OFFICIAL GAME PROGRAM
DECEMBER 28, 2018
Offensive MVP Jeremy Maclin set an Alamo Bowl record with a 75-yard punt return touchdown in
the fi rst half before catching the game-winning touchdown pass from Chase Daniel in overtime.
T he 2008 Valero Alamo Bowl delivered on all counts: a
thrilling game that took overtime to decide, a highly
visible national television slot usually reserved for
NFL “Monday Night Football” and an enthusiastic crowd with many
fans traveling far and wide to make it down to San Antonio for the game.
A crowd of 55,986 witnessed one of the most contested Alamo
Bowls in its 17-year history. The lead changed hands seven times
in the back-and-forth battle, with No. 23 Northwestern dominating
early and No. 21 Missouri closing late. The 2008 Valero Alamo Bowl
was only the second overtime game in the bowl’s history.
All-American receiver Jeremy Maclin electrifi ed the crowd with
a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown, the longest in Alamo Bowl
history, evening the score at 10 in the second quarter.
In the second half, Northwestern quarterback C.J. Bacher hit Rasheed Ward on a 46-yard TD
pass, but the extra point hit the upright and the Wildcats lead was just 16-10. When Missouri
quarterback Chase Daniel fi nally got a touchdown pass of his own the Tigers pulled ahead 17-16.
Missouri added a fi eld goal a short time later pushing their lead to 20-16.
Northwestern would score again to go ahead 23-20 near the end of the third quarter, but
Jeff Wolfert made three fi eld goals, including a 37-yarder with 2:49 remaining, tying it 23-all.
But he went on to miss a 44-yard attempt that could have won it for Missouri as time expired.
In overtime, Daniel found Maclin on a quick seven-yard touchdown pass grabbing the early
lead in the fi rst overtime period.
After the Tigers scored on the opening possession of overtime, their defense delivered too.
Missouri sacked a backpedaling C.J. Bacher, forcing a fumble that left Northwestern with fourthand
goal from the 32-yard line. Bacher’s desperate heave into the end zone was knocked down,
sending the Tigers to a come-from-behind 30-23 victory over Northwestern.
Missouri Steals Thriller from Northwestern in OT
BOX SCORE: 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT FINAL
No. 21 Missouri 7 3 13 0 7 30
No. 23 Northwestern 0 10 10 3 0 23