Murray and Bulldogs Soar Past Nebraska 45-31

Jan. 1, 2013

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Georgia Caps Season With Exciting 45-31 Win over Nebraska

Aaron Murray threw for 428 yards and 5 touchdowns as the Georgia Bulldogs set a Capital One Bowl record with 589 yards in beating The Nebraska Cornhuskers 45-31 on New Years Day in Orlando, Florida.

Georgia's first posession ended when Aaron Murray's pass was intercepted at the 4-yard line by P.J. Smith on a ball intended for Chris Conley. Georgia had driven from their own 25 to Nebraska's 36.

Nebraska followed with a 3-and-out and Shawn Williams blocked the Nebraska punt into the endzone. Justin Scott-Wesley appeared to have the touchdown recovery but the ball squirted away from him and several players before finding the back of the endzone for a safety and the first points of the game.

Soon after, Arthur Lynch caught a 29-yard TD pass from Murray. Lunch was wide open on a crossing route and easily ran for the score. It was a 10-play 80-yard drive to put Georgia up 9-0.

Nebraska answered with a long TD drive of their own and then took the lead when Murray's screen pass was intercepted by Will Compton and returned 20-yards for a score.

Murray attoned for the interception quickly with a 75-yard bomb to Tavarres King on the drive's first play putting Georgia back ahead 16-14.

Nebraska countered with a 55-yard completion to the tight end Ben Cotton on the Cornhuskers first play of the drive. Georgia's defense stiffened and forced a field goal that Nebraska missed.

After a Georgia punt, Damian Swann picked off a Nebraska pass and returned it over midfield to give Georgia good field posession.

Tailback Todd Gurley took a direct snap in the wildcat formation 24-yards fo a TD to take a 23-14 lead.

After a 39-yard field goal and a defensive stop, Nebraska took the lead back 24-23 on a pass from Tyler Martinez to Rex Burkhead for a 22-yard score.

Nebraska took the 2nd half kickoff and marched down the field to take a 31-23 lead after a Burkhead 2-yard plunge. Nebraska would not score again.

Georgia's passing attack responded as Murray found Chris Conley for a 49-yard score. Coach Richt called for a 2-point conversion and Murray hit Rhett McGowan to tie up the game at 31-31.

In the first play of the 4th quarter, Murray scrambled and hit Keith Marshall for a go-ahead 24-yard TD.

After forcing Nebraska to punt, Georgia recorded the biggest play of the game. Murray hit Conley on a slip screen with plenty of open field in front of him as he sprinted for a 87-yard touchdown. The score was Georgia's longest pass play of the season, gave them a 45-31 lead and set a Capital One Bowl record.

Damian Swann's 2nd interception helped seal the game for Georgia.




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GAME LEADERS
YDSTDGeorgiaNebraskaTDYDS
428 5Aaron MurrayPASS Tyler Martinez 2 205
124 1 Todd GurleyRUSH Rex Burkhead 1 138
136 2Chris ConleyREC Ben Cotton 0 69

No. 5 Georgia (12-2, 7-1) No. 16 Nebraska (10-4, 7-1)
23 1st Downs 27
12-18 3rd Down Efficiency 8-16
589 Total Yards 453
19-34-428 Passing 16-28-205
37-161 Rushing 52-248
7-76 Penalties 8-79
2 Turnovers 3
27:46 Possession 31:36


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