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January 2, 2013

Georgia upbeat after 45-31 win over Nebraska

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ORLANDO, Fla. —

"To get 12 wins. ... That's something special."

He downplayed questions about his future.

"The future — I don't know what's going to happen," he said. "I'm just enjoying the moment right now."

Jones said any regrets about the Alabama loss are gone now.

"I think it speaks for itself," he said. "The SEC game was a couple of weeks ago. We did what we can and we lost. We came up kind of short. And it was definitely a game that we had the opportunity to win. But you can't take away from the day. We came out here and we executed.

"We gave our seniors the opportunity to leave here with a win and a bowl game, and it's definitely something we look forward to and something we'll remember for a long time."

Nebraska (10-4) lost its third consecutive bowl game, and finished the season with two straight woeful defensive performances, losing the Big Ten championship game 70-31.

The Cornhuskers led 24-23 at the half, but committed two of their three turnovers in the final 30 minutes.

Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez had two interceptions and two touchdown passes and Rex Burkhead rushed for 140 yards in his final college game.

But Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said the efficiency of Murray and Georgia in converting 12 of 17 third-down opportunities was too much to overcome.

"I thought the plan was good," Pelini said of his team's defensive scheme. "Third down hurt us, obviously. When were in position, it was man-on-man down the field. We needed to make some of those plays and we didn't. And, you know, again, that cost us a football game."

Nebraska drops to 12-7 against SEC opponents in bowl games.

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