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The Peach Bowl is created by the Lion’s Club of Atlanta


Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce takes over Bowl management


ESPN becomes exclusive TV partner


The Bowl reaches agreements with the ACC and SEC to form permanent bowl matchup


The Peach Bowl moves to its new home at the Georgia Dome


Chick-fil-A becomes the Bowl’s first and only title partner


The Chick-fil-A Bowl hosts its first Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game


The Bowl partners with the NFF to bring the College Football Hall of Fame to Atlanta


Peach Bowl Inc. dissolves partnership with Metro Atlanta Chamber and re-emerges as standalone sports event management company


The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game opens the college football season with the first-ever double hosting of BCS-style games on back-to-back days in the same venue


The Chick-fil-A Bowl is selected as one of six bowl games to host the new College Football Playoff


The Chick-fil-A Bowl adds “Peach” back to its name, becoming the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl once again.

Partnership with Chick-fil-A (1996-2013)

The Peach Bowl entered a new age when it signed Chick-fil-A as its first-ever title sponsor in 1996, and nearly a decade later, the game became the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Since then, the Bowl has eclipsed the $100 million mark in team payout, achieved 17 straight sellouts, distributed 17.3 million in charity and scholarship, and now holds the number-one and number-two most-viewed non-BCS games in ESPN history. Chick-fil-A Bowl games now also make up three of the top 10 and eight of the top-30 most-viewed non-BCS games on the network.

A New Era (2013 and beyond)

The Chick-fil-A Bowl made history by being selected to join the Cotton, Fiesta, Orange, Rose and Sugar Bowls as the hosts for the new playoff structure that will begin following the 2014 college football season. As part of its new role in the College Football Playoff, the Chick-fil-A Bowl added “Peach” back to its name, becoming the “Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl” once again. Over the next 12 years, the Bowl will host a national semifinal game (#1 vs. #4 or #2 vs. #3) four times. In the other eight years, the Bowl will host top-ranked teams from around the country.

The Beginning (1968-1986)

After three attempts, a six-man committee appointed by the Lion’s Club of Atlanta received. NCAA certification in 1968 to operate a postseason bowl game, dubbed the Peach Bowl. The first three contests took place at Georgia Tech’s Grant Field before shifting to Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in 1971. Outdoor venues provided the Peach Bowl with its first homes and exposure to the Atlanta audience, but could not shield from the frequent cold temperatures and precipitation that frustrated early crowds.

Game-changing Growth (1986-1996)

The Peach Bowl began to emerge in the years after the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce took over in 1986, thanks to an increase in resources devoted to expanding promotion of the game.

Game Summaries

1968 - LSU vs. Florida State

Louisiana State 31, Florida State 27 LSU’s Mike Hillman passed for 229 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a comeback win in the first Peach Bowl Classic. The Seminoles jumped to a 13-0 first half lead in cold, rain-swept Grant Field before LSU unleashed its attack which featured Hillman’s TD passes. Bill Cappelman tossed three touchdown passes for the Seminoles. Louisiana State 0 10 14 7 — 31 Florida State 7 6  0 14 — 27

1969 - West Virginia vs. South Carolina

West Virginia 14, South Carolina 3 Ed Williams of West Virginia rushed for 208 yards as the Mountaineers sloshed to a win. West Virginia completed only one pass in two attempts but rushed for 356 yards in the driving rain at Grant Field. The Gamecocks had a chance to win with a first and goal from the seven in the fourth quarter and the score 7-3, but West Virginia held off the threat and added the clinching score with only 23 seconds left in the game. West Virginia 7 0 0 7 — 14 South Carolina 0 3 0 0 — 3

1970 - Arizona State vs. North Carolina

Arizona State 48, North Carolina 26 Undefeated Arizona State outscored North Carolina 27-0 in the second half to capture the win at Grant Field. The Sun Devils churned out 451 yards, 306 on the ground, in the swirling snow while holding the Tar Heels to 254. Monroe Eley rushed for 173 yards and two touchdowns and Bob Thomas added 124 yards and three touchdowns for the Sun Devils. Don McCauley led North Carolina, which scored all 26 of its points in the second quarter, with 143 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Arizona State 7 14 20 7 — 48 North Carolina 0 26 0  0 – 26

