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    Sunday, December 31, 2006

    Late BC Field Goal Sinks Navy

    Tony Taylor set up two fourth-quarter touchdowns with interceptions and Georgia rallied from an 18-point deficit to upset No. 14 Virginia Tech 31-24 on Saturday night in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

    Georgia finished an up-and-down season with three straight victories over ranked teams, a first for the program. The Bulldogs (9-4) salvaged an otherwise disappointing regular season with wins over No. 5 Auburn and No. 16 Georgia Tech.


    Boston College found a most improbable way to extend the nation's longest bowl winning streak - with a big assist from a Navy miscue. Walk-on Steve Aponavicius kicked a 37-yard field goal on the final play and the Eagles beat the Midshipmen 25-24 in the Meineke Bowl, a seventh straight bowl win that concluded up a tumultuous month for BC.

    Wake Forest's Jim Grobe who is coaching in the Orange Bowl has been chosen as the 2006 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year, joining a legendary class of coaches that includes Bobby Bowden, Fisher DeBerry, Vince Dooley, Tom Osborne, Joe Paterno, Eddie Robinson, and Bo Schembechler.

    The Associated Press, The Sporting News and CBS also selected Grobe as their coach of the year in 2006. Grobe, a native of Huntington, W. Va., was the unanimous choice as the ACC's Coach of the Year.

    The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award was established in 1976 to honor the Division I college football coach whose programs represent quality on and off the field. The Bobby Dodd Award honors the coach of a team which enjoys a successful season on the gridiron while stressing the importance of academic excellence and sense of duty to return something back to the community, as Coach Dodd did during his 22 seasons as the head football coach of Georgia Tech.

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