Dogs beat Cornhuskers in Capital One Bowl, earn 12th win of season

dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 1, 2013 

ORLANDO, Fla. -- It took a half for No. 6 Georgia to settle in against No. 16 Nebraska, but when it did, it was hard to stop.

The Bulldogs recovered from a wild first half in which there were four lead changes to top the Cornhuskers 45-31 on Tuesday in the Capital One Bowl.

The win, Georgia's first in the postseason since it topped Texas A&M in the 2009 Independence Bowl, gave it its 12th win this season, the most since 2002.

"It's more fun to win than lose, I can tell you that," coach Mark Richt said to open the postgame press conference. "We had lost our last two bowl games, and we were getting kind of tired of that. … We wanted to win this bowl to prove to ourselves that we are one of the better teams in the country, so I'm just real thankful for the victory."

After struggling in the first half, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray led an offensive barrage that tallied 589 total yards (427 through the air), a Capital One Bowl record. Murray finished 18 of 33 for 427 yards and five touchdowns to go with two first-half interceptions. The yards and touchdown totals for Murray were both Georgia bowl records.

Georgia fell behind Nebraska, 31-23, just five minutes and 18 seconds into the third quarter, but scored three consecutive touchdowns, each of which came on a touchdown pass from Murray.

Running back Todd Gurley paced the running game, notching 125 yards and a touchdown, giving him 1,385 yards and 17 rushing touchdowns to finish his freshman season.

The early second-half touchdown was the only score Georgia allowed in the second half as the defense shut out the Cornhuskers for its final five drives of the game.

"Our mental and physical toughness is really what won the game today," defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. "I thought our guys did a great job adjusting. We did what we had to do to win the game."

Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones (Carver High) finished with a pair of sacks to break David Pollack's team record for sacks in a season.

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