No. 23 Georgia, Nebraska rematch in Gator Bowl

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 8, 2013 at 8:30 pm •  Published: December 8, 2013
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Georgia and Nebraska will play in the postseason for the second straight year.

The Bulldogs and Cornhuskers were paired in the Gator Bowl on Sunday, a rematch of last year's Capital One Bowl. Georgia won that meeting 45-31, getting five touchdown passes from Aaron Murray.

No. 23 Georgia (8-4) won't have Murray in the Jan. 1 rematch. The Southeastern Conference's all-time passing leader tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Nov. 23 against Kentucky. Hutson Mason will make his second start.

Bulldogs receiver Michael Bennett seemed puzzled by the postseason pairing.

"Nebraska again? You kidding me?' Bennett posted on his Twitter page.

Nebraska (8-4) lost two of its final three games — both at home — and raised speculation about embattled coach Bo Pelini's future. Athletic director Shawn Eichorst has publicly backed Pelini despite the coach's run of blowups in his six years.

Pelini has issued two apologies for his conduct just this season. He came under fire in September after an audio of a profane tirade against fans went public. The rant came shortly after his team came from behind to beat Ohio State and was directed at fans who left the game early.

He also was publicly reprimanded and fined $10,000 for comments about officiating in a loss to Iowa on Nov. 29. Pelini used an expletive at his postgame news conference while discussing a pass-interference penalty against his team. Pelini was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct during the game for swiping his hat at, and nearly hitting, the head linesman.

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