ATHENS—-The Georgia football team will play a bowl game in Jacksonville for the first time since Vince Dooley’s last game as head coach on January 1, 1989. The Bulldogs on Sunday were extended, and accepted, an invitation to the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl to face Nebraska of the Big Ten, on Wednesday, January 1, at EverBank Field.
Kickoff is set for noon ET and will be televised nationally by ESPN2.
The Bulldogs have made three previous trips to the Gator Bowl. Georgia and Maryland tied, 20-20, in the Jan. 1, 1948 game; The ‘Dogs defeated North Carolina, 7- 3, in the Dec. 31, 1971 Gator Bowl; and Georgia defeated Michigan State, 34-27, in the Jan. 1, 1989, game. This will mark the third time Georgia and Nebraska have met. The Cornhuskers defeated the Bulldogs, 45-6, in the 1969 Sun Bowl Game in El Paso, Tex.; Georgia defeated Nebraska, 45-31, in the Jan. 1, 2013, Capital One Bowl.
“We are delighted with the selection of our team to represent the Southeastern Conference in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl,” said UGA J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg McGarity. “It’s hard to believe we have not played there since Vince Dooley’s last game following the 1988 season. While we do play in Jacksonville every year during the regular season, this will be a completely new experience and environment for most of our fans and certainly all our players. Jacksonville is blessed with good weather, outstanding attractions, a first class stadium and we look forward to competing against an outstanding Nebraska team. Our fans have been a big part of our success, and I’m confident they will support the team with their attendance in this bowl game.”
“I couldn’t be more excited for our team and especially our seniors with the opportunity to play in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl which has long been one of the premier games on January 1,” said UGA head coach Mark Richt. “It will be an opportunity to return to the city we visit briefly each Fall but this time it will be a completely new opportunity to spend time and enjoy the attractions of a dynamic southern city. We’re also looking forward to the challenge of playing a quality opponent with the rich tradition of Nebraska. They’ve had an outstanding season and I’m sure will bring their best to Jacksonville.”
This will be Georgia’s 49th bowl game–sixth most of any team in the country. The Bulldogs’ all-time bowl record is 27-18-3.
ATHENS, Ga. Tickets to see the Georgia Bulldogs take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl on January 1, 2014, are on sale now. Kick-off is scheduled for noon.
Tickets are $65 and $125 and can be ordered online now or by calling the Athletic Association ticket office 1- 877-542-1231 between 8:30a.m. – 4:30p.m. Monday-Friday. All orders will be filled in the order in which they are received and upon availability.
Members of The Georgia Bulldog Club will receive the number of tickets to the bowl they requested during the pre-order process with Hartman Fund contributors receiving priority on ticket assignment based on their cumulative score. Members of The Georgia Bulldog Club who have not yet placed an order to TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl may order tickets at this time, however they will not be assigned based on priority but in the order which they are received.
All tickets will be shipped via US Postal Service Priority Mail the week of December 16th.
The Bulldogs will be making their 49th appearance in a bowl game. Georgia currently has a 27-18-3 record in bowls. This will be the Bulldogs’ 13th straight bowl appearance under Coach Mark Richt and 17th consecutive overall.