Nebraska sets BCS record straight with Alamo Bowl victory

Posted: Sunday, December 31, 2000

SAN ANTONIO -- The Nebraska Cornhuskers claimed they weren't mad about being left out of the Bowl Championship Series.

Yeah, right.

No. 9 Nebraska ended a disappointing season by setting a bowl record for points in a 66-17 victory over No. 18 Northwestern in the Alamo Bowl on Saturday night.

''We would have liked to be in a BCS game, but we put ourselves in this position,'' said Matt Davison, who had two touchdown catches. ''Hopefully, with an overpowering football game like this we can leave our legacy.''

The Cornhuskers (10-2) broke the bowl record set by Texas A&M in a 65-14 victory over Brigham Young in the 1990 Holiday Bowl. Nebraska's previous bowl high came in a 62-24 victory over Florida in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl.

''Finishing 10-2 is a great record. This is a great football team and hopefully everybody can see that,'' Davison said.

Dan Alexander ran for 240 yards and two touchdowns and Eric Crouch ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more scores for Nebraska, which shut out Northwestern (8-4) in the second half.

After falling behind 10-7 early in the first quarter, the Huskers outscored Northwestern 59-7 the rest of the way.

Nebraska coach Frank Solich, hoping to finish with a Top 5 ranking, didn't pull his starters until about 10 minutes were left with Nebraska leading 59-17.

''We felt all year long like we were one of the best teams in the country. We still feel like that,'' Solich said. ''This team showed what it was capable of.''

Correll Buckhalter scored twice and Bobby Newcombe caught a TD pass and threw another to Davison as the Cornhuskers set several records for the 8-year-old bowl. Davison had two TD catches.

Damien Anderson ran for 149 yards and a touchdown for Northwestern.

The overmatched Wildcats helped Nebraska by routinely giving up great field position in the first half. Nebraska's worst field position of the half was its own 36. The Huskers opened three drives in Northwestern territory and one on the 50 while taking a 38-17 halftime lead.

Friday's games

No. 8 Oregon 35, No. 12 Texas 30

Joey Harrington took out six weeks of frustration at the expense of the Texas Longhorns.

The Oregon quarterback had a hand in four touchdowns as the No. 8 Ducks beat No. 12 Texas 35-30 on Friday night in San Diego in yet another wild Holiday Bowl.

''We've dug deep all year long and we came out with another big one,'' said Harrington, who threw for two touchdowns, ran for one and caught a halfback pass for another one.

LSU 28, No. 15 Georgia Tech 14

At Atlanta, Rohan Davey, replacing Josh Booty at quarterback in the second half, threw three touchdown passes to lead LSU to an upset victory over Georgia Tech.

LSU (8-4) completed its turnaround season under first-year coach Nick Saban by rallying from a 14-3 halftime deficit. The Tigers, playing in their first bowl since 1997, went 3-8 a year ago under Gerry DiNardo, who was fired.

Wisconsin 21, UCLA 20

At El Paso, Texas, Jamar Fletcher intercepted Scott McEwan's pass with a minute left to preserve Wisconsin's victory over UCLA.

Fletcher, the Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nation's top defensive back, stepped in front of Brian Poli-Dixon at midfield for his seventh interception of the season and his first big play in an afternoon filled with frustration.

No. 23 Colorado St. 22,

No. 22 Louisville 17

At Memphis, Tenn., Cecil Sapp ran for a career-high 160 yards and a touchdown, and C.W. Hurst kicked three field goals as Colorado State beat Louisville.

With Sapp setting a Liberty Bowl record with 36 carries, Colorado State (10-2) controlled the clock for more than 35 minutes even though Louisville (9-3) outgained the Rams 397-315.

Dave Ragone pulled the Cardinals to 19-17 early in the fourth quarter with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Deion Branch, who tied a bowl record with 10 receptions. But that would be all the Cardinals would get, and their final drive ended with 3:10 left as John Howell sacked Ragone on fourth-and-7.

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