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Holiday Bowl possibility for Huskers

By Tom Kensler and Natalie Meisler
Denver Post Sports Writers

Saturday, November 24, 2001 - BOULDER - Odds look good for a Nebraska-Washington matchup in the Dec. 28 Holiday Bowl - at least if Bob Shumake has anything to do with it. And he may.

Shumake, who attended Friday's 62-36 Colorado victory over the Nebraska in Boulder, is secretary of the Holiday Bowl's selection committee. Shumake said the Holiday Bowl likely will take Nebraska if the Cornhuskers are not chosen for an at-large spot in the Bowl Championship Series.

If Colorado defeats Oklahoma in the Dec. 1 Big 12 Championship game in Irving, Texas, the Buffaloes would gain an automatic bid to the BCS. They mostly likely would be taken by the Fiesta Bowl, which has a tie-in with the Big 12. Oklahoma appears likely to get a BCS spot no matter what happens in the league's title game.

If Colorado loses to Oklahoma, the Buffaloes would have three losses, and their chances of landing a BCS bid would be slim. Under that scenario, Colorado likely would be headed to the Jan. 1 Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

Shumake said he believes the Big 12's two BCS representatives will be Oklahoma and either Colorado or Texas. That likely would send Nebraska to San Diego, although Colorado also remains a possibility.

Big 12 commissioner Kevin Weiberg said, "There has been an indication of interest by the Cotton Bowl in Colorado." But Weiberg said it is too early to tell how the league's bowl slots will be filled. The Big 12 also has tie-ins with the Alamo Bowl (San Antonio), Insight.com Bowl (Phoenix), Independence Bowl (Shreveport, La.) and Galleryfurniture.com Bowl (Houston, Texas).

Ticket info

Tickets for the Big 12 Championship game at Texas Stadium go on sale Saturday through Ticketmaster. Ticket buyers must call from a 303, 720, 719 or 970 area code, or must have a Colorado-based billing address. Call 303-830-8497, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Tickets also can be purchased at the CU ticket office, located in Folsom Field, Monday through Wednesday. CU has an 8,245-seat allotment. Tickets are $60, with a limit of eight per person.

By the numbers

Before Friday, the most points allowed previously by Nebraska were 61, to Minnesota in 1945. The most points scored by Colorado against the Huskers had been 36, in a 22-point Buffs victory in 1951 at Lincoln, Neb. The past time Nebraska never led in a CU game was in 1986, when the Buffaloes won 20-10. Colorado has never led the Huskers 28-0, but the Buffs defeated the Huskers 27-0 in 1957. Colorado's 26-point margin of victory was the most against Nebraska since Oklahoma beat the Huskers 45-10 in 1990.


 

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