The fans at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday afternoon were in for a treat thanks to the effort put forth by the Penn State Nittany Lions and Georgia Bulldogs in the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl.
It was rough for Penn State early on, after losing star quarterback Christian Hackenberg, but the team was able to keep their heads in the game even after falling behind 24-3 entering the fourth quarter.
A late stop by the defense gave freshman quarterback Trace McSorely one final chance to lead the Nittany Lions to an improbably comeback win.
McSorely gave it his best effort — converting two clutch fourth downs — but ultimately Penn State fell short with a lackluster hail mary attempt as time expired and Georgia clinched the 24-17 victory.
Georgia was led by a balanced attack throughout the afternoon, as Sony Michel and Keith Marshall shared the load on the ground. Malcolm Mitchell paced the Bulldogs in the air attack, hauling in five catches for 114 yards and a score.
It was an uplifting win for the Bulldogs, who will now prepare to enter a new era in 2016 as Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Kirby Smart is set to take over as head coach.
With momentum now in their corner, it will be interesting to see what the team can achieve next season.
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