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Date: Saturday, December 30, 2006
The Iowa Hawkeye's were unable to hold on to their 11 point lead at the half against the 2005 National Champion Texas Longhorns in the 2006 Alamo Bowl.
Texas was the heavy favorite playing in their first Alamo Bowl in front of a record crowd of 65,875 that was mostly a sea of burnt-orange.
Although not the obvious crowd favorite the Hawkeye's were able to hold the Longhorns to just a touchdown in the first quarter of play. Iowa running back Albert Young scored on the Hawkeye's first possession setting the tone for the game.
In the second quarter Defensive MVP Aaron Ross got the Longhorns on the right track with his end zone interception setting up struggling Texas for their first touchdown of the game.
Quarterback Colt McCoy, who replaced 2006 top draft pick Vince Young, looked shaky early. McCoy was able to pull it together in the third with a 20-yard pass to Limas Sweed and a 72-yard sideline strike to tailback Jamaal Charles giving Texas its first lead (20-14).
With 1:08 left in the third Iowa's Andy Brodell would recapture the lead with a 23-yard reception from Drew Tate. Brodell had six catches for 159 yards and two touchdowns.
The fourth quarter proved to be Texas' time to shine. McCoy would rush for eight yards on a fourth down to set up a two yard touchdown run by tailback Selvin Young proving to be the game winner.
Iowa would have one last chance to pull a win. With just over three minutes left the Hawkeye's would get tripped up on their own trick play. Texas safety Marcus Griffin tackled Iowa's Dominique Douglas for a 9-yard loss. Iowa was forced to punt three plays later with 2:22 left to play.
The City of San Antonio received tremendous national exposure during ESPN's television broadcast of the game. The game earned a 6.0 rating which translates into 8.8 million viewers making it the #1 most-watched college football bowl game broadcast in ESPN history surpassing the 7.8 million viewers who saw last year's dramatic Nebraska vs. Michigan game.
Since 1995, the Alamo Bowl has produced eight of the Top 20 most-watched bowl games in ESPN history including the #1 and #2 slots. Since aligning with the Big Ten and Big 12 Conferences, the Alamo Bowl now has the second highest average television rating (4.7) and the third highest average attendance (60,610 or 93 percent of capacity) of the 21 ESPN bowl games.