Chick-fil-A Bowl Game Record Book

Year by Year Summaries







2009: Virginia Tech 37, Tennessee 14

VT 7 10 7 13 37
Tennessee 0 14 0 0 14
Attendance – 73,777

Following defeats at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Alabama in the Georgia Dome and at Georgia Tech earlier in the season, No. 11 Virginia Tech's third trip to Atlanta in 2009 proved fruitful. The Hokies relied on their trademarks – power running and aggressive defense – to defeat Tennessee, 37-14. Virginia Tech jumped ahead 14-0 early behind a pair of touchdown runs from ACC Freshman of the Year Ryan Williams, who additionally set the conference record by logging his 22nd score of the season. The Volunteers cut the deficit to 14-7 behind a Montario Hardesty touchdown scamper, and appeared to shift the momentum going into halftime after tying the game on a touchdown toss from Jonathan Crompton to Denarius Moore. However, the 18 seconds left on the clock were more than enough for Virginia Tech to answer back. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor's 63-yard bomb to Jarrett Boykin was upheld following review, and a second was placed back on the game clock. Already headed to the locker room, Tennessee returned to the field to watch Hokies kicker Matt Waldron's go-ahead 21-yard field goal sail through the uprights. Virginia Tech would not look back from there, again turning to its defense to close the game. During the team's final four regular season games, the Hokies surrendered a mere six total second-half points, and Tennessee likewise struggled to solve the attack. Trailing 24-14 in the third, a likely touchdown pass fell out of Volunteers receiver Denarius Moore's hands and symbolized the team's struggles. Touchdown runs from Taylor and running back David Wilson cemented the victory. Ultimately, Virginia Tech held the Volunteers to an all-time bowl low 5 net yards rushing and sacked Crompton six times. Williams was named the game's Most Outstanding Player on offense after collecting 117 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while linebacker Cody Grimm earned defensive Most Outstanding Player honors following three tackles for a loss and one sack. With the win, the Hokies clinched their sixth-straight season with 10 or more victories. The game also drew a sell-out crowd – the Chick-fil-A Bowl's 13th in a row – of 73,777, the fourth-highest number in Chick-fil-A Bowl history.

Scoring: VT – Williams 1-yard run (Waldron kick). VT – Williams 3-yard run (Waldron kick). TENN – Hardesty 4-yard run (Mathis kick). TENN – Moore 2-yard pass from Crompton (Mathis kick). VT – Waldron 21-yard FG. VT – Taylor 1-yard run (Waldron kick). VT – Waldron 46-yard FG. VT – Wilson 3-yard run (Waldron kick). VT – Waldron 22-yard FG.

2008: LSU 38, Georgia Tech 3

LSU 7 28 3 0 38
Georgia Tech 3 0 0 0 3
Attendance – 71,423

The LSU Tigers picked a good time for their most complete game of the 2008 season, using a solid and complete effort from their offense, defense and special teams to rout No. 14 Georgia Tech 38-3. Led by freshman quarterback and Offensive MVP Jordan Jefferson and running back Charles Scott, the Tigers jumped on the Yellow Jackets from the opening whistle. Scott scored his first of three touchdowns on the game’s opening drive. Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson made good on his promise to mix up the offense, diverting from the trademark triple option on the game’s first drive and throwing the ball on three of the first four plays. It nearly worked out for the Jackets, with the first play going for 40 yards and only a highlight-reel play by LSU cornerback Chad Jones preventing a touchdown on the second. After trading punts, Georgia Tech got a 24-yard Scott Blair field goal to cut the LSU lead to 7-3. When Georgia Tech reverted to the triple option, LSU’s defense responded to the challenge and held the nation’s third ranked rushing offense to 180 total ground yards and no touchdowns.  Defensive MVP Perry Riley recorded a team-high 11 tackles, including one for a loss. While the LSU defense held the Jackets’ offense in check, Jefferson and Scott went to work as the Tigers tied a Bowl record with 28 second quarter points to leap out to a 35-3 lead at the half. Scott started off the second quarter with a pair of touchdown runs, equaling the Bowl record for rushing touchdowns in a game with three and points in a game with 18. Jefferson then found Richard Dickson for a 25-yard touchdown strike, and Keiland Williams rushed another in to cap off the scoring explosion. While LSU’s offense was clicking on all cylinders, Georgia Tech struggled to find a break, going 0-3 on fourth down plays including a failed fake punt in the second quarter that set up Jefferson’s touchdown pass. The scoring pace settled down in the second half, with the only marks to go on the board coming from LSU kicker Colt David, who set a new Bowl record with a 53-yard third quarter field goal to give the Tigers what would be the final 38-3 margin of victory. The win runs LSU’s record in the Chick-fil-A Bowl to 5-0, while Georgia Tech is 0-4 in their hometown bowl. LSU additionally now boasts two of the biggest blowouts in Chick-fil-A Bowl history, with the Tigers owning the most lopsided win in their 40-3 win over Miami in 2005.

