SPECIAL THANKS BOWL HISTORY HONORS TCU GEORGIA OVERVIEW OF TODAY’S GAME TCU and Georgia head into today’s 58th AutoZone Liberty Bowl 8 | 58th AutoZone Liberty Bowl BOWL EVENTS WELCOME Georgia Bulldogs vs. TCU Horned Frogs BY JUSTIN PARKS as two teams looking to make a statement and carry momentum into next season. Both programs experienced sporadic success during the 2016 regular season, flashing periods of dominance and moments of anguish along their respective paths to Memphis. TCU had a regular season that saw much of its offensive firepower sidelined for extended periods of time. “To get a chance in December here to regroup, and get a little healthier, and find out where we’re at as a team, and get some of our offensive weapons back, I think we’re pretty excited about that,” said TCU head coach Gary Patterson. Patterson’s first bowl victory came in the 44th AutoZone Liberty Bowl against Colorado State in 2002, his third season at the helm of the Horned Frogs. Because of that history, playing in the 58th AutoZone Liberty Bowl is somewhat of a homecoming for Patterson. “Not only was it my first bowl win, it was Miss Kelsey’s first bowl win,” Patterson said about his wife. He later added, “To play a great opponent like Georgia, our kids are excited about having the opportunity to come to a great city like Memphis.” Georgia comes into today’s game having notched big wins against #22 North Carolina and #9 Auburn, but inconsistency on both sides of the ball was evident throughout the regular season. The Bulldogs hope to overcome the issues that plagued them in several games by utilizing the extra practice time to improve while preparing for a quality Big 12 bowl opponent in TCU. “I think Gary is one of the best defensive minds in all of ball,” Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart said. “I’ve always respected them. When you get to watch TCU play, they play a brand of football that is really fast, really physical. They’ve always had great defensive units.” HISTORY/PREVIOUS MATCHUPS Today’s game is the fourth all-time meeting between the Horned Frogs and Bulldogs. The first meeting came in Georgia’s first-ever bowl appearance, the 1942 Orange Bowl – a 40-26 Bulldog victory. The last meeting between these two programs took place between the hedges on September 10, 1988, with Georgia winning 38-10. Georgia leads the all-time series, 3-0.
2016 Liberty Bowl
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