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SEC: Dawgs QB comes up with save

Associated Press
Published November 28, 2004

ATHENS, Ga. - David Greene led Georgia to an early lead over Georgia Tech, then returned at the end with an aching left thumb to make sure the Bulldogs held on for a 19-13 victory Saturday.

Greene injured the thumb on his throwing hand in the first quarter just before tossing a 28-yard touchdown to Fred Gibson. The senior quarterback spent most of the game on the sideline, but he came back in with just over 7 minutes remaining and the Bulldogs (9-2) struggling to hang on to their fourth straight win over the Yellow Jackets.

Greene completed a couple of passes on a 40-yard drive that set up Brandon Coutu's first career field goal, a 44-yarder with 2:16 left.

Georgia Tech, which trailed 16-0 at halftime, wasn't done. Reggie Ball threw a 38-yard pass to Levon Thomas, who split four defenders to haul in the ball at the Georgia 21.

After completing a pass for no gain, Ball was sacked for an 11-yard loss by Quentin Moses. At that point, the Yellow Jackets appeared to lose track of the downs.

Ball raced up to the line to spike the ball, stopping the clock but leaving Georgia Tech with fourth and 21. On the next play, he rolled right under heavy pressure and lofted the ball out of bounds to avoid the sack. The Yellow Jackets looked stunned when the official signaled a first down going the other way. Georgia took a knee to end the game.

Greene became the conference leader in career passing yards, surpassing Peyton Manning. Greene, the winningest quarterback in major college history, has 11,264 yards with a bowl game still to go after completing 6-of-12 for 80 against Tech.

MISSISSIPPI 20, MISS. ST. 3: Backup quarterback Robert Lane had 205 total yards with a TD pass and a TD run as the host Rebels won the Egg Bowl. Lane, a redshirt freshman, was 10-of-17 passing for 108 yards and rushed for 97 yards.

Starter Ethan Flatt was intercepted on the Rebels' first play. Lane came off the bench, threw a touchdown to cap his first series and took almost every meaningful snap the rest of the way. His 2-yard TD run on the first play of the fourth quarter capped a 98-yard drive, gave Ole Miss a 17-3 lead and put the Rebels in command.

Ole Miss entered with one of the worst defenses in the league, but the Rebels forced three turnovers, held Mississippi State to 88 total yards through three quarters and shut down running back Jerious Norwood. The league's second-leading rusher, Norwood ran for just 24 yards - nearly 79 below his average.

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