Georgia Postgame Notes: TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, Jan. 1, 2014 vs. Nebraska

Jan. 1, 2014

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Bowl History: Georgia made its 49th all-time bowl appearance today and with the 24-19 loss, its overall bowl record is 27-19-3. Also, Georgia is 2-1-1 in the Gator Bowl and 1-2 against Nebraska with all three games coming in bowl games. The Bulldogs finish the season 8-5. It was the 17th straight season Georgia played in a bowl.

Another Tight One: Georgia played in eight games this year where the final margin was five points or less, and it went 4-4 including today's five-point defeat. Georgia is 27-21 in these tight tussles under Mark Richt.

Costly Turnovers: Georgia allowed 14 points on two turnovers today while Georgia got 7 points off one NU turnover. Georgia fumbled while fielding a punt (Reggie Davis) at its own 14, and it led to a Cornhusker TD and a 7-3 lead with 9:05 left in the first half. The Cornhuskers got an INT from Josh Mitchell on Georgia's first possession of the 2nd half and took over at the UGA 38. It led to a TD. Georgia got an INT from freshman Shaq Wiggins, his second of the year, at the NU39. It led to a TD. The Bulldogs were minus-7 in turnover margin. Opponents scored 66 points off the 22 Bulldog miscues while Georgia scored 55 points off 15 turnovers this year

Gurley Leading Rusher and Receiver Today: Sophomore TB Todd Gurley ran for a team-high 86 yards on 21 attempts plus had a team-high seven catches for a career-high 97 yards. He scored Georgia's only TD, a 25-yard reception from Hutson Mason to make it 24-19 with 14:49 left in the game. Mason finished 21-for-39 for 320 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT in his second career start.

Morgan Accounts For 9 Points In 1st Half and 13 Total: Sophomore Marshall Morgan booted a 38-yard field goal to give Georgia a 3-0 lead at the 10:37 mark of the 2nd quarter. He added a 28-yarder to close the gap to 7-6 with 6:53 left in the first half. Morgan's 3rd FG came on the final play of the first half, a 38-yarder to make it 10-9. Morgan tied a Bulldog bowl record with his fourth of the day, a 30-yarder with 6:32 left in the 3rd quarter that made it 17-12. He is the first Bulldog with four field goals in a game since Blair Walsh vs. Kentucky in 2011. Also he had a PAT today to finish with 13 points and 113 for the year. Morgan tied a Georgia bowl record with four field goals also held by Kanon Parkman (1995 Peach Bowl) and Billy Bennett (2003 Sugar Bowl).

Not A Lot Of Points In 1st Half: Georgia and Nebraska were scoreless after the first quarter, the first time that's happened in a Bulldog bowl game since the 2009 Independence Bowl against Texas A&M. Georgia went on to post a 44-20 win. Today, the Bulldogs trailed 10-9 after the first half. It marked the first time Georgia hasn't scored a TD in a game since the 2012 South Carolina game in Columbia. The last time Georgia didn't score a TD in a bowl game was the 2010 Liberty against #24 Central Florida. It was 3-3 at the half, and the Golden Knights won 10-6.

J.J. Green KOR: Freshman J.J. Green served as the primary kick returner today and had three for 93 yards including a career-long 48-yarder, the longest by a Bulldog this year.

Leading Tacklers: Freshman SS Quincy Mauger led the team with six tackles at the half and finished the game with seven while the leader for the game for Georgia was freshman OLB Leonard Floyd who tied his career high with eight. The SEC's leading tackler, junior LB Ramik Wilson, finished with five that gave him 133 for the year.

Captains: Georgia's game captains were seniors Arthur Lynch (TE), Garrison Smith (DE) and Connor Norman (FS).

Injury Report: Senior guard Dallas Lee (upper thigh strain) did not return in the second half. Senior SE Rhett McGowan (left groin) went down in the third quarter and did not return.

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