2020 Sugar Bowl

The 2020 Sugar Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 2020, between the Georgia Bulldogs and Baylor Bears, with kickoff scheduled for 8:45 p.m. EST (7:45 p.m. local CST) on ESPN.[4] It was the 86th edition of the Sugar Bowl, and one of the 2019–20 bowl games concluding the 2019 FBS football season. Sponsored by insurance provider Allstate, the game was officially known as the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

2020 Allstate Sugar Bowl
CFP New Year's Six
86th Sugar Bowl
1234 Total
Georgia 31670 26
Baylor 00140 14
DateJanuary 1, 2020
Season2019
StadiumMercedes-Benz Superdome
LocationNew Orleans, Louisiana
MVPGeorge Pickens (WR, Georgia)[1]
FavoriteGeorgia by 3[2]
RefereeJerry McGinn (Big Ten)[3]
Attendance55,211
United States TV coverage
NetworkESPN and ESPN Radio
AnnouncersESPN: Sean McDonough (play-by-play)
Todd Blackledge (analyst)
Holly Rowe (sideline)
ESPN Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones, Ian Fitzsimmons
Nielsen ratings5.7 (10.22 million viewers)
International TV coverage
NetworkESPN Deportes
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TeamsEdit

The game matched the Georgia Bulldogs from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and the Baylor Bears from the Big 12 Conference. This was the fifth all-time meeting between the two programs; the Bulldogs had won each of the prior four meetings, most recently in 1989.[5]

Georgia BulldogsEdit

Georgia entered the game with an 11–2 record (7–1 in conference). They finished atop the SEC's East Division and advanced to the SEC Championship Game, which they lost to LSU, 37–10. As LSU was selected to the College Football Playoff, Georgia was invited as the SEC representative to the Sugar Bowl. The Bulldogs were 3–1 against ranked opponents, defeating Notre Dame, Florida, and Auburn while losing to LSU. Their only other loss was to South Carolina.

This was Georgia's eleventh Sugar Bowl (the third-most of any team); they had a 4–6 record in prior editions of the bowl. It was also Georgia's second consecutive Sugar Bowl, following their 2018 team's loss to Texas in the 2019 edition, 28–21.

Baylor BearsEdit

Baylor also entered the game with an 11–2 record (8–1 in conference). They finished tied with Oklahoma atop the Big 12, with the Sooners then defeating the Bears in the Big 12 Championship Game, 30–23 in overtime. As Oklahoma was selected to the College Football Playoff, Baylor was invited as the Big 12 representative to the Sugar Bowl. The Bears were 0–2 against ranked opponents, falling to Oklahoma twice.

This was Baylor's second Sugar Bowl, and their first since their 1956 team won the 1957 edition over Tennessee, 13–7.

Game summaryEdit

2020 Allstate Sugar Bowl
1 2 34Total
No. 5 Georgia 3 16 7026
No. 7 Baylor 0 0 14014

at Mercedes-Benz SuperdomeNew Orleans, Louisiana

Game information
First Quarter
  • (0:49) UGA – Rodrigo Blankenship 24 yard field goal (Drive: 6 plays, 74 yards, 2:14; Georgia 3–0)
Second Quarter
  • (12:28) UGA – Jake Fromm 27 yard pass to George Pickens, Rodrigo Blankenship kick (Drive: 8 plays, 85 yards, 2:32; Georgia 10–0)
  • (8:08) UGA – Rodrigo Blankenship 31 yard field goal (Drive: 9 plays, 45 yards, 3:36; Georgia 13–0)
  • (1:51) UGA – Jake Fromm 16 yard pass to Matt Landers, two-point conversion pass incomplete (Drive: 7 plays, 71 yards, 2:52; Georgia 19–0)
Third Quarter
  • (12:14) BAY – Charlie Brewer 12 yard pass to Denzel Mims, John Mayers kick (Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 2:46; Georgia 19–7)
  • (7:16) UGA – Zamir White 13 yard rush, Rodrigo Blankenship kick (Drive: 7 plays, 47 yards, 2:46; Georgia 26–7)
  • (4:10) BAY – Charlie Brewer 1 yard rush, John Mayers kick (Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:06; Georgia 26–14)
Fourth Quarter
No scoring

StatisticsEdit

Statistics UGA BAY
First downs 19 21
Plays–yards 70–380 78–295
Rushes–yards 40–130 28–61
Passing yards 250 234
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 20–30–0 28–50–2
Time of possession 32:23 27:37
Team Category Player Statistics
Georgia Passing Jake Fromm 20/30, 250 yards, 2 TD
Rushing Zamir White 18 carries, 92 yards, 1 TD
Receiving George Pickens 12 receptions, 175 yards, 1 TD
Baylor Passing Charlie Brewer 24/41, 211 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing Tristan Ebner 5 carries, 23 yards
Receiving Denzel Mims 5 receptions, 75 yards, 1 TD

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ @960theref (January 2, 2020). "George Pickens is the #SugarBowl MVP, tying UGA's bowl record with 12 catches for 175 yards and a touchdown" (Tweet). Retrieved January 2, 2020 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ "Georgia vs. Baylor - Game Summary". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  3. ^ "2019-20 bowl officiating assignments". footballzebras.com. December 9, 2019. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  4. ^ "2019-20 college football bowl schedule, games, dates, times, TV channels". CBSSports.com. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  5. ^ "Winsipedia - Baylor Bears vs. Georgia Bulldogs football series history games list".

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