by CollegeFootballPoll.com Staff
January 1, 2014
Double-digit underdog Nebraska snapped a 3-bowl losing streak with a 24-19 upset of Georgia in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day in Jacksonville.
The game was a rematch of last year's Capital One Bowl. It was only the third meeting ever between the two teams and all have been in bowl games with the other taking place in the 1969 Sun Bowl which Nebraska won 45-6.
Tommy Armstrong, Jr. set a bowl record with a 99-yard pass to Quincy Enunwa in the 3rd quarter that put Nebraska up 24-12, one play after Armstrong was sacked just inches from his own goal line.
Georgia, which had posted nothing more than 4 field goals through the first 3 quarters, got a 25-yard touchdown reception by Todd Gurley from Hutson Mason with 14:49 to play.
Mason, in relief of the injured Aaron Murray, threw for 320 yards,1 score and 1 INT on a 21-of-39 afternoon, but dropped balls ended late scoring chances in the wet and sloppy field conditions in Jacksonville.
Nebraska also played the game behind a backup QB, but had played 8 games without Taylor Martinez.
Murray wasn't injured until the second quarter of the Kentucky game and had only previously missed the semifinal start against rival Georgia Tech.
The Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com forecasted a 10.57-point victory for Georgia.