#8 Nebraska shatters Alamo Bowl record book against #19 Northwestern
On paper, the 2000 SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl was one of the most intriguing
matchups of the bowl season as the power running of No. 8 Nebraska lined
up against the high scoring spread offense of the Big Ten co-champion
No. 19 Northwestern Wildcats.
On the field, it was a different story as the Cornuskers showed why they had
the nation’s best rushing offense, overpowering Northwestern in a 66-17 victory.
After Northwestern took a 10-7 lead on a Zak Kustok touchdown pass,
Nebraska answered back as quarterback Eric Crouch scampered for a 50-yard
touchdown. The Huskers increased their lead to 21-10 on their next drive with a
Dan Alexander TD run.
Northwestern got back in the game when Damien Anderson broke free for an
Alamo Bowl-record 69-yard touchdown run, but two plays later Nebraska wingback
Bobby Newcombe took a screen pass from Crouch and ran 58 yards for a touchdown.
In the second half, Nebraska scored four unanswered touchdowns. The Husker
offense broke 11 Alamo Bowl records — most notably team records for most points
in a game (66), most yards total offense (636), most yards rushing (467) and most
first downs (28). At the time, the squad’s 66 points were also an NCAA bowl record.
Alexander, who was selected as the Offensive MVP, set a bowl record with 240
yards rushing on just 20 carries. Crouch, who won the Heisman Trophy the following
season, finished the day with a bowl record four touchdowns (two rushing and two
passing) and Husker place-kicker Josh Brown set a bowl record with nine PATs.
The No. 13 Penn State Nittany Lions used the spark from its strong defensive
squad to defeat No. 18 Texas A&M 24-0 in the 1999 SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl.
A then-record crowd of 65,380 was on hand and another 6.4 million
watched the two tradition-rich programs square off on ESPN.
The Nittany Lion defense attacked early and often as A&M quarterback Randy
McCown had his first two pass attempts intercepted, including a 34-yard return
for the first score of the game by Penn State’s Derek Fox.
While the dominating Penn State defense stifled the A&M offense, Penn State
quarterback Rashard Casey, who earned Offensive MVP honors, threw for one
touchdown and ran for another stretching Penn State’s lead to 21-0.
All-American linebacker and Defensive MVP LaVar Arrington led the defensive
charge for Penn State with an Alamo Bowl record 14 tackles. The defense led by
future NFL veterans Arrington, defensive end Courtney Brown and linebacker
Brandon Short pressured McCown into throwing four interceptions. Brown
and Arrington were selected with the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the 2000 NFL
Note: Penn State later vacated this win due to NCAA penalties.
BOX SCORE 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH FINAL
#8 Nebraska 7 31 21 7 66
#19 Northwestern 3 14 0 0 17
Offensive MVP Dan Alexander of
Nebraska rushed for an Alamo
Bowl-record 240 yards and
#13 Penn State’s All-American defense stifles #18 Texas A&M
BOX SCORE 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH FINAL
#13 Penn State 7 7 0 10 24
#18 Texas A&M 0 0 0 0 0
LaVar Arrington tallied 14 tackles
on his way to garnering Defensive
MVP honors during Penn State’s
shutout of Texas A&M.
DECEMBER 31, 2019 / OFFICIAL GAME PROGRAM 133