Head Coach: Jim Donnan
With a 28-25 come-from-way-behind victory over Purdue in the Outback Bowl, Georgia finished the season with eight wins and a national ranking of 16th in both major polls. The Bulldogs' revival after being down 25-0 marked the biggest comeback in bowl history.
It also marked the first time in school history that Georgia has won three bowl games in three consecutive years. In addition, it was the first time since 1981-82-83 that Georgia has finished the season ranked in the top 16 in three consecutive years.
The victory also keeps coach Jim Donnan undefeated in post-season bowl games (3-0). Statistically, Georgia led the SEC in total offense averaging 419.4 yards per game, finished third in passing offense (257.0 ypg), and fourth in rushing offense (162.4 ypg).
In looking toward the 2000 season, the Bulldogs return 18 of 22 starters.
Bulldogs Stage the Largest Comeback in Bowl History to Defeat Purdue
Tampa, Fla. -- The Georgia Bulldogs kicked off the new millennium with a truly historical performance, as they staged the largest comeback in bowl history rallying from a 25-0 deficit with 28 unanswered points to defeat Purdue 28-25 in overtime at Raymond James Stadium in front of 54,059 in a game broadcast by ESPN.
Purdue jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter behind three Drew Brees touchdown passes, two to Chris Daniels and one to Vinny Sutherland. In the second quarter Brees threw his fourth touchdown pass to Chris James. Purdue missed three of the four extra point opportunities to lead 25-0 with 10:38 left in the first half.
Georgia got its first points of the game on a Terrence Edwards 74-yard touchdown run off an option reverse to cut the lead to 25-7. With time winding down in the first half and Purdue driving deep in Bulldog territory, Jamie Henderson made a momentum turning defensive play as he picked off Brees at the Georgia 13-yard line and returned it back to the Purdue 40. Georgia capitalized with a Hap Hines field goal to make the score 25-10 going into halftime. Quincy Carter, who had 243 yards on 20 of 33 passing with two touchdowns (one rushing, one passing), helped continue the Georgia surge as he scored on an eight-yard run with 4:22 left in the third quarter. Patrick Pass made the two-point conversion to move the score to 25-18.
Powered by a strong second half defensive effort and aided by two missed field goals from Purdue kicker Travis Dorsch, Georgia had the ball deep in Purdue territory late in the game with a chance to tie the score. On fourth down and 12 from the Boilermaker 28 Edwards came up with a 21-yard reception to keep the drive alive. On third and goal Randy McMichael caught a Carter pass over two defenders for an eight-yard touchdown reception to help send the game to overtime at 25-25.
Georgia managed to stop Purdue on its first drive in overtime as Dorsch missed a 43-yard field goal. Powered by two rushes for 19 yards by Pass on the drive, Georgia set up to take the game-winning field goal. Hines nailed the 21-yarder to cap the Bulldogs' come from behind victory.
PU- Daniels, 11-yard pass from Brees (Dorsch kick failed), 7:10, 1st Q
PU- Sutherland, 21-yard pass from Brees (Brees pass failed), 1:03, 1st Q
PU- James, 32-yard pass from Brees, (Brees pass failed), 10:38, 2nd Q
GA- Edwards, 74-yard run (Hines kick), 9:39, 2nd Q
GA- Hines 32-yard field goal, :09, 2nd Q
GA- Carter, 8-yard run, (Pass run), 4:33, 3rd Q
GA- McMichael 8-yard pass from Carter (Hines kick), 1:19, 4th Q
GA- Hines 21-yard field goal, 0:00, overtime
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