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2016 Liberty Bowl

SPECIAL THANKS BOWL HISTORY HONORS 88 | 58th AutoZone Liberty Bowl TCU GEORGIA BOWL EVENTS WELCOME GAME 10: Georgia 13, #9 Auburn 7 INov. 12 | Athens, GA t was a game between the trenches, as the Georgia defense led the Bulldogs (6-4, 4-4) to a 13-7 victory over No. 8 Auburn (7-3, 5-2) in front of a CBS televised audience and a full capacity crowd of 92,746 at Sanford Stadium. The win snapped the Tigers’ six-game winning streak and allowed Georgia to collect its second win over a top-25 opponent this season, as the Bulldogs opened the year with a win against No. 22 North Carolina. The Bulldogs held Auburn to its lowest offensive output of the season. The Tigers had been averaging 43 points per game over the last five contests coming into Saturday. The defensive unit held the Tigers to 127 rushing yards, as the visitors have been averaging 494.1 yards coming into the contest. Auburn’s air attack posted just 37 yards, as its offense recorded 10 first downs in the contest, none in the second half. Highlighting the defense was Maurice Smith’s pick six in the opening seconds of the second half, allowing Georgia to knot it up at 7 apiece. Roquan Smith led the defense with seven tackles followed by Jonathan Ledbetter and Malkom Parrish with five each. The Bulldog offense found a balanced attack, as Nick Chubb led the ground game with 101 yards. Jacob Eason went 20- for-31 with 208 yards, spreading the ball out with five receivers having at least two catches each in the first half and eight total for the contest. The freshman found fellow classmate Riley Ridley for a career-high 89 yards on three catches. Auburn put up the lone score of the first half with a Kerryon Johnson three-yard rushing touchdown in the waning moments of the first quarter. Georgia needed to stop one more Auburn drive to wrap up the win. After a pair of four-yard receptions, an incomplete pass put the Tigers with 4th-and-2 and a pass breakup by Dominick Sanders sealed the win. MAURICE SMITH’S PICK-SIX WAS THE DIFFERENCE AS GEORGIA EMERGED VICTORIOUS OVER AUBURN. GAME 11: Georgia 35, Louisiana 21 Nov. 19 | Athens, GA Highlighted by a pair of Isaiah McKenzie touchdowns, the Georgia Bulldogs (7-4) bested UL Lafayette (4-6) by a score of 35-21 in front of SEC network televised audience and a full-capacity crowd at Sanford Stadium. McKenzie quickly got to work, taking a handoff on the game’s opening play for a 55-yard touchdown run. It marked the first time since 2014 that the Bulldogs scored on their first play from the line of scrimmage, as McKenzie was set up by a 45-yard kickoff return from senior Reggie Davis. The junior then ran a career-long 82 yard punt return to the endzone on his next touch, giving McKenzie a school-record five career punt returns for a touchdown while he moved to a tie for third in the SEC all-time with Vanderbilt’s Lee Nalley and Arkansas’ Joe Adams. The ISAIAH McKENZIE SCORED TWICE IN THE GAME’S FIRST SEVEN MINUTES TO GIVE GEORGIA AN EARLY CUSHION OVER LOUISIANA.


2016 Liberty Bowl
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