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Jeffery was having a surprisingly productive day playing just weeks after surgery on his hand he injured in the regular-season finale. He was called for a personal foul penalty and ejected with just over two minutes left in the third quarter along with Cornhuskers cornerback Alfonso Dennard when both were caught throwing punches at each other after a play.
"Getting ejected, that is something that happened in the moment," Jeffery said.
He said winning 11 games became the mission for the Gamecocks all season.
"Coach Spurrier, in the beginning of season ... wrote the goal's try to win 11 games and try do things we did the first time. So that's what we tried to do."
Pelini's team came into the game having been plagued by turnovers in its previous three losses. Pelini pointed to missed opportunities -- which included going 1 for 3 in the red zone -- as the culprit Monday.
"I'll say it straight out: our football team, even after the game, felt we were a better football team than them," Pelini said. "But you've got to get out and earn it. It's a humbling game. You give them credit. They made plays. ... We're a pretty good team, too, but we didn't execute at the times we needed to do it."
Rex Burkhead kept Nebraska in the game with 89 yards rushing, but South Carolina sacked Martinez six times.
"We got in the red zone plenty of times and couldn't finish it," he said. "It's is tough. ... We beat ourselves in a lot of phases of the game."
Spurrier will be entering his eighth season at South Carolina next season and said he has confidence the Gamecocks' best football is ahead of them.
"We're different than maybe years past and to finish in the top 10 and all that kind of stuff. ... Gee, if you got a bunch of guys playing like that, you can win against anybody," he said. "Got a lot of them coming back and we're going to try to have a big year next year."
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