Wisconsin rallied to stun #14 Colorado in Alamo Bowl’s first overtime finish
The 10th anniversary of the Alamo Bowl pitted two teams traditionally
known for their ability to run the ball. In the end though, it was the kicking
game that proved to be the deciding factor in Wisconsin’s 31-28 overtime
win against No. 14 Colorado.
Wisconsin kicker Mike Allen booted a 37-yard field goal in overtime to seal
the win after Colorado kicker Pat Brougham missed a 45-yard attempt in the
Buffaloes’ overtime possession. The game marked the first overtime finish in
Alamo Bowl history.
The victory for Wisconsin capped off a fourth-quarter comeback that saw the
Badgers drive 80 yards, convert two fourth downs and find the end zone on a
one-yard-run by quarterback Brooks Bollinger with 51 seconds remaining.
Wisconsin tallied 356 yards of total offense, including 99 yards and a touchdown
on the ground from tailback Anthony Davis.
Bollinger had 163 yards and two touchdowns passing and was named
Meanwhile, Wisconsin limited the usually powerful Colorado ground attack
to 123 yards. Colorado running back Chris Brown, once considered a candidate
for the Heisman trophy, finished with 97 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
After falling behind at the half, Colorado took advantage of two Wisconsin
fumbles as quarterback Zac Colvin, a San Antonio native, replaced Buffaloes
starter Robert Hodge and led the team on two scoring drives.
Iowa stifles Texas Tech’s quick-strike offense, rides kicker to victory
The 2001 SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl featured a battle between the Big Ten’s
top scoring offense and the Big 12’s top passing attack. But defense and
special teams proved to be the deciding factor as Iowa edged Texas Tech
19-16 in front of a sellout crowd.
The game went down to the final play as Iowa defensive back Bob Sanders,
who went on to have an All-Pro career for the Indianapolis Colts, intercepted a
Kliff Kingsbury pass in the end zone to preserve the Hawkeye victory. Kingsbury
finished with 309 passing yards.
The game featured two unlikely Hawkeye heroes: placekicker Nate Kaeding
and reserve running back Aaron Greving. Kaeding, who holds the title of most
accurate kicker in NFL history, kicked four field goals, including a game-winning
47-yarder. Greving filled in for the injured Ladell Betts, rushing for 115 yards and
a touchdown to earn Offensive MVP honors.
The Hawkeyes took control of the game early as they ate up more than nine
minutes on an opening drive that was capped with Kaeding’s first field goal.
Greving’s one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter extended the lead to 10-0.
Texas Tech narrowed the lead to 10-3 with a 50-yard field goal by Clinton
Greathouse as time expired in the first half. Kingsbury later tied the game at
10-10 with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker in the third quarter.
On Tech’s next drive, Iowa’s Derrick Pickens swung the momentum back the
Hawkeyes’ way with an interception. Kaeding kicked a 31-yard field goal to
give Iowa the lead.
Tech tied the game at 16 with a 37-yard field goal with 2:05 remaining after
Coach Mike Leach opted not to go for a first down on a 4th-and-1 play. Iowa then
drove down the field to set up Kaeding’s game-winner with 44 seconds remaining.
BOX SCORE 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT FINAL
Wisconsin 7 14 0 7 3 31
#14 Colorado 14 0 14 0 0 28
Brooks Bollinger threw two
touchdown passes and ran for
another to lead Wisconsin past
BOX SCORE 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH FINAL
Iowa 3 7 3 6 19
Texas Tech 0 3 7 6 16
Nate Kaeding’s fourth field goal
put Iowa on top for good in the
game’s final minute.
132 DECEMBER 31, 2019 / OFFICIAL GAME PROGRAM