Jan. 1, 2013
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.
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.
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.
|428||5||Aaron Murray||PASS||Tyler Martinez||2||205|
|124||1||Todd Gurley||RUSH||Rex Burkhead||1||138|
|136||2||Chris Conley||REC||Ben Cotton||0||69|
|No. 5 Georgia (12-2, 7-1)||No. 16 Nebraska (10-4, 7-1)|
|12-18||3rd Down Efficiency||8-16|