Georgia 40, TCU 26
Virginia Tech Bowl History (7-12)
2005 Gator Virginia Tech 35, Louisville 24
2004 Sugar Auburn 16, Virginia Tech 13
2003 Insight California 52, Virginia Tech 49
2002 San Francisco Virginia Tech 20, Air Force 13
2001 Gator Florida State 30, Virginia Tech 17
2000 Gator Virginia Tech 41, Clemson 20
1999 Sugar Florida State 46, Virginia Tech 29
1998 Music City Virginia Tech 38, Alabama 17
1997 Gator North Carolina 42, Virginia Tech 3
1996 Orange Nebraska 41, Virginia Tech 21
1995 Sugar Virginia Tech 28, Texas 10
1994 Gator Tennessee 45, Virginia Tech 23
1993 Independence Virginia Tech 45, Indiana 20
1986 Peach Virginia Tech 25, N.C. State 24
1984 Independence Air Force 23, Virginia Tech 7
1981 Peach Miami 20, Virginia Tech 10
1968 Liberty Ole Miss 34, Virginia Tech 17
1966 Liberty Miami 14, Virginia Tech 7
1946 Sun Cincinnati 18, Virginia Tech 6