Georgia Pulls Away From Nebraska in Capital One Bowl
The major concern for Nebraska heading into their contest with Georgia in the Capital One Bowl was how well the defense would play. College football can often be surprising but the outcome in this game wasn't. The Bulldogs rolled up nearly 600 yards on the day and scored 45 points. NU's only saving grace was a potent offense of its own which racked up over 440 yards. Still, it wasn't enough to overcome the scoring explosion by UGA as the Huskers lost 45-31.
As has been the case seemingly throughout the Bo Pelini era, the Huskers committed more penalties than their opponent and had three turnovers. Rex Burkhead was a bright spot in his final game as a Cornhusker. He managed 177 yards from scrimmage with 2 touchdowns.
The Huskers led at halftime and the game was tied at 31 after three quarters. An untimely Ameer Abdullah fumble (though no camera angle of the play was definitive) ended a promising Nebraska drive late in the third quarter and seemed to be the turning point in the game.
Another bad defensive performance coupled with another four-loss season will give NU fans plenty to gripe about over the next eight months. You'd expect another potent offense in 2013. The real question will be whether a defense that replaces seven starters can improve after some very disappointing performances this past season. The special teams must also cope with the loss of the usually good Brett Maher. So let the complaining begin. Pelini stinks...blah blah blah...Tom Osborne or Charlie McBride would do better...yada yada yada...and so on.