Scoring: LSU – Scott 2-yard run (David kick). GT – Blair 24-yard field goal. LSU – Scott 4-yard run (David kick). LSU – Scott 1-yard run (David kick). LSU – Dickson 25-yard pass from Jefferson (David kick). LSU – Williams 17-yard run (David kick). LSU – David 53-yard field goal.

2007: Auburn 23, Clemson 20 (OT)

Clemson 0 7 0 10 3 20
Auburn 3 0 7 7 6
Attendance: 74,413

Not only did Clemson and Auburn provide a great match-up of two top-25 teams, but the two Tigers gave the Chick-fil-A Bowl its first overtime game ever and an incredible game for the record 11th straight sellout crowd of 74,413. With that attendance, the Chick-fil-A Bowl drew more fans than all other bowls except the BCS National Championship Game and the Rose Bowl. The 74,413 was the third-highest in Chick-fil-A Bowl history.

In the Chick-fil-A Bowl’s 40th anniversary game, #15 Clemson and #22 Auburn played a game of two opposing halves – stout defenses in the first and fast-moving offenses in the second.
In the first quarter, the two Tigers played conservatively and with tough, drive-stopping defenses. A 36-yard field goal by Auburn’s Wes Byrun provided the only points. But Clemson found a little life of its own in the second when star tailback C.J. Spiller broke free for an 83-yard touchdown run. The game-changing rush – the longest in Chick-fil-A Bowl history and the longest of Spiller’s career – gave Clemson a 7-3 lead at the half.

On the first drive of the second half, Auburn answered with a touchdown if its own. A 10-play, 78-yard drive, mixing the run and the pass, ended in a 22-yard reception by tailback Mario Fannin and a 10-7 Auburn lead. 

The third quarter came to an end as Clemson was knocking at the door from the Auburn five-yard line. An 11-play, 37-yard drive that took 5:20 finally ended in a 22-yard Mark Buchholz field goal when Auburn stopped Clemson on six consecutive plays inside the 10 yard line. The score was tied at 10-10. Auburn’s ensuing possession ended with the only turnover of the game, an interception by Clemson’s Crezdon Butler. The change of possession gave Clemson the ball on Auburn’s 32 and the Tigers didn’t wait long to cash in. Clemson’s Cullen Harper found wideout Aaron Kelly for 27 yards to set up a James Davis one-yard plunge to put Clemson back on top 17-10.

After a 30-yard kickoff return by Patrick Lee, quarterback Brandon Cox and Kodi Burns went to work, tallying four first downs on their way to a 70-yard scoring drive that ended in a Ben Tate one-yarder up the middle for the tying touchdown with 8:27 remaining. 

In overtime, Clemson managed only 17 yards on 7 plays before settling for a 25-yard field goal from Buchholz. On Auburn’s possession, Cox hit Rodgeriqus Smith for 12 yards to help set up a Kodi Burns seven-yard TD run off right tackle to end the game in thrilling fashion as the entire Auburn team sprinted for the endzone celebrating the 23-20 victory.
Clemson running back C.J. Spiller was named offensive MVP of the game.  Auburn defensive tackle Pat Sims was named defensive MVP of the game.

Scoring:  AU – Byrum 36-yard field goal.  CU – Spiller 83-yard run (Buchholz kick).  AU – Fannin 22-yard pass from Burns (Byrum kick).  CU – Buchholz 22-yard field goal.  CU – Davis 1-yard run (Buchholz kick).  AU – Tate 1-yard run (Byrum kick).  CU – Buchholz 25-yard field goal.  AU – Burns 7-yard run.

2006: Georgia 31, Virginia Tech 24

Georgia 3 0 10 18 31
Virginia Tech 0 21 0 3
Attendance: 75,406

In the inaugural Chick-fil-A Bowl, Virginia Tech jumped out to a quick 21-3 halftime lead thanks to two 1-yard touchdown runs by tailback Branden Ore and a trick play in which receiver Eddie Royal hurled a 53-yard pass to tight end Same Wheeler that went for a touchdown. 

The second half, however, was a completely different story. The Bulldogs cut the lead to 21-6 using a 52-yard field goal by Brandon Coutu early in the third quarter. It was then that Georgia’s Mark Richt decided to use a little trickeration of his own with an early on-sides kick, which they recovered.  That possession led to a 6-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to tight end Martrez Miller cutting the Hokies’ lead to 21-13.  In the next quarter and a half, Tech quarterback Sean Glennon turned the ball over four times, three of them leading to 18 UGA points.  Gregg Lumpkin’s 3-yard touchdown run followed by a Stafford to Milner two-point conversion, tied the game. The Bulldogs capitalized on two more VT turnovers via a 28-yard field goal, and a Brannon Southerland one-yarder for a 31-21 lead which secured the largest, second-half come-from-behind victory in Chick-fil-A Bowl history.  The Hokies managed a field goal in the closing minutes of the game, but it wasn’t enough and the SEC had claimed its second straight win against the ACC in Atlanta’s bowl game.  Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford and linebacker Tony Taylor were named offensive and defensive MVPs.

