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? Hawaii entered its Sugar Bowl matchup with Georgia as the only undefeated team in the country, but the Warriors showed they weren't ready for the big time. Pressuring quarterback Colt Brennan (above) repeatedly, Georgia had eight sacks and forced six turnovers in a 41--10 victory.
? Rose Bowl officials wanted their traditional matchup between the Big Ten and the Pac-10, so three-loss Illinois made its first trip to Pasadena since 1984. The Illini were 49--17 losers to USC, which finished with a record 633 yards of total offense and matched the Rose Bowl high for points. The defense, led by linebackers Keith Rivers (right, 55) and Rey Maualuga (58), had five sacks, forced six fumbles and intercepted two passes. It was the game's most lopsided finish since the Illini were pounded 45--9 by UCLA—in 1984.
? All-America cornerback Aqib Talib returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown as Kansas, making its first Orange Bowl appearance since 1969, held off Virginia Tech 24--21. It was the eighth consecutive loss for an ACC team in a BCS game.
First and Long
? Winning a bowl in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1951 and '52, Kentucky held off Florida State 35--28 in the Music City Bowl. It was Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden's first loss in nine December bowls.