(JACKSONVILLE) — The Nebraska Cornhuskers used two defensive stands in the closing minutes to hold off 23rd ranked Georgia for a 24-19 win in the Gator Bowl on Wednesday. It snapped a four-game losing streak to Southeastern Conference team for Nebraska and avenged a loss to the Bulldogs in last years Capital One Bowl.
After a scoreless first quarter, Georgia (8-5) took a 3-0 lead on a Marshall Morgan field goal before the Cornhuskers answered with a five yard touchdown pass from Tommy Armstrong, Jr. to Quincy Enunwa. Nebraska (9-4) carried a 10-9 lead into halftime and added to it when Ameer Abdullah got into the endzone on a one yard rush.
Armstrong, Jr. and Enunwa connected again later in the third on a 99-yard pass to take a 24-12 lead into the final quarter. After Hutson Mason found Todd Gurley for a 25-yard score, Georgia looked for a comeback victory. However, Nebraska stopped the Bulldogs on fourth down twice to seal the victory.
Armstrong, Jr.’s 99-yard touchdown throw was the longest pass play in bowl history and was also the 12th scoring catch this season for Enunwa, breaking Nebraska’s single-season touchdown reception record previously held by Johnny Rodgers in 1971.
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