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Date: Saturday, December 30, 2000
On paper, the 2000 SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl was one of the most intriguing match-ups of the bowl season as the power and tradition of #8 Nebraska lined-up against the high scoring spread offense of the Big Ten Co-Champion Northwestern Wildcats. On the field, it was a different story as the Huskers (10-2) showed why they had the nations best rushing offense as they overpowered Northwestern (8-4) in their 66-17 victory.
While Northwestern jumped out to a 10-7 lead on Zak Kustok's 10 yard pass to Teddy Johnson, Nebraska answered back on their next possession as quarterback Eric Crouch scampered around the right end for a 50 yard touchdown early in the second quarter.
The Huskers increased their lead to 21-10 on their next drive which consisted of three consecutive Dan Alexander rushes of 34, 13 and 2 yards--the last one for a touchdown.
Northwestern got back in the game when running back Damien Anderson broke free for an Alamo Bowl record 69 yard touchdown with 1:10 remaining in the first half and narrowed the Husker lead to 31-17. However, two plays later with only 20 seconds left in the half Nebraska wingback Bobby Newcombe took a screen pass from Crouch and ran 58 yards for the touchdown.
In the second half, Nebraska scored four more unanswered touchdowns. For the game, the Huskers offense broke 11 Alamo Bowl records--most notably team records for most points in a game (66), most yards total offense (636), most yards rushing (467), most first downs (28) and highest average yards per play (7.7). Their 66 points were also an NCAA bowl record breaking the mark held by Texas A&M in their 65-21 win against Virginia in the 1990 Holiday Bowl.
Alexander, the SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl Offensive MVP, set bowl records with his 240 yards rushing and 12 yards per carry average. His totals surpassed Iowa's Sedrick Shaw who ran for 113 yards and 5.7 yards per carry in 1996.
Crouch finished the day with 181 combined rushing and passing yards and four touchdowns (two rushing and two passing). Husker place kicker Josh Brown set bowl records with his 51 yard field goal and his 9-for-9 kicking on extra points.
The attendance of 60,028 was the third straight year a crowd of over 60,000 attended the SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl. The game set NCAA Bowl Records for most points by one team in a game (Nebraska with 66) and most combined points in a quarter (Nebraska and Northwestern combined to score 45 points in the 2nd quarter).
The SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl was Nebraskas 32nd straight bowl game, a NCAA record. Nebraska running back Dan Alexander was the SYVLVANIA Alamo Bowl Offensive MVP as he rushed for 240 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. Kyle Vanden Bosch, Defensive MVP, disrupted Kustok and the Wildcat offense all game long and notched five unassisted tackles including three for a loss.
In eight years, the bowl has now contributed $21.8 million to higher education with $18.3 million in bowl team payouts and $3.5 million in Big 12 Championship team payouts. In 2000, the bowl also started a local scholarship program as 25 graduating high school seniors where selected from 53 Bexar County high schools to split $50,000 in scholarships.