After losing the inaugural Alamo Bowl in 1993, the No. 21 Iowa Hawkeyes
headed into San Antonio bent on redemption. Four quarters and 27 points
later Iowa emerged with a shutout victory against Texas Tech in the fourth
annual Builders Square Alamo Bowl.
Tech’s prolific run offense never got off the ground as Doak Walker Award winner
Byron Hanspard was held to 64 yards rushing by the Hawkeyes after averaging
more than 200 yards a game during the regular season, while Tech quarterback
Zebbie Lethridge was sacked a bowl-record five times.
After a Lethridge interception early in the first quarter, Sedrick Shaw punched
into the end zone on a one-yard run. The Red Raiders never recovered as Shaw,
who was selected as the Offensive MVP, ran for 113 yards.
Late in the game Iowa quarterback Matt Sherman sealed Tech’s fate with a
99-yard drive culminating in Rodney Filer’s 14-yard scoring dash.
The Hawkeyes dedicated their victory to the family of linebacker Mark Mitchell.
On the Friday before the game, Mitchell received word that his family, en route
to San Antonio to see his last collegiate game, was part of an auto accident that
resulted in his mother’s death and severe injuries to his father and two brothers.
To honor them Iowa wore blank black helmets previously bearing the traditional
gold “Tigerhawk” logo and stripe.
The first Alamo Bowl game played between teams from the Big Ten and Big
12 Conferences was dominated by field goals. Texas A&M’s Kyle Bryant,
who earned Offensive MVP honors, kicked an Alamo Bowl record five field
goals to give the Aggies a 22-20 victory over Michigan.
But there was more to this game than field goals as A&M’s “Wrecking Crew”
defense, ranked No. 3 in the country, stopped the explosive Michigan offense.
Heisman candidate Tim Biakabutuka entered the game averaging 143 yards per
game, but was held to 94 yards. The Aggies also sacked Michigan quarterback
and future NFL veteran Brian Griese three times.
On the other side of the ball the Aggies were without All-America running back
Leeland McElroy because of an ankle sprain, so freshman Eric Bernard, D’Andre
Hardeman, and Sirr Parker stepped in and combined for 147 yards rushing.
The Aggies’ only touchdown of the game came as Bernard ran in from nine-yards
out to give A&M a 7-0 lead. The Wolverines tied the game when Griese connected
with Amani Toomer, who went on to play 13 years in the NFL, for a 41-yard TD
pass. At that point the teams began to trade field goals as A&M gained a 22-13
lead late in the fourth quarter.
But with just five seconds left in the game, Griese and Toomer hooked up again
on a 44-yard TD pass to bring the game to a thrilling 22-20 finish.
#21 Iowa shuts out Texas Tech in Alamo City return
BOX SCORE 1 2 3 4 FINAL
Iowa 6 11 0 10 27
Texas Tech 0 0 0 0 0
Sedrick Shaw ran for 113
yards and punched in two
touchdowns to lead Iowa to a
shutout of Texas Tech.
Bryant kicks #19 Texas A&M past #14 Michigan
BOX SCORE 1 2 3 4 FINAL
#19 Texas A&M 10 3 3 6 22
#14 Michigan 7 3 3 7 20
Placekicker Kyle Bryant was
responsible for 16 of Texas A&M’s
22 points and remains the only
specialist to win Offensive MVP
honors at the Alamo Bowl.
DECEMBER 31, 2019 / OFFICIAL GAME PROGRAM 135