2000 Alamo Bowl

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2000 Sylvania Alamo Bowl
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 7 31 21 7 66
Northwestern 3 14 0 0 17
Date December 30, 2000
Season 2000
Stadium Alamodome
Location San Antonio, Texas
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Alamo Bowl
 < 1999  2001

The 2000 edition to the Alamo Bowl featured the Northwestern Wildcats, and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Despite both teams being ranked, it was the biggest blowout in the game's history. Nebraska broke an NCAA bowl record by scoring 66 points, and the Huskers also set ten other Alamo Bowl records, including those for most yards of total offense (636) most rushing yards (476), most first downs (28), and most yards per play (7.7).

Nebraska scored first, following a 15-yard touchdown run by Dan Alexander as Nebraska seized a 7-0 lead. Northwestern got on the board with a 44-yard field goal from Tim Long, to trim the lead to 7-3. Northwestern's defense stopped Nebraska and got the ball back. Quarterback Zak Kustok hit Teddy Johnson for a 10-yard touchdown, and Northwestern got a 10-7 lead.

On the first play after the kickoff, quarterback Eric Crouch used Nebraska's option attack, and ran 50 yards for a touchdown, and Nebraska took a 14-10 lead, one they never relinquished. 2 minutes later, Dan Alexander rushed 2 yards for a touchdown, increasing the lead to 21-10. Correll Buckhalter scored just 4 minutes later on a 2-yard touchdown run, as Nebraska's lead became 28-10.

Kicker Josh Brown kicked a 51-yard field goal with 1:28 left in the half to increase Nebraska's lead to 31-10. Northwestern's Damian Anderson immediately scored on a 65-yard touchdown run with 1:10 left to make it 31-17. Nebraska came right back, capping a 31 point quarter, with a 58 yard bomb from Eric Crouch to wide receiver Bobby Newcombe stretching their lead to 38-17.

In the third quarter, Eric Crouch hit wide receiver Matt Davison for an 11-yard touchdown pass, increasing the lead to 45-17. Eric Crouch later rushed 2 yards for a touchdown, and the lead became 52-17. Bobby Newcombe later then threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Matt Davison, making the lead 59-17. Early in the fourth quarter, Dahrran Diedrick rushed 9 yards for a touchdown, making the final margin 66-17.

The Huskers record for points would stand until the 2011 Alamo Bowl, when Baylor defeated Washington 67 to 56.

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