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Aaron Murray threw five touchdown passes to set a Georgia bowl record, including two in the fourth quarter, as the BCS seventh-ranked Bulldogs beat 16th ranked Nebraska 45-31 in the Capital One Bowl yesterday.  Murray shook off a pair of first-half interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, and passed for 427 yards.  He also set a Georgia bowl record, against the nation's top-ranked passing defense.  The Bulldogs reached twelve wins for the third time in school history.  The Cornhuskers lost its third consecutive bowl game, and finished the season with two straight woeful defensive performances.  Nebraska lost 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.  N-U running back Rex Burkhead ran for 140 yards off 24 carries and a score.  He also caught a touchdown pass.  Teammate quarterback Taylor Martinez was 16-27 passing for 204 yards and two touchdowns.  He also ran for 46 yards.  Georgia running back Todd Gurley ran for 125 yards off 23 carries and a score.  Teammates Chris Conley & Tavarres King both had over 100 receiving yards.  The Bulldogs outgained Nebraska in yardage 589-443.  Georgia finishes 12-2 while the Cornhuskers end their campaign at 10-4.


Lonnie Pryor turned five carries into a career-high 134 yards and two touchdowns to lead BCS twelfth ranked Florida State to a 31-10 pounding of 15th ranked Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl.  Sixth-ranked Stanford won the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1972 as Stepfan Taylor and Kevin Hogan combined for 212 rushing yards and a touchdown in a 20-14 win over Wisconsin.


Local Schedule:  Creighton at Illinois St. At Normal, IL (MBB-7:05); Nebraska at Ohio St. At Columbus, OH (MBB-5:30); Wisconsin at Nebraska (WBB-7:05).


College Football Bowl Scores:  South Carolina 33 Michigan 28 (Outback Bowl); Northwestern 34 Mississippi St. 20 (Gator Bowl); Oklahoma St. 58 Purdue 14 (Heart of Dallas Bowl).


Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:

Mandi Uecker of the Lutheran High Northeast girls basketball team.


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News Briefs:

Nebraska U.S. Senator Mike Johanns says the killings of 20 first graders and six adults at the Sandy Hook elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut raises many questions, but it will be difficult for the government to find answers. He points out that Connecticut is considered a leader in mental health issues and already has strict gun laws.


Flags at the Iowa capitol in Des Moines were lowered Monday to honor the victim of a double murder in Antelope County. Monday would have been Victoria Lee Vargas's 26th birthday. The former Iowa legislative page and her husband were killed December 9th east of Ewing. Their bodies were found in a burning trailer, and 33-year-old Matthew Hinrichsen faces two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths. Victoria Vargas served as a page in the Iowa Senate eight years ago. She was also elected to the Missouri Valley City Council at the age of 19.


A fire in Norfolk on New Year's Day caused $45,000 damage to a home on North 8th Street. Fire Captain Steve Bettendorf reports that firefighters were called to 209 North 8th Street at 9:53 last night. He says firefighters were able to control the blaze in about 30 minutes, but remained on the scene until 12:30 this morning searching for and extinguishing hot spots. The house is owned by John Kubr of Columbus and occupied by Miguel Ramirez-Adams. There were three occupants in the home when the fire broke out, and all were able to escape without harm. No smoke detectors were present. Preliminary investigation shows the cause of the fire to be electrical in nature, but the fire is still under investigation. Estimated loss is $45,000 to the structure and another $5,000 to contents. Bettendorf says one firefighter received a minor injury when he slipped and fell on the ice, but he did not require medical attention.


Activists say a New Year's Eve protest of beer sales in Whiteclay ended peacefully. Three of the Nebraska town's four alcohol stores closed early New Year's Eve and made very few late-night sales to residents of the nearby Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.


A Lancaster County district judge has refused to block a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Nebraska's new pipeline siting law. Judge Stephanie Stacy on Monday denied a state request to dismiss the lawsuit that was filed in May by three landowners along the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline. The lawsuit says the law that passed in April unlawfully delegated powers to the governor that belong with the Public Service Commission. It also says the law stemmed from unconstitutional special legislation because it benefited only one entity, TransCanada.


The 26th annual Northeast Nebraska Farm and Equipment Show opens two weeks from today in the Chuck M. Pohlman Ag Complex at Northeast Community College. More than 120 exhibitors are expected at the two day show, and twelve educational seminars are planned on topics that range from marketing to managing irrigation. There is no charge to attend. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. January 16th, and from 9 to 4 on January 17th.


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