Receiver Terry Godwin threw a touchdown pass on a trick play and caught one later, helping Georgia beat Penn State 24-17 in the TaxSlayer Bowl on Saturday in Jacksonville.
The Bulldogs (10-3) won their fifth consecutive game to close the season, this one under interim coach Bryan McClendon and with incoming coach Kirby Smart watching part of the game from the stands.
Penn State (7-6) played more than half the game without star quarterback Christian Hackenberg. Hackenberg landed awkwardly on his throwing shoulder early in the second quarter when linebacker Roquan Smith tackled him on a 5-yard scramble.
Godwin accounted for two scores in the second quarter. He lined up in the wildcat, took the snap, started right and then took two steps back and launched a high, deep pass to Malcolm Mitchell. Mitchell got behind the safeties for a 44-yard score. Godwin was on the receiving end of a 17-yard score just before halftime.
Bradley: Happy ending for UGA
A difficult period for Georgia football is approaching its end. The Bulldogs went out as 10-game winners. A staff undermanned by AD Greg McGarity’s firing of head coach Mark Richt and the disinclination of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and linebackers coach Mike Ekeler to work the bowl game distinguished itself at a most trying time. (Click here to read more)
Floyd leaving for NFL
Georgia standout junior linebacker Leonard Floyd confirms Saturday's game was his last as a college player. (Click here to read more)
Rocker calls absent coaches part of 'mutiny'
Defensive line coach will be back bext season but three Georgia assistants did not stick around for the bowl game. (Click here to read more)