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UGA defense shuts down Hawaii

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January 2, 2008

New Orleans -- In a game expected to be an offensive shootout, the Georgia defense played the biggest part in the Bulldogs 41-10 Sugar Bowl win.

The Dogs "D" harassed Heisman finalist Colt Brennen all night, sacking the Warriors QB eight times, picking off three passes, and forcing two fumbles.

Georgia defensive coordinator Willie Martinez devised a plan to shut down the nations top-ranked offense, with defensive end Marcus Howard playing a major role.

Listed at a generous 6' 2" and 250 pounds, the senior recorded three sacks, two forced fumbles, and a touchdown in the game.

Howard became the first defensive player to be named Sugar Bowl MVP in almost 40-years, and says the defense played big.

"Everyone says I'm undersized," says Howard. "I may be undersized, but I know for a fact I'm just as strong as the tackles I go against. I have speed, and power, and strength. I'm undersized, but I have a big heart."

Quarterback Matthew Stafford says, "It's awesome, I'm happy for all the players, and coach Martinez, and all the assistants. They did a great job of devising a plan, and the guys went and executed."

The Bulldogs finish the season 11-2.

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