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SUGAR BOWL
Sugar Bowl History
Hawaii (12-0)
Schedule/Results / Bowl History
Georgia (10-2)
Schedule/Results / Bowl History
Location: New Orleans, LA
Date:
Tuesday, January 1
Time:
8:00 pm EST
TV:
Fox

Game Preview

Courtesy of SEC Sports

THE COACHES
Mark Richt is in his seventh season at Georgia and overall with a record of 71-19 (.789). The Bulldogs' offensive coordinator is Mike Bobo and the defensive coordinator is Willie Martinez.

June Jones is in his ninth season at UH and overall with a record of 76-40 (.655). The Warriors' offensive coordinator is Jones and the defensive coordinator is Greg McMackin.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN GEORGIA HAS THE BALL
Knowshon Moreno has rushed for 1,273 yards for an average of 106.1 yards per game and 12 touchdowns. He is the 12th Bulldog in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards, including six 100-yard games. Moreno's 1,273 yards rank seventh all-time in a single season at Georgia and stands fourth all-time among SEC freshman in a season. He has received several national honors this season. Fernando Velasco leads the Bulldogs with 25 consecutive starts. He has anchored an offensive line which has allowed only a combined six sacks during Georgia's current six-game winning streak.

David Veikune, Mike Lafaele, Adam Leonard, Myron Newberry and Solomon Elimimian lead the defense as first team All-WAC selections. Elimimian leads the team with 132 tackles. He has 11 TFLs and 1.5 sacks. Veikune leads the team with seven sacks. Leonard adds 100 tackles, 11.5 TFLs, four interceptions and two sacks. Newberry has four picks and eight PBUs.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN HAWAII HAS THE BALL
Dannell Ellerbe is Georgia's leading tackler with 85 stops and is second on the Bulldogs with 11 tackles for loss. Ellerbe has started at all three linebacker positions this season. Geno Atkins ranks second on the team with 6.5 sacks. He has appeared in all 12 games with seven starts, tallying 38 tackles including 13.5 for a loss. In the win over Georgia Tech, Atkins had five tackles and three sacks.

Colt Brennan is third in the nation in passing efficiency with a rating of 166.3. He has thrown for 4,174 yards and 38 touchdowns in leading Hawaii to a perfect 12-0 record in the regular season. Brennan also has rushed for eight touchdowns to rank fourth in the nation in points responsible for with 25.1 per game. Devone Bess leads the squad with 101 receptions on the season. He has hauled in 1,213 receiving yards and is second on the team with 12 touchdowns. He has gone over the 1,000-yard mark in receiving all three seasons with UH.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Mikey Henderson leads the Bulldogs' special teams and is third in the SEC in punt return average (11.3). Senior PK Brandon Coutu appeared in 12 games in 2007 and made a 45-yard field goal, PAT, a two kickoffs for a 57.0 average before suffering an injury to his hamstring at Georgia Tech. He made 4 FG's vs. S. Carolina in 2007. His career-long field goal was a 58-yarder in 2005.

Dan Kelly is the WAC's first team placekicker. Kelly was 11-16 on field goal attempts, including a perfect 2-2 from over 50 yards. His longest of the year is a 54 yard attempt. He leads Hawaii in scoring with 102 points this season. Tim Grasso punted 32 times for a 40.2 yard average with no blocks. Malcolm Lane and Ryan Mouton both average over 30 yards per kickoff return and have returned kicks for touchdowns.

SERIES/GAME NOTES
Record: First Meeting
For the first time since the 1983 season, Georgia will face an undefeated team in its bowl game... The Warriors are the lone undefeated team in college football ...Georgia will be making its ninth appearance in the Sugar Bowl where it has an all-time mark of 3-5 including 1-1 under head coach Mark Richt... Georgia was edged 38-35 by West Virginia in the 2006 Sugar Bowl played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta due to Hurricane Katrina... Georgia's last visit to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl came after the 2002 SEC Championship season... The Bulldogs defeated Florida State 26-13.





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