Huskers win in Jacksonville

Tommy Armstrong

Big Red Report is in Jacksonville and will be bringing you reports from the 69th annual Gator Bowl.

JACKSONVILLE, FL - Nebraska (8-4, 5-3) takes on Georgia (8-4, 5-3) in the 69th annual Gator Bowl.

Keep up to speed with the game action right there. And we will convert this into a quick game recap as soon as the action in complete.


PREGAME:

It's 59 degrees 30 minutes before kickoff, with cloudy skies. Rain is in the area, held off for a while, but is really coming down just minutes before the game. The field looks to be in solid condition despite drizzle in the area overnight.


FIRST QUARTER:

For most of the first quarter, both teams really felt each other out, both having a hard time generating any offense in very wet conditions.

Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong showed maturity in his game, getting out of the pocket multiple times for 24 yards, his longest run coming on a big third down where he rushed for 24 yards. The redshirt freshman was only 1-for-3 in the air.

Georgia will start second quarter driving the football.


SECOND QUARTER:

You can call it a scoring explosion after both teams struggled to move the football in the first quarter. Nebraska answered Georgia's 8-play field goal to start the second quarter with a gift wrapped touchdown.

After a three-play series that featured senior Ron Kellogg III at the quarterback position, Nebraska was forced to punt, but Georgia's Reggie Davis fumbled the ball on the Georgia 14 yard-line. Two plays later Nebraska's Quincy Enunwa found the end zone on a five-yard touchdown pass from Tommy Armstrong. The score 7-3. Enunwa's 11 TD of the season tties the Nebraska single-season touchdown receptions record, held by Johnny Rodgers in 1971.

After another Georgia field goal, Nebraska would go on a 9-play drive that resulted in a Pat Smith 46-yard field goal (his career high).

Georgia would find the uprights one more time with no time remaining in the second half, after the Bulldogs drove 48-yards on nine plays.

Your halftime score: 10-9 Nebraska. Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah rushed for 64 yards in the first half to increase his season rushing total to 1,632 yards.


THIRD QUARTER:

The quarter might be called one of the best in the Bo Pelini era. It had a little of everything. Solid offense. Good defense. A magical play.

It started when Josh Mitchell intercepted Georgia's Huston Mason on the Bulldogs first drive. It set up a seven play drive, going 38 yards, ending with an Ameer Abdullah touchdown run.

After another Georgia field goal, Nebraska was trapped near their end zone after a Stanley Jean-Baptiste block in the back and a fumble. On third down and long, from their one-yard line, Armstrong found Enunwa again on a fly route, with the senior doing the rest.

Nebraska would go into the fourth quarter with a 24-12 lead and outscored Georgia 14-3 in the third quarter.


FOURTH QUARTER:

Todd Gurley scores Georgia's only touchdown of the game on the first play of the fourth quarter. This was the first time since October 6th, 2012 that Georgia was held without a touchdown in the first half.

Nebraska was then plagued by dropped passes that stalled out two consecutive offensive drives. Quincy Enunwa dropped a ball at the marker on third down and Terrell Newby dropped a shovel pass on second down that put Nebraska into third and long and they failed to convert.

The game ends on with two big defensive stands by the Blackshirts. The first, Georgia's second to last drive came down to fourth and short. Senior defensive back Andrew Green comes up with his second, big hit of the game to separate the Georgia receiver of the football.

On Georgia's last series, down by five, it comes down to fourth down again. The Georgia running backs and tight ends had gashed Nebraska's defense all day, but a key drop on 4th and 3 by Georgia tight end Lynch sealed the deal.

The win brought Nebraska's win total to nine for an overall record of 9-4 outscoring Georgia 24-19. This was the first bowl win for the Nebraska seniors in their collegiate career.

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