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The 2006 Nokia Sugar Bowl a 2005–2006 BCS game was played on January 2, 2006. This 72nd edition to the Sugar Bowl featured the West Virginia Mountaineers, and the Georgia Bulldogs. The game is thought to have raised the Big East's profile in the wake of losing 3 members to the ACC . It was played in Atlantamarker as the Louisiana Superdomemarker was still unfit to house the game in the months after Hurricane Katrina. Georgia was favored by 2 touchdowns, and had a home field advantage in Atlanta . Georgia had won 7 out of its previous 8 bowl games, whereas West Virginia had lost 11 out of its previous 13.

The game was thought by some to be over in the first quarter , when West Virginia opened up a 21-0 lead. Georgia ended up closing the gap to 31-21 at half-time, behind D.J. Shockley, and Georgia's spread offense. The 52 first-half points were the most in any half in a BCS game.

In the third quarter, Georgia cut the lead to 31-28 following a 68 yard drive.

In the fourth quarter, West Virginia pulled off a 9 play, 95 yard drive to extend their lead to 38-28 with 8:32 remaining. Georgia responded with a 90 yard drive of their own to cut the lead to 38-35 with 5:13 remaining.

With 1:26 remaining in the 4th quarter and facing a 4th and 6 situation, West Virginia's Phil Brady ran for 10 yards on a fake punt, to seal the win. Steve Slaton was named the game's MVP, having rushed for 204 yards and 3 touchdowns.


West Virginia capped off an 11-1 season, whereas Georgia fell to 10-3. West Virginia improved to 10-15 in bowl games, and Georgia fell to 22-16-3 in bowl games.

In an ESPN ranking of the Top 10 Best BCS Bowl Games, the 2006 Sugar Bowl was ranked #6.


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