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Georgia scores late to hold off Nebraska in Capital One Bowl

Georgia Bulldogs safety Shawn Williams blocks the punt of  Nebraska Cornhuskers kicker Brett Maher during the Capital One Bowl in Orlando Reuters

Georgia was a a couple of seconds, a few yards and five points away from jumping Alabama and playing Notre Dame in the BCS championship. Instead, the Bulldogs fell a bit short and had to settle for the Capital One Bowl against Big Ten representative Nebraska.

For about three quarters, it ranked among the most exciting bowl games on New Year’s Day. But thanks to the Bulldogs’ defense and a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns, No. 6 Georgia was able to pull away from No. 23 Nebraska 45-31.

Aaron Murray shook off a pair of early interceptions to finish the day with 427 yards through the air and five touchdowns. The running back combination of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall accounted for 161 yards and a touchdown.

Georgia’s defense was gashed again for 239 yards on the ground — Rex Burkhead, making his final appearance for the Cornhuskers, rushed for 140 yards and a score — and another 204 passing from Taylor Martinez. However, the Bulldogs D forced Martinez into a pair of interceptions as part of a three-turnover day.

Defense for Georgia has been shaky at times this season — curious considering the talent on that side of the ball — and run defense was especially poor the past two games, but to Todd Grantham‘s credit, the Bulldogs surrendered just seven points in the second half of today’s bowl against the ‘Huskers.

With Jarvis Jones, Alec Ogletree and Bacarri Rambo all either headed to the NFL or likely so, Georgia’s defense will be an interesting unit to watch in 2013. Murray should return along with Gurley and Marshall, but will Georgia be too reliant upon the offense next year to win games?

Likewise, Nebraska needs to go back to the start with the defense. This is supposed to be Bo Pelini’s area of expertise, yet the ‘Huskers have given up 115 points in the past two games and allowed Ohio State to rack up another 63 earlier in the season.

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20 Responses to “Georgia scores late to hold off Nebraska in Capital One Bowl”
  1. cometkazie says: Jan 1, 2013 5:22 PM

    Bo was a good DC at LSU but I think he is in over his head.

  2. fitz66 says: Jan 1, 2013 5:27 PM

    Murray talking about his NFL decision? Please.

  3. chc4 says: Jan 1, 2013 5:50 PM

    Well fitz66, he was asked the question by that nitwit sideline reporter. What do you expect him to do?

  4. irishdodger says: Jan 1, 2013 6:32 PM

    With all that NFL talent, Georgia’s D is not good. Luckily for them, Nebraska’s D is worse. Can’t believe the game was as close as it was.

  5. freemantowilliams says: Jan 1, 2013 6:37 PM

    I hope ur not dissing Murray ^^^^ as of right now he would probably b the first qb taken

  6. sincityhawk says: Jan 1, 2013 6:42 PM

    Congrats to UGA for a 12-2 season. Coming up 5 yards short against Bama still stings, to play for a national championship, but I am proud of the Dawgs for finishing the season with a win.

    To Jarvis Jones – there were many times you put the defense on your back and carried them this year. I watched you will your teammates today, especially in the first half, to wake them up and play UGA football. It took them 3 quarters, but it was you that never quit and eventually the other 10 guys came to your side. You will be missed at UGA, but you will have the Dawgnation behind you at the next level.

    Go Dawgs!

  7. taron2in1 says: Jan 1, 2013 6:48 PM

    How bout them Dawgs!!!

  8. irishdodger says: Jan 1, 2013 8:05 PM

    @taron:

    Congrats! Now the Dawgs have beaten THREE teams with winning records.

  9. fitz66 says: Jan 1, 2013 9:28 PM

    Tyler Wilson, Barkley, Smith, Nassib, Bray – AT LEAST – all go before him. Murray’s decision making is horrible. UGA had way more talent than Nebraska and Murray was still 18/33.

  10. gamustangdude says: Jan 1, 2013 10:35 PM

    Now UGA has ND haters!!!! Welcome, stand in line next to those Big 10 haters.

  11. gamustangdude says: Jan 1, 2013 10:42 PM

    I wonder how many SEC teams ND has beaten this football season?

  12. irishdodger says: Jan 1, 2013 10:43 PM

    Mustang,
    I’m not a hater. I really like Mark Richt. I couldn’t care less who won that game but I’m puzzled how that D gives up so many yards & points yet is loaded w/ NFL talent. The facts don’t get reported which gives a false impression & the facts are they beat 3 teams w/ a winning record & one of those was Vandy AND their rush D is ranked 77 in the nation.

