2003 Motor City
Bowl Page


Played December 26, 2003.

Ford Field, Detroit, MI. 
Attendance: 51,286.

Northwestern's 2003 regular season record: 6-6 overall, 4-4 conference.  Seventh place, Big Ten. 

Coach: Randy Walker.  Co-captains: Louis Ayeni, Pat Durr, Torri Stuckey, Jason Wright.

Opponent: Bowling Green St. 

NU/BGSU series record (prior to bowl): BGSU led 1-0.

Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Final
Northwestern 7 3 7 7 24
Bowling Green
0 7 7 14 28

Scoring Summary:
1st 07:52 NU - Herron, Noah 40 yd run (Huffman, Brian kick)
 6 plays, 60 yards, TOP 2:45, NU 7 - BGSU 0

2nd 13:12 NU - Huffman, Brian 31 yd field goal
 15 plays, 74 yards, TOP 6:17, NU 10 - BGSU 0
07:57 BGSU - HARRIS, Josh 4 yd run (SUISHAM, Shaun kick)
 7 plays, 67 yards, TOP 2:44, NU 10 - BGSU 7

3rd 14:14 NU - Wright, Jason 77 yd run (Huffman, Brian kick)
 2 plays, 80 yards, TOP 0:46, NU 17 - BGSU 7
09:10 BGSU - MAGNER, Cole 7 yd pass from HARRIS, Josh (SUISHAM, Shaun kick)
 13 plays, 80 yards, TOP 5:04, NU 17 - BGSU 14

4th 11:32 BGSU - SANDERS, Steve 11 yd pass from HARRIS, Josh (SUISHAM, Shaun kick)
 8 plays, 80 yards, TOP 3:21, NU 17 - BGSU 21
10:01 NU - Herron, Noah 2 yd run (Huffman, Brian kick)
 3 plays, 6 yards, TOP 1:19, NU 24 - BGSU 21
04:06 BGSU - MAGNER, Cole 3 yd pass from HARRIS, Josh (SUISHAM, Shaun kick)
 11 plays, 67 yards, TOP 5:50, NU 24 - BGSU 28

AP Photo.

Northwestern put up a valiant fight, taking a ten-point lead several times during the Motor City Bowl, before falling to the Bowling Green Falcons 28 to 24 at Ford Field.

The 'Cats came out and shocked BGSU early, rolling up yards and picking off Falcon QB Josh Harris.  Jason Wright, angered at outrageously disrespectful pregame comments by ESPN, among others, went wild.  Wright broke several Northwestern bowl records, including most yards rushing and the longest touchdown run.  Wright streaked 77 yards for the score and returned a kickoff 88 yards, setting up another touchdown by Noah Herron.  Herron had scored the game's fist touchdown as well, when he broke free during a fourth-down attempt near midfield and trucked 40 yards to the endzone.

Unfortunately, Bowling Green adjusted in the second half, picking NU apart with screen and short-gain passes, for which the 'Cats had no answer. 

Given Wright's brilliant performance, Motor City Bowl forced Josh Harris to share the game's MVP trophy, the first time in Motor City Bowl history that the MVP honor had been shared.  Luis Castillo also made MCB history by claiming the UAW Motor City Bowl Lineman of the Year.  The 'Cats played smart, with spirit, and-- until the last five minutes-- they outplayed a ten-win team that had beaten the same Purdue team that dominated NU earlier in the year.