Scoring: UGA – Coutu 39-yard field goal. VT – Ore 1-yard run (Pace kick). VT – Ore 1-yard run (Pace kick). VT – Wheeler 53-yard pass from Royal (Pace kick). UGA – Coutu 51-yard field goal. UGA – Milner 6-yard pass from Stafford (Coutu kick). UGA – Lumpkin 3-yard run (Milner pass from Stafford). UGA – Coutu 28-yard field goal. UGA – Southerland 1-yard run (Coutu kick). VT – Pace 28-yard field goal.

2005: LSU 40, Miami 3

LSU 3 17 14 6 40
Miami 3 0 0 0
Attendance: 65,620

In what was largely considered the best bowl match-up outside the national championship game, the #9 Miami Hurricanes took on the #10 LSU Tigers in the 28th annual Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. 

The ‘Canes came in as favorites – and as defending champs, having beaten Florida in the previous Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – but LSU had other ideas.  The Bayou Bengals had just been upset by Georgia in the SEC Championship game, and used Atlanta’s bowl game as a way to earn back some respect.  They did.  What unfolded was the most lopsided victory in Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl history and the worst bowl defeat in Miami history: a 40-3 Massacre by LSU.  Backup quarterback Matt Flynn – in for the injured JaMarcus Russell – was the surprise of the night.  Flynn earned <VP honors connecting on 13 of 22 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns.  Halfback Joseph Adai ran for 130 yards and another two TDs to complement the Tigers’ impressive offensive performance.  A very good LSU defense held a very good Hurricanes’ offense in check all night in what was a very one-sided game – vastly different from the close, hard-fought game the Chick-fil-A Bowl is famous for.

Scoring: UM – Peattie 21-yard field goal. LSU – Jackson 37-yard field goal. LSU – Davis 51-yard pass from Flynn (David kick). LSU – Jackson 47-yard field goal. LSU – Addai 4-yard pass from Flynn (David kick). LSU – Addai 6-yard run (David kick). LSU – Hester 1-yard run (David kick). LSU – David 35-yard field goal. LSU – Jackson 50-yard field goal.

2004: Miami 27, Florida 10

Florida 0 3 7 0 10
Miami 7 10 7 3 27
Attendance: 69,322

The No. 14 Miami Hurricanes stormed to an early lead on big plays by their defense and special teams and never looked back to defeat intrastate rival No. 20 Florida. In the first quarter, Thomas Carroll blocked a Florida punt and Devin Hester returned it 78 yards for a touchdown. On the next series, Hester intercepted Florida QB Chris Leak and returned it 28 yards, leading to a Jon Peattie 47-yard field goal. Miami forced another Florida punt and Roscoe Parrish returned it 72 yards for a 17-3 halftime lead. Former Florida QB Brock Berlin led the Hurricanes' offense with 171 passing yards. Berlin 's 20-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Moore in the third quarter gave Miami a 24-3 lead to seal the school's first Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl victory since 1980.

Scoring: UM – Hester 78-yard blocked field goal return (Peattie kick). UF – Leach 34-yard field goal. UM – Parrish 72-yard punt return (Peattie kick). UM – Moore 20-yard pass from Berlin (Peattie kick). UF – Cornelius 45-yard pass from Leak (Leach kick). UM – Peattie 32-yard field goal.

2003-04 : Clemson 27, Tennessee 14

Clemson 10 14 0 3 27
Tennessee 7 7 0 0 14
Attendance: 75,125

Unranked Clemson, who won their last three regular season games by a combined 95 points, stunned sixth-ranked Tennessee in front of 75,125, a Georgia Dome record crowd for a sporting event. Clemson’s little-used Tailback Chad Jasmin ran over the Volunteers for a career-high 130 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown earning him Offensive MVP honors.

Head Coach Tommy Bowden and the Tigers used their hurry-up offense throughout the first half and caught the Vols off-guard when Kyle Browning scored from eight yards on a “fumblerooskie.” Tennessee Quarterback Casey Clausen threw for 384 yards, nine off his career-best, and both touchdowns, but got little help from his running game. Led by Defensive MVP Leroy Hill, Clemson shut down the Vols’ ground attack that managed only 38 yards on 26 carries. Clemson’s Duane Coleman added a TD run and Aaron Hunt kicked two field goals (23, 28), giving the Atlanta Coast Conference its third straight Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl victory.

