Orlando, FL – Georgia was left completely out of the BCS after coming up five yards shy to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game and of playing in the BCS title game.
Aaron Murray made sure there'd be no letdown in the Capital One Bowl.
Murray threw five touchdown passes in the sixth-ranked Bulldogs' 45-31 triumph over No. 23 Nebraska.
The junior signal-caller tallied 427 yards through the air on 18-of-33 efficiency against the nation's top-ranked passing defense for Georgia (12-2), which reached 12 wins for the third time in program history.
Chris Conley had 136 yards receiving with a pair of touchdowns, Tavarres King caught three balls for 104 yards and a score and Todd Gurley added 125 yards and a score on the ground in the triumph.
"I'm very proud of our guys, especially on offense," said Murray. "We definitely didn't make all of the plays that were out there, but when you put up 45 points against a team like Nebraska with a great defense, you have got to feel happy about that."
Rex Burkhead had 140 yards rushing and a score on 24 carries for the Cornhuskers (10-4), who suffered a 70-31 loss to Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game. Burkhead also had a receiving touchdown.
Taylor Martinez registered 202 yards passing on 16-of-27 effectiveness with two touchdowns and interceptions, while also recording 46 yards rushing in defeat.
Nebraska closed the campaign with back-to-back losses on the heels of a six- game winning streak.
"At the end of the day we had our opportunities and there were some situations where you have to make plays. They made them and we didn't, and it cost us the football game," Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said.
Georgia trailed 31-23 midway through the third following Burkhead's 2-yard TD run, but the Bulldogs scored the final 22 points of the contest.
Murray tossed three of his scores during that stretch.
It took just five plays for Georgia to tie the contest as Murray hit Conley with a 49-yard TD pass and completed the ensuing two-point conversion to Rhett McGowan.
Alec Ogletree recovered Ameer Abdullah's fumble on Nebraska's next series, but Georgia didn't take advantage of the miscue and went three-and-out. But it scored on its ensuing touch.
Murray fired a 31-yard completion to Justin Scott-Wesley and hit Keith Marshall for a 24-yard score four plays later on the first play of the fourth for a 38-31 Georgia advantage.
The Huskers went three-and-out on their ensuing trek and the Bulldogs went up by two scores just three snaps later as Conley took a slip screen 87 yards for a touchdown and a 45-31 spread early in the fourth.
Martinez threw an interception on Nebraska's following touch and Georgia then took the next 4:39 off the clock to essentially seal the win.
Earlier, Shawn Williams blocked a Brett Maher punt on Nebraska's opening possession of the game, but Scott-Wesley was unable to fall on top of the ball in the end zone and the resulting scrum caused the football to go out-of- bounds for a safety.
Murray slung a 29-yard TD pass to Arthur Lynch following the safety, but Martinez found Jamal Turner for a 14-yard score on Nebraska's ensuing possession to make it 9-7.
Will Compton returned an interception 24 yards for a touchdown on the second play of Georgia's next touch, but Murray lofted a 75-yard score to King on the Bulldogs' next snap for a 16-14 Georgia margin late in the first.
Damian Swann brought back a Martinez interception 19 yards to the Nebraska 38 early in the second and Gurley rumbled 24 yards untouched for a touchdown, which gave Georgia a 23-14 cushion.
Nebraska, though, put up the next 17 points of the game.
Maher nailed a 39-yard field goal midway through the second and Martinez flipped a 16-yard score to Burkhead a bit later to give Nebraska a 24-23 edge heading into the break.
Nebraska was looking for its first 11-win campaign since 2001 ... Murray's 428 yards passing set a Bulldogs' bowl record ... Ogletree had 13 tackles ... Murray finished the year with 3,893 yards and 36 TDs.