No.16 Georgia 35, No.13 Virginia 33
ATLANTA (AP) _ This time, it was Georgia that finished off a thrilling Peach Bowl comeback.
Quincy Carter accounted for three touchdowns and Olandis Gary ran for 110 yards and two scores as the No. 19 Bulldogs rallied from a 21-0 deficit, then held on to beat No. 13 Virginia 35-33 Thursday night.
The Cavaliers (9-3) made a thrilling comeback of their own after Georgia (9-3) went ahead 35-27 on Carter’s 1-yard sneak for a touchdown with 7:01 remaining.
Aaron Brooks threw an interception in the end zone with just over four minutes to go, but Virginia got the ball back and Brooks broke loose for a 30-yard scoring run with 1:34 to go.
On the 2-point attempt, Brooks escaped heavy pressure but his pass at the goal line for Terrence Wilkins was batted down by Jeff Harris.
The Cavaliers weren’t through. Devon Simmons recovered an onside kick at the Virginia 47 and Jones moved his team into field goal range with a 26-yard run. Todd Braverman, who earlier had missed a critical extra point, attempted to win the game with a 48-yard kick.
But it hooked just wide of the upright with 19 seconds to go.
In the 1995 Peach Bowl, Georgia bounced back from a 24-6 deficit against the Cavaliers, tying the game at 27 with just over a minute remaining. But Petey Allen returned the ensuing kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown and a 34-27 victory for Virginia.
This marked the 15th year in a row the Peach Bowl was decided by seven points or less.