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Pregame press
Stories leading up to the game are listed here in reverse chronological order.
The Huskers’ 120th season of football comes to a close tonight with the Big Red gunning for the program’s 25th double-digit win total and looking for some answers about next year’s team. Here’s the pregame lowdown from the papers in Omaha (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7), Lincoln (1, 2, 3, 4), Grand Island, Tucson (1, 2, 3, 4, 5),* Green Valley (1, 2), San Diego (1, 2, 3), Los Angeles* and Kansas City. Commentary: Shatel, McKewon (1, 2), Sipple, McKeever, Hansen*
The opposing coaches’ friendship and shared values were evident at Tuesday’s press conference: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 video photos
Arizona has a stout defensive line of its own.
The San Diego paper looks at Nebraska’s struggles on offense.
The 2009 Huskers go through their final practice: 1, 2, 3
Arizona quarterback Nick Foles is aware of the challenge* posed by the Blackshirts. | Can’t ignore Crick*
Great things are expected of the still-raw Eric Martin.
Tad Stryker and Tom Shatel offer up their decade retrospectives.
Barry Turner’s 2008 injury may have been a blessing in disguise.
Arizonans on the roster are giving Nebraska a substantial booost.
Improvement in Marvin Sanders’ secondary is reflected in the stats.
Arizona’s punting game has been a disappointment.
The Lincoln Southeast band will fill in for the snowbound NU band in San Diego.
There's a move afoot to cobble together an alumni band for the game.
The 2010 QB race begins in the Holiday Bowl. | Notes: 1, 2, 3
Ndamukong Suh is driven to win one last game as a Husker. | California column
Alex Henery, David Harvey and Colton Koehler receive Blackshirts.
Sam McKewon wants to see Rex Burkhead in the wildcat formation.
Mark Stoops is leaving Arizona’s defense in better shape than he found it.
The Huskers’ focus impresses senior safety Larry Asante.
Arizona’s O-linemen say they have respect but not fear* for Suh. | “Not today” *
The Wildcats hope to force Zac Lee to test their defense’s strength, the secondary.
Bo Pelini discusses the season in a Q&A with Tom Shatel.
The snowstorm keeps the marching band from making the bowl trip. | Notes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Arizona struggled in its last outing against a Bo Pelini defense.
NU’s turnover-filled loss* to Iowa State became a turning point.
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The Huskers make it out of snowy Lincoln and arrive in San Diego.
Will this be one of the Holiday Bowl’s rare defensive battles?
Arizona defensive coordinator Mark Stoops remains focused on the bowl game despite his impending departure to Florida State.
Arizona gets in its first San Diego practice. | New look*
The early predictions for the bowl game lean in Nebraska’s favor.
As its curtain call approaches, the ballyhooed 2005 recruiting class remains a tough one to judge. | Beck in ’Bama
The Stoops and Pelini brothers have similarities that are shaped by their shared backgrounds.
The Wildcats arrive in San Diego* and take in the Poinsettia Bowl.
Sacks have been a rarity for Arizona quarterback Nick Foles.
A visit to a Lincoln school reminds Husker players what being a role model is all about.
There’s nothing to prove on Dec. 30 — and that’s the challenge for NU’s staff, Sam McKewon writes. | Another view
Arizona DT Earl Mitchell has grown in more ways than one.
Filling Barry Turner’s shoes could be the next task for Cameron Meredith.
Tad Stryker tries to make sense of what NU’s coaches are saying about the offense.
Ndamukong Suh becomes the first defensive player to be named AP College Football Player of the Year. | Awards page
If the fans can’t get stoked for this one, lets hope the players do, Steve Sipple says.
Mike Stoops makes strides in raising the profile* of the Arizona football program.
The Huskers must prepare for the running ability* of Arizona’s backup QB.
From USA Today, how one second changed the college football season.
Look for the Wildcats to forgo their usual blue helmets for this game.
Tuesday's Sidetrack concert has been moved to Dick's Last Resort. | Game tickets
Curenski Gilleylen knows he must earn his way back onto the field.
Bo Pelini voices confidence in Shawn Watson and says a stout run game is a must.
Cody Green is likely to get some snaps vs. Arizona.
The Big 12 commissioner isn’t saying whether the Pelinis were disciplined for their outbursts after the Texas game.
The Tailgate the Nation documentary crew will film at the HP tailgate.
Steve Sipple yearns for a return of the Pipeline’s glory days.
Dejon Gomes says his big take-aways are the simple result of “relentless effort.”
Vince Ferragamo will be at the game-day tailgate. Former players are invited to attend. Game tickets are here.
Bowl finances pose a balancing act for the university.
Brandon Kinnie isn't easing up after a strong second half of the season. | Notes from Tucson*
Mike Stoops talks about the state of his Arizona team.
Take a photo tour of the HP Holiday Bowl event venues.
The offense has gone back to addressing basics in recent practices. Wednesday notes: 1, 2, 3
Holiday Bowl officials hope 2009 is a financial repeat* of 1998.
The cupboard at safety is far from bare, even though NU is losing two senior starters.
After Jared Crick’s emergence in 2009, will 2010 be Baker Steinkuhler’s turn?
Adi Kunalic talks about that shanked kickoff. Tuesday notes: 1, 2, 3
The well-traveled Ndamukong Suh returns to practice.
Win Holiday Bowl tickets and tailgate passes from CAL4NE.
Husker Dan files his mid-December report.
Sam McKewon reviews the 2009 offense. | Sipple commentary
The Holiday Bowl berth has the Wildcats fired up.
Nick Foles has proved to be cool under pressure as Arizona's quarterback.
Sam McKewon sees a big year ahead for Prince Amukamara.
Coach Ron Brown isn't letting neck surgery keep him off the job.
The bowl game takes Menelik Holt & Anthony West to familiar turf. Notes: 1, 2
Arizona assistant Mark Stoops accepts a job on the Florida State staff, and he’ll be replaced by Colorado’s Greg Brown.
Team awards were handed out Friday night at the annual team banquet.
The Sidetrack Band will be heading to the Holiday Bowl.
Sam McKewon's season in review continues with a look at the special teams.
Sam McKewon takes a year-in-review look at the defense.
There have been more ups than downs lately for Mike Stoops and Arizona.
NU has sold out its allotment of Holiday Bowl tickets. Other sources: 123
Husker players say motivation will be no problem against Arizona. | No. 8 bowl
Arizona is no stranger to tough losses this season. | NU notes
Commentary on the state of the offense: Sipple, Chatelain | McKewon’s Monday review
It's official: Nebraska will face Arizona in the Holiday Bowl. | Tickets
The Huskers rise one spot in each poll, to No. 19 and No. 20.
Arizona beats USC and accepts an invitation to the Holiday Bowl.