Dec. 30, 2006
ATLANTA (AP) - Tony Taylor set up two fourth-quarter touchdowns with interceptions and Georgia rallied from an 18-point deficit to upset No. 14 Virginia Tech 31-24 on Saturday night in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Georgia finished an up-and-down season with three straight victories over ranked teams, a first for the program. The Bulldogs (9-4) salvaged an otherwise disappointing regular season with wins over No. 5 Auburn and No. 16 Georgia Tech.
Taylor's interceptions gave the senior linebacker seven for the season and helped Georgia rally after Virginia Tech (10-3) led 21-3 at halftime.
Georgia freshman Matthew Stafford threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to tight end Martrez Milner in the third quarter and passed to Milner again for a 2-point conversion in the fourth quarter that tied the game at 21-21.
Brandon Coutu's third field goal of the game, from 28 yards, gave Georgia a 24-21 lead. Taylor returned his second interception, on a pass deflected by cornerback Paul Oliver, 15 yards to the Hokies' 1. Fullback Brannan Southerland scored on a fourth-down run from the 1 for a 31-21 lead.