1971 - Mississippi vs. Georgia Tech

Mississippi 41, Georgia Tech 18 Mississippi erupted for 38 first-half points in the rain and mud of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium en route to an easy win. Taking advantage of five Tech turnovers, the Rebels scored 28 second quarter points to lead at the half. Greg Ainsworth collected 118 yards rushing, while Norris Weese passed for 116 yards and rushed for 36 more to lead the Rebel attack. Rob Healy rushed for three touchdowns for the Yellow Jackets. Mississippi 10 28 0 3 — 41 Georgia Tech 0  6 6 6 — 18

1972 - North Carolina State vs. West Virginia

North Carolina State 49, West Virginia 13 In the first precipitation-free Peach Bowl, NC State took advantage of the ideal weather conditions to roll to an upset win. The Wolfpack blasted the Mountaineers 35-0 in the second half. Led by QB David Buckley, NC State chalked up 535 yards, including 337 on the ground. West Virginia ran for only 91 yards. North Carolina State 7 7 21 14 — 49 West Virginia 13 0 0 0 — 13

1973 - Georgia vs. Maryland

Georgia 17, Maryland 16 Georgia defeated Maryland behind its defense which gave up 461 yards but only one touchdown. Georgia stopped the Terps five times inside the Bulldog 15-yard line, allowing Maryland’s only touchdown on a 68-yard bomb. Georgia broke a 10-10 tie on an eight yard drive following a Maryland fumble and held on for the win. Maryland’s Steve Mike-Mayer kicked three field goals. Georgia 10 7 0 0 — 17 Maryland 0 10 0 6 — 16

1974 - Vanderbilt vs. Texas Tech

Vanderbilt 6, Texas Tech 6 Vanderbilt, making its first bowl appearance in 19 years, locked horns with Texas Tech in a defensive struggle that ended in a tie. Vanderbilt’s Mark Adams and Tech’s Brian Hall each booted two field goals to account for the scoring. The Red Raiders failed on a first and goal from the one-yard line just before halftime and missed another chance when Dennis Harrison blocked a 33-yard fourth quarter field goal attempt. Vanderbilt 0 3 0 3 — 6 Texas Tech 0 0 3 3 – 6

1975 - West Virginia vs. North Carolina State

West Virginia 13, North Carolina State 10 West Virginia avenged its 1972 Peach Bowl loss to NC State with a come-from-behind victory. The Mountaineers trailed 10-6 in the fourth quarter, when Don Kendra hit Scott McDonald on a 50-yard touchdown pass. Kendra also completed a 39-yard pass to Artie Owens with four seconds left in the first half for West Virginia’s other score. West Virginia 0 6 0 7 — 13 North Carolina State 7 3 0 0 — 10

1976 - Kentucky vs. North Carolina

Kentucky 21, North Carolina 0 Led by a bruising defense that limited North Carolina to 108 yards of total offense, Kentucky shut out the Tar Heels. The Wildcats, making their first bowl appearance since 1951, were led by FB Rod Stewart’s 104 rush yards and three touchdowns. A sellout crowd of 54,132 attended the game despite a temperature of 28 degrees. Kentucky 0 0 7 14 — 21 North Carolina 0 0 0 0 — 0

1977 - North Carolina State vs. Iowa State

North Carolina State 24, Iowa State 14 N.C. State, paced by QB Johnny Evans and TB Ted Brown, jumped to 21-0 halftime lead and held on for the victory. Evans passed for 202 yards and rushed for 62 more, while Brown notched his second 100-yard Peach Bowl game with 114 yards on the ground. The win, before 36,733 fans, gave the Wolfpack two wins in three Peach Bowl appearances. North Carolina State 7 14 0 3 — 24 Iowa State 0 0 0 14 — 14

1978 - Purdue vs. Georgia Tech

Purdue 41, Georgia Tech 21 Purdue stormed to a 34-7 halftime lead and went on to defeat Georgia Tech, handing the Yellow Jackets their second Peach Bowl loss. Purdue limited Tech to zero yards of total offense in the decisive first half. The Jackets, playing without All-American RB Eddie Lee Ivery, finished with only 12 yards rushing for the game. Mark Herrmann threw two touchdown passes for the Boilermakers and rushed for another. Purdue 21 13 0 7 — 41 Georgia Tech 0 7 0 14 — 21

