2013 Capital One Bowl final score: Georgia runs away from Nebraska, 45-31

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Don't be fooled by the distant score in this one. Nebraska held its own against a team that came inches away from a national title bid.

The story coming into the 2013 Capital One Bowl: Georgia had very nearly beaten and arguably outplayed Alabama in the SEC Championship, while Nebraska had gotten blasted into an intersection by Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game. So of course the Dawgs were going to pummel the Huskers. Didn't work out like that, no matter what the final score looks like.

Nebraska held a 31-23 lead in the second half, and the two were tied until the beginning of the fourth. UGA poured it on late to make it look like a beatdown, but despite three Nebraska turnovers, the Huskers held their own for almost the entire game.

The Big Ten was supposed to embarrass itself on New Year's Day this year, but should hold its head high with a win by Northwestern over Mississippi State, this effort by the Huskers and Michigan taking South Carolina to the wire. Now, for the one that matters.

Box Score Hero: Aaron Murray had sort of a bizarre game, winging with zero fear all over the place for a Capital One Bowl-record 427 yards and five touchdowns, but also two picks, including a pick-six. Still: damn! Chris Conley, Tavarres Kind and Todd Gurley all went triple-digits for the Dawgs, as did Rex Burkhead for Nebraska.

Rankings Ramifications: Georgia loses a ton of talent on defense, but with this offensive showing, could rank near the preseason top five next year anyway. If Murray stays, that is. The Dawgs could return offensive talent comparable to what they're sending along to the NFL on the defensive side. Nebraska's not so easy to judge.

But Did They Cover? Georgia was favored by 8.5.

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