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Outback Bowl: QB takes most pride in Georgia's 10 wins

By EMILY NIPPS, KEITH NIEBUHR
Published January 2, 2005


TAMPA - After breaking nearly every record for a Georgia quarterback, senior David Greene spoke of one number he wanted to be remembered for: 10.

"How sweet it is to look back now and realize (Georgia had) three straight seasons with at least 10 wins," Greene said. "It kind of put Georgia football back where a lot of people feel like it belongs."

On the first play Saturday, Greene set the SEC record for total offense by completing a 31-yard pass to Leonard Pope.

He finished with 11,270 yards, surpassing Peyton Manning's 11,020 for Tennessee. Greene, who is the NCAA's winningest quarterback at 42-10, also owns Georgia career records for attempts and completions and added to his record of touchdown passes with 72.

Greene acknowledged his legacy but wanted to be remembered for one reason.

"If I could hope it could be (one thing), it would be as a guy who found a way to win," Greene said.

"Not the best quarterback, not the best throwing quarterback, not the best running quarterback, but one that found a way to win."

ADMIRATION FOR THE OPPONENT: Wisconsin senior Anthony Davis capped his career by rushing for 79 yards on 21 carries with a long of 25.

That bumped his four-year total to 4,676 yards, fifth in the Big Ten. Among those ahead of him are Heisman Trophy winners Ron Dayne of Wisconsin and Archie Griffin of Ohio State.

"I was very impressed with him," Georgia coach Mark Richt said.

"He's a heck of a player."

WHAT A DAY: Wisconsin's Andy Crooks celebrated his 19th birthday in style. The freshman linebacker produced, perhaps, the Badgers' most memorable play of the game when he stepped in front of a David Greene pass and returned it for an 11-yard touchdown with 4:13 left.

"The quarterback never saw me," Crooks said.

FUMBLE, WHAT FUMBLE?: Tailback Thomas Brown fumbled the ball away on the Bulldogs' second series, but by game's end, he was one of the stars.

Brown, a freshman, led all players with 111 yards on 16 carries. He scored on a 29-yard third-quarter run then carried the ball down the stretch as Georgia ran out the clock.

On the final drive, Brown rushed six times for 49 yards, including 11 on fourth and 1 to seal it. "When the opportunity came, I made sure I took care of business," Brown said.

Brown caught the eye of Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez.

"We missed a lot of tackles, but he had a lot to do with it," the coach said.

ODDS AND ENDS: Before rushing toward the fans after the game, Greene and standout defensive end David Pollack, seniors playing in their final game, posed for photographs on the field with the program's No. 1 fan, Uga the bulldog. ... Alvarez fell to 7-3 in bowl games, and all three defeats are to SEC teams. Georgia improved to 2-0 against Alvarez (Outback Bowls in 1998, 2005), and Auburn defeated the Badgers at last season's Music City Bowl.