#21 Nebraska Uses Blackshirts to contain Michigan State Air Raid, 17-3
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 careerlong
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 final pass as a Spartan was intercepted by cornerback Fabian Washington
with 1:08 remaining.
The victory was the first as a head coach for Nebraska’s Bo Pelini, who was named
interim coach after Frank Solich was fired a month earlier. Pelini was rehired as
Nebraska head coach in December 2007 after the Huskers fired coach Bill Callahan.
After trading field goals in the first 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 five 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.
#22 Ohio State defense shuts down Oklahoma State
BOX SCORE 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH FINAL
#22 Ohio State 13 10 7 3 33
Oklahoma State 0 0 0 7 7
Ohio State receiver Ted Ginn Jr.
earned Offensive MVP honors
with 78 receiving yards and 51
yards and a touchdown rushing.
BOX SCORE 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH FINAL
#21 Nebraska 3 14 0 0 17
Michigan St. 3 0 0 0 3
Nebraska quarterback Jammal
Lord led the Cornhuskers to
victory and took home the
Offensive MVP after throwing for
a career-best 180 yards.
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 Carolina Panthers,
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 field 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.
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