The 2011 Capital One Bowl got off to an exciting start Monday afternoon when Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Taylor Martinez hooked up with wideout Kenny Bell on a 30-yard touchdown pass, capping off a three-play, 46-yard drive. Bell lined up in the right slot and ran a simple post route that the South Carolina Gamecocks were unable to cover, and Martinez placed his pass perfectly to give the 'Huskers a 6-0 edge.
The Gamecocks blocked Brett Maher's ensuing point-after attempt, and then Stephon Gilmore scooped up the ball and returned it all the way for a two-point defensive conversion. It's a three-point swing for South Carolina, which turned a certain 7-0 deficit into a much more manageable 6-2 one.
Maher had been 42-of-42 on point-after attempts in the 2011 season prior to the block on Monday.
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