Stafford Grabs MVP Honors as Georgia Takes Capital One Bowl

Vincent JacksonCorrespondent IJanuary 1, 2009

Game MVP Matthew Stafford possibly ended his college career with a statement win and led the No. 16 Georgia Bulldogs to a 24-12 victory in the 2008 Capital One Bowl over No. 19 Michigan State. 

Stafford finished 20-of-31 for 250 yards with three touchdown passes, all in the second half, including a key score to running back Knowshon Moreno late in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.

He did most of his damage in the second half where he was nearly perfect completing 14-of-17 passes for 179 yards and those aforementioned three touchdowns. 

Moreno was equally efficient, rushing for 63 yards on 23 carries to go along with another 63 yards receiving with a touchdown. 

Ranked No. 1 in the preseason, the Bulldogs (10-3) gave coach Mark Richt his sixth bowl win in eight tries.

Stafford and Bulldogs broke loose in the third quarter, with Michael Moore catching a 35-yard touchdown pass and Aron White catching a 21-yard score.

Michigan State's Brian Hoyer finished 16-of-31 for 159 yards and an interception that saw him benched for backup Kirk Cousins.  Javon Ringer finished a brilliant season with only 47 yards and a school-record 22nd touchdown on 20 carries.

The question now becomes whether or not Stafford will enter the NFL Draft and will Moreno go along with him.  If the two do enter, they are projected to be first-round picks.