Nebraska 66
Northwestern 17

Dec. 30, 2000 - 7 p.m. Central
Alamo Bowl | San Antonio, TX | ESPN
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Northwestern 3 14 0 0 17
Nebraska 7 31 21 7 66

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First Quarter
NU: Dan Alexander 15 run (Josh Brown kick) 12:49
NW: FG Tim Long 44, 9:51
Second Quarter
NW: Teddy Johnson 10 pass from Zak Kustok (Long kick) 14:16
NU: Eric Crouch 50 run (Brown kick) 13:56 
NU: Alexander 2 run (Brown kick) 11:50
NU: Correll Buckhalter 2 run (Brown kick) 7:13
NU: FG Brown 51, 1:28
NW: Damien Anderson 69 run (Long kick) 1:10
NU: Bobby Newcombe 58 pass from Crouch (Brown kick) 0:20
Third Quarter
NU: Matt Davison 11 pass from Crouch (Brown kick) 12:17
NU: Crouch 2 run (Brown kick) 3:52
NU: Davison 69 pass from Newcombe (Brown kick) 1:14
Fourth Quarter
NU: Dahrran Diedrick 9 run (Brown kick) 5:22

                            NU       NW
First downs ............... 28       14
  By rushing .............. 24        6
  By passing ............... 3        6
  By penalty ............... 1        2
Rushed-Yards .......... 69-476   38-232
Passing yards ............ 160      151
  Comp-Att-Int ........ 6-14-1  17-43-1
Total offense ......... 83-636   81-383
Sacked-Yards lost ........ 0-0     3-19
Punt returns-Yards ...... 9-81      2-6
Int. returns-Yards ....... 1-6      1-0
Kickoff returns-Yds .... 4-102    6-112
Punts ................. 3-44.3  10-35.7
Fumbles-Lost ............. 2-1      1-0
Penalties-Yards ......... 4-35     7-46
Time of possession ..... 33:37    26:23
Third-down conversions .. 6-15     5-20
Fourth-down conversions .. 1-2      0-3

RUSHING
NU: Alexander 20-240, Crouch 15-90,  Buckhalter 12-55, Diedrick 4-28, Ju Davies 3-17, Lord 4-16, W Miller 3-10, T Collins 3-9, Newcombe 1-5, Grixby 2-3, R Miller 1-3, Chrisman 1-0

NW: D Anderson 18-149, Kustok 14-55, S Simmons 2-14, Lawrence 3-13, Danielson 1-1

PASSING
NU: Crouch 5-13-1-91; Newcombe 1-1-0-69
NW: Kustok 15-35-0-138; Danielson 2-8-1-13

RECEIVING
NU: Davison 3-85, Newcombe 1-58, Bowling 1-9, Hassebroek 1-8

NW: Johnson 4-53, D Anderson 4-12, S Simmons 3-24, Foster 2-41, K Patrick 2-6, Schweighardt 1-9, Wright 1-6.

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Records tumble as Cornhuskers crush Wildcats

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.

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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.

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Commentary

Colonel Mustard

I think it is interesting that Northwestern was overrated only after we pounded them.

Shatel

Obviously, the Huskers' problem this year was that they didn't play in the Big Ten.

Omaha World-Herald
McKeever

They looked like the team everyone had projected when the season began.

Lincoln Journal Star
Red Clad Loon

You couldn't have scripted a better finish for Nebraska's quiet man, Dan Alexander, than this track meet of a finale.

Bayless

Talk about sobering. If only football didn't include defense and kicking.

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Ebersole

If the Cats wanted to take a cheap shot, they might have said something about Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch's "physical education" major

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