Nebraska escapes Georgia in rain-soaked Gator Bowl

Author: Michael Kelly, Sports anchor, reporter, mkelly@wjxt.com
Published On: Jan 01 2014 04:38:38 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 01 2014 06:53:55 PM EST
Gator Bowl trophy presented to Bo Belini
JACKSONVILLE -

In what turned out to be a rainy afternoon at Everbank Field, Nebraska opened 2014 on a high note with a 24 to 19 win over Georgia in the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl. The Cornhuskers forced two turnovers en route to 14 points to finish the season 9 and 4.

Georgia had a chance to win the game late in the fourth quarter. But on fourth down and three from the Nebraska 16, Arthur Lynch dropped a pass from Hutson Mason that would have given the Bulldogs a first down and gave the Huskers the victory.

Nebraska ended a four-game losing streak to Southeastern Conference teams, including last year’s 45-31 loss to Georgia in the Capital One Bowl.

After a scoreless first quarter with five punts on five possessions, the Bulldogs got on the board first with a 39-yard field goal from Marshall Morgan. But after Nebraska recovered a Georgia muffed punt, Tommy Armstrong Jr. connected with Quincy Enunwa on a 5-yard scoring strike to give the Huskers a 7-3 lead.  

But the big play came in the third quarter, when Enunwa hauled in a 99-yard touchdown, the longest play in Gator Bowl history. It extended the Huskers’ lead to 24-12.

Hutson Mason made his second start of his career, in place of the injured Aaron Murray. Mason connected on 21 of his 39 passes for 320 yards, a touchdown and an interception.