2008 Chick-fil-A Bowl

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2008 Chick-fil-A Bowl
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
LSU 7 28 3 0 38
Georgia Tech 3 0 0 0 3
Date December 31, 2008
Season 2008
Stadium Georgia Dome
Location Atlanta, Georgia
MVP QB Jordan Jefferson, LSU (Offensive)
LB Perry Riley, LSU (Defensive)
Favorite Georgia Tech by 3.5[1]
Referee Jerry McGinn[2]
Halftime show Spirit of South Paulding Marching Band[3]
Attendance 71,423[2]
Payout US$3 million per team[4]
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers: Brad Nessler, Bob Griese, Paul Maguire
Nielsen ratings 3.4[citation needed]
Chick-fil-A Bowl
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The 2008 Chick-fil-A Bowl was the 41st annual edition of the Chick-fil-A Bowl, formerly known as the Peach Bowl and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. It pitted the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets against the Louisiana State Tigers in a postseason American college football game in Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia Tech represented the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and their competitor was from the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The game was the final competition of the 2008 football season for each team. The game payout was a combined $6.01 million, the sixth-largest among all college football bowl games and the third-largest non-BCS bowl game payout.[5]

Selection process[edit]

Beginning with the 2006 game, the Chick-fil-A Bowl had purchased the right to select the highest-ranked Atlantic Coast Conference team after representatives from the Bowl Championship Series made their selection. According to the official selection rules still used today, the team chosen to represent the ACC must be within one conference victory of the remaining, highest-ranked conference team or be ranked more than five spaces ahead of the ACC team with the best Conference record available in the final BCS Standings.[6]

In choosing the SEC opponent, the Chick-fil-A Bowl selection committee has the right to select the first SEC school after the Bowl Championship Series, Cotton Bowl Classic, Capital One Bowl, and Outback Bowl make their selections. Just as in the ACC, the selection committee cannot select an SEC team with two fewer losses than the highest available team.[7] The bowl earned the right to select these teams via its multi-million-dollar payout system, which guarantees a certain amount of money to the participating conferences. Prior to 2006, the Chick-fil-A Bowl (then known as the Peach Bowl) matched the No. 5 team in the SEC versus the No. 3 team in the ACC. After the bowl increased its payout to $2.8 million per squad, it then was given the second pick from the ACC, with the Gator Bowl dropping to third.[8]

Pre-game buildup[edit]

On December 3, 2008, Chick-fil-A Bowl representatives selected Georgia Tech to represent the ACC in the 2008 Chick-fil-A Bowl. Georgia Tech sold out its allotment of 17,500 tickets in less than four business days leaving the Chick-fil-a bowl with only 1,000 tickets remaining.[5][9] The SEC representative for the bowl, LSU, was announced on Sunday, December 7, 2008. The Chick-fil-A bowl sold all available tickets to the game, making it the 12th consecutive sellout in the combined history of the Peach and Chick-fil-A Bowls.[10]

Television coverage[edit]

ESPN broadcast the game for the 13th straight year.[5]

Scoring summary[edit]

Scoring Play Score
1st Quarter
LSU - Charles Scott 2-yard TD run (Colt David kick), 11:58 LSU 7-0
GT - Scott Blair 24-yard FG, 1:03 LSU 7-3
2nd Quarter
LSU - Scott 4-yard TD run (David kick), 12:08 LSU 14-3
LSU - Scott 1-yard TD run (David kick), 8:27 LSU 21-3
LSU - Richard Dickson 25-yard TD pass from Jordan Jefferson (David kick), 5:21 LSU 28-3
LSU - Keiland Williams 17-yard TD run (David kick), 1:27 LSU 35-3
3rd Quarter
LSU - David 53-yard FG, 1:56 LSU 38-3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NCAAF Line History - Football Betting Odds". Archived from the original on 12 December 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "LSU vs Georgia Tech (Dec 31, 2008)". LSU Athletics Media Relations. 2008-12-31. Archived from the original on 26 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  3. ^ "High School Band Chosen for Chick-fil-A Bowl". WXIA. 19 December 2008. Retrieved 20 December 2008. 
  4. ^ http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=494772
  5. ^ a b c "No. 15 Georgia Tech Accepts Bid to Chick-fil-A Bowl". 3 December 2008. Archived from the original on 6 December 2008. Retrieved 4 December 2008. 
  6. ^ "Bowl Selection Process for Atlantic Coast Conference teams" Atlantic Coast Conference, theacc.com, November 13, 2006. Accessed October 29, 2007.
  7. ^ "SEC Bowl Tie-Ins" SECsports.com, Accessed October 29, 2007.
  8. ^ "Georgia-Va Tech In Peach Bowl Just About Set" AOL Sports The Fanhouse, AOL Sports, November 30, 2006. Accessed October 30, 2007.
  9. ^ "Sold Out: Georgia Tech sells allotment of Chick-fil-A Bowl tickets". 9 December 2008. Archived from the original on 6 January 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2008. 
  10. ^ "Ga. Tech tweaks offense for bowl game vs. LSU". SportingNews. 15 December 2008. Archived from the original on 17 December 2008. Retrieved 15 December 2008. 

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