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  Eric Crouch and the Cornhuskers took it right at the Wildcats. AP

Utter domination

Nebraska pounds Northwestern to take Alamo

Nebraska could have been forgiven for laying down a bit in the Alamo Bowl, considering what has happened in a season that began with a No. 1 ranking and national title aspirations. Instead, the Huskers summoned all of their considerable power to go out on the highest note possible. Racking up more than 400 yards on the ground, Nebraska destroyed Northwestern 66-17 in its 32nd consecutive bowl appearance.

ALAMO BOWL HEADLINES
Dec 31 Nebraska demolishes Northwestern to take Alamo
Dec 30 Game Recap: Nebraska at Northwestern
Dec 29 Two vastly different bowl histories meet in Alamo
Dec 22 Seniors share Nebraska backfield with no complaints
Dec 21 Inside the Big Ten: Boilers' Stratton weighs options
Dec 20 Animated Playbooks: Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Northwestern Wildcats
Dec 19 Inside the Big 12: Heupel's shot at redemption

Northwestern   Nebraska
 
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Record: 8-3, 6-2 Big Ten
Coach:
Randy Walker (second season, 11-11, 70-46-5 overall)
Key players:
RB Damien Anderson (1,914 yards, 22 TDs), QB Zak Kustok (2,251 yards, 18 TDs), WR Teddy Johnson (939 all-purpose yards)
Season summary:
3-9 and 3-8 its last two seasons, Northwestern exploded this year by installing a no-huddle spread offense that opens tremendous holes for Heisman finalist Anderson. The Notre Dame transfer Kustok leads the attack with ease. Though the Wildcats stunned Wisconsin in overtime, Minnesota on a hail mary and Michigan in a 54-51 thriller, their season season was dampered a tad by a late-season loss to Iowa and subsequent snub by the New Year's bowls.
 
 
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Record: 9-2, 6-2 Big 12
Coach:
Frank Solich (third season, 30-7)
Key players:
QB Eric Crouch (2,072 total yards, 31 TDs), RB Dan Alexander (1,154 TDs), LB Carlos Polk (89 tackles)
Season summary:
The Huskers started the season No. 1, but showed defensive vulnerability almost from the start. After surviving Notre Dame in overtime, the Huskers rolled through their early Big 12 slate before running into then-No. 3 Oklahoma. Their other loss came at the hands of Kansas State, knocking them from the Big 12 title game. Nebraska is still dominant on offense, though, behind powerful I-backs Alexander and Correll Buckhalter and the elusive Crouch, more a threat to run than pass.
 

   
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