Huskers, who were openly disappointed at not receiving
a Bowl Championship Series bid, took it out on the co-Big
10 champion Wildcats (8-4).
falling behind 10-7 early in the first quarter, the Huskers
outscored Northwestern 59-7 the rest of the way.
coach Frank Solich, hoping to finish a disappointing season
with a Top 5 ranking, didn't pull his starters until about
10 minutes were left with Nebraska leading 59-17.
Buckhalter scored twice and Bobby Newcombe caught a TD
pass and threw another to Matt Davison as the Cornhuskers
set several records for the 8-year-old bowl. Davison had
two TD catches.
Anderson ran for 149 yards and a touchdown for Northwestern.
overmatched Wildcats helped Nebraska by routinely giving
up great field position in the first half. Nebraska's
worst field position of the half was its own 36. The Huskers
opened three drives in Northwestern territory and one
on the 50 while taking a 38-17 halftime lead.
set a school bowl record with 31 points in the second
quarter, topping the 29 points the Huskers scored in the
second against Florida in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl.
Huskers didn't let up in the second half, scoring 21 points
in the third quarter while improving to 2-1 in bowl games
under Solich and 20-19 overall in bowls.
needed only five plays to take a 7-0 lead on a 15-yard
run by Alexander just 2:11 into the game. Alexander added
a 2-yard touchdown run in the second and had 119 yards
by halftime, setting an Alamo Bowl record.
had a 50-yard TD run and Buckhalter and Newcombe each
scored before halftime. Newcombe caught a short pass and
easily outran the Wildcats for a 58-yard score with 20
set up Buckhalter's 2-yard run that put the Huskers up
28-10 with a 32-yard punt return to the Northwestern 10.
He added a 69-yard TD pass to Davison that made it 58-17
late in the third quarter. Wildcats fans booed the pitch
pass from the former quarterback, who had no trouble hitting
a wide-open Davison for the touchdown.
Brown set a personal best and Alamo Bowl record with a
51-yard field goal late in the second for Nebraska. His
previous best was 42 yards and the Alamo Bowl record was
49 by Texas A&M's Kyle Bryant against Michigan in 1995.
had taken advantage of a special teams blunder by Nebraska
for a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter. Keyuo Craver
was called for pass interference on a fake punt, setting
the Wildcats up at the Nebraska 21. Zak Kustok hit Teddy
Johnson with a 10-yard pass for the Wildcats' only lead
of the game.
also had a 44-yard field goal by Tim Long in the first
broke his personal best of 208 yards set in the season
opener against San Jose State and he shattered the Alamo
Bowl record of 113 yards Iowa's Sedrick Shaw had against
Texas Tech in 1996.
66 points scored by Nebraska nearly doubled the previous
highs in the Alamo Bowl. Penn State beat Texas A&M 37-3
last year and Purdue
topped Kansas State 37-34
in 1998 for the previous highs.
Nebraska 2000 Alamo Bowl Notes
No. 9/8/8 (AP/Coaches/BCS) Nebraska def. Northwestern
(18/19/NR) 66-17 in the eighth annual Sylvania Alamo
Bowl Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Nebraska now owns a 3-1 advantage in its all-time series
with the Wildcats, claiming victories in the last two
contests. The bowl game marked NU’s 32nd consecutive
(a continuing NCAA record), and the Huskers’ 39th bowl
appearance overall, which ranks tied for fourth in the
NCAA. The win for Nebraska marked NU Coach Frank
Solich’s second in a bowl in three years and gives
NU a 20-19 all-time bowl record. Nebraska has now won
six of its last seven bowls since losing 18-16 to No.
1 Florida State in the 1994 Orange Bowl. NU is 1-0 in
the Alamo Bowl. The Huskers’ Alamo Bowl appearance marked
the first time since 1980 that the Huskers have played
a bowl game in Texas. Nebraska improves to 10-2 on the
season with its victory over the Wildcats. Nebraska
has now won 10 or more games 23 times, including 22
times in the Devaney/Osborne/Solich era (1962-present).
NU has won 10 or more games in seven of the past eight
2000 campaign marks Solich’s second 10-win season. He
guided the Huskers to a 12-1 mark in 1999.
Solich now ranks tied for fourth on the NCAA
Division I chart for most careers wins in a coach’s
first three seasons. Solich is 31-7 (.816) as the Huskers’
head coach and owns a 2-1 bowl record.
With its win over Northwestern, the Huskers will most
likely finish the 2000 season with a top 10 ranking.
