OFFICIAL GAME PROGRAM
DECEMBER 28, 2018
No. 18 Texas battles back to upend Iowa 26-24
Nebraska withstands frantic final play to topple
No. 20 Michigan
T he Iowa Hawkeyes were unable to hold on to their 11-point lead at halftime as the
No. 18 Texas Longhorns came from behind to win the 2006 Alamo Bowl 26-24.
Texas was heavily favored playing in their fi rst Alamo Bowl in front of a sellout
crowd of 65,875, most of which was decked out in burnt-orange. The Hawkeyes were able to
hold the Longhorns to only one score in the fi rst. Iowa running back Albert Young scored on
the Hawkeyes fi rst possession setting the tone for the game.
In the second quarter, Defensive MVP Aaron Ross got the Longhorns back on track with an
interception in the end zone setting up Texas for their fi rst touchdown of the game.
Freshman quarterback Colt McCoy looked shaky early, but was able to pull it together in
the third quarter with a 20-yard pass to Limas Sweed and a 72-yard sideline strike to tailback
Jamaal Charles giving Texas its fi rst lead (20-14). With 1:08 left in the third Iowa’s Andy Brodell
recaptured the lead with a 23-yard reception from Drew Tate. Brodell had six catches for 159
yards and two touchdowns.
In the fourth quarter, McCoy rushed for eight yards on a fourth down to set up a two-yard
touchdown run by tailback Selvin Young, which proved to be the game winner.
Texas won its third straight bowl game and became the fi rst team to win the Alamo Bowl
after trailing at halftime. Iowa’s Andy Brodell hauled in 159 yards receiving in the losing effort.
Offensive MVP honors went to the Longhorns’ McCoy while Iowa’s Mike Elgin took home the Fred
Jacoby Sportsmanship Award.
T he 20th ranked Michigan Wolverines nearly pulled off the improbable against the
Nebraska Cornhuskers in the 2005 MasterCard Alamo Bowl.
Down by four with two seconds remaining, Michigan made a bid for one of the
most exciting fi nal plays in college bowl history. Michigan quarterback Chad Henne completed
a short pass that started a chain of eight laterals and a near miracle.
Coaches and players from both teams made their way onto the fi eld mid-play thinking the
game had ended as Michigan’s Tyler Ecker caught the eighth lateral and scampered up the
sideline toward the end zone.
Nebraska cornerback Titus Brothers never quit on the play and knocked Ecker out of bounds
at the Nebraska 13-yard line to secure the Cornhuskers’ 32-28 victory.
Henne tied then-Alamo Bowl record for most passing and rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.
He fi nished with three touchdown passes and rushed for another to give Michigan a 28-17
lead. But Nebraska scored two unanswered touchdowns, the second courtesy of wide receiver
Terrence Nunn. He caught quarterback Zac Taylor’s third touchdown toss of the night with 4:29
left to give Nebraska the lead for good. Taylor fi nished 14-of-31 for 167 yards.
Running back Cory Ross, who earned Offensive MVP honors, tallied 161 rushing yards and
found the end zone once on a 31-yard touchdown run. Michigan cornerback Leon Hall became
the fi rst Defensive MVP from a losing team in Alamo Bowl history after he intercepted Taylor
twice in the fi rst half.
Offensive MVP Colt McCoy passed for 308
yards and two touchdowns assisting the
Longhorns to their fi rst Alamo Bowl win.
Quarterback Zac Taylor threw for three
touchdowns to lead the Cornhuskers to a
comeback victory in the Alamo Bowl.
BOX SCORE: 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH FINAL
No. 18 Texas 3 7 10 6 26
Iowa 14 0 7 3 24
BOX SCORE: 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH FINAL
Nebraska 7 7 3 15 32
No. 20 Michigan 7 7 7 7 28