2014 Gator Bowl results: Nebraska escapes Georgia, 24-19

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The Dawgs had a chance to win it in the final minute, but Arthur Lynch dropped a catchable ball on 4th and three in the red zone to secure the Gator Bowl victory for the Cornhuskers.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers won a thriller over Georgia at the Gator Bowl on Wednesday afternoon, 24-19. After falling to the Dawgs in the Capital One Bowl last year, it was a nice comeback win for Bo Pelini's boys.

With the Cornhuskers leading 24-19, Georgia got one final shot late. On fourth-and-three with just 31 seconds left, Hutson Mason threw a catchable ball to tight end Arthur Lynch. Lynch the dropped the ball around the 10-yard line, and the game was over.


Georgia seemingly got the ball deep into Nebraska territory on each drive, but they just weren't able to convert until the fourth quarter. Marshall Morgan hit field goals from 39, 28, 38 and 30 yards out to keep the Dawgs alive, and that was enough before Hutson Mason was finally able to break through with a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 24-19.

Nebraska used an opportunistic attack on offense to win. Tommy Armstrong Jr. threw for 163 yards (though most of it came on one play), and the team combined for 144 yards on the ground. The play of the game came on a 99.5-yard touchdown pass from Armstrong to Quincy Enunwa to push the Cornhuskers' lead to 24-12 midway through the third quarter.


Box Score Heroes:

Tommy Armstrong Jr: 6/14, 163 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT; 10 carries, 26 yards

Ameer Abdullah: 27 carries, 122 yards, 1 TD

Hutson Mason: 21/40, 320 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

Todd Gurley: 21 carries, 86 yards, 7 receptions, 97 yards, 1 TD

Rankings Ramifications: Georgia came in ranked No. 22 in the polls, but they'll surely drop out of the top-25 once the final rankings of the year are released. While it was a nice win for the Cornhuskers, it won't be enough to get them ranked. They just had too many losses late in the season.

But Did They Cover? Georgia came in as a 10-point favorite. The two teams came nowhere near the over/under line of 60 or 61 points.

For More On This Game: For more on UGA football, visit Georgia community Dawg Sports, plus SEC community Team Speed Kills. For more on Huskers football, visit Nebraska community Corn Nation, plus Big Ten community Off Tackle Empire.

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