2014 Belk Bowl
13th Belk Bowl
1234 Total
Georgia 713710 37
Louisville 7070 14
DateDecember 30, 2014
Season2014
StadiumBank of America Stadium
LocationCharlotte, North Carolina
MVPGeorgia RB Nick Chubb[1]
FavoriteGeorgia by 7
National anthemGabbie McGee[2]
RefereeDavid Witvoet[3] (Big Ten)
Attendance45,671[4]
PayoutUS$1,700,000
United States TV coverage
NetworkESPN/ESPN Radio
AnnouncersAnish Shroff, Kelly Stouffer, & Cara Capuano (ESPN)
Tom Hart, Matt Stinchcomb, & Heather Mitts (ESPN Radio)
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The 2014 Belk Bowl was a college football bowl game that was played on December 30, 2014, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina in the United States. The thirteenth annual Belk Bowl, it matched the Georgia Bulldogs of the Southeastern Conference against the Louisville Cardinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference.[5] The game started at 6:45 p.m. EST and aired on ESPN. It was one of the 2014–15 bowl games played at the conclusion of the 2014 FBS football season. The game was sponsored by Charlotte-based department store chain Belk. The Bulldogs won the matchup by a final score of 37–14.

Teams

The game featured the Georgia Bulldogs of the Southeastern Conference against the Louisville Cardinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Georgia was runner-up in the SEC Eastern Division, whereas Louisville was third in the ACC Atlantic Division.

The game represented the first overall meeting between these two teams.

Georgia Bulldogs

See also: 2014 Georgia Bulldogs football team

After finishing their regular season with a 9–3 record, the Bulldogs accepted their invitation to play in the game.[6]

Georgia became the first representative of the SEC to ever play in the Belk Bowl. In addition to this being Georgia's first Belk Bowl, it was also the Bulldogs' 50th bowl game in program history.

Louisville Cardinals

See also: 2014 Louisville Cardinals football team

After finishing their regular season with a 9–3 record, the Cardinals accepted their invitation to play in the game.[7]

The game was Louisville's second Belk Bowl; before they joined the ACC, the Cardinals played in the 2011 game (the first under the bowl's current name and sponsorship), losing to the NC State Wolfpack by a score of 31–24.

Game summary

Scoring summary

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP UGA LOU
1 8:24 8 90 3:16 UGA Chris Conley 45-yard touchdown reception from Hutson Mason, Marshall Morgan kick good 7 0
1 4:25 9 84 3:59 LOU Gerald Christian 12-yard touchdown reception from Kyle Bolin, John Wallace kick good 7 7
2 11:33 9 43 2:30 UGA 41-yard field goal by Morgan 10 7
2 6:40 7 76 2:19 UGA Nick Chubb 31-yard touchdown run, Morgan kick good 17 7
2 4:58 4 4 1:23 UGA 22-yard field goal by Morgan 20 7
3 5:41 3 97 0:57 UGA Sony Michel 2-yard touchdown run, Morgan kick good 27 7
3 1:48 10 70 3:53 LOU Brandon Radcliff 6-yard touchdown run, Wallace kick good 27 14
4 5:20 9 43 4:13 UGA 41-yard field goal by Morgan 30 14
4 2:02 4 45 2:16 UGA Chubb 8-yard touchdown run, Morgan kick good 37 14
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 37 14

Source: [4]

Statistics

Statistics[3] UGA LOU
First downs 22 20
Plays–yards 77–490 71–380
Rushes–yards 53–291 27–65
Passing yards 199 315
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 14–24–1 21–44–3
Time of possession 33:00 27:00

Records

According to UGA, "Nick Chubb was named the Belk Bowl MVP and finished with 269 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries. His 269 yards was a career-high, SEC bowl record, marked his eighth-straight 100-yard rushing game and was the second-highest single game rushing total in Georgia history." Also, a 41-yard field goal by Marshall Morgan that gave the Bulldogs a 30-14 lead set a single-season record for Georgia in points scored. Including the bowl game, UGA scored 537 points over the course of the season.[8]

Chubb also set three Belk Bowl records: rushing attempts, rushing yards, and "Longest Non-Scoring Run" (82 yards).[9]

References

  1. ^ Pace, Cody (December 31, 2014). "Chubb called upon once more to carry load in Belk Bowl". redandblack.com. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  2. ^ http://instagram.com/p/xCjwDgPG0s/
  3. ^ a b Boxscore Archived 2014-12-31 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b "Georgia Bulldogs vs. Louisville Cardinals - Box Score". ESPN. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  5. ^ "#13 Georgia and #20 Louisville Will Play in Belk Bowl". Archived from the original on 2014-12-21. Retrieved 2014-12-08.
  6. ^ "Georgia Accepts Invitation to the Belk Bowl; Louisville To Furnish Opposition". GeorgiaDogs.com. Georgia Bulldogs. December 7, 2014. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  7. ^ "Cardinals to Face Georgia in 13th Annual Belk Bowl". GoCards.com. Louisville Cardinals. December 7, 2014. Archived from the original on December 10, 2014. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  8. ^ GeorgiaDogs.com
  9. ^ "Belk Bowl Records". Archived from the original on 2014-12-29. Retrieved 2015-01-01.