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Nebraska vs. Michigan State

Dec. 29, 2003 -- 8:05 p.m. CST, ESPN (Tirico, Herbstreit, Corso)
Alamo Bowl, San Antonio

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Pregame press
Setting the scene for tonight's game are the papers in Omaha (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), Lincoln (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), Grand Island (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), Detroit (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), Lansing (1, 2, 3), Grand Rapids, San Antonio (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7), Austin (1, 2), Houston and Kansas City, as well as AP and Nebraska StatePaper.
Bo Pelini keeps the team and staff focused during a month of uncertainty for the Huskers.
An off-field confrontation stokes both teams. NU's young talent provides hope for 2004 and beyond.
Even if it turns out to be only a one-year gig, Marvin Sanders says he has no regrets.
Jeff Smoker's journey of rehabilitation has him "playing a little different today — with passion": 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
The Spartans will air it out despite the dangers of testing Josh Bullocks & Co.
The 2003 Huskers have their final practice. More notes from Saturday: 1, 2, 3
MSU defenders are wary of the deep play-action pass. A slimmer Cory Ross piles on the yardage.
Barney Cotton sees MSU's swarming defense as a major challenge for NU's running game to overcome.
Le Kevin Smith predicts a blowout. More notes and quotes from Friday: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Fans duel at Friday's River Walk pep rally. The pre-bowl layoff has given three Spartans time to heal.
MSU captain Paul Harker has seen it all in six years.
The San Antonio paper looks at the ups and downs of Jammal Lord's career.
The MSU defense's aggressive style suits rush end Greg Taplin well.
NU tries to sweep off any special-teams cobwebs. Darren DeLone says he's ready for more playing time.
The Spartans have a recent history of beating distracted or unfocused teams in bowl games.
Having learned to channel his aggression, Richie Incognito says he has "done a lot of growing up."
John L. Smith infuses the Spartans with electric enthusiasm matching the man himself.
Notes from NU's Christmas Day practice: 1, 2, 3 The Spartans pay extra attention to special teams.
Jammal Lord helps Joe Dailey prepare for 2004. Nebraska's reach in recruiting is national by necessity.
Questions about the coaching vacancy follow the Huskers to San Antonio: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Linebacker Seth Mitchell plays a key role in MSU's plans to contain Nebraska's running game.
The San Antonio paper tells of Demorrio Williams' circuitous journey to Lincoln.
Running the ball takes a back seat in MSU's offense. Tierre Green has turned heads in recent practices.
Notes from Wednesday's practice. Barrett Ruud closes in on NU's record for tackles in a season.
MSU has crawled back from the depths in a year's time. The San Antonio paper profiles Bo Pelini.
The Spartans aren't used to facing a running QB. MSU's Paul Harker makes the most of his sixth year.
Notes from Sunday's practice. Cory Ross hopes to pick up where he left off last month.
NU leads MSU in Alamo Bowl ticket sales. Demorrio Williams says NU must pressure Jeff Smoker.
NU's assistants focus on the Spartans. More from Thursday's pre-bowl press conference: 1, 2
Notes from Friday's and Thursday's practices. Download the Nebraska media guide for the bowl game.
A look at the financial side of the Huskers' bowl trip. O-lineman Jermaine Leslie battles back from injury.
Regardless of the game's outcome, Husker players won't return from San Antonio empty-handed.
Joe Dailey keeps working at learning the ropes.
Notes from Saturday's practice. Notes from Thursday's practice.
The Huskers' pass defense has the Michigan State's attention. The Huskers return to practice: 1, 2, 3, 4
Don't expect big changes for the bowl game, Bo Pelini says. NU reports brisk sales of bowl tickets.
It's Nebraska vs. Michigan State in an Alamo Bowl game that is sure to be remembered: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

2003 MSU results
(8-4; 5-3 conf.)               
Western Michigan      W 26-21 
Rutgers               W 44-28 
Louisiana Tech        L 19-20 
Notre Dame            W 22-16 
Iowa                  W 20-10 
Indiana               W 31-3 
Illinois              W 49-14 
Minnesota             W 44-38 
Michigan              L 20-27 
Ohio State            L 23-33 
Wisconsin             L 21-56 
Penn State            W 41-10