Georgia Defeats Michigan State 24-12

The Spartans defense was severly tested early by a Georgia offense led by potential first-round picks Knowshon Moreno and Matthew Stafford, but answered by forcing two turnovers and taking advantage of an unforced error by the Bulldogs.

Matthew Stafford threw three second-half touchdown passes to give Gerogia a 24-12 win in the Capital One Bowl over Michigan STate. Michigan State lead Georgia 6-3 at halftime of the Capital One bowl in Orlando, FL.

The Spartans defense was severly tested early by a Georgia offense led by potential first-round picks Knowshon Moreno and Matthew Stafford, but answered by forcing two turnovers and taking advantage of an unforced error by the Bulldogs.

MSU moved the ball into Georgia territory on their first possession and when the drive stalled at the Georgia 38-yard line, attempted some trickeration. MSU faked a punt by Aaron Bates instead direct snapping to fullback Andrew Hawken, but Georgia sniffed out the play and took over on downs.

The Bulldogs moved the ball smartly to the MSU 12-yard line before the Spartans defense stiffened and Georgia settled for a 32-yard Walsh field goal to take a 3-0 lead.

On Georgia's next possession, Stafford threw behind his receiver and the ball was intercepted by Kendall Davis-Clark who returned the ball to the Georgia 18-yard line.

MSU moved the ball to the Georgia 3-yard line and had to settle for a 23-yard Brett Swenson field goal.

Spartans safety Otis Wiley forced a fumble and Eric Gordon recovered. MSU couldn't move the football and the Spartans were forced to punt.

Brett Swenson missed a 53-yard attempt on MSU's next possession.

Georgia punter Brian Mimbs dropped the football and was tackled by the MSU defense. MSU took advantage of the miscue when Brett Swenson hit a 32-yard field goal that gave MSU a 6-3 halftime lead.

But Stafford hit his stride in the third quarter hitting Michael Moore who got behind reserve safety Marcus Hyde for a 35-yard touchdown.

Then with just :09 remaining in the quarter, Stafford found Aron White from 21-yards out. White also split the MSU safeties and Stafford made no mistake giving Georgia a 17-6 lead.

Michigan State would answer with their only touchdown drive of the day. MSU's super senior running back Javon Ringer finished off a 10-play, 54-yard drive, rushing in for his 23rd touchdown of the season to cut the lead to 17-12 after their two-point conversion attempt failed.

Georgia's two stars Moreno and Stafford hooked up on the clinching touchdown pass, a 21-yarder over a diving Greg Jones to give Georgia the final margin of victory.

MSU's last gasp ended when Mark Dell catch on 4th-and-22, came up inches short of a first down.

The Spartans end the season 9-4 and while they lose several contributing seniors such as Ringer, Hoyer, linebacker Ryan Allison, kicker Todd Boleski, receiver Deon Curry, defensive back Kendell Davis-Clark, defensive tackle Justin Kershaw, offensive linemen Jesse Miller and Roland Martin and end Brandon Long, they should be in good shape for 2009.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Kirk Cousins appears ready to take over the reigns and freshmen running backs Edwin Baker and Larry Caper look as if they could crack the playing group.

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