Georgia beats Nebraska in Capital One Bowl | College football
Aaron Murray, a junior who is contemplating early entry into the NFL draft, set a Georgia bowl record with five touchdown passes to lead the No. 7 Bulldogs to a 45-31 come-from-behind victory over No. 23 Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl
ORLANDO, Fla. — Aaron Murray would not say whether he had played his last game as a Georgia Bulldog, but whatever he decides he knows he will go into his next season off a victory for a change.
Murray, a junior who is contemplating early entry into the NFL draft, set a Georgia bowl record with five touchdown passes to lead the No. 7 Bulldogs to a 45-31 come-from-behind victory over No. 23 Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl on Tuesday.
Murray threw for 427 yards, giving him a school-record 3,544 for the season.
"It was an awesome game and I'm definitely very excited to get a win," Murray said. "I don't know what it feels like to go into an offseason with a win, so that in itself feels great. But it was great to get a win for these seniors and great to get 12 wins. As for the future, I don't know what's going to happen. I'm just enjoying the moment right now."
Alec Ogletree, a junior linebacker who led the Bulldogs with 13 tackles Tuesday, said after the game he plans to make the jump to the pros.
The Bulldogs (12-2) became the third team in Georgia history to win at least 12 games in a season, with the others being the 1980 national champions (12-0) and the 2002 Southeastern Conference champions (13-1).
"Well, it's more fun to win than to lose," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "We'd lost the last two (bowl games) and we were getting kind of tired of that. We've worked so hard to get better from that 6-7 year (in 2010). We didn't win the SEC championship but we certainly performed a lot better ... and we wanted to win this bowl to prove — maybe to ourselves — that we were one of the best teams in the country."
Nebraska (10-4) led 31-23 in the third quarter before Murray threw a 49-yard TD pass to a diving Chris Conley and a two-point conversion pass to Rhett McGowan to tie the score.
Murray's 24-yard TD pass to Keith Marshall produced a 38-31 lead with 14:52 left.
On a third-and-12, Murray made Nebraska pay for a full-house blitz when he connected with Conley for an 87-yard touchdown to close out scoring with 11:03 left.
Georgia converted 12 of 17 third downs and its 591 yards of total offense was the most Nebraska had allowed in a bowl game.
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said he thought his team's defensive scheme was good but added, "We didn't win the football game. At the end of the day, that's what we're about around here."