2000 Alamo
Bowl Page


Played December 30, 2000.

Alamodome, San Antonio, TX. 
Attendance: 60,028.

Northwestern's 2000 regular season record:
8-3 overall, 6-2 conference.  Big Ten Co-Champion.

Coach: Randy Walker. Co-captains: Harold Blackmon, Conrad Emmerich.

Opponent: Nebraska. 

NU/Nebraska series record (prior to bowl): Nebraska led 2-1.

Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Final
Northwestern 3 14 0 0 17
Nebraska 7 31 21 7 66

First quarter
Neb: Alexander 15 run (Brown kick), 12:49.
NU: FG Long 44, 9:51.
Second quarter
NU: Johnson 10 pass from Kustok (Long kick), 14:16.
Neb: Crouch 50 run (Brown kick), 13:56.
Neb: Alexander 2 run (Brown kick), 11:50.
Neb: Buckhalter 2 run (Brown kick), 7:13.
Neb: FG Brown 51, 1:28.
NU: Anderson 69 run (Long kick), 1:10.
Neb: Newcombe 58 pass from Crouch (Brown kick), :20.
Third quarter
Neb: Davison 11 pass from Crouch (Brown kick), 12:17.
Neb: Crouch 2 run (Brown kick), 3:52.
Neb: Davison 69 pass from Newcombe (Brown kick), 1:19.
Fourth quarter
Neb: Diedrick 9 run (Brown kick), 5:22.

AP Photos.

The Wildcats had earned their third Big Ten title in just six seasons, but—as with the previous two—a bowl win just was not meant to be.  Northwestern earned an invitation to the Alamo Bowl, where they faced Nebraska, the preseason #1 team in the nation.  NU got off to a good start early.  After trailing Nebraska in the first quarter 7-3, Zak Kustok found Teddy Johnson for a 10-yard touchdown pass, and NU led 10-7 in the second quarter.  However, from there Nebraska dominated the game and cruised to a 66-17 win.  The loss dampened NU’s title celebration, but the amount the team had managed to accomplish was staggering.  Northwestern’s offense had been ranked the third best in the country.  Damien Anderson was named an All-American and finished fifth in Heisman Trophy balloting.