Nebraska has finished among the AP top 10 29 times since
the first poll in 1936. The Huskers are now 87-90-3
all time vs. opponents ranked in the AP poll. Over the
past eight seasons, NU has gone 26-9 against ranked
foes, with two of those losses coming in bowl games.
The Huskers were 2-2 against ranked opponents this season,
losing to then-No. 3 Oklahoma in Norman and then-No.
16 Kansas State while defeating then-No. 25 Notre Dame
and No. 18 Northwestern. Solich is 8-6 against ranked
teams (3-3 vs. AP top 10 teams), winning six of the
past eight matchups. Solich is 2-2 against ranked teams
at neutral sites.
Senior I-back Dan Alexander was named the 2000
Alamo Bowl Offensive MVP. Alexander’s 240 rushing yards
on 20 carries was a new Nebraska bowl record, breaking
the previous mark of 206 set by Ahman Green vs. Tennessee
in the 1998 Orange Bowl. It was also a Alamo Bowl record,
breaking the previous mark of 113 set by Iowa’s Sedrick
Shaw in 1996. Alexander broke the record on his ninth
carry of the game, a 16-yard run. Alexander’s 240 yards
also broke the 17-year old NU total offense record in
a bowl game of 230 yards set by Johnny Rodgers in the
1973 Orange Bowl vs. Notre Dame. Alexander’s performance
marked the 30th time an NU player has rushed for 200
or more yards and the second time for an NU player in
a bowl. Alexander’s 240 yards is tied for eighth best
all-time on the Nebraska single-game chart. Alexander
reached the 100-yard mark on Nebraska’s second drive
of the second quarter when he rushed for all of the
Huskers’ 49 yards on three carries, including a 2-yard
touchdown run at 11:50 that gave NU a 21-10 lead after
Josh Brown’s PAT. At that point in the game, Alexander
had eight carries for a bowl-best 109 yards and two
touchdowns, bettering the 108 and one touchdown he had
against Tennessee in last year’s Fiesta Bowl.
quarterback Eric Crouch finished with 90 rushing
yards on 15 carries for two touchdowns and completed
5 of 13 passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns. Crouch
produced two plays of 50 or more yards in the second
quarter, hitting Bobby Newcombe with a 58-yard
touchdown pass on the Nebraska’s final drive of the
second half and rushing for a 50-yard touchdown with
13:56 remaining in the second quarter. The run was the
longest scoring run of Crouch’s career in a bowl game.
Crouch finished with 181 total offensive yards.
Senior wingback Bobby Newcombe’s 33-yard punt
return set an Alamo Bowl record for longest punt return.
The previous record was a 32-yard return by Kansas State’s
David Allen in 1998. Newcombe’s return to the NU 8-yard
line set up the Huskers’ best starting field position
all season and led to a 2-yard touchdown run by senior
I-back Correll Buckhalter with 7:13 remaining in the
second quarter. Newcombe recorded a passing and a receiving
touchdown. He first recorded his first receiving touchdown
of the season, a 58-yard strike from Crouch, on NU’s
final drive of the second half to put NU up 38-17. Then
with 1:44 remaining in the third quarter, Newcombe took
a lateral from Crouch and then hit Matt Davision with
a 69-yard touchdown pass, a career-long for Newcombe.
A former quarterback for NU, Newcombe had not thrown
a touchdown pass since September of 1999, when he hit
Crouch for a 60-yard score against California. Newcombe
also had three punt returns for 43 yards against Northwestern.
three catches for 85 yards tonight, senior split end
Matt Davison broke the NU career bowl receiving
yards record, as he now has 233 in four bowl games.
The mark betters the 200 yards Heisman Trophy winner
Johnny Rodgers totaled in three bowls from 1971-73.
