Lavonte David capped his prep career with a state title four years ago at the Florida Citrus Bowl.
But while his return to Orlando didn't produce a victory or a trophy, the Nebraska senior linebacker ended his collegiate career in impressive fashion, totaling a game-high 11 tackles and two sacks in the Huskers' 30-13 loss to South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl.
"At the beginning it wasn't very emotional. I was so excited, so I wasn't thinking about it a lot," said David, who won a state title with Miami Northwestern at the Citrus Bowl in 2007. "But at the end of the game, knowing that we could have had the victory, it kind of hurt."
David said he gave a speech to his team after the game.
"Knowing that I'm going to be leaving these guys and I might not get the chance to see them again, I got a little emotional at the end," said David, who transferred to Nebraska in 2009 after two seasons at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas.
South Carolina redshirt-freshman Bruce Ellington has been busy this winter.
After totaling 707 yards and two touchdowns as a receiver, rusher and kick returner during the regular season, Ellington, an SEC All-Freshman football selection, joined the Gamecocks' basketball team on Dec. 1, playing six games in December.
Ellington had two big kickoff returns totaling 73 yards against Nebraska, including a 45-yard return in the first quarter that set up the Gamecocks' first touchdown.
The basketball sophomore scored 17 points in a 57-45 victory over Wofford on Dec. 28 and is second on the team in scoring average at 9.5 points per game. He is expected to return to the court for Tuesday's home matchup against South Carolina State.
The Capital One Bowl drew an announced crowd of 61,351 Monday, bringing the total for Orlando's two bowl games to 129,656 – a new record. The Champs Sports Bowl had its first-ever sellout crowd Thursday when 68,305 fans saw Florida State beat Notre Dame.
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