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2009 Capital One - Profiles, History & More
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Posted Dec 29, 2008


Player profiles, team history, the breakout players, the best bowl moments and more for the 2009 Capital One Bowl.

Capital One Bowl History
formerly the Florida Citrus
2008 Michigan 41, Florida 35
2007 Penn State 20, Tennessee 10
2006 Wisconsin 24, Auburn 10
2005 Iowa 30, LSU 25
2004 Georgia 34, Purdue 27 (OT)
2003 Auburn 13, Penn State 9
2002 Tennessee 45, Michigan 17
2001 Michigan 31, Auburn 28
2000 Michigan St 37, Florida 34
1999 Michigan 45, Arkansas 31
1998 Florida 21, Penn State 6
1997 Tennessee 48, Northwestern 28
1996 Tennessee 20, Ohio State 14
1995 Alabama 24, Ohio State 17
1994 Penn St 31, Tennessee 13
1993 Georgia 21, Ohio State 14
1992 California 37, Clemson 13
1991 Georgia Tech 45, Nebraska 21
1990 Illinois 31, Virginia 21
1989 Clemson 13, Oklahoma 6
1988 Clemson 35, Penn State 10
1987 Auburn 16, USC 7
1985 Ohio State 10, BYU 7
1984 Florida State 17, Georgia 17
1983 Tennessee 30, Maryland 23
1982 Auburn 33, Boston College 26
1981 Missouri 19, So Mississippi 17
1980 Florida 35, Maryland 20
1979 LSU 34, Wake Forest 10
1978 NC State 30, Pittsburgh 17
1977 Florida St 40, Texas Tech 17
1976 Oklahoma State 49, BYU 21
1975 Miami-Ohio 20, So Carolina 7
1974 Miami-Ohio 21, Georgia 10
1973 Miami-Ohio 16, Florida 7
1972 Tampa 21, Kent State 18
1971 Toledo 28, Richmond 3
1970 Toledo 40, William & Mary 12
1969 Toledo 56, Davidson 33
1968 Richmond 49, Ohio 42
1967 UT Martin 25, West Chester 8
1966 Morgan St 14, West Chester 6
1965 East Carolina 31, Maine 0
1964 East Carolina 14, Massachusetts 13
1963 Western Kentucky 27, Coast Guard 0
1962 Houston 49, Miami-Ohio 21
1961 Lamar 21, Middle Tenn. St 14
1960 Middle Tenn. St 21, Presbyterian 12
1958 (Dec.) East Texas State 26, Missouri Valley 7
1958 (Jan.) East Texas State 10, Southern Mississippi 9
1957 West Texas A&M 20, Southern Mississippi 13
1956 Juniata 6, Missouri Valley 6
1955 Nebraska-Omaha 7, Eastern Kentucky 6
1954 Arkansas State 7, East Texas State 7
1953 East Texas State 33, Tennessee Tech 0
1952 Stetson 35, Arkansas State 20
1951 Morris Harvey 35, Emory & Henry 14
1950 Saint Vincent 7, Emory & Henry 6
1949 Murray State 21, Sul Ross 21
1948 Catawba 7, Marshall 0
1947 Catawba 31, Maryville (Tenn.) 0

2009 Capital One Bowl

Georgia (9-3) vs. Michigan State (9-3)

 
Jan. 1, 1:00 p.m. ET, ABC


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By Richard Cirminiello

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 Spartan Bowl Moment: While rival Michigan has a timeshare in Pasadena, it’s been a long time since Michigan State has played a meaningful game in January. The Spartans are 3-1 in the Rose Bowl, including a couple of wins over UCLA in the 1950s. In the 1954 game, No. 3 Michigan State rallied from a 14-0 halftime deficit to pull out the win, getting a touchdown run and a back-breaking punt return for a score from RB Billy Wells. 

The Last Time You'll See ...

Georgia:
QB Matt Stafford. As a general rule of thumb, players projected to go in the first 10 picks of the NFL Draft should be advised to leave school early. Stafford is one of those players. Yeah, others have better production and make fewer mistakes, but there aren’t many GMs who’d pass on the junior if given a chance. He’s got the arm strength and pocket presence of a franchise quarterback, and the potential to be the first player overall selected.
 
