Georgia Loses Rematch Against Nebraska in TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl




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Game 12: Georgia (8-4, 5-3 SEC) vs. Nebraska (8-4, 5-3 B10)
Rankings: Georgia - NR; Georgia Tech - NR
Date: 12:00 p.m. - January 1, 2014
Site: Jacksonville, Fla.
Stadium: EverBank Field (77,000)
Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG - Scott Howard (PxP), Eric Zeier (Color), Chuck Dowdle (sideline), Loran Smith, Charlie McAlexander, Neil Williamson, Jeff Dantzler, Kevin Butler
TV: ESPN2
Radio: XM, Sirius
Internet Broadcast: Audio - GTV on georgiadogs.com; Video - espn3.com
Live Stats: GameTracker Twitter: #NEBvsUGA
Georgia TV Replay: CSS, Sun. at 11 a.m. & Wed. at 3 p.m. (Athens-Charter Ch. 37)

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).

Non-Conference Success

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.

Turnover Margin

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).




Georgia Loses Rematch Against Nebraska in TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Georgia football team suffered a 24-19 loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl in front of 60,712 fans and a nationally televised ESPN audience. Georgia ends its season with an 8-5 record, while Nebraska finishes the year with a record of 9-4.

Hutson Mason led the Georgia offense, going 21-40 for 320 yards and a touchdown. Todd Gurley was his top target, finishing with 97 yards on seven catches. Arthur Lynch added 69 yards on six catches. Gurley was Georgia's leading rusher, finishing with 86 yards on 21 carries. Marshall Morgan was perfect in the kicking game, connecting on four field goals and an extra point.

Leonard Floyd led the Bulldogs defensively with eight tackles, including seven solo stops and one tackle for a loss. Jordan Jenkins added seven tackles, including a sack, while Quincy Mauger racked up six tackles.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Bulldogs were the first to get on the board. Mason led Georgia on an 11-play, 38-yard drive that resulted in Marshall Morgan kicking a 39-yard field goal that put the Bulldogs up 3-0.

Georgia forced Nebraska to go three-and-out on the next possession, but a muffed punt that was recovered by Nebraska gave the Huskers the ball back at the Georgia 14. Two plays later, Tommy Armstrong Jr., found Quincy Enunwa in the end zone for a touchdown that gave Nebraska a 7-3 lead.

The Bulldog offense got a spark on the ensuing kickoff, as J.J. Green picked up 48 yards on the return and set the offense up near midfield. A 37-yard completion to Brenden Douglas put the Bulldogs in the red zone at the Nebraska 15, but Georgia was forced to settle for a 28-yard field goal from Morgan that cut the lead to 7-6.

Nebraska answered on the following possession, driving 48-yards before Pat Smith was good from 46 that extended the Husker lead to 10-6.

With just over three minutes left in the half, the Bulldogs got the ball back and worked themselves down to the 21-yard line. Highlighting the drive was a 17-yard first down pass to Lynch. After a seven-yard game to the Nebraska 21-yard line, Morgan connected on a 38-yard field goal that made it a 10-9 game going into halftime.

The Huskers took a 17-9 lead at the start of the second half after Josh Mitchell intercepted a Mason pass and returned it to the Georgia 38. Seven plays later, Ameer Abdullah rushed for a one-yard touchdown that made it a 17-9 game, following the extra point.

With 10:08 left in the third quarter the Bulldogs got the ball back and after a four-yard rush, Mason found Gurley out of the backfield for a 30-yard gain to the Nebraska 26-yard line. An 11-yard gain by Lynch gave Georgia first and goal, but the Bulldogs had to settle for a field goal, their fourth of the game, cutting the lead to 17-12 after Morgan was good from 30 yards out.

Nebraska added to its lead with a 99-yard touchdown pass from Armstrong Jr., to Enunwa that gave the Huskers a 24-12 lead, following the extra point, with just over six minutes left in the third quarter.

Georgia scored its first touchdown of the game at the start of the fourth quarter. The drive started when Shaq Wiggins picked off Armstrong Jr., at the Nebraska 39. With the Bulldogs at the 25-yard line, Mason hooked up with Gurley for a 25-yard catch and run for the score that made it a 24-19 game.

The Bulldogs looked to take the lead late in the fourth quarter, driving inside the Nebraska 20 on its final two possessions. Georgia was unable to convert on either fourth down, allowing Nebraska to come away with the 24-19 win.








Passing Leaders
GeorgiaC/ATTYDSTDINT
H. Mason21-4032011
NebraskaC/ATTYDSTDINT
T. Armstrong Jr.6-1416321
Rushing Leaders
GeorgiaCARYDSTD
T. Gurley21860
NebraskaCARYDSTD
A. Abdullah271221
Receiving Leaders
GeorgiaRECYDSTD
T. Gurley7971
A. Lynch6690
NebraskaRECYDSTD
Q. Enunwa41292
C. Carter1230

Georgia Nebraska
22 1st Downs 15
7-20 3rd Down Conv. 4-13
427 Total Yards 307
21-40-320 Passing 6-16-163
107 Rushing 144
7-53 Penalties 6-55
2 Turnovers 1
33:24 Possession 26:36


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