1979 - Baylor vs. Clemson

Baylor 24, Clemson 18 Freshman QB Mike Brannon threw two touchdown passes and Baylor blocked two Clemson punts to lead the Bears to victory before 57,321 fans. The Tigers, led by Billy Lott’s 204 passing yards , were stopped late in the game following an onside kick recovery as Baylor held on for the win. Baylor 0 14 10 0 — 24 Clemson 7 0 3 8 — 18

1980 - Miami vs. Virginia Tech

Miami 20, Virginia Tech 10 Jim Kelly passed for 179 yards and the stingy Miami defense limited Virginia Tech to 10 points as the Hurricanes upended the Hokies. Miami jumped to a 14-0 lead then used two Danny Miller field goals to clinch the win. Cyrus Lawrence led Virginia Tech with 134 yards on the ground, 105 in the first half. Miami 7 7 3 3 — 20 Virginia Tech 0 3 7 0 — 10

1981 - West Virginia vs. Florida

West Virginia 26, Florida 6 West Virginia stifled Florida’s offense in a decisive victory, becoming the first team to win three Peach Bowls. The Gators were held to minus-30 yards rushing and 135 yards passing in cold, rain-soaked Atlanta- Fulton County Stadium. Paul Woodside kicked four field goals to lead the Mountaineers. West Virginia 7 9 3 7 — 26 Florida 0 0 0 6 — 6

1982 - Iowa vs. Tennessee

Iowa 28, Tennessee 22 Iowa scored 21 second quarter points to open a 21-7 lead and held on to win before 50,134 fans. Iowa QB Chuck Long threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns to spark the Hawkeyes and break the previous Peach Bowl passing mark with 220 yards in the first half. Tennessee was led by RB Chuck Coleman who gained 103 yards on 11 carries. Iowa 0 21 7 0 — 28 Tennessee 7 0 12 3 — 22

1983 - Florida State vs. North Carolina

Florida State 28, North Carolina 3 Florida State jumped to a quick 21-0 lead and relied on powerful defense to win. North Carolina managed only 32 yards on the ground, while the Seminoles rolled up 265 yards. Eric Thomas, making his first collegiate start, threw two touchdown passes to Weegie Thompson and ran for a third to lead Florida State. The Tar Heels suffered their third Peach Bowl defeat in three appearances. Florida State 14 7 0 7 — 28 North Carolina 0 0 0 3 — 3

1984 - Virginia vs. Purdue

Virginia 27, Purdue 24 Virginia, playing in its first bowl game ever, got two fourth quarter field goals from Kenny Stadlin to complete a rally from a double-digit halftime deficit and upend Purdue. Cavalier QB Don Majkowski passed for one score and ran for another, while RB Don Howard Petty rushed for 116 yards and one TD. Boilermaker QB Jim Everett passed for three TDs, but Purdue was held scoreless in the second half. Virginia 7  7 7 6 — 27 Purdue 10 14 0 0 – 24

1985 - Army vs. Purdue

Army 31, Illinois 29 In a game which saw 16 Peach Bowl records broken or tied, Army defeated Illinois in one of the most exciting games in the Bowl’s history. The two teams combined for a Peach Bowl record 863 yards of total offense. Army’s 291 yards on the ground, including 107 by Cadet QB Rob Healy, proved to be worth more than Illinois’s 401 yards through the air by future NFL QB Jack Trudeau. The Fighting Illini’s two-point conversion attempt to tie the game with 34 seconds left failed. Army 7 14 7 3 — 31 Illinois 3 13 7 6 — 29

1986 - Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina State

Virginia Tech 25, North Carolina State 24 Driving 57 yards in the last 1:53, Virginia Tech nipped N.C. State 25-24 on Chris Kinzer’s 40-yard field goal as time expired. A crowd of 53,668 watched the Hokies and the Wolfpack battle in sun-drenched Atlanta- Fulton County Stadium. N.C. State went ahead 24-22 with over seven minutes remaining before the Hokies’ decisive march Virginia Tech 10 0 6 9 — 25 North Carolina State 7 14 0 3 — 24

