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Posted Dec 28, 2008


Player profiles, team history, the breakout players, the best bowl moments and more for 2008 Chick-fil-A Bowl.



2008 Chick-fil-A Bowl

LSU (7-5) vs. Georgia Tech (9-3)

 
Dec. 30, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

Chick-fil-A Bowl History
formerly the Peach Bowl
2007 Auburn 23, Clemson 20 OT
2006 Georgia 31, Virginia Tech 24
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

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By Richard Cirminiello

Best Yellow Jacket Bowl Moment: Tech boasts a nifty 22-14 bowl record, including 8-6 since 1985. The Jackets did most of their big-game damage in the 1940s and 1950s; however, it was the 1991 Florida Citrus Bowl which means the most to today’s generation of Tech fans. Led by the passing of Shawn Jones and the running of William Bell, Bobby Ross’ team pummeled Nebraska 45-21, en route to an unbeaten season and the UPI’s share of the national championship.
 
Best Tiger Bowl Moment: Look no further than the 2004 Sugar Bowl, a more-dominant-than-the-score-indicated 21-14 win over Oklahoma, which gave LSU a share of its first national championship in 45 years.  The Tigers harassed Heisman winner Jason White from the opening drive, getting just enough of an offensive spark from freshman RB Justin Vincent to pull off the mild upset in the Superdome.

The Last Time You'll See ...

Georgia Tech:
DT Vance Walker. Walker has been an ideal fit at defensive tackle for Tech, strong enough to hold up on running downs and quick enough to slice through the gaps and make plays. A fixture in opposing backfields the last two seasons, he’s had 26.5 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, and four forced fumbles, huge numbers for an interior lineman. Walker is a microcosm of a defensive line that’ll be gutted by graduation next season.
 
LSU: WR Brandon LaFell. LaFell is just your typical 6-3, 209-pound elite athlete playing wide receiver in Baton Rouge. Despite being surrounded by an unsettled quarterback situation, he still managed to catch 61 passes for 903 yards and eight touchdowns. He’s also grabbed the attention of pro scouts, who are eagerly waiting to see if he’ll return to school for his senior year.
 
Breakout Player ...

Georgia Tech
: S Cooper Taylor. On a defense crammed with veterans, Taylor had no problem fitting in as a true freshman. A rangy 6-4, 195-pound athlete, he’s an ideal nickel back, who can cover receivers and press up to stop the run. In his first go-round with the Yellow Jackets, Taylor is second of the team with 65 tackles, showing marked improvement as the season wound down.
 
LSU
: QB Jordan Jefferson. Jefferson’s baptism under fire is expected to continue in Atlanta. The true freshman with the considerable upside started the regular season finale against Arkansas, struggling at times, yet throwing two touchdown passes and flashing good acceleration outside the pocket. The staff will use this game and the 15 practices that go with it to get a better read on the quarterback situation for 2009.
 

Best Non-Game Event
The Chick-fil-A Bowl presents its events believing that the players should live, learn, and laugh during bowl week. The laughter often comes during the Georgia Power Football Feud, a game show involving each program’s players and coaches. Both schools fill out questionnaires before the event, providing the survey results for a Family Feud-style event and a very popular night every December. The learning portion of the week occurs when each school visits the Martin Luther King Center. It’s often an emotional and insightful time when players are exposed to the museum and the childhood home of Dr. King.

Player Gift Package

Players on both teams will receive a $300 Best Buy gift card, a travel bag, a commemorative watch, and a Chick-fil-A football and gift card.

Charitable Component
The charitable arm of the Chick-fil-A Bowl is one area where the bowl is most passionate. In terms of scholarships and gift-giving, it donates more money than any other bowl game by a wide margin. More than $1 million will be donated this year alone, all in cash proceeds. The organization supports and funds youth football programs that affect approximately 20,000 athletes annually. It’s also the single largest supporter of the Play It Smart, aimed at preparing student-athletes on and away from the field.

How Success is Measured
This year will be the 12th consecutive sell-out for the Chick-fil-A Bowl, which looks at high ratings and a competitive game as givens. At the end of bowl week, the committee strives to hear from the players, coaches, and fans that they enjoyed every aspect of the bowl experience and took part in an event that they’ll remember for a lifetime.

MVP of the Bowl
The bowl considers the Chick-fil-A organization to be its MVP. At the core of the relationship, they’re a title partner not a title sponsor. The bowl meets with the Chick-fil-A sports marketing division once a month to discuss all major decisions. Chick-fil-A does so much more than just write a check. They provide ideas and leverage in a total team effort. The game wouldn’t be where it is today without the year-round support from Chick-fil-A.

Impact to the Community
The Atlanta Sports Council measures economic impact of various events, and consistently places the Chick-fil-A Bowl in the $30-$35 million range annually to the greater Atlanta region.

