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2000 Fiesta Bowl:  No. 3 Nebraska 31, No. 6/5 Tennessee 21
Tempe, Ariz., Jan. 2, 2000--Nebraska recorded its fifth victory in the last six bowl games, defeating Nos. 6/5 (AP/Coaches) Tennessee, 31-21, in the 2000 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. With the win, the Huskers finished the season with a 12-1 record and second and third, in the coaches and AP polls, respectively. It was the first bowl win for Nebraskaís Head Coach Frank Solich.

The Huskers started quickly, scoring on a Dan Alexander seven-yard touchdown run on NUís first possession and increasing the lead to 14-0 on a 60-yard punt return by wingback Bobby Newcombe late in the first quarter. The Huskers took a 17-0 lead on a Josh Brown 31-yard field goal before a UT touchdown in the final seconds of the half gave the Huskers a 17-7 halftime advantage.

After the Vols closed to within 17-14 early in the third quarter, the Huskers responded, marching 96 yards in nine plays. After Crouch found reserve tight end Jon Bowling for a 17-yard reception on third down, fullback Willie Miller set up the Husker touchdown with a career-long 47-yard run to the UT 13-yard line. Nebraska scored on the next play, as Crouch connected with tight end Aaron Golliday for a 13-yard TD pass, giving the Huskers a 24-14 lead. Crouch earned offensive MVP honors, completing 9-of-15 passes for 148 yards and a TD, while rushing for 64 yards on 17 carries.

After a UT punt put the ball at the 1-yard line, Nebraska put the game out of reach with a 10-play, 99-yard drive, capped by Correll Buckhalterís two-yard touchdown run, giving the Huskers a 31-14 lead. The Vols would close to within 31-21 midway through the quarter, but the Huskers ran out the final 7:25 on their next possession. Alexander led Nebraskaís ground attack with 108 yards, as the Huskers finished the game with 321 yards against the nationís seventh-best rush defense.

In the final game for NU Defensive Coordinator Charlie McBride, the Blackshirts held the Vols to just 44 yards rushing and forced two interceptions, including one by defensive MVP Mike Brown, who finished with seven tackles. All-America cornerback Ralph Brown and linebacker Carlos Polk led NU with eight tackles each.

Stats of Returning Huskers: Rushing-Eric Crouch 17-64-0; Passing-Crouch 15-9-0-148-1; Receiving-Jon Bowling 2-45-0, Aaron Golliday 2-25-1; Defense, Tackles-Dion Booker 3-3-6, Jason Lohr 1-3-4, 1 QB Hurry, Keyuo Craver 1-1-2, 2 PBU, DeJuan Groce 1-0-1, Chris Kelsay 0-1-1, 1 TFL, John Garrison 0-1-1; Other, Field Goals-Josh Brown 1-1 (38 yards); PATs-Josh Brown (4-4).

 

 

 


 

 

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