Published Tuesday, January 1, 2013 AT 2:59 PM / Updated at 2:59 PM
Third quarter: Good drive, costly fumble
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

An untimely turnover cost Nebraska some of the momentum it gained by coming out of halftime with a 13-play, 75-yard scoring drive in the Capital One Bowl.

Nebraska was moving for the second time in the third quarter when I-back Ameer Abdullah fumbled at the Georgia 38-yard line. Alec Ogletree recovered for the Bulldogs.

NU then came up empty on its next offensive possession and the quarter ended with Georgia moving and a 31-31 tie (the Bulldogs scored on the first play of the fourth to go ahead).

Nebraska took the first 5:18 off the clock in the third quarter before Rex Burkhead scored on a 2-yard run for a 31-23 lead.

Georgia answered with Aaron Murray’s 49-yard TD pass to Chris Conley. Murray then connected with Rhett McGowan on the two-point conversion for the 31-31 tie with 7:26 left in the third quarter.

The Huskers then drove from their own 14 into Georgia territory before the Abdullah fumble.

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