1987 - Tennessee vs. Indiana

Tennessee 27, Indiana 22 Playing before the largest crowd (58,737) in Peach Bowl history and the game’s second consecutive sellout, Tennessee’s came from behind to defeat Big-Ten runner-up Indiana, 27-22. Reggie Cobb scored the Volunteers’ decisive touchdown on a nine-yard fourth-quarter run. Tennessee 14 7 0 6 — 27 Indiana 3 7 6 6 — 22

1988 - North Carolina State vs. Iowa

North Carolina State 28, Iowa 23 A 75-yard Shane Montgomery touchdown pass fueled a 21-point second quarter as North Carolina State held on to defeat Iowa. The combatants combined to shatter 18 Peach Bowl records as the Hawkeyes battled back from an early hole but fell shy of the win. Iowa quarterback Chuck Hartlieb threw for 428 yards in the defeat. North Carolina State 7 21 0 0 — 28 Iowa 3 7 7 6 — 23

1989 - Syracuse vs. Georgia

Syracuse 19, Georgia 18 On a day that offered the warmest weather in Peach Bowl history, Georgia led the majority of the contest and appeared destined to capture the second Peach Bowl victory in school history. However, the Bulldogs could not put the Orangemen away, and K John Biskup’s 26-yard field goal with 25 seconds to go gave Syracuse its first and most important lead. Syracuse 7 0 3 9 — 19 Georgia 7 3 8 0 — 18

1990 - Auburn vs. Indiana

Auburn 27, Indiana 23 A one-yard bootleg by Auburn QB Stan White with 39 seconds left gave the Tigers a heart-stopping, come-from-behind victory over Indiana. Auburn’s last-second victory was the fourth in the last five Peach Bowls decided in the last minute of play. Auburn 7 10 0 10 — 27 Indiana 7 3 0 13 — 23

1991 - East Carolina vs. North Carolina State

East Carolina 37, North Carolina State 34 In the final Peach Bowl at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, East Carolina rallied from a 17-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat in-state rival N.C. State, 37-34. The game took place in front of the largest crowd (59,322) in Peach Bowl history. Pirates QB Jeff Blake completed the last of his record-setting four TD passes to TE Luke Fisher with 1:32 remaining to give ECU the victory. East Carolina 7 10 0 20 — 37 North Carolina State 7 7 13 7 — 34

1992 - North Carolina vs. Mississippi State

North Carolina 21, Mississippi State 17 The Silver Anniversary Peach Bowl was the first played in the Georgia Dome, and a sellout crowd of 69,125 established new Peach Bowl and Georgia Dome records. In the first quarter, Mississippi State jumped ahead 14-0, but the Tar Heels tied the game at 14 with a returned blocked punt touchdown. A fourth-quarter interception return score proved enough to cement the Tar Heels’ win. North Carolina 0 0 14 7 — 21 Mississippi State 14 0 0 3 — 17

1993 - Clemson vs. Kentucky

Clemson 14, Kentucky 13 The Peach Bowl’s decade of close games continued as Clemson came from behind to upend Kentucky, 14-13. Emory Smith, brother of NFL star RB Emmitt, scored the winning TD on a 21-yard pass from Clemson’s fourth quarter replacement QB Patrick Sapp with 20 seconds remaining. Clemson 7 0 0 7 — 14 Kentucky 0 3 0 10 — 13

1994 - North Carolina State vs. Mississippi State

North Carolina State 28, Mississippi State 24 North Carolina State and Mississippi State followed Peach Bowl protocol with a hard-fought, back-and-forth contest. With the score tied at 20 early in the fourth quarter, Wolfpack QB Terry Harvey connected with Jimmy Gressett for a 62-yard completion. The four-play 80-yard scoring drive was capped off by an 11-yard Carlos King touchdown run. A stingy Wolfpack defense limited Mississippi State to only a field goal in the final minutes to seal the school’s fourth Peach Bowl win. North Carolina State 6 7 8 7 — 28 Mississippi State 7 6 8 3 – 24

1995 - Virginia vs. Georgia

Virginia 34, Georgia 27 Virginia controlled the game and led 27-17 after three quarters. Early in the fourth quarter, Georgia kicked a field goal to narrow the margin to seven points. With 1:09 remaining, Georgia’s Jason Ferguson picked up a Virginia fumble and returned it 10 yards for a touchdown. With a record crowd of 70,284 roaring, the ensuing kickoff was run back by Virginia’s Demetrius Allen for record-setting and game-winning 83-yard return for a touchdown. Virginia 14 10 3 7 — 34 Georgia 3 11 3 10 – 27

