Originally created 01/03/06

Duo shines bright for their families affected by Katrina

ATLANTA - The Sugar Bowl was relocated to the Georgia Dome from New Orleans because of Hurricane Katrina, and two players whose families were affected by the storm came up big early for West Virginia.

Darius Reynaud's two first-quarter touchdowns, one a 7-yard pass from Pat White and the other a 13-yard run on a reverse, gave him just six TDs for the season.

Reynaud, a sophomore who sat out the 2004 season, is from Luling, La. His family temporarily fled to Texas after the hurricane hit. His mother's name also is Katrina.

White's family lives in Daphne, Ala., 11 miles south of Mobile, Ala., along hard-hit Mobile Bay. His father is the area fire chief.

POTENT FIRST HALF: The 52 points in the first half easily set a record for the most points in any half of a Sugar Bowl game.

The previous high mark for points in the first half of the Sugar Bowl was 41 in the 2002 and 1997 games.

The previous record for points in any half of a Sugar Bowl was 44 in Notre Dame's 39-28 1992 win over Florida.

By taking the 31-14 lead in the second quarter, West Virginia matched the most points scored against Georgia this season. Auburn also scored 31 points in a win over the Bulldogs.

ANDERSON HELD OUT: Georgia was without senior defensive tackle Gerald Anderson, who was listed as the starter but could not play because of back spasms.

Ray Gant, a junior, moved into the starting lineup.

The loss of the 6-foot-2, 315-pound Anderson left the Bulldogs with a key player in their run defense. West Virginia rushed for 200 yards in the first half.

FALLING BEHIND: Georgia fell behind 28-0 in the Sugar Bowl, but that wasn't an entirely hopeless position for the Bulldogs based on two previous bowls.

At the end of the 1998 season, the Bulldogs rallied from a 21-0 deficit to beat Virginia 35-33 in the Peach Bowl. A year later at the Outback Bowl, they pulled off the greatest comeback in postseason history.

Georgia fell behind 25-0 to Purdue early in the second quarter, but rebounded for a 28-25 overtime victory.

Quincy Carter guided the Bulldogs on a 13-play, 94-yard drive for the tying touchdown, capped off with an 8-yard pass to Randy McMichael. Hap Hines kicked a 21-yard field goal in overtime to win it for the Bulldogs.

The previous record for greatest come-from-behind victory in a Division I-A bowl was 22, shared by Brigham Young University and Notre Dame. BYU defeated Southern Methodist University, 46-45 in the 1980 Holiday Bowl after trailing 35-13. The Fighting Irish rallied from a 34-12 deficit in the 1979 Cotton Bowl to beat Houston, 35-34.


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