Stafford Leads Georgia Past Michigan State

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Thursday Jan. 1, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Matthew Stafford threw three touchdown passes in the second half and hit Knowshown Moreno for the clinching score to lead Georgia over Michigan State 24-12 in the Capital One Bowl.

Stafford was just 6-for-14 and an interception in the first half. After that, he looked more like the quarterback that NFL teams covet in going 14-for-17 and the three scores in a span of 18 minutes.

Stafford was picked as the game's MVP. He showed a nice touch in threading a 21-yard TD pass to Moreno late in the fourth quarter. Stafford set a single-season school record with 25 touchdown passes.

The expected showdown between star running backs Javon Ringer and Moreno never materialized. Moreno ran for 62 yards on 23 carries, while Ringer had 47 yards and a TD on 20 carries.

Stafford and Bulldogs broke loose in the third quarter, with Michael Moore catching a 35-yard touchdown pass and Aron White catching a 21-yard TD toss.

Ringer scored on a 1-yard run midway through the fourth quarter but quarterback Brian Hoyer's pass for a two-point conversion was long.

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