Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray threw touchdown passes of 24 and 87 yards in the fourth quarter to rally the Bulldogs past the Nebraska Cornhuskers for a 45-31 win in the Capital One Bowl. Murray’s 427 yards and five TDs were Capital One Bowl records. The Blackshirts got torched for 589 total yards, also a Capital One Bowl record.
Nebraska scored 17 straight points and led 31-23 early in the third quarter, but Murray rallied Georgia back with a 49 yard touchdown pass to Chris Conley. Murray later found Conley on an 87 yard score (another Capital One Bowl record). Murray completed touchdown passes of 29, 75, 49, 24 and 87.
The Huskers looked like they wore down Georgia’s defensive line opening the second half with a 13 play drive that covered 75 yards and ended with Rex Burkhead’s two yard run. That gave NU an eight point lead, but turnovers crept up at the wrong time killing Nebraska’s momentum.
Ameer Abdullah was striped of the ball on a 3rd and 1 near midfield, killing a drive with the game tied at 31-31. Georgia didn’t score following the turnover, but the momentum certainly turned in Georgia’s favor as they eventually scored with a touchdown early in the fourth and then later in the half, Taylor Martinez was picked off, on an underthrown pass at the five. The Bulldogs were able to run out the clock from that point.
Nebraska finished with 240 yards on the ground. Burkhead ends his college career with a 140 yard rushing day and two touchdowns. Martinez was 16 of 27 for 204 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, leaving him with a nation leading 12 on the season.