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Associated Press / January 2, 2009
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Matthew Stafford gave the type of performance in the Capital One Bowl that would make a fitting finale to his excellent Georgia career.

Whether this was his last game with the Bulldogs, the junior quarterback hasn't decided.

Stafford threw three touchdown passes in the final 18 minutes against No. 19 Michigan State, hitting Knowshon Moreno for the clinching score in the 16th-ranked Bulldogs' 24-12 victory yesterday in Orlando, Fla.

"It's going to be an extremely hard decision," Stafford said of entering the NFL draft. "My time at Georgia has been great, and the allure of coming back is something I'm considering. I'm 50-50 right now and I don't know what I'm going to do. I'm going to take these next few days and figure it out."

Ranked No. 1 to start the season, the Bulldogs (10-3) gave coach Mark Richt his sixth bowl win in eight tries and put a happy ending on a season that didn't live up to expectations.

The first half was ugly for Stafford, projected to be an early first-round draft pick, and Georgia.

He was just 6 for 14 and an interception in the first half and Michigan State (9-4) led, 6-3. In the second half, he looked more like the quarterback NFL teams covet. He completed 14 of his final 17 throws, including three TD passes.

Stafford started the comeback by directing a 10-play, 96-yard drive midway through the third quarter. He went 6 for 6 for 92 yards and capped it with 35-yard TD toss to Michael Moore.

Outback Bowl - Big Ten MVP Shonn Greene figures he's ready for the next level.

The Iowa running back turned the Outback Bowl in Tampa into a farewell party, leading the Hawkeyes past South Carolina, 31-10, and then announced he intends to skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

"I don't think there's really a lot more I can do here," Greene said. "People talk about the Heisman, but I think that's a lot of politics. I don't like getting caught up in all of that, so I just figure I'll try my chances."

Greene ran for 121 yards and three touchdowns. He rushed for more than 100 yards in all 13 of Iowa's games, scored in all but one, and won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's best running back.

Greene finished with school season records of 1,850 yards and 20 TDs.

Iowa (9-4) won for the sixth time in seven games since losing three straight to fall to 3-3. South Carolina (7-6) lost three straight down the stretch while being outscored, 118-30.

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