Nebraska’s offense saved its best game of the season for last, dominating Big Ten co-champion Northwestern, 66-17, in the 2000 Alamo Bowl. The 66 points were an NCAA bowl record, along with the Huskers’ nine offensive touchdowns.
The Huskers scored on their first possession. Dan Alexander capped the drive with a 15-yard touchdown run, just a part of his 240 rushing yards — an Alamo Bowl and Nebraska bowl record.
The Wildcats came right back with a field goal and a touchdown, and it looked like the game would be close with Nebraska trailing, 10-7. But Nebraska had a different plan.
Quarterback Eric Crouch started the Huskers’ NCAA bowl-record-tying 31-point second quarter with a 50-yard touchdown run. Nebraska scored 24 straight points before Northwestern’s Damien Anderson ran for a 69-yard score, cutting the Huskers’ margin to 31-17 with 1:10 left in the half.
But momentum would not stay with the Wildcats. Nebraska answered with a 58-yard TD pass from Crouch to Bobby Newcombe 20 seconds before halftime, and the Husker defense shut out Northwestern in the final two quarters.