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            === Nebraska holds off No. 23 Georgia in Gator Bowl ===
 
 Jacksonville,  FL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Tommy Armstrong Jr. hit Quincy Enunwa
 with  a pair of touchdown passes, including a school-record 99-yard connection
 in the third quarter, as Nebraska held on for a 24-19 victory over 23rd-ranked
 Georgia in the rain at the Gator Bowl.
 
 Armstrong  threw  for 163  yards and Ameer  Abdullah ran for  122 yards with a
 touchdown  for Nebraska  (9-4), which had concluded the regular season with an
 ugly home loss to Iowa on Thanksgiving weekend.
 
 "The way we do things at Nebraska, this is a team win," said Nebraska coach Bo
 Pelini at the  trophy presentation.  Pelini came under fire  after the loss to
 Iowa.
 
 Enunwa  caught four  passes  for 129  yards in  the  victory and was named the
 game's MVP. The Cornhuskers improved to 25-25 all-time in bowl games and  also
 snapped a three-game postseason slide, which included a 45-31 loss to  Georgia
 in last year's Capital One Bowl.
 
 Hutson  Mason completed  21-of-39 passes for 320 yards with a touchdown and an
 interception   for  Georgia   (8-5),  which   played  without   record-setting
 quarterback  Aaron Murray.  The senior suffered a torn ACL in the next-to-last
 game of the regular season.
 
 Todd Gurley ran for 86 yards and caught seven passes for 97 yards with a score
 for  the Bulldogs, who had a pair of chances to take the lead with late drives
 in the fourth quarter.
 
 "Games  like  this are  hard-fought," Georgia  head coach  Mark Richt said. "I
 don't  know how many plays were made down the stretch to put us in position to
 win  the game.  I know at crunch  time, from what I saw, Hutson (Mason) played
 very well."
 
 After  Georgia's  Marshall Morgan connected  for his  fourth field goal of the
 game,  a 30-yarder with  6 1/2 minutes left in the third to make it 17-12, the
 Huskers  faced 3rd-and-14  from  their  own one.  Rather  than  play it  safe,
 Armstrong  dropped  back in the end  zone and found Enunwa alone downfield. He
 caught  the ball  near the 40-yard line  and broke a tackle from Quincy Mauger
 before racing the rest of the way untouched.
 
 Armstrong's  next throw was intercepted by Shaq Wiggins at the Nebraska 39 and
 the  Bulldogs  finally reached the end  zone after the turnover when Mason hit
 Gurley with a 25-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter.
 
 Georgia reached midfield with its next possession before punting it away, then
 got  the  ball back at its  own 20 with  7 1/2 minutes remaining. The Bulldogs
 quickly  advanced  to the  Nebraska 22 thanks  in part to  a 48-yard pass from
 Mason to Michael Bennett, but soon faced 4th-and-2 and decided against a field
 goal  with plenty of  time left and two timeouts. Rantavious Wooten had a pass
 for  a  first down  in his hands,  but took  a hard hit  from Andrew Green and
 failed to hold on.
 
 The Bulldogs quickly forced another three-and-out and again took over at their
 own 38 with 3:18 to play. A 29-yard pass to Chris Conley on the first play put
 Georgia  back within striking distance, but the Bulldogs again faced 4th-and-3
 at the 16 and tight end Arthur Lynch dropped a pass with 25 seconds left.
 
 A  slow first quarter  featured five punts, but Georgia kicked a trio of field
 goals  in the second  and Nebraska's first touchdown came off a muffed punt by
 the Bulldogs as the Huskers grabbed a 10-9 halftime edge.
 
 Morgan's  first field goal, a 38-yard boot, came 4 1/2 minutes into the second
 quarter  to  give Georgia a 3-0  lead. The Huskers went three-and-out on their
 ensuing  series, but Reggie Davis couldn't handle the punt and Nebraska needed
 just two plays to go 14 yards for a touchdown.
 
 Enunwa  brought down Armstrong's  pass in the end zone from five yards away to
 give  Nebraska  a 7-3  edge. Morgan's  28-yard field goal  on the next Georgia
 possession  was answered  by a  46-yard Pat  Smith kick  for the  Huskers, but
 Morgan added a 38-yarder as time expired in the half.
 
 Nebraska's  Josh Mitchell  picked off Mason on the third offensive snap of the
 second  half  and the Huskers  needed seven plays to  make it 17-9. An 18-yard
 pass  from Armstrong  to Enunwa put Nebraska inside the 20 and an interference
 penalty on a third-down incompletion set up Abdullah's 1-yard scoring run.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Nebraska's  previous longest  touchdown pass was a 95-yard toss from Fred Duda
 to Freeman White against Colorado on Oct. 23, 1965 ... Enunwa finished with 12
 touchdown  catches this  season, breaking  the Nebraska  record of  11 set  by
 Johnny  Rodgers  in 1971 ... Georgia  fell to 27-19-3 in bowl games, including
 2-1-1  in the  Gator Bowl ... Nebraska  has won each of its two appearances in
 the Gator Bowl, previously earning a 26-21 win over Clemson in 2009.
 
 01/01 19:59:16 ET

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