by CFP Staff
December 31, 2010
UCF won its first bowl game ever (1-3) and Georgia's 4-bowl winning streak came to an end as the Golden Knights upset the Bulldogs 10-6 at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis on New Year's Eve.
The lone touchdown of the game was scored by UCF running back Latavious Murray with 9:01 left to play. The Bulldogs had three chances to score after that, but the closest they came was a desperation heave that was knocked down in the end zone on the final play.
Georgia had the nation's 5th-best bowl winning percentage (.611) coming into the 2010 bowl season and the 4th-most wins (26).
The Golden Knights finished 11-3 for their first 11-win season at any level by winning for the 9th time in their last 10 games.
Georgia fell to 6-7 for its first losing record since 1996.
UCF's only losses in 2010 came at home to a vastly improved N.C. State squad, on the road against Kansas State, and at home to Southern Miss. While the loss to the Golden Eagles was an upset, all three teams were 2010 bowl participants.
The Liberty Bowl, which was first played in 1959, switched to an SEC-CUSA matchup in 2006. Since then, SEC teams had won all four meetings, including Mississippi State's 10-3 win over UCF in 2007.
The only previous meeting between these teams was in 1999 when the Knights were an upstart independent program. The Bulldogs eked out a 24-23 win.
This win is easily UCF's biggest, surpassing the 40-38 upset at Alabama in 2000 when the Crimson Tide finished with a 3-8 record.