By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Georgia and Nebraska battled through rainy conditions and choppy turf at EverBank Field on Wednesday, and the Cornhuskers held on late to down the Bulldogs 24-19 in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl.
Georgia (8-5) had the ball with a chance to take the lead in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, but a nine-play, 46-yard drive ended at the Nebraska 16-yard line when a Hutson Mason pass intended for tight end Arthur Lynch fell to the ground on fourth down. On the previous play, UGA running back Todd Gurley was corralled by the feet just before it appeared as if he was going to break free en route to the end zone.
Mason pulled the Dawgs within five early in the fourth with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Gurley, and the signal-caller finished the day with 320 yards through the air in relief of the injured Aaron Murray. Gurley was not at 100 percent, but the sophomore still accounted for 183 yards of offense in the loss.
Ameer Abdullah led the way for the Cornhuskers (9-4), churning out 122 yards and a touchdown on the ground on 27 carries. Tommy Armstrong threw a pair of touchdowns for the Huskers and was picked off once.
Passing – Hutson Mason, 21-for-39, 320 yards, TD, INT
Rushing – Todd Gurley, 21 car, 86 yards
Receiving – Todd Gurley, 7 rec, 97 yards, TD
Passing – Tommy Armstrong Jr., 6-for-14, 163 yards, 2 TD, INT
Rushing – Ameer Abdullah, 27 car, 122 yards, TD
Receiving – Quincy Enunwa, 4 rec, 129 yards, 2 TD
- 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.
- 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.