2004 Outback Bowl: Georgia 24, Wisconsin 21
TAMPA, Fla. -- As the winningest quarterback in NCAA history, Georgia’s David Greene leaves behind quite a legacy.
“If I could hope, it would maybe just be the guy found a way to win. Not for being the best quarterback, but one who found a way,” Greene said Saturday after delivering one last time for the No. 8 Bulldogs in a 24-21 victory over No. 16 Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl.
The senior from Snellville, Ga., threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns in his farewell, continuing his assault on the Southeastern Conference record book and adding victory No. 42 to his NCAA mark.
Greene completed 19 of 38 passes, but also was intercepted twice
after throwing only two during the regular season. Wisconsin’s Andy Crooks returned the second pick 11 yards for a touchdown, and John Stocco’s 2-point conversion pass to Jonathan Orr cut Georgia’s lead to three points with 4:13 to go.
The Bulldogs didn’t give the Badgers (9-3) a chance to get closer, driving to the Wisconsin 5 before taking a knee on successive plays to run out the clock. Brown gained 49 of his 111 yards rushing on the final drive.
Wisconsin finished with a three-game losing streak after beginning the season 9-0 to climb into national title contention, but losses to Michigan State and Iowa by a combined 79-21 cost the Badgers a share of the Big Ten title and a spot in the Rose Bowl.
“Quite frankly, I think we overachieved this season,” coach Barry Alvarez said. “This is a football team that had a lot of adversity, had key players hurt. We were consistent offensively all year, yet we found ways to win,” Alvarez said.