Georgia Loses Rematch Against Nebraska in TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl
Game 12: Georgia (8-4, 5-3 SEC) vs. Nebraska (8-4, 5-3 B10)
Georgia and Nebraska Among Bowl Leaders
Georgia will be making its 49th appearance in a bowl game when it faces Nebraska in the TaxSlayer. com Gator Bowl. The Bulldogs sport a bowl record of 27-18-3. Also, Georgia will be playing in a bowl game for a school record 17th consecutive season. Last season, then #5 Georgia beat #23 Nebraska to win the 2013 Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla. The Cornhuskers will be making their 50th appearance in a bowl and are 24-25. This marks the first time that Georgia will play the same bowl opponent in back-to-back seasons. Georgia claimed consensus national championships in 1942 and 1980 following impressive bowl wins, blanking #13 UCLA 9-0 in the Rose Bowl and beating #7 Notre Dame 17-10 in the Sugar Bowl in those respective years.
Memorable Comebacks Force Overtime In Three Bowl Appearances
After winning two road games in overtime during the 2013 regular season, it's worth mentioning that Georgia is 2-1 in bowl games that went to overtime.
Georgia's dramatic 28-25 overtime victory over #19 Purdue in the 2000 Outback Bowl in Tampa at the time marked the biggest comeback in NCAA bowl history. The #21 Bulldogs trailed Purdue 25-0 in the second quarter. It still ranks as Georgia's largest comeback in school history. At the 2004 Capital One Bowl in Orlando, #11 Georgia built a 24-0 lead over #12 Purdue late in the second quarter. However, the Boilermakers rallied to tie the contest with 49 seconds left but Georgia won 27-24 in OT. In the 2012 Outback Bowl, #18 Georgia jumped out to a 16-0 halftime advantage over #12 Michigan State. The Spartans took their first lead with 8:22 left in the game as the teams combined to score 24 points in the fourth quarter. In triple overtime, the Spartans prevailed 33-30 as the game ended when they blocked a 47-yard field goal attempt.
Gator Bowl History
Georgia is 2-0-1 in previous trips to Jacksonville for the Gator Bowl. Georgia's last appearance at the Gator Bowl came on Jan. 1, 1989 in the final game for the legendary coach Vince Dooley. The 19th-ranked Bulldogs defeated Michigan State 34-27 to finish the season 9-3. Georgia's first appearance at the Gator Bowl came on Jan. 1, 1948 when it tied Maryland 20-20 to conclude the campaign 7-4-1 under Wallace Butts. On Dec. 31, 1971, sixth-ranked Georgia edged unranked North Carolina 7-3 at the Gator Bowl to cap an 11-1 season under Dooley. Since 1933, the Bulldogs annually play SEC-rival Florida in Jacksonville.
Series History With The Cornhuskers
Georgia is 1-1 all-time versus Nebraska, and both meetings came in bowl games. The first time these teams squared off was in the 1969 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. The Cornhuskers, ranked No. 14 at the time, posted a 45-6 victory over unranked Georgia on a windy day that saw both teams miss extra points. However, the Big Eight co-champion Cornhuskers managed to build an 18-0 advantange on four field goals and a touchdown in the first half. They led 38-0 in the fourth quarter before the Bulldogs scored on a six-yard run by quarterback Paul Gilbert. Georgia finished the year 5-5-1.
Last season, the teams met in Orlando for the 2013 Capital One Bowl. Fifth-ranked Georgia outscored Nebraska 22-7 in the second half to register a 45-31 victory. The win gave the Bulldogs only their third 12-win season in school history. Three current Bulldogs who enjoyed a big day last year in the bowl win included Todd Gurley (125 rushing yards, 1 TD), Chris Conley (2 receptions, 136 yards receiving, 2 TDs) and Damian Swann (2 interceptions for 46 yards).
Under the direction of Mark Richt, Georgia owns a 52-9 record against teams from outside the Southeastern Conference, including 36-1 at home. The Bulldogs opened the year losing a shootout at #8 Clemson 38-35, topped North Texas 45-21, beat Appalachian St. 45-6 and concluded the regular season with a double-overtime 41-34 win at Ga. Tech.
Pouring On The Points
Georgia enters the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl game averaging 38.2 points/game. The school record for Highest Average Points Scored in a Season is 37.8, set last year. Nebraska is averaging 32.6 points/game. Georgia has scored 458 points this season while the Cornhuskers have tallied 391 points in 2013. In Scoring Defense, the Bulldogs have allowed 29.4 points/game while Nebraska is giving up 25.3 points/game.
The Bulldogs are minus-six in turnover margin this year, which is 13th in the SEC. Meanwhile, Nebraska is minus-12, which is last in the Big Ten.
Tight Tussles The Norm In 2013
Under Mark Richt, the Bulldogs have played 47 games that have been decided by five points or less, going 27-20 in these tight tussles. This year, Georgia has played in seven such contests, going 4-3.
SEC Tackle Leaders On Display
Bulldog junior ILBs Ramik Wilson and Amarlo Herrera are 1-2 in the SEC for tackles this season. Currently, Wilson leads the league with 128 (10.7/g). In school history, there have been two Bulldogs to lead the SEC in tackles (Whit Marshall, 1995, 128; Rennie Curran, 2009, 130).
Wilson has led the team in tackles eight times this season, including a career-high 18 stops versus #7 Auburn. This is the most tackles for a Bulldog since Orantes Grant tallied 22 in a 1998 win over Kentucky. Wilson had just 10 tackles in 18 games over his first two seasons. Herrera posted 12 tackles against both #6 South Carolina and the Tigers. Herrera is second in the SEC with 107 overall stops (8.9/g).
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