Published Tuesday, January 1, 2013 AT 5:17 PM / Updated at 8:18 PM
Game Replay: Georgia 45, Nebraska 31
Dirk Chatelain Omaha World-Herald

Noticed: Footing issues. You don’t often see players slipping on pristine artificial turf, but both Bulldogs and Huskers were wiping out early in the game. The Citrus Bowl, after 73 years with natural grass, installed turf in 2010.

Peculiar play: The opening score of the game. Georgia’s Shawn Williams blocked a Brett Maher punt near the 10-yard line. Three Bulldogs were in position to fall on the ball for a touchdown. Instead, it got away and slid through the back of the end zone. It appeared to be a great break for NU. But Georgia received the free kick and marched downfield for a 9-0 lead.

Questionable call: Mark Richt’s decision to punt on fourth-and-1 from the Nebraska 46 in the second quarter. In a shootout, there’s no reason to give away a possession in exchange for 19 yards of field position — it was a horrendous punt. And the way the Bulldogs were running the ball, they likely would’ve moved the chains.

Spotlight position: The concern entering Tuesday’s game was Nebraska’s undermanned defensive line. For good reason. But the Huskers played well against the Georgia running game. And early on, they made Aaron Murray move in the pocket, recording two sacks and forcing errant throws. The pass rush slowed, however, as the game unfolded.

Rave review: Rex Burkhead spearheaded a punishing Nebraska rushing attack, rolling up 140 yards on 24 carries. He hit holes with speed. He carried defenders past the first-down marker. He was everything he’s been for four years. The Huskers will miss him dearly.

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