Georgia beats Penn State 24-17 in TaxSlayer for 5th straight

Jan 2, 2016 4:32 PM by Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Terry Godwin threw a touchdown pass on a trick play and caught one later, helping Georgia beat Penn State 24-17 in the TaxSlayer Bowl on Saturday.

The Bulldogs (10-3) won their fifth consecutive game to close the season, this one under interim coach Bryan McClendon and with incoming coach Kirby Smart watching from the stands.

Smart had to like what he saw. Despite a makeshift coaching staff - Georgia used different offensive and defensive coordinators - the Bulldogs turned in one of their most complete performances since September.

It helped that Penn State (7-6) played more than half the game without star quarterback Christian Hackenberg.

Hackenberg landed awkwardly on his throwing shoulder early in the second quarter and spent the second half on the sideline in street clothes.


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