NCAA Game Summary - Georgia vs. Nebraska|
(Tuesday, January 1st)
Final Score: (6) Georgia 45, (23) Nebraska 31
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Georgia was left completely out of the BCS
after coming up five yards shy to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game and of
playing in the BCS title game.
Aaron Murray made sure there'd be no letdown in the Capital One Bowl.
Murray threw five touchdown passes in the sixth-ranked Bulldogs' 45-31 triumph
over No. 23 Nebraska.
The junior signal-caller tallied 427 yards through the air on 18-of-33
efficiency against the nation's top-ranked passing defense for Georgia
(12-2), which reached 12 wins for the third time in program history.
Chris Conley had 136 yards receiving with a pair of touchdowns, Tavarres King
caught three balls for 104 yards and a score and Todd Gurley added 125 yards
and a score on the ground in the triumph.
"I'm very proud of our guys, especially on offense," said Murray. "We
definitely didn't make all of the plays that were out there, but when you put
up 45 points against a team like Nebraska with a great defense, you have got
to feel happy about that."
Rex Burkhead had 140 yards rushing and a score on 24 carries for the
Cornhuskers (10-4), who suffered a 70-31 loss to Wisconsin in the Big Ten
title game. Burkhead also had a receiving touchdown.
Taylor Martinez registered 204 yards passing on 16-of-27 effectiveness with
two touchdowns and interceptions, while also recording 46 yards rushing in
Nebraska closed the campaign with back-to-back losses on the heels of a six-
game winning streak.
"At the end of the day we had our opportunities and there were some situations
where you have to make plays. They made them and we didn't, and it cost us the
football game," Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said.
Georgia trailed 31-23 midway through the third following Burkhead's 2-yard TD
run, but the Bulldogs scored the final 22 points of the contest.
Murray tossed three of his scores during that stretch.
It took just five plays for Georgia to tie the contest as Murray hit Conley
with a 49-yard TD pass and completed the ensuing two-point conversion to Rhett
Alec Ogletree recovered Ameer Abdullah's fumble on Nebraska's next series, but
Georgia didn't take advantage of the miscue and went three-and-out. But it
scored on its ensuing touch.
Murray fired a 31-yard completion to Justin Scott-Wesley and hit Keith
Marshall for a 24-yard score four plays later on the first play of the fourth
for a 38-31 Georgia advantage.
The Huskers went three-and-out on their ensuing trek and the Bulldogs went up
by two scores just three snaps later as Conley took a slip screen 87 yards for
a touchdown and a 45-31 spread early in the fourth.
Martinez threw an interception on Nebraska's following touch and Georgia then
took the next 4:39 off the clock to essentially seal the win.
Earlier, Shawn Williams blocked a Brett Maher punt on Nebraska's opening
possession of the game, but Scott-Wesley was unable to fall on top of the ball
in the end zone and the resulting scrum caused the football to go out-of-
bounds for a safety.
Murray slung a 29-yard TD pass to Arthur Lynch following the safety, but
Martinez found Jamal Turner for a 14-yard score on Nebraska's ensuing
possession to make it 9-7.
Will Compton returned an interception 24 yards for a touchdown on the second
play of Georgia's next touch, but Murray lofted a 75-yard score to King on the
Bulldogs' next snap for a 16-14 Georgia margin late in the first.
Damian Swann brought back a Martinez interception 19 yards to the Nebraska 38
early in the second and Gurley rumbled 24 yards untouched for a touchdown,
which gave Georgia a 23-14 cushion.
Nebraska, though, put up the next 17 points of the game.
Maher nailed a 39-yard field goal midway through the second and Martinez
flipped a 16-yard score to Burkhead a bit later to give Nebraska a 24-23 edge
heading into the break.
Nebraska was looking for its first 11-win campaign since 2001 ... Murray's 427
yards passing set a Bulldogs' bowl record ... Ogletree had 13 tackles ...
Murray finished the year with 3,893 yards and 36 TDs.
01/02 01:47:53 ET