OFFICIAL GAME PROGRAM
DECEMBER 28, 2018
No. 22 Ohio State defense shuts down Oklahoma State
No. 21 Nebraska Uses Blackshirts to contain
Michigan State Air Raid, 17-3
With its second-string quarterback running the show, the Ohio State Buckeyes made
winning look easy in the 2004 MasterCard Alamo Bowl beating Oklahoma State 33-7.
Sophomore quarterback Justin Zwick, who replaced suspended Troy Smith,
threw for 189 yards and a touchdown in the one-sided matchup.
True freshman wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., now a receiver for the Saints, put on an offensive
show, catching six passes for 78 yards including a 42-yard pickup on a screen pass from Zwick.
Ginn also rushed for another 51 yards and a touchdown in the victory.
Mike Nugent, the senior kicker who received the Lou Groza award, made his own contribution
in the win. Nugent kicked four fi eld goals and became the all-time leading scorer for Ohio State.
Senior running back Lydell Ross ended his Ohio State career on a high note, rushing 12 times
for 99 yards and a touchdown.
The Buckeyes defense caused the Oklahoma State offense to punt seven times. Cowboys
running back Vernand Morency, one of the nation’s top rushers in 2004, was held to 24 yards
on eight carries.
Oklahoma State’s lone score came halfway through the fourth quarter on a four-yard run
by fullback Shawn Willis.
Cowboys quarterback Donovan Woods completed 15-of-34 passes for 137 yards with an
interception and rushed for another 80 yards.
Ginn earned Offensive MVP honors, while Defensive MVP honors went to Buckeye defensive
end Simon Fraser.
What many anticipated to be an offensive clinic turned out to be a one-sided affair
in the 2003 MasterCard Alamo Bowl as the Nebraska Cornhuskers shut down the
Michigan State Spartans 17-3.
Cornhusker running back Cory Ross rushed for a career-high 138 yards and two touchdowns
for Nebraska, which was playing in its NCAA-record 35th consecutive bowl game. As a team
Nebraska tallied 229 rushing yards and outran MSU by a 12:1 ratio.
Husker quarterback Jammal Lord rushed for 79 yards, including a career-long 66-yard scamper
that set up Ross’ second score. But it was Lord’s arm that surprised his critics as the senior
passer threw for a career-best 180 yards and earned Offensive MVP honors.
Michigan State senior quarterback Jeff Smoker was limited to 156 yards passing and his
fi nal pass as a Spartan was intercepted by cornerback Fabian Washington with 1:08 remaining.
The victory was the fi rst as a head coach for Nebraska’s Bo Pelini, who was named interim
coach after Frank Solich was fi red a month earlier. Pelini was rehired as Nebraska head coach
in December 2007 after the Huskers fi red coach Bill Callahan.
After trading fi eld goals in the fi rst quarter, Ross scored on runs of two and six yards, giving
Nebraska a 17-3 halftime lead.
The Blackshirts did not disappoint the Nebraska faithful recording three interceptions
and fi ve sacks and limiting the Spartans to 18 rushing yards and 174 total, more than 200
below its average.
The win was the Cornhuskers’ fourth win in the Alamodome. They won the 2000 MasterCard
Alamo Bowl and won the 1997 and 1999 Big 12 Football Championships.
Ohio State receiver Ted Ginn Jr. earned
Offensive MVP honors with 78 receiving
yards and 51 yards and a touchdown rushing.
Nebraska quarterback Jammal Lord led
the Cornhuskers to victory and took home
the Offensive MVP after throwing for a
career-best 180 yards.
BOX SCORE: 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH FINAL
No. 22 Ohio State 13 10 7 3 33
Oklahoma State 0 0 0 7 7
BOX SCORE: 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH FINAL
No. 21 Nebraska 3 14 0 0 17
Michigan St. 3 0 0 0 3