With his five-yard
reception with 4:13 remaining in the first quarter,
Davison became the first Husker to have at least one
reception in four straight bowl games since Abdul Muhammad
accomplished the feat (1991-94). Davison was 1-16 in
1998 in the Orange Bowl, 3-64 in the 1998 Holiday Bowl
and 2-68 in the 2000 Fiesta Bowl. Davison’s 11-yard
touchdown reception with 12:17 remaining in the third
quarter was his first touchdown in a bowl game and his
fourth of 2000. His 69-yard touchdown reception from
Bobby Newcombe set a new career-best, breaking his previous
reception-best of 63 yards vs. Kansas in 1999 and his
previous touchdown reception-best of 49 vs. Iowa State
Huskers’ 38 first-half points set a new Alamo Bowl record
and a new Nebraska bowl record ... The previous NU record
was 35 in the first-half of the 1996 Fiesta Bowl. NU’s
31 points in the second quarter tonight bettered the
29 scored in the second quarter of the 1996 Fiesta Bowl
as a single-quarter NU bowl record.The Huskers’ 66 points
broke the Nebraska record for points in a bowl game
and set an NCAA bowl record. The previous NU mark was
62 against Florida in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl, while the
NCAA bowl record was 65 by Texas A&M in the 1990
Nebraska Defense ... The Huskers were led defensively
by senior two-time academic All-American Kyle Vanden
Bosch, who was voted the 2000 Alamo Bowl Defensive
MVP. Vanden Bosch had five tackles (all solos), three
tackles for loss, a career-best five quarterback hurries
and one sack for a five-yard loss. One of Vanden Bosch’s
tackles for loss was nearly a safety as he pinned Damien
Anderson inside the Northwestern 1-yard line midway
through the second quarter. Junior cornerback Keyuo
Craver tied NU’s bowl record for most pass breakups
with three (ties four others, most recently, Ralph Brown
in the 1998 Holiday Bowl vs. Arizona). Junior free safety
Dion Booker led NU with seven tackles, including
five solo stops. Sacks: The Huskers had four
first-half sacks vs. Northwestern, including 1-9 by
sophomore left rush end Chris Kelsay, 1-9 by
sophomore nose tackle Jason Lohr, 1-6 by sophomore
nose tackle Jon Clanton, 1-5 by Vanden Bosch.
Nebraska had nine tackles for loss in the first half.
This year’s season-best was 11 vs. Kansas State.
Nebraska Alamo Bowl
and All-Time Bowl Records ... Nebraska sophomore
kicker Josh Brown broke an Alamo Bowl record
with his 51-yard field goal to give NU a 31-10 lead
with 1:28 remaining in the first half. The previous
field goal record was 49 yards by Texas A&M’s Kyle
Bryant in 1995 ... With 476 rushing yards, Nebraska
shattered the Alamo Bowl rushing record of 217 yards
set by Iowa in 1996...the Huskers 636 yards of total
offense was a new Alamo Bowl and NU bowl record... Senior
wingback Bobby Newcombe’s 32-yard punt return
set an Alamo Bowl record for longest punt return. The
previous record was a 32-yard return by Kansas State’s
David Allen in 1998. Newcombe’s return to the NU 8-yard
line set up the Huskers best starting field position
all season and led to a 2-yard touchdown run by senior
I-back Correll Buckhalter ...
Dan Alexander’s 240 rushing yards is a
new Alamo Bowl and NU bowl record, breaking the previous
mark of 113 set by Iowa’s Sedrick Shaw in 1996 ... Senior
defensive back Joe Walker’s 33-yard kickoff return
in the second quarter ranks tied for third on the Alamo
Bowl return chart ... The Huskers’ 38 first-half points
set a new Alamo Bowl record and a new Nebraska bowl
record ... The previous NU record was 35 in the first-half
of the 1996 Fiesta Bowl. NU’s 31 points in the second
quarter tonight bettered the 29 scored in the second
quarter of the 1996 Fiesta Bowl as a single-quarter
NU bowl record.The Huskers’ 66 points broke the Nebraska
record for points in a bowl game. The previous mark
was 62 against Florida in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl ... Junior
cornerback Keyuo Craver tied NU’s bowl record
for most pass breakups with three (ties four others,
most recently, Ralph Brown in the 1998 Holiday Bowl
Nebraska Firsts.... Freshman linebacker T.J.
Hollowell posted his first kick return of the season
with a 17-yard return to the NU 38 with 9:51 remaining
in the first quarter ... Junior nose tackle Jason
Lohr recorded his first sack in postseason play
when he dropped Northwestern quarterback Zak Kustok
for a nine-yard loss in the first quarter, forcing the
Wildcats to attempt a 44-yard field goal ... Sophomore
nose tackle Jon Clanton produced the first sack
of his career, a six-yard loss for Kustok in the first
quarter ... senior defensive back Joe Walker
grabbed his first interception in a bowl game with 7:50
remaining in the fourth quarter ...
Other Nebraska Career Bests ... Senior punter
Dan Hadenfeldt’s 52-yard punt midway through
the second quarter was his career-best in a bowl game
kicker Josh Brown set a career-best and broke
an Alamo Bowl record with his 51-yard field goal to
give NU a 31-10 lead with 1:28 remaining in the first
half. Brown was 9-for-9 on PATs.