Michigan State: RB Javon Ringer. Early in his career, it looked as if Ringer might never stay healthy for an entire season. Once he scattered those doubts, he went on to become one of the premier running backs in the country. The definition of a workhorse, he enters the Capital One Bowl fourth nationally with 1,590 yards on the ground and behind only Ball State’s MiQuale Lewis with 21 touchdowns.
 
Breakout Player ...

Georgia
: RB Caleb King. If, as expected, Knowshon Moreno bolts for the NFL, King is a name to keep in mind for 2009 and beyond. Similarly built to Moreno at 5-11 and 212 pounds, he’s got the potential to be the next big thing at the position, provided he learns to do the little things better. A missed block in the Florida game cost the redshirt freshman playing time at the end of the year. Mark Richt might want to get King and Richard Samuel some reps in Orlando in anticipation of what’s to come next year.
 
Michigan State
: TE Charlie Gantt. A year after not catching a single pass behind Kellen Davis, Gantt pulled down 19 for 302 yards and four touchdowns in a statement sophomore season. Determined to be more than just a faceless blocker on running downs, he dropped weight in the offseason and worked on improving his ball skills. The results have been greater confidence from the Spartan quarterbacks and more chances to make plays in the passing game.
 

Best Non-Game Event
Florida Citrus Sports has an entire week of events between its two games, the Champs Sports Bowl and Capital One Bowl, called Bowl-a-Palooza, which this year is featuring Cheap Trick. At its games, the players’ favorites are usually the theme-park visits simply because it’s something they can't do every day, much less at most other bowls. 

Player Gift Package
Players receive a $400 Best Buy shopping spree while they are in Florida, a commemorative watch, and a goody bag.

Charitable Component
The governing organization, Florida Citrus Sports, has a charitable foundation that is benevolent throughout the year.

How Success is Measured
Finances are naturally a key factor, but as stated to its members and scouts who select the participants, Florida Citrus Sports is always looking for the best matchup.  Last year, it successfully achieved that with Michigan-Florida in the Capital One Bowl and Michigan State-Boston College in the Champs Sports Bowl, as both were lauded as two of the best games on the field last season.

MVP of the Bowl
Executive director Steve Hogan is a vital cog at Florida Citrus Sports, but he would probably say that this organization has been here since 1947, and it will likely continue to be throughout the years because of the hard work of the staff and the organization's members who volunteer each year.

Impact to the Community
The impact is significant. A recent assessment of the two games—the Champs Sports Bowl and Capital One Bowl—estimated that $71.7 million in new economic activity was generated as a result of the games last year. 

Role of Volunteers
Enormous. They help throughout the Bowl-a-Palooza week from the games to the Bowl-a-Palooza Concert  to the Spherion Orlando Citrus Parade and on and on.     

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Georgia Bowl History (28-15)
2008 Sugar Georgia 41, Hawaii 10
2007 Chick-fil-A Georgia 31, Virginia Tech 24
2006 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
 
Michigan State Bowl History (7-11)
2007 Champs Sports Boston College 24, Michigan State 21
2003 Alamo Nebraska 17, Michigan State 3
2001 Silicon Valley Classic Michigan State 44, Fresno State 35
1999 Citrus Michigan State 37, Florida 34
1997 Aloha Washington 51, Michigan State 23
1996 Sun Stanford 38, Michigan State 0
1995 Independence LSU 45, Michigan State 26
1993 Liberty Louisville 18, Michigan State 7
1990 John Hancock Michigan State 17, USC 16
1989 Aloha Michigan State 33, Hawaii 13
1988 Gator Georgia 34, Michigan State 27
1987 Rose Michigan State 20, USC 17
1985 Hall of Fame Classic Georgia Tech 17, Michigan State 14
1984 Cherry Army 10, Michigan State 6
1965 Rose UCLA 14, Michigan State 12
1955 Rose Michigan State 17, UCLA 14
1953 Rose Michigan State 28, UCLA 20
1937 Orange Auburn 6, Michigan State 0