Georgia Gets 26th Bowl Win
by Dave Congrove
December 28, 2009
Georgia closed out the Independence Bowl on a 30-6 run to defeat Texas A&M 44-20. The game was tied at 14-all in the 3rd quarter before the Bulldogs took over the game with 30 straight points.
Special teams mistakes were the eventual undoing of the Aggies. Texas A&M had a field goal and a punt blocked, snapped a ball over the punter's head, and allowed an 81-yard kickoff return.
The Aggies took a 7-0 lead with under 3 minutes to go in the half, only to see Brandon Boykin return the kickoff to tie the score. The blocked punt came with 1:26 still left in the half and set Caleb King's 2-yard yard touchdown run just before the half. (Replays indicated King fumbled before the goal line, but the ball was recovered in the end zone by Georgia WR Michael Moore).
The Aggies drove into field goal range just before halftime, but failed to get off a kick before time expired. Again, replays seemed to dispute the call and appeared to show a half-second was left after QB Jerrod Johnson spiked the ball.
A&M came out in the second half and drove right down the field to tie the score at 14-14 on Christine Michael's 14-yard touchdown run. Georgia followed with a 49-yard field goal to go ahead 17-14. The Aggies next possession ended with a snap over the punter's head to give the 'Dawgs the ball at the Aggies' 24-yard line. Joe Cox hit Aron White 3 plays later and Georgia never looked back.
The Bulldogs picked up their 26th bowl win and 4th in-a-row to improve to 11-2 in their last 13 tries.
The loss was Texas A&M's 11th in its last 13 bowl games. It also dropped the Aggies' 2009 record to 6-7 for their second consecutive losing season.