Scoring: CU – Coleman 8-yard run (Hunt kick). CU – Hunt 23-yard field goal. UT – Hannon 19-yard pass from Clausen (Wilhoit kick). CU – Jasmin 15-yard run (Hunt kick). UT – Jones 30-yard pass from Clausen (Wilhoit kick). CU – Browning 8-yard run (Hunt kick). CU – Hunt 28-yard field goal.

2002 : Maryland 30, Tennessee 3

Maryland 7 10 3 10 30
Tennessee 0 3 0 0 3
Attendance: 68,330

For the second straight season, the Terrapins finished a 10-win regular season with a bowl match up against an SEC powerhouse. This time, the results were much different than the one-sided Fed Ex Orange Bowl loss to Florida nearly a year earlier. Maryland Quarterback and Offensive MVP Scott McBrien engineered two lengthy touchdown drives, capped by his own TD runs of 1 and 6 yards, while Defensive MVP E.J. Henderson had 12 solo tackles (four for losses of 23 yards and two sacks) to lead a surprising Terrapin rout. Maryland Cornerback Curome Cox set two Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl records (most interception return yards and longest interception return) when he picked off a Casey Clausen pass and returned it 54 yards for a touchdown early in the second quarter. Maryland won with key plays in all three phases of the game, as kicker Novak protected the lead with three field goals (two for more than 40 yards) and Steve Suter had a bowl-record 95 yards in punt returns, including one for 79 yards (another bowl record.)

Scoring: UM _ McBrien 1-yard run (Novak kick). UM --Cox 54-yard interception return (Novak kick). UT _ Walls 38-yard field goal. UM -- Novak 48-yard field goal. UM --Novak 44-yard field goal. UM – McBrien 6-yard run (Novak kick).UM – Novak 25-yard field goal.

2001: North Carolina 16, Auburn 10

North Carolina 7 3 6 0 16
Auburn 0 0 0 10 10
Attendance: 71,827

It was a night of comebacks for both teams, although a sweeter one for North Carolina. The Tar Heels, after an 0-3 start, completed an 8-5 season with a 16-10 victory over Auburn in the Georgia Dome.

The Tar Heels' 8-2 run included wins over bowl-bound North Carolina State, Clemson and Florida State. The Tigers, meanwhile, launched a comeback of their own that put a scare into the blue-clad Tar Heel faithful in Atlanta. UNC built a 16-0 lead behind the defensive power of All-American Julius Peppers and Defensive MVP Ryan Sims and the scrambling ability of quarterback Ronald Curry. That lead was narrowed to 16-3 by a 34-yard Damon Duval field goal with 13:16 left in the game. Later, a botched punt by North Carolina set up a 12-yard Daniel Cobb touchdown pass to Lorenzo Diamond to make the score 16-10 with 1:18 left. Carolina's Richard Moore recovered the ensuing onside kick to end Auburn's comeback. The game capped a three-game winning streak for the Tar Heels and a three-game losing streak for the Tigers. It was the fifth straight sellout for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in a game that maintained the bowl's tradition of close contests.

Scoring: UNC – Parker 10-yard run (Reed kick). UNC – Reed 22-yard field goal. UNC – Curry 62-yard run (kick failed). AU – Duval 34-yard field goal. AU – Diamond 12-yard pass from Cobb (Duval kick).

2000: LSU 28, Georgia Tech 14

LSU 3 0 6 19 28
Georgia Tech 7 7 0 0 14
Attendance: 73,614

The 2000 edition of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl saw an interesting match-up of a heavily favored Georgia Tech team - virtually playing at home in the Georgia Dome - against an upstart LSU squad from the SEC East. Despite four Tech turnovers, everything seemed in order as Tech's running game mounted a 14-3 halftime lead with the help of a 32-yard TD run from Joe Burns and a nine-yard scoring jaunt from Jermaine Hatch. In the third quarter, quarterback Rohan Davey - in for starter Josh Booty - found the end zone and connected on a three-yard pass to FB Tommy Banks, but the conversion attempt failed and LSU still trailed 14-9. LSU refused to give up the momentum and Tech continued to turn the ball over, totaling six for the game. In the fourth, the Tigers tallied 19 unanswered points on three scoring drives and two two-point conversions highlighted by Davey TD passes to Josh Reed and another to Banks that served as bookends for a career-long, 49-yard field goal by John Corbello. The 28-14 upset victory for LSU was played in front of a Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl crowd of 73,614.

Scoring: LSU – Corbello 32-yard field goal. GT Burns 32-yard run (Manget kick). GT Hatch 9-yard run (Manget kick). LSU Banks 3-yard pass from Davey (Corbello kick failed). LSU Reed 9-yard pass from Davey (Reed pass). LSU Corbello 49-yard field goal. LSU Banks 3-yard pass from Davey (Robinson pass).

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