2007 Ultimate Nat'l Title - North Finals

Posted Aug 12, 2007

CFN 2007 Preview - The Ultimate National Title Playoff North Finals

CFN's 2007 Annual Ultimate Playoff

North Division - Finals

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Ultimate National Title Seedings & Brackets
1. Texas
2. Virginia Tech
3. Miami
4. California
5. Missouri
6. Texas A&M
7. Tennessee
8. Georgia
9. Arizona
10. BYU
11. Colorado
12. Illinois
13. Washington
14. New Mexico
15. Pitt
16. Colorado State
17. Syracuse
18. Wyoming
19. Fresno State
20. Duke
21. Houston
22. Bowling Green
23. East Carolina
24. Akron
25. Miami Univ.
26. Rice
27. UAB
28. Idaho
29. FIU
30. Army

No. 8 Georgia 14 ... No. 3 Miami 10

It might not have been the prettiest game, but Georgia will take it.

Matthew Stafford overcame a horrific midgame stretch to find Mo Massaquoi in the back of the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown with nine minutes to play for Georgia's first lead of the game.

The Dawg defense came up with a quick stop, and Stafford connected with A.J. Bryant to get into automatic field goal range for Brandon Coutu, but the senior slipped a bit and pushed a 31-yard field goal wide with just over two minutes to play.

Miami's offense, which sputtered all night long, couldn't take advantage as Kyle Wright's fourth down pass to keep the final drive alive sailed over the head of Lance Leggett, and Georgia pulled off the win.

Played in a rainstorm in the first half, neither offense was able to operate like it wanted to. The defenses had a lot to do with that, as Miami held Georgia to a mere 22 rushing yards in the first half, while the Canes ran for just 39.

"It's a shame our offense couldn't get going or even do what we were hoping for on a few key drives," said Miami head coach Randy Shannon. "We wasted a tremendous defensive effort."

Miami's offense came from the defense, as Randy Phillips picked off a first quarter Stafford pass and got down to the Georgia 12, where four plays later, Wright found Sam Shields for a three-yard score

Georgia was able to tie it up in the second quarter thanks to a big punt return from Mikey Henderson, setting up a 13-yard touchdown catch from Tripp Chandler. That would be Georgia's one main offensive highlight in a first half that saw three turnovers, several sloppy plays that with a few missed assignments, and a painful stretch when Stafford completed just one of 11 passes with two picks.

"I certainly wasn't as sharp as I needed to be," said Stafford. "They're defense was incredible, but fortunately our D came up with some plays of its own."

Miami's offense wasn't always as off as Georgia's, but several drives failed to go anywhere, forcing a midgame quarterback change with Kirby Freeman coming in for Wright. In two drives, Freeman completed one of four passes and was sacked twice. Wright came back in and led the Canes to a 29-yard Matt Bosher field goal and a 10-7 lead.

In a losing cause, Miami's Darryl Sharpton made 13 tackles and Kenny Phillips made 11 stops with an interception and three broken up passes.

Player of the Game
- Georgia LB Brandon Miller made 12 tackles, three tackles for loss, and recovered a fumble
Fun Stat - Total yards: Miami 329 - Georgia 178

North Champion - Georgia Bulldogs