2013 Capital One Bowl: Mark Richt admires Bulldogs' resilience

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The Capital One Bowl was a back-and-forth affair, but Georgia's persistent effort helped the Bulldogs secure a 45-31 victory.

In his postgame press conference, Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt talked about the resilience of his squad. The Bulldogs struggled to maintain a lead against Nebraska in the first three quarters of the 2013 Capital One Bowl on Tuesday. Inconsistency was an issue for Georgia, especially in the first half, when quarterback Aaron Murray threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

But Richt's team kept fighting. After the game, he told the media,

"It looked to me like we were a little more tired than they were. But I think our guys did a good job of sucking it up when they were tired ... But we fought through. And when you make a big play or two, all of a sudden that gives you a boost of energy."

After a lackluster first half, Georgia came out much stronger in the second half. Murray overcame early inaccuracy, and went on to have a record-breaking game. In addition, the Georgia defense, which allowed 17 points in the first half, held the Cornhuskers to just seven points in the second half.

The Bulldogs trailed on two separate occasions, but never quit. The Georgia resiliency helped give Murray, a junior, his first bowl victory.

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