2003 Motor City
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.
NU/BGSU series record (prior to bowl): BGSU led 1-0.
07:52 NU - Herron, Noah 40 yd run (Huffman, Brian kick)
plays, 60 yards, TOP 2:45, NU 7 - BGSU 0
13:12 NU - Huffman, Brian 31 yd field goal
plays, 74 yards, TOP 6:17, NU 10 - BGSU 0
BGSU - HARRIS, Josh 4 yd run (SUISHAM, Shaun kick)
plays, 67 yards, TOP 2:44, NU 10 - BGSU 7
14:14 NU - Wright, Jason 77 yd run (Huffman, Brian kick)
plays, 80 yards, TOP 0:46, NU 17 - BGSU 7
BGSU - MAGNER, Cole 7 yd pass from HARRIS, Josh (SUISHAM, Shaun
plays, 80 yards, TOP 5:04, NU 17 - BGSU 14
11:32 BGSU - SANDERS, Steve 11 yd pass from HARRIS, Josh (SUISHAM,
plays, 80 yards, TOP 3:21, NU 17 - BGSU 21
NU - Herron, Noah 2 yd run (Huffman, Brian kick)
plays, 6 yards, TOP 1:19, NU 24 - BGSU 21
BGSU - MAGNER, Cole 3 yd pass from HARRIS, Josh (SUISHAM, Shaun
plays, 67 yards, TOP 5:50, NU 24 - BGSU 28
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
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.