Sun Bowl

1985

 

Arizona 13

Georgia 13 

Alabama Fight Song

 

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - For the second year in a row, Georgia got a tie for Christmas. They weren't the same.

 

Last year's 17-17 tie with Florida State in the Florida Citrus Bowl came three days before Christmas. Georgia's Kevin Butler barely missed a mammoth 70-yard field goal attempt on the final play.

 

On Saturday, three days after Christmas, the Bulldogs settled for a 13-13 deadlock with Arizona in the Sun Bowl as both teams missed field goal tries in the final 69 seconds.

 

"I feel a little different this year than I did last season," Georgia coach Vince Dooley said. "Last year, I felt we should have won the game.

 

This year, I'm more proud of the team for hanging in there and fighting hard throughout the game. On the other hand, if (Arizona's Max) Zendejas had made that field goal, I might be feeling a little bit different right now."

 

Georgia's Davis Jacobs was wide left on a 44-yard attempt with 1:09 remaining and Zendejas, the third leading field goal kicker in NCAA history who had connected from 22 and 52 yards earlier, sent a 39-yard attempt wide to the right with four seconds left.

 

The misses came after Georgia erased a 13-3 deficit in the first 5:34 of the fourth quarter on a 45-yard field goal by Jacobs and Lars Tate's 2-yard leap over the line of scrimmage for a 2-yard touchdown with 9:26 left.

 

Georgia's comeback, plus Zendejas' missed field goal, denied Arizona what would have been its first victory in five bowl trips.

 

"I was thinking of the many times that he had been in this type of clutch situation and how many times he'd come through," Dooley said of Zendejas. "I was also thinking, 'Well, maybe he's due for a miss.'"

 

Arizona coach Larry Smith said, "Max had a great four years here (79 of 107 field goals, 123 of 125 extra points). I told him. 'You're a great kicker and you're going to be a great pro. Don't let one kick ruin you.'''

 

Smith called Arizona's first bowl trip in six years "a great football game. It was fun. The two teams were about as evenly matched as you can get. I think this was another major step for our football program. We gave them everything they could have asked for except a win."

 

Tate's touchdown, followed by Jacobs' conversion, came on fourth-and-one and capped a seven play scoring drive after Georgia roverback John Little forced a fumble by Arizona tailback James DeBow and safety Tony Flack recovered at the Wildcats' 23.

 

Jacobs' 45-yard field pulled Georgia within 13-6 at 1:53 of the final period. Steve Crumley, whose 38-yard field goal had given Georgia 3-0 lead early in the second quarter, was set to attempt a 40-yarder but the Bulldogs were penalized for illegal procedure.

 

Jacobs, Georgia's long-range kicker, took over and brought the Bulldogs within 13-6. Flack's fumble recovery came two plays later.

 

Arizona had built its lead on the two field goals by Zendejas and nickel back Martin Rudolph's 35-yard return of an intercepted pass.

 

The tie gave Arizona an 8-3-1 record and also prevented the Wildcats from matching the school single season record of nine victories set in 1974 and equaled in 1975. Georgia wound up 7-3-2.

 

Zendejas, whose first field goal tied the score in the second period, snapped the 3-3 deadlock at 4:49 of the third period. The senior place-kicker drilled a line drive through the uprights from 52 yards out with a brisk breeze at his back.

 

Keith Henderson carries for the Bulldogs.

 

Arizona's David Adams prepares to meet Georgia's Bill Mitchell.

 

UGA's Troy Sadowski leaps to haul in a pass.

 

UGA's Henry Harris (52) and Aaron Chubb (28) celebrate a turnover.

 

Attendance- 52,203

 

Scoring Summary

 

Second Quarter

UGA- FG Crumley 38

UA- FG Zendejas 22

 

Third Quarter

UA- FG Zendejas 52

UA- Rudolph 35 yard interception return (Zendejas kick)

 

Fourth Quarter

UGA- FG Jacobs 45

UGA- Tate 2 run (Jacobs kick)

 

Individual Statistics

 

Rushing

UGA- Tate 22-71, Henderson 12-59, Worley 12-56, Jackson 16-45, McCluskey 4-9

UA- Adams 13-51, Jenkins 6-22, DeBow 4-13, McLemore 5-10, Knox2-3

 

Passing

UGA- Jackson 4-7-42, Carpenter 1-1-9

UA- Jenkins 13-22-133

 

Receiving

UGA- Tate 2-16, Sadowski 1-15, Lane 1-11, Henderson 1-9

UA- Fairholm 4-40, Adorns 3-33, McLemore 2-25, Vickers 2-15, Morton 1-13, Smith 1-7

 

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