1996 - LSU vs. Clemson

LSU 10, Clemson 7 LSU’s Aaron Adams blocked a potential game-tying Clemson field goal with less than two minutes remaining in the game to preserve the victory. In a game dominated by defense, LSU overcame an early seven point deficit and a 151-yard rushing performance by Clemson tailback Raymond Priester to capture its second consecutive bowl victory and post its first 10 win season since 1987. LSU 0 10 0 0 — 10 Clemson 7 0 0 0 – 7

1997 - Auburn vs. Clemson

Auburn 21, Clemson 17 The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl continued its reputation as one of the most exciting bowls in the nation as Auburn skidded by Clemson, 21-17. Auburn drew first blood with a 52-yard Jaret Holmes field goal in the first quarter. Clemson answered back in the second quarter following a touchdown off a blocked punt. Holmes booted another 24-yarder to make it a 7-6 game at the half, but Clemson answered out of the gate with a Terry Witherspoon touchdown to make the score 14-6. Auburn QB Dameyune Craig answered a Clemson field goal with a 22-yard scamper to close the gap to 17-12. With 8:45 left in the game, Auburn’s Rusty Williams rushed in from seven-yards out to put the SEC’s Tigers ahead. Holmes sealed the 21-17 win with a 22-yard field goal as the clock wound down. Auburn 3 3 0 15 — 21 Clemson 0 7 10 0 — 17

1998 - Georgia vs. Virginia

Georgia 35, Virginia 33 The No. 19-ranked Georgia Bulldogs avenged their 1995 Peach Bowl loss to Virginia with a stirring, come-from-behind 35-33 victory in front of a record crowd of 72,876. After 12th-ranked Virginia built a 21- point lead, the Bulldogs responded with 21 points of their own. Virginia regained the lead late in the third quarter on a 67-yard pass from Aaron Brooks to Terrence Wilkins. The extra-point failed and at the end of three quarters the Cavaliers led 27-21. Georgia took the lead for good on its first possession of the fourth quarter when senior running back Olandis Gary capped a 67-yard drive with a two-yard run. After a Quincy Carter quarterback sneak from one yard out and an extra point conversion upped the Bulldog lead to eight points, Virginia responded as Brooks scrambled 30 yards to cut the lead to two points 35-33 with 1:34 remaining. The two-point conversion failed, seemingly icing the victory for Georgia. However, Virginia recovered the onside kick, setting up a 48-yard field goal attempt with 19 seconds remaining. The kick sailed wide right, though, and Georgia held on for the victory. Georgia 0 7 14 14 — 35 Virginia 0 21 6 6 – 33

1999 - Mississippi State vs. Clemson

Mississippi State 17, Clemson 7 The second scoreless first half in Peach Bowl history greeted a new record crowd of 73,315 as the Clemson and Mississippi State defenses forced their will on their opponents. In the third quarter, MSU finally broke through with a 39-yard field goal from junior kicker Scott Westerfield capping a seven-play, 31-yard drive. The Bulldogs added a touchdown just 3:20 into the fourth when sophomore quarterback and game MVP Wayne Madkin scrambled in from the Clemson two-yard line. Clemson stormed back, moving the ball 70 yards on eight plays and finding the end zone on Brandon Streeter’s quarterback sneak from the one. Mississippi State put the game away on their next possession when Madkin hooked up with Dontae Walker on a 15-yard pass play. The win gave the Bulldogs a 10-2 record and No. 12 national ranking. Mississippi State 0 0 3 14 – 17 Clemson 0 0 0 7 – 7

2000 - LSU vs. Georgia Tech

LSU 28, Georgia Tech 14 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. Despite four turnovers, everything seemed in order as Tech’s running game mounted a 14-3 halftime lead. In the third quarter, LSU quarterback Rohan Davey – in for starter Josh Booty –connected on a three-yard pass to FB Tommy Banks, but the conversion attempt failed and LSU still trailed 14-9. In the fourth, the Tigers tallied 19 unanswered points on three scoring drives and two two-point conversions and 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 record crowd of 73,614. LSU 3 0 6 19 — 28 Georgia Tech 7 7 0 0 — 14