  13. gamustangdude says: Jan 1, 2013 11:13 PM

    Irishdodger,

    The fact that you took time out to research those numbers in order to post that comment, makes you a hater. Who cares how many yards they gave up? Or how many points they give up? As long as they keep the other team’s offense from scoring more points than theirs, that’s all that matters. In all honesty, the only stat the matters is the scoreboard. Everything else, I’ll let you worry about.

  14. irishdodger says: Jan 1, 2013 11:24 PM

    Mustang,

    You’re delusional bro. Unlike myopic SEC fans who never watch football outside of their conference, I am a college football fan regardless of team, conference, etc. Other than that, I can’t help u w/ your inferiority complex so say a prayer & ask your doctor about a prescription.

  15. JMil_ATL says: Jan 2, 2013 6:21 AM

    Irishdodger…

    In your stat research to explain Murray’s low completion yesterday did you find out anything about how good Nebraska’s pass defense was or that Georgia had already lost its best 2 receivers early this season and then the 3rd best early in this game?

    I have no answer for the defense. It’s been frustrating all season that they haven’t played up to all the hype.

    BTW…I’m not a life long SEC Georgia fan. I moved to the ATL area back in ’98 and have only been rooting for Georgia the past 12 years so I do have some perspective considering I moved down here from the north.

  16. woebegong says: Jan 2, 2013 7:24 AM

    UGA played the first half like they didn’t want to be there and that is understandable after coming so close to playing in the big game. As they have done so well most of the season, they tightened up in the second half and came out and played some serious ball the second half and Nebraska wasn’t able to hang with them.
    Say all you want about Arron Murray, but the kid is a good QB, and once he got his head in the game, Nebraska didn’t have an answer for him.
    I think if I were the OC, I might have run it more for the first half, but I am just a fan, so I leave it to the guys that get paid.
    Nebraska played a spirited game, so no shame in losing as they put up a good fight. I think possibly the speed of UGA was a little more than they expected, but they hung tough.
    As for UGA’s defense. They have not operated real well as a unit all year, but more like a unit of very good athletes, but they will be OK next year. They have plenty of young guys coming back, and have a good recruiting class as well. The offense far exceeded expectations this year though, so I think it balanced out. The offense next year will be lights out, with or without Murray at QB, so they could be in the thick of things again, depending on how well their defense is ready to go, right off the bat.

  17. fitz66 says: Jan 2, 2013 8:20 AM

    Did someone mention Nebraska’s good defense? That same “good” defense that OSU put 63 on – or Wisconsin hung 70 on? Yeah, stellar bunch.

  18. woebegong says: Jan 2, 2013 10:26 AM

    I think it was suppose to be their good pass defense. It was easy to have a good pass defense playing in the big 10, where there wasn’t a really good passing team in the bunch and most were run oriented offenses. The three games they lost were to teams that relied on running for their bread and butter and had good option QB’s for the most part. Against a good pass oriented team, like UGA, they didn’t have a clue how to stop them, once UGA got over the SECCG hangover they were experiencing the first half. Nebraska was in the game for about the first 35 minutes but after that, UGA beat them up like a bastard step child.

  19. gamustangdude says: Jan 2, 2013 11:35 AM

    @irishdodger,

    Now you ramble off about “inferiority complex” and “prescriptions” when it’s actually you’re the one who needs help? Remember this comment…

    “@taron:

    Congrats! Now the Dawgs have beaten THREE teams with winning records.”

    You started it, and now when someone above the age of 12 tells you that you’re “stats” don’t mean nothing in determining the outcome of a game nor do they determine how better a team is compared to the next. You’re the one with the inferiority complex, because you keep jumping on any SEC threads, that have noting to do with the Irish, posting meaningless stats.

    The truth is, I never once said UGA was better than any other team, therefore, no inferiority complex. I simply stated the only stat that matters is the scoreboard. You, an irish fan, decided to come on this thread and post meaningless stats, based on from what I can gather by your other posts is that you’re jealous, nervous, upset of the hype the SEC has gotten recently. Hey, maybe it’s you who needs the prescription after all, you’re the one who’s upset, not me. My team won their bowl game, just hope yours does.

  20. cowartsh says: Jan 2, 2013 5:41 PM

    I cant wait to see bama crush your little national title dreams irishdodger.

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