For the second year in a row, Georgia got a tie for Christmas.
Last year's 17-17 tie with Florida State in the Florida Citrus Bowl came three days before Christmas. Today, three days after Christmas, the Bulldogs settled for a 13-13 deadlock with Arizona in the Sun Bowl as both teams missed field goal attempts in the final 69 seconds.
"I feel a little different this year than I did last season," Georgia Coach Vince Dooley said. "Last year, I felt we should have won the game. This year, I'm more proud of the team for hanging in there and fighting hard throughout the game."
Georgia's Davis Jacobs was wide left on a 44-yard attempt with 1:09 remaining and Max Zendejas, the third-leading field goal kicker in NCAA history who had succeeded from 22 and 52 yards earlier, shanked a 39-yard attempt to the right with four seconds left. Zendejas was named most valuable player.
Georgia had erased a 13-3 deficit in the first 5:34 of the fourth quarter on a 45-yard field goal by Jacobs and Lars Tate's two-yard leap over the line of scrimmage for a touchdown.
The comeback by Georgia (7-3-2), plus Zendejas' missed field goal, denied Arizona (8-3-1) what would have been its first victory in five bowl trips.
Arizona Coach Larry Smith said, "Max had a great four years here (79 of 107 field goals, 123 of 125 extra points). I told him, 'You're a great kicker and you're going to be a great pro. Just don't let one kick ruin you.' "
Jacobs said of his miss, "I really thought it was good. I couldn't believe when the referee said it was wide. I was disappointed and that hurt a lot."