2001 - North Carolina vs. Auburn

North Carolina 16, Auburn 10 The Tar Heels, after an 0-3 start, completed an 8-5 season with a 16-10 victory over Auburn. 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 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. 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. North Carolina 7 3 6 0 — 16 Auburn 0 0 0 10 – 10

2002 - Maryland vs. Tennessee

Maryland 30, Tennessee 3 For the second straight season, the Terrapins finished a 10-win campaign with a bowl matchup against an SEC powerhouse. Maryland quarterback and Offensive MVP Scott McBrien engineered two lengthy touchdown drives, capped by his own TD runs of one and six yards, while Defensive MVP E.J. Henderson had 12 solo tackles to lead a surprising Terrapin rout. Maryland Cornerback Curome Cox 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 and Steve Suter had a bowl-record 95 yards in punt returns, including one for 79 yards. Tennessee 0 3 0 0 – 3 Maryland 7 10 3 10 – 30

2003 - Clemson vs. Tennessee

Clemson 27, Tennessee 14 Unranked Clemson, who won its last three regular season games by a combined 95 points, stunned sixth-ranked Tennessee. 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 and a pair of touchdowns. Led by Defensive MVP Leroy Hill, Clemson clamped down on the Vols’ ground attack to a mere 38 yards on 26 carries. Clemson’s Duane Coleman added a TD run and Aaron Hunt kicked two field goals (23, 28). Clemson 10 14 0 3 – 27 Tennessee 7 7 0 0 – 14

2005 - LSU vs. Miami

LSU 40, Miami 3 The No. 9 Miami Hurricanes took on the No. 10 LSU Tigers in the 38th annual Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Fresh off an upset loss to Georgia in the SEC Championship game, the Tigers used their return trip to Atlanta as a way to regain respect. 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, connecting on 13 of 22 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns to earn MVP honors LSU’s defense held the high-powered Miami offense in check all night in what evolved into a one-sided game. LSU 3 17 14 6 – 40 Miami 3   0   0   0 – 3

2004 - Miami vs. Florida

Miami 27, Florida 10 The No. 14 Miami Hurricanes stormed to an early lead via key plays on defense and special teams and never looked back to defeat 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. Florida actually outgained Miami for the game (406 yards to 277) but Miami QB Brock Berlin would not be denied against his former team, passing for 171 yards. Berlin’s 20-yard touchdown strike to WR 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. Florida 0 3 7 0 — 10 Miami 7 10 7 3 — 27

2006 - Georgia vs. Virginia Tech

Georgia 31, Virginia Tech 24 In the inaugural Chick-fil-A Bowl, Virginia Tech jumped out to a quick 21-3 halftime. The second half, however, saw a complete shift in momentum. The Bulldogs cut the lead to 21-6 on a 52-yard Brandon Coutu field goal by early in the third quarter. It was then that Georgia’s Mark Richt decided to use a little trickery of his own with an early on-sides kick, which his team recovered. The ensuing possession led to a 6-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to tight end Martrez Milner that sliced 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. Kregg 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 Peach Bowl history. GEORGIA 3   0   10   18 – 31 VIRGINIA TECH 0 21   0     3 – 24

2007 - Auburn vs. Clemson

Auburn 23, Clemson 20 (OT) The Chick-fil-A Bowl’s 40th anniversary game between No. 15 Clemson and No. 22 Auburn marked the first first overtime game in Chick-fil-A Bowl history and a record 11th straight sellout crowd of 74,413. Clemson took a 7-3 first half lead when star tailback C.J. Spiller broke free for an 83-yard touchdown run. On the first drive of the second half, Auburn answered with a touchdown of its own. In the fourth quarter the two teams put up a combined 17 points leaving the game knotted at 20. In overtime, Clemson managed only 17 yards on seven plays before settling for a 25-yard Buchholz field goal. On Auburn’s possession, Cox hit Rodgeriqus Smith for 12 yards to set up a Kodi Burns seven-yard TD run that ended the game in thrilling fashion, as the entire Auburn team sprinted for the end zone to celebrate the 23-20 victory. Clemson 0  7  0  10  3 (OT) – 20 Auburn 3  0  7  7  6 (OT) – 23

