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Badgers bitten by Bulldogs: Georgia wins Outback Bowl

ON WISCONSIN <b>Chris Chambers caught four passes for 46 yards as Georiga blitzed Wisconsin, 33-6, in the 1998 Outback Bowl.</b>
Chris Chambers caught four passes for 46 yards as Georiga blitzed Wisconsin, 33-6, in the 1998 Outback Bowl.

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Jan. 1, 1998

TAMPA, Fla. -- A potent offense and suffocating defense were on display in Georgia's 33-6 win over the Badgers in the 1998 Outback Bowl.

Buoyed by a game MVP performance from Bulldog QB Mike Bobo (26-28 passing for 235 yards), the Bulldogs scored the game's opening 33 points. UGA completed 89.7 percent of its passes, the best-ever mark vs. a Badger defense.

A 12-yard pass from back-up quarterback Scott Kavanagh to tight end Dague Retzlaff was the Badgers' lone tally.

In a game that featured two of the nation's best runners -- Wisconsin's Ron Dayne and Georgia's Robert Edwards -- the Bulldog ballcarrier was the most effective. Edwards rushed for 110 yards and, more importantly, scored three TDs.

Georgia's multi-threat receiver Hines Ward caught a bowl-game record 12 passes (122 yards), threw one pass (incomplete) and rushed seven times (for eight yards).

"I don't think we played our best game," Wisconsin Coach Barry Alvarez said. "But I think Georgia had an awful lot to do with that."

Scoring        1    2    3    4    F
Wisconsin    0    0    0    6    6
Georgia    12    7    7    7    33

Team statistics    UW    Georgia
First downs    18    25
Rushing yards    29-74    41-207
Passes    14-36-2    26-29-0
Passing yards    160    235
Total offense    234    442
Punts-avg    5-44    3-36
Fumbles-lost    0-0    2-1
Penalties-yards    7-71    5-27   

Individual Leaders
Rushing: McCullough (W) 4-37, Dayne (W) 14-36, Edwards (G) 22-110. Passing: Samuel (W) 8-27-2-84, Kavanagh (W) 6-9-0-76, Bobo (G) 26-28-0-235. Receiving: Hayes (W) 5-44, Chambers (W) 4-46, Ward (G) 12-122.

Attendance: 56,186

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