New Year’s Day is SEC vs. Big Ten Day, and it certainly lived up to the hype and expectation. Yes, Mississippi State was the only loser today against Northwestern, but everyone figured they were the most likely team to be on the losing end. South Carolina and Georgia both outplayed their opponents in the second half and pulled out wins. Aren’t you going to miss college football?
#7 Georgia 45, #16 Nebraska 31
What does it mean? Georgia caps off a 12-win season by throttling Nebraska in the second half. The game was 24-23 at halftime in favor of the Huskers, but the Bulldogs turned it on in the second half, outscoring Nebraska 22 to 7. Georgia totaled 589 yards of offense against a top 25 defense and converted 12-17 on third downs.
Key Stat: Aaron Murray threw for 427 yards with five touchdowns and two INTs – setting a bowl record – against the top statistical pass defense in the country. Murray completed 54.5 percent of his passes, and he has a very big decision coming up regarding the NFL Draft.
Key Play: With Georgia up two scores, Nebraska drove into Georgia territory and looked to put points on the board again, but Taylor Martinez was picked off by Damian Swann at the seven yard line to end the threat.