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Updated: Thursday, January 1, 2004 7:26 PM EST
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(11) Georgia 34, (13) Purdue 27 (ot)
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ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- There's something about bringing together Georgia and Purdue that produces classic bowl games.

Kregg Lumpkin scored on a one-yard dive over the top on fourth down in overtime as No. 11 Georgia recovered for a 34-27 victory over No. 13 Purdue in the Capital One Bowl after squandering a 24-point lead.

Lumpkin made amends after his critical fumble enabled the Boilermakers to force overtime on Ben Jones' 44-yard field goal with 49 seconds left in regulation.

"When I fumbled the ball, my heart dropped," said Lumpkin, who rushed for 90 yards on 27 carries. "I was feeling real bad, thinking we were going to lose the ballgame."

In the 1999 Outback Bowl, Georgia rallied from a 25-point deficit to beat Purdue in overtime, 28-25, in the biggest comeback in school history.

Five years later, the Boilermakers tried to turn the tables but their hopes ended when end Robert Geathers deflected Kyle Orton's fourth-down pass from the Bulldogs 4-yard line in overtime. It fell incomplete in the end zone.

It was Georgia's first overtime game during Mark Richt's three-year tenure as coach.

"The TV ratings, we were very concerned about that," Richt joked. "We wanted people to stay and watch the game as long as possible for the people at Capital One."

Orton passed for a touchdown and ran for two scores, rallying Purdue from a 24-0 deficit despite playing with a dislocated thumb on his non-throwing hand that forced him to miss a series in the first quarter.

"Probably the worst pain I ever felt," said Orton, who completed 20-of-34 passes for 230 yards. "But I think coming back out and showing the guys that I wanted to play kind of energized us."

After Orton's three-yard TD pass to Anthony Chambers pulled Purdue within 27-24 with 1:34 left, Georgia (11-3) recovered the ensuing onside kick and appeared to be in position to run out the clock.

But Richt inexplicably called a sweep, and Lumpkin fumbled on second down behind the line. End Shaun Phillips jarred the ball loose and tackle Craig Terrill recovered for the Boilermakers at the Georgia 34.

"If you run three sweeps in a row, then you have a much better chance of winding the clock out and not having to punt," Richt said.

It did not appear Richt would have to worry about a close finish as David Greene threw three TD passes in the first half, including two to Fred Gibson in the first quarter, to give the Bulldogs a 24-0 lead with just under five minutes left in the second quarter.

Greene was 27-of-37 for 327 yards but threw for just 100 yards in the second half.

"They started playing a lot more two-deep coverage and we had a little bit of trouble running the ball, which is something you got to do," Greene said. "They got a good seven-man front."

The Boilermakers grabbed momentum late in the second quarter, closing to 24-10 on Orton's 17-yard TD run and Jones' 27-yard field goal. They made it 24-17 on Orton's two-yard run with 9:11 left in the third period.


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