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Date: Saturday, December 29, 2001
The 2001 SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl featured the Iowa Hawkeyes with the Big Ten's top scoring offense against the Texas Tech Red Raiders, who had the Big 12's top passing offense. The end result was a soldout game that went down to the final play as Iowa defensive back Bob Sanders intercepted Tech's Kliff Kingsbury last second pass in the endzone to preserve Iowa's 19-16 victory.
However, the game featured two unlikely Iowa heroes: placekicker Nate Kaeding and reserve running back Aaron Greving. Kaeding kicked four field goals including a game winning 47-yarder with 45 seconds to go.
Filling in for the injured Ladell Betts (a 1,000 yard rusher during the regular season), Greving rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown to earn MVP honors. The Hawkeyes took control of the game early as they ate up 9:15 on the opening drive that was capped with Kaeding's first field goal. Greving one-yard touchdown in the second quarter extended the lead to 10-0.
Texas Tech narrowed the lead to 10-3 when placekicker Clinton Greathouse kicked a 50-yard field goal as time expired in the first half. Then, Kingsbury tied the game at 10-10 with a 20-yard pass to Wes Welker in the third quarter. After trading field goals, Kaeding hit the game-winner with 45 seconds remaining.
The attendance of 65,232 was the second highest attendance in Alamo Bowl and Alamodome football history. Of the 25 college football bowl games this season, the 2001 SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl was the only one that had a sellout crowd and a game that was decided by less than five points.
The City of San Antonio and the Alamodome received tremendous national exposure during ESPN's broadcast of the game. The bowl's 3.8 rating on ESPN was the third highest of the 15 bowl games on ESPN and ESPN2 this year and reached a viewing audience of over 5 million.
Based on the 35,000 out-of-town visitors that came to this year's game, the 2001 SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl brought an impact of over $10 million in estimated direct visitor expenditures to the city of San Antonio.
In nine years, the bowl has now contributed approximately $25 million to higher education with $21.5 million in bowl team payouts and $3.5 million in Big 12 Championship team payouts.
The bowl continued its local scholarship program in 2001 as 26 graduating high school seniors where selected from 53 Bexar County high schools to split $52,000 in scholarships.