Early lead doesn’t hold up in bowl defeat
In a game filled with big plays and missed opportunities, Nebraska jumped to a 13-9 lead, but South Carolina scored the game’s final 21 points for a 30-13 win in the Capital One Bowl.
Nebraska struck first when Taylor Martinez hit Kenny Bell with a 30-yard touchdown strike three minutes into the game. The extra-point try, however, was blocked and scooped up by South Carolina for a two-point return, and Nebraska led by 6-2.
After South Carolina drove 55 yards for a touchdown, the Huskers responded with a 60-yard march for a 13-9 advantage.
In the second period, each team came up empty on a possession that penetrated the opponent’s 10-yard line. Nebraska then mounted an 11-play drive, only to have it thwarted by an interception that gave South Carolina the ball on its own 29.
Just 38 seconds remained in the half, but two plays quickly got South Carolina to its own 49. Then came the game’s most pivotal play: As time expired, Shaw connected with Alshon Jeffery on a 51-yard Hail Mary pass, and the Gamecocks had a 16-13 halftime lead.
Nebraska controlled the third quarter, but a missed field goal and a half-dozen penalties hurt the Huskers’ cause. The Gamecocks took command in the final period, holding Nebraska to minus-15 yards and scoring two TDs to ice the game.