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Marcus Howard
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Marcus Howard picked up three of the Bulldogs' eight sacks.
New Year's Day used to showcase the nation's best teams. Maybe it still does. Were this not the BCS era, Georgia could make its case for No. 1 after its 41-10 sacking of Hawaii in New Orleans. Ivan Maisel
Bowl Overview
It was over when... Knowshon Moreno rumbled 17 yards to put the Bulldogs up 7-0 early. Georgia dominated every phase of the game from start to finish.
Gameball goes to... Marcus Howard. The Georgia senior picked up three sacks and two forced fumbles, recovering one for a touchdown.
Stat of the game... 8, 4. The Bulldogs picked up eight sacks and four interceptions while completely dominating Hawaii's high-powered offense.
Jim Donnan WAC champion Hawaii's game against an elite SEC team figured to be difficult for the Warriors. It was. Two seasons ago, Georgia dismantled WAC power Boise State in similar fashion, 48-13. The Dawgs were able to get after Hawaii physically and relentlessly pressured Colt Brennan. Georgia was able to successfully tackle in the open field and limited the Warirors' impact on offense.

Hawaii's defense played pretty well in the second half, keeping Georgia out of the end zone in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, by that point Matthew Stafford and Co. has already inflicted irreparable damage. On defense, Marcus Howard led the way with three sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.. The Dawgs were firing on all cylinders. Even Brandon Coutu stepped up his game, nailing two field goals from 45 yards or beyond.

Hawaii had a great year, but the difference between playing a WAC schedule and an SEC schedule was painfully clear in the Sugar Bowl. Georgia has grown up significantly since the beginning of the season when it was held without a touchdown by South Carolina and beaten up badly by Tennessee. How good the Dawgs can be in 2008? With the majority of the team returning and a schedule that lines up nicely for a national championship run, expect Georgia to be scary good and make a return trip to a BCS bowl game in 2009.

-- Jim Donnan

Projections: Dec. 20-27 | Dec. 28-30 | Dec. 31
Jan. 1-6 | BCS

Team Stat Comparison
1st Downs2019
Total Yards306334
3rd Down Conversions7-176-14
4th Down Conversions0-20-2
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Bowls Individual Leaders
Hawaii Passing
C. Brennan22/3816903
Georgia Passing
M. Stafford14/2317511
Hawaii Rushing
K. Pilares726011
Georgia Rushing
T. Brown1973120
Hawaii Receiving
J. Rivers10105021
Georgia Receiving
M. Massaquoi554016