Nebraska’s losses or close calls have come more from the Huskers beating the Huskers than what their opponents have been able to do them. If the Big Red wants a chance at beating #5 Georgia during the Capital One Bowl, protecting the football and not falling behind early will be two keys.
Georgia head coach Mark Richt doesn’t make much of Nebraska’s loss to Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game. Richt said that was just one of those games that got away from NU and all teams experience that. Richt expects the Huskers to play sound defense. He also told the press during an earlier press conference today that it will be important for his defenders to wrap up and tackle quarterback Taylor Martinez and I-backs Rex Burkhead and Ameer Abdullah.
AUDIO Georgia’s Mark Richt on the bowl game (8:00)
Martinez has had issues protecting the football. He’s thrown 10 interceptions and Nebraska has the most lost fumbles at 21. Georgia’s All-America linebacker Jarvis Jones has seven forced fumbles, so Martinez, Burkhead and the other Husker ball carriers must be aware of # 29 in white the whole game.
Husker head coach Bo Pelini was asked about his team finding the motivation and drive to play hard after that loss to Wisconsin. Pelini said each coach and player will find their own reasons for getting motivated, but it comes down to competing and just playing the game and he feels his players understand that.
Expect Georgia to come out ready to go. Two days ago, Richt mentioned he’s noticed a trend in bowl games this season where one team comes out strong and it takes a while before the other team gets going. The Bulldogs should be ready from the start, plus they’ve lost their last two bowl games. They’ll be motivated for a win. Nebraska can’t sit around and wait for second half momentum swings. NU is more of a second-half team and has been outscored in the second quarters of games this seaosn.
AUDIO Listen to Bo Pelini’s pregame press conference (5:00)