1986 Hall of Fame Bowl
One thing that bowl organizers could not control was the weather. It rained all day, and continued to rain through the evening, which put a damper on the walk-up crowd. Official attendance was 41,000, which was the number of tickets distributed, but the actual number of people in the stands was around 25,000. The weather canceled plans for a halftime concert by James Brown, the Godfather of Soul. The game itself turned out to be an exciting back-and-forth contest.
Georgia running back James Jackson opened the scoring with a 7 yard first quarter touchdown run. With running back Troy Stradford rushing for 122 yards and a touchdown, Boston College came back to build a 20-7 advantage. In the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs recaptured the lead 24-20 on another Jackson TD run. A critical pass interference call gave the Eagles a first and ten at the Georgia 17 yard line with :51 left on the clock. BC quarterback Shawn Halloran hit receiver Kelvin Martin on a 5 yard pass in the end zone, with 32 seconds left, for the winning touchdown. The Eagles won 27-24, their eighth straight victory. Halloran was 31 of 52 for 316 yards and he threw for two touchdowns. Georgia's Gary Moss returned a pass interception 81 yards for touchdown and was named co-Most Valuable Player with teammate James Jackson. Bicknell said of the victory, "What this means is we can line up and play with anyone."
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