The 2012-2013 Bowl Blitz Invitational continues with the Capital One Bowl between the Georgia Bulldogs (11-2, 7-1 SEC) and Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-3, 7-1 Big Ten). The Gaming Tailgate owner/administrator Chris Jacobs took control of Georgia to see if the favorite in this match-up could prove the experts correct.
Explosive Plays Fuel Bulldogs in 17-10 Capital One Bowl Win
Orlando, F.L. – In a matter of just 15 seconds of game time, Georgia HB #1 accounted for 214 total yards and two touchdowns in leading the Bulldogs to a 17-10 victory over Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl.
The two defenses put on a hard-hitting clinic and it took until two seconds in the first half left for either team to get on the scoreboard as the Huskers P #96 connected on a 29-yard field goal. On the suing kickoff, UGA HB #1 took the ball all the way back for a 106 yard kickoff return touchdown as time expired in the half.
To start the second half, HB #1 would return the ball for a solid 25 yard kickoff return. Though, on the first play from scrimmage in the second half, HB #1 took the ball 83 yards for another score and in a whirlwind sequence, the Bulldogs took a 14-3 lead.
The Huskers would not go down without a fight. In the fourth quarter, QB #3 connected on a 48-yard pass to WR #80 and later that drive would pull within 17-10 on a three-yard touchdown run from HB #22 with 2:31 remaining. However, the Blackshirts would be unable to stop Georgia on the ensuing possession and time expired on any potential miracle comeback.
Both defenses had solid performances against some usual superstar players. The Bulldogs kept fleet-footed Husker QB #3 under wraps, allowing just 25 carries on eleven rushing attempts. The Blackshirts had difficulty against the run, but held UGA QB #11 to just 38 yards passing and an interception. However, success running the ball saw QB #11 with just ten passing attempts on the day.
Player of the Game: Georgia HB #1. 16 carries for 170 yards, 3 KRs for 151 yards. 329 total yards and two touchdowns – he nearly single-handedly decided the game.
It was over when… UGA HB #1 ran for 14 yards with 2:08 remaining in the game. The Huskers were out of timeouts and this allowed the Bulldogs to run out the clock.
Game Ball goes to… Nebraska ROLB #41. Under-appreciated in the defeat, the redshirt freshman finished with a sack and an interception that helped kill two Georgia drives. He would leave the game in the second half due to injury.
Stat of the Game: 258 – Total yards for Nebraska, 71 yards fewer than UGA HB #1.
Statistical Tidbits: Both Georgia and Nebraska rushed 22 times in the game; Georgia gained 204 yards on the ground, while Nebraska only managed 92 yards. Each team did score a touchdown, however. … The Bulldogs completed 6 of 10 passes for only 38 yards; they were fortunate to have such success running the football. … Nebraska completed 8 passes for 102 yards; only 10 yards more than they gained on the ground. … Georgia converted 50% of their third downs, while Nebraska only converted 3 of 8 third down attempts. The Cornhuskers also attempted 3 fourth downs and successfully converted two of them. … The Bulldogs gained 151 yards on kickoff returns, while Nebraska only had 52 yards.