Gator Bowl 2014 Nebraska vs. Georgia: Live Game Grades, Analysis for Bulldogs

Chris StephensCorrespondent IIJanuary 1, 2014

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 30: Todd Gurley #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs carries the ball for a first overtime touchdown against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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The Georgia Bulldogs fell short in the Gator Bowl to the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Final: Nebraska 24, Georgia 19

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Georgia Bulldogs Game Grades
Position Unit1st-Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseC+B-
Rush OffenseD-D+
Pass DefenseB+C-
Rush DefenseB-B-
Special TeamsC-C-
vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers

Final Grades for Georgia Bulldogs

Pass Offense: Hutson Mason finished 21-of-40 for 320 yards and one touchdown. However, the story of the game was Mason's inability to get the Bulldogs into the end zone more than once. Not a great ending to the season.

Rush Offense: Todd Gurley had a decent second half, finishing with 86 yards on the ground. However, Georgia couldn't do much on the ground overall and it proved costly in this game. The Bulldogs finished with 107 total rushing yards.

Pass Defense: Tommy Armstrong Jr. finished 6-of-14 for 163 yards, with the biggest play being a 99-yard touchdown pass to Quincy Enunwa. In the end, that was the play that turned the tide of the game and help Nebraska to the win.

Rush Defense: Nebraska rushed for 144 yards, with Ameer Abdullah totaling 122 yards. Georgia's run defense was better in the second half, allowing only 60 yards on the ground.

Special Teams: Marshall Morgan made four field goals, but the biggest play came in the first half when Reggie Davis fumbled a punt.

Coaching: There were a lot of breakdowns offensively and defensively for the Bulldogs. It's what forced the Bulldogs to kick field goals instead of going for touchdowns.

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 1: Todd Gurley #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs runs the ball in the first half against Jason Ankrah #9 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the Gator Bowl at Everbank Field on January 1, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Ph
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First-Half Grades for Georgia Bulldogs

Pass Offense: Hutson Mason is 11-of-17 for 149 yards, but has struggled finishing drives. The Bulldogs have had to settle for three field goals instead of getting into the end zone. Arthur Lynch leads all receivers with five catches for 58 yards.

Rush Offense: Georgia has been limited to 48 yards on 23 carries, with Todd Gurley only managing 39 yards on the ground. If the Bulldogs are going to come out on top in this one, Gurley has to get going.

Pass Defense: The Bulldogs haven't seen much in the air as Nebraska has completed 4-of-9 passes for 46 yards. However, one of those completions was a seven-yard touchdown pass to Quincy Enunwa.

Rush Defense: Nebraska has been kept to 84 yards on 20 carries with Ameer Abdullah's 64 yards leading the way. The defensive line is holding strong, but still must improve in the second half.

Special Teams: Marshall Morgan converted on all three of his field-goal attempts, but the big play of the half was Reggie Davis' fumble on a punt, leading to Nebraska's touchdown.

Coaching: Georgia coaches have to get Gurley going on offense. They have failed to do so in the first half, which is why the score is what it is.