Role of Volunteers
The bowl has a tremendous volunteer base that includes 400-450 individuals each year. Within that group, there are almost two dozen that have been affiliated with the game for 30 years or more. With a staff of just 12 paid employees and four interns, the Chick-fil-A Bowl would not operate without a group of volunteers who really take pride in how they represent Atlanta and the game itself.

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LSU Bowl History (20-18-1)
2008 BCS Champ LSU 36, Ohio State 24
2007 Sugar LSU 41, Notre Dame 14
2005 Peach LSU 40, Miami 3
2004 Capital One Iowa 30, LSU 25
2003 Sugar LSU 21, Oklahoma 14
2002 Cotton Texas 35, LSU 20
2001 Sugar LSU 47, Illinois 34
2000 Peach LSU 28, Georgia Tech 14
1997 Independence LSU 27, Notre Dame 9
1996 Peach LSU 10, Clemson 7
1995 Independence LSU 45, Michigan State 26
1988 Hall of Fame Syracuse 23, LSU 10
1987 Gator LSU 30, South Carolina 13
1986 Sugar Nebraska 30, LSU 15
1985 Liberty Baylor 21, LSU 7
1984 Sugar Nebraska 28, LSU 10
1982 Orange Nebraska 21, LSU 20
1979 Tangerine LSU 34, Wake Forest 10
1978 Liberty Missouri 20, LSU 15
1977 Sun Stanford 24, LSU 14
1973 Orange Penn State 16, LSU 9
1972 Astro-Bluebonnet Tennessee 24, LSU 17
1971 Sun LSU 33, Iowa State 15
1970 Orange Nebraska 17, LSU 12
1968 Peach LSU 31, Florida State 27
1967 Sugar LSU 20, Wyoming 13
1965 Cotton LSU 14, Arkansas 7
1964 Sugar LSU 13, Syracuse 10
1963 Astro-Bluebonnet Baylor 14, LSU 7
1962 Cotton LSU 13, Texas 0
1961 Orange LSU 25, Colorado 7
1959 Sugar Mississippi 21, LSU 0
1958 Sugar LSU 7, Clemson 0
1949 Sugar Oklahoma 35, LSU 0
1946 Cotton LSU 0, Arkansas 0
1943 Orange LSU 19, Texas A&M 14
1937 Sugar Santa Clara 6, LSU 0
1936 Sugar Santa Clara 21, LSU 14
1935 Sugar TCU 3, LSU 2

 

Georgia Tech Bowl History (22-14)
2007 Humanitarian Fresno State 40, Georgia Tech 24
2006 Gator West Virginia 38, Georgia Tech 35
2004 Champs Sports Georgia Tech 51, Syracuse 14
2003 Humanitarian Georgia Tech 52, Tulsa 10
2002 Silicon Valley Fresno State 30, Georgia Tech 21
2001 Seattle Georgia Tech 24, Stanford 14
2000 Peach LSU 28, Georgia Tech 14
1999 Gator Miami 28, Georgia Tech 13
1998 Gator Georgia Tech 35, Notre Dame 28
1997 Carquest Georgia Tech 35, West Virginia 30
1991 Aloha Georgia Tech 18, Stanford 17
1990 Citrus Georgia Tech 45, Nebraska 21
1985 All-American Georgia Tech 17, Michigan State 14
1978 Peach Purdue 41, Georgia Tech 21
1972 Liberty Georgia Tech 31, Iowa State 30
1971 Peach Mississippi 41, Georgia Tech 18
1970 Sun Georgia Tech 17, Texas Tech 9
1966 Orange Florida 27, Georgia Tech 12
1965 Gator Georgia Tech 31, Texas Tech 21
1962 Bluebonnet Missouri 14, Georgia Tech 10
1961 Gator Penn State 30, Georgia Tech 15
1959 Gator Arkansas 14, Georgia Tech 7
1956 Gator Georgia Tech 21, Pittsburgh 14
1955 Sugar Georgia Tech 7, Pittsburgh 0
1954 Cotton Georgia Tech 14, Arkansas 6
1953 Sugar Georgia Tech 42, West Virginia 19
1952 Sugar Georgia Tech 24, Mississippi 7
1951 Orange Georgia Tech 17, Baylor 14
1947 Orange Georgia Tech 20, Kansas 14
1946 Oil Georgia Tech 41, St. Mary's 19
1944 Orange Tulsa 26, Georgia Tech 12
1943 Sugar Georgia Tech 20, Tulsa 18
1942 Cotton Texas 14, Georgia Tech 7
1939 Orange Georgia Tech 21, Missouri 7
1928 Rose Georgia Tech 8, California 7