The 2008 Valero Alamo Bowl delivered on all counts: a thrilling game that
took overtime to decide, a primetime TV slot and an enthusiastic crowd
with fans traveling far and wide to make it to 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 electrified 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 finally got a touchdown
pass of his own the Tigers pulled ahead 17-16. Missouri added a field 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 field 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 7-yard touchdown pass grabbing
the early lead in the first 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 fourth-and-goal from the 32-yard line. Bacher’s desperate
heave into the end zone was knocked down, sending the Tigers to a come-frombehind
30-23 victory over Northwestern.
A Penn State victory did not look likely with the Nittany Lions down by 14
points early in the 2007 Valero Alamo Bowl. Penn State battled to erase
a two-touchdown deficit and defeat Texas A&M 24-17 in front of a Valero
Alamo Bowl record crowd of 66,166.
Deon Butler caught a 30-yard TD pass that would be reviewed and upheld
to even the game and Evan Royster broke a tie with a 38-yard touchdown run.
Penn State’s Rodney Kinlaw won Offensive MVP honors after running for 143
yards on 21 carries and backup runner Royster finished with 65 on nine carries.
Penn State scored 17 consecutive points before A&M’s Matt Szymanski kicked
a 38-yard field goal to tie the game at 17 late in the third quarter. The Nittany Lions
took the lead on the next drive with a TD run by Royster and would not relinquish
it for the remainder of the contest.
With the Nittany Lions up by seven, A&M’s Stephen McGee led a 15-play drive
to the Penn State two-yard-line before failing on fourth-and-goal. A&M’s final
drive ended with a punt at the two-minute mark and Penn State ran out the clock
to secure the win.
Missouri Steals Thriller from Northwestern in OT
BOX SCORE: 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT FINAL
#21 Missouri 7 3 13 0 7 30
#23 Northwestern 0 10 10 3 0 23
Offensive MVP Jeremy Maclin
set an Alamo Bowl record with a
75-yard punt return touchdown in
the first half before catching the
game-winning touchdown pass
from Chase Daniel in overtime.
Penn State overcomes early deficit to defeat A&M
BOX SCORE 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH FINAL
Penn State 0 17 7 0 24
Texas A&M 14 0 3 0 17
Penn State’s Rodney Kinlaw
racked up 143 yards on 21 carries
to earn Offensive MVP honors.
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