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ALAMO BOWL

No. 9 Nebraska vs. No. 18 Northwestern

WHEN/WHERE: 8 tonight; San Antonio, Texas.

TV: ESPN.

RECORDS: Nebraska 9-2, Northwestern 9-2.

COACHES: Nebraska _ Frank Solich (30-7, third season). Northwestern _ Randy Walker (11-10, second season).

LINE: Nebraska by 14{.

NOTES: Nebraska is 19-19 in bowl games; Northwestern is 1-2. The Cornhuskers lead the series 2-1 and won the previous meeting 49-7 in 1974. Since 1994, Nebraska is 5-1 in bowl games with wins over Miami, Florida, Virginia Tech and Tennessee twice by an average of 40-20. Huge 'Huskers line (led nation in rushing, 349.3 yards) will try to push around Wildcats (82nd in nation against run, 180.1) to open holes for RBs Dan Alexander (1,152 rushing, 6.4 per carry, 8 TDs), Correll Buckhalter (750 rushing, 7 TDs) and QB Eric Crouch (1,974 total offense, 20 TD runs, 12 TD passes, 7 INTs). Troubled Nebraska defense (gave up 109 points in past four games) faces tough challenge against Wildcats' versatile spread attack featuring RB Damion Anderson (1,914 rushing, 6.5 per carry, second in nation with 22 TDs), QB Zak Kustok (2,701 total offense, 18 TD passes, 7 INTs, 9 TD runs) and WRs Sam Simmons (35 catches, 5 TDs) and Teddy Johnson (29 catches, 6 TDs).

_ Compiled by Scripps Howard News Service.

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