2010 Liberty Bowl (December)

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2010 Auto Zone Liberty Bowl
52nd Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Georgia 3 0 3 0 6
UCF 0 3 0 7 10
Date December 31, 2010
Season 2010
Stadium Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Location Memphis, Tennessee
MVP Latavius Murray
Favorite Georgia by 6[1]
Referee R. Loumiet (Big 12)
Halftime show The O'Jays
Attendance 51,231
Payout US$1.35 million
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers Dave Neal and Andre Ware
Nielsen ratings 3.2
Liberty Bowl
 < 2010 (Jan.) 2011

The 2010 Liberty Bowl, also known as Autozone Liberty Bowl, was the fifty-second edition of the college football bowl game, and was played at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee. The game started at 3:30 PM US EST on December 31, 2010. The game was telecast on ESPN and matched up the Georgia Bulldogs of the SEC against the University of Central Florida Knights, the C-USA champions.

The game marked UCF's second appearance in the Liberty Bowl. In their first appearance in 2007, the Knights lost to Mississippi St. With a 1–1 record in previous appearances, this was Georgia's third trip to the Liberty Bowl.

Teams[edit]

Georgia running back Caleb King, backup cornerback Derek Owens and reserve offensive tackle A. J. Harmon were suspended for the Liberty Bowl for academic issues.

Game notes[edit]

The victory marked UCF's first-ever bowl win.[2] No. 25 UCF and Georgia faced each other in the second meeting between the two schools. The Bulldogs won the previous meeting, 24-23, in 1999, in a game sometimes known as the "Burglary Between the Hedges."[3]

The Knights started fast out of the gate, with Quincy McDuffie returning the opening kickoff 95-yards for a touchdown, but the play was called back due to a holding penalty. Georgia took a 3-0 lead behind a 95-yard drive later in the first quarter. Late in the second quarter, an interception by UCF's Josh Linam set up a 22-yard field goal, and a 3-3 tie at halftime.

With Georgia leading 6-3 in the fourth quarter, UCF quarterback Jeffrey Godfrey drove the Knights 65 yards for the game's first touchdown, and a 10-6 lead. In the final seconds, Georgia had an attempt at a potential game-winning "hail mary" pass, but it was knocked down by Kemal Ishmael as time expired.

Latavius Murray rushed for 104 yards on 18 carries, with one touchdown, earning him Liberty Bowl MVP honors.

Scoring summary[edit]

Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring Information[4] Score
Length Time UGA UCF
1 02:02 15 plays, 95 yards 9:13 UGA Blair Walsh 20–yard field goal 3 0
2 00:33 8 plays, 27 yards 0:54 UCF Nick Cattoi 22–yard field goal 3 3
3 09:23 13 plays, 61 yards 5:37 UGA Blair Walsh 41–yard field goal 6 3
4 08:53 11 plays, 65 yards 5:39 UCF Latavius Murray 10–yard run, Nick Cattoi kick good 6 10
Final Score 6 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Odds, Los Angeles Times, December 20, 2010
  2. ^ "Instant Analysis: UCF 10, Georgia 6". ESPN. 2010-12-31. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  3. ^ UCF Liberty Bowl win against Georgia would avenge Burglary Between the Hedges
  4. ^ "Georgia Bulldogs vs. UCF Knights - Drivechart". ESPN. 2010-12-31. Retrieved 2010-12-31.