Nebraska, Georgia Win New Year's Day Bowl Games

Gator Bowl

Nebraska Beats Clemson, 26-21

Bo Pelini's first season as Nebraska coach ended with a victory and optimism about the future, two things that have been in short supply in with the Cornhuskers in recent years.

Joe Ganz threw for two touchdowns, Alex Henery kicked four field goals and Nebraska beat Clemson 26-21 in the Gator Bowl on Thursday.

Nebraska (9-4) ended the season with a four-game winning streak, including a victory against rival Colorado, won six of its final seven games and had success in a January bowl game for the first time in nine years.

It capped quite a turnaround for the Cornhuskers, who hired Pelini to replace fired coach Bill Callahan after missing the postseason in 2007.

Capital One Bowl

Georgia Defeats Michigan State, 24-12

Matthew Stafford threw three touchdown passes in the second half, hitting Knowshown Moreno for the clinching score to lead No. 16 Georgia over No. 19 Michigan State 24-12 Thursday in the Capital One Bowl.

The expected showdown between star running backs Javon Ringer of Michigan State and Moreno never materialized. Moreno ran for 62 yards on 23 carries; Ringer had 47 yards and a TD on 20 carries.

Michigan State (9-4) was not ranked earlier this season and later reached as high as 15th.

Ranked No. 1 early this season, the Bulldogs (10-3) gave coach Mark Richt his sixth bowl win in eight tries.

Stafford was just 6-for-14 for 71 yards in the first half. He went 14-for-17 after that as the Bulldogs broke loose.