2008 - LSU vs. Georgia Tech

LSU 38, Georgia Tech 3 The LSU Tigers routed No. 14 Georgia Tech 38-3. Led by freshman quarterback and Offensive MVP Jordan Jefferson and running back Charles Scott, the LSU Tigers routed No. 14 Georgia Tech 38-3. 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 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. The win runs LSU’s record in the Chick-fil-A Bowl to 5-0, while Georgia Tech is 0-4 in its hometown bowl. LSU additionally now boasts two of the biggest blowouts in Chick-fil-A Bowl history, with the Tigers also owning the most lopsided win in their 40-3 win over Miami in 2005. LSU  7  28  3  0  –  38 GT  3  0  0  0  –  3

2009 - Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee

Virginia Tech 37, Tennessee 14 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. The Volunteers cut the deficit to 17-14 going into halftime. Virginia Tech would not look back from there, again turning to its defense to close the game. Touchdown runs from Virginia Tech’s Tyrod Taylor and running back David Wilson cemented the victory The game drew a sell-out crowd – the Chick-fil-A Bowl’s 13th in a row – of 73,777. VT  7  10  7  13  –  37 TENN  0  14  0  0  –  14

2010 - Florida State vs. South Carolina

Florida State 26, South Carolina 17 Key offensive injuries on sides, a lopsided turnover margin and a Chick-fil-A Bowl-record-tying four field goals by a single team would make the difference in Florida State’s 26-17 victory over South Carolina. Florida State grabbed the early advantage using steady play from back-up quarterback E.J. Manuel and riding kicker Dustin Hopkins’ leg that tallied 14 of the Seminoles’ 26 points by itself on four field goals and a pair of PATs. The Gamecocks battled themselves, handing FSU five turnovers on three interceptions and two fumbles. The tenacious Gamecocks chipped away at Florida State’s lead in the third and fourth quarters, using two key drives to come to within two points. Florida State managed the clock in the fourth quarter to score the game-clinching, seven-yard touchdown pass with 5:27 remaining. SC  0  3  7  7  –  17 FSU  6  7  6  7  –  26

2011 - Auburn vs. Virginia

Auburn 43, Virginia 24 Spurred by an explosive offensive attack and timely special teams play, No. 25 Auburn broke open a close game in the second quarter and claimed its fourth Chick-fil-A Bowl victory in school history with a 43-24 win over Virginia in front of 72,919 fans at the Georgia Dome. The Cavaliers jumped out to a 14-7 lead in the 2nd quarter. However, the Tigers responded with touchdowns on three consecutive drives, Auburn marched down the field to open the second half to put the Tigers up 35-17. Virginia was poised to regain the momentum following a Kevin Parks touchdown run, but the Tigers’ special teams came registered its second blocked punt of the night through the back of the end zone for a safety to put the Tigers up 37-24. Kicker Cody Parkey would tack on two more field goals, from 45 and 37 yards out to put the game out of reach. UVA  7  10  7  0  –  24 AUB  7  21  12  3  –  43

2012 - Clemson vs. LSU

Clemson 25, LSU 24   In the first matchup of 10-win teams in Chick-fil-A Bowl history, No. 14 Clemson and No. 8 LSU proved to be one for the ages as Clemson came back from an 11-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat LSU, 25-24. Spurred by a late passing attack by quarterback Tajh Boyd, Clemson went 60 yards in just 1:39 during the game’s final drive. Kicker Chandler Catanzaro booted a 37-yard field goal as time expired to seal the victory. Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins turned in one of the finest performances in Chick-fil-A Bowl history as he set Bowl records with 13 receptions for 191 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown grab before halftime. LSU  7  7  10  0  24 Clemson  7  6  0  12  25

2013 - Texas A&M vs. Duke

Texas A&M 52, Duke 48 The 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl was the first time meeting between Duke and Texas A&M, as well the inaugural Chick-fil-A Bowl appearance for both teams. In a contest dominated by both teams’ offensives, Duke scored first and stayed ahead of the Aggies for the majority for the game. Going into halftime, the Blue Devils led the Aggies 38-17. Behind the arm of Heisman winner, Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M staged an epic second-half comeback in the highest-scoring game in the Bowl’s history. Twenty game records were tied or broken including points scored, total offense and first downs over the course of the game. Duke  14  23  3  7  — 48 Texas A&M  3  14  14  21  — 52

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