2006 Gator Bowl Game Analysis: Great Comeback Overwhelmed by … Other Things

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Defensive Player
of the Game

picture: hokiesports.com
#42 James Anderson

LB, 6-3, 222, rSr.
Score: 48.3 points

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Until late in the game, Chris Ellis was the frontrunner for the defensive player of the game, but
then James Anderson finished his Tech career with a 39-yard interception return for a touchdown. Anderson added five
tackles, a fumble recovery, and 0.5 TFL for good measure.

48.3 points.

Chris Ellis, 30.0 points (3 tackles, 1.5 sacks for 10
yards, 1 forced fumble, 2 passes defensed, and 1 QB hurry).

It’s a shame this game was overshadowed by the controversy that followed it (and it’s a shame this game analysis was
delayed so long by that same controversy), because it was a memorable contest. The Hokies did something they almost
never do: they overcame a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit to win, an event so rare that it always takes its place in
Hokie football legend. This game did just that, but unfortunately for all the wrong reasons, not because of the
comeback. The Stomp and all that followed