Georgia Has No Mercy On Hawaii
by Mike Mitchell
January 1, 2008
Georgia whipped overmatched Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl 41-10 as the Warriors' 13-game winning streak came to a close, making this the first season since 2003 that no team made it through the regular season and bowl season without a loss.
The Bulldogs improved to 9-2 over their last eleven bowl games by shutting down the nation's No. 2 passing attack. Colt Brennan was limited to 169 yards and left the game beaten and battered in the 4th quarter. He finished 22-of-38 with 3 INT's.
Tyler Graunke came on to lead Hawaii to its only touchdown as he threw for 142 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT while completing 13-of-19 throws.
After Hawaii kicked a field goal to make the score 7-3 in the first quarter, Georgia scored the next 34 points.
Hawaii was close to Georgia in total yards (306-340) and had more first downs (21-19), but the Warriors turned the ball over six times.
Georgia was making its ninth appearance in the Sugar Bowl where it has an all-time mark of 4-5 including 2-1 under head coach Mark Richt.
The loss was only Hawaii's second in a bowl game under June Jones (4-2). This was Hawaii's first bowl game under Jones that was played on the U.S. mainland. The only other mainland bowl appearance for the Warriors was at the 1992 Holiday Bowl where they defeated Illinois 27-17.
The Warriors are 5-3 all-time in bowl games. Georgia is 24-16-3 all-time, but 14-5-2 since 1983.