Georgia 15, Texas Tech 12
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ Mike Bobo, booed much of the game, threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Juan Daniels with 1:45 remaining Saturday night to give Georgia a 15-12 victory over Texas Tech, Jim Donnan’s first win as the Bulldogs’ coach.
Georgia faced its first 0-3 start since 1979 when it got the ball at its 3 with three minutes remaining, trailing 12-7. But the Bulldogs drove 97 yards in nine plays, getting a fourth-down, 30-yard completion from Bobo to Daniels to keep the drive alive.
Then, on third-and-10, Bobo got the ball off just ahead of a vicious hit by Anthony Armour, and Juan Daniels, despite interference by Jody Brown, caught the ball for only the fifth touchdown of the season by Georgia (1-2).
Texas Tech (1-2) lost despite 214 yards rushing by Byron Hanspard, the ninth straight game he has broken 100 yards and the fourth time in five games he has gained at least 200. Hanspard scored both Texas Tech touchdowns, but the Red Raiders missed the conversion each time.
They had a final chance to tie but Jaret Greaser missed a 54-yard field goal as time ran out.
Bobo, who took much of the heat when the Bulldogs lost their first two games, had completed only 9-of-18 passes for 151 yards through three quarters and squandered two scoring chances with a fumble and an interception deep in Texas Tech territory.
But Donnan stuck with his junior quarterback, who came through in the final period. Bobo put Georgia ahead 7-6 on a 1-yard sneak with 13:04 remaining, setting up the score with a 28-yard pass to Daniels and a 13-yarder to Hines Ward.
Texas Tech went back ahead less than a minute later when Hanspard, who entered the game as the country’s No. 3 rusher, broke loose for a 47-yard touchdown. Tech went for two but was stopped just short of the goal line.
Hanspard had scored the Red Raiders’ first touchdown on a 4-yard run, but the conversion failed when holder Field Scovell couldn’t hang onto the snap. Much of the game was played in a driving rainstorm that stymied both offenses.
The Bulldogs were backed up on their 3 with 2:57 remaining after a 49-yard punt by Jeremy Hernandez. Bobo connected with Ward on a 28-yard pass to get Georgia out of the hole and hit Daniels for 30 yards on fourth-and-10 at the Bulldogs 48.
Bobo finished 16-of-34 for 292 yards.
Texas Tech moved into position to tie at the Georgia 39 with seven seconds remaining. Greaser’s field goal attempt had plenty of distance, but was wide of the left upright by about a foot.
Hanspard had 37 carries on the heels of a 272-yard effort against Oklahoma State. He has rushed for 601 yards in three games, numbers that might be enough to boost his Heisman Trophy candidacy despite the lack of publicity he gets playing at Texas Tech.