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2003 Nebraska Cornhusker Football
Jan 9 - NU has their man: Bill Callahan - who took the Oakland Raiders to the Super Bowl following the 2002 season, has become the new Head Coach at UNL. No word yet on the assistant situation or recruiting, but things will move fast. For more on Callahan, visit HuskerPedia.

Dec 29 - 'Interim' Head Coach Bo Pelini led an emotional Husker team to a solid 17-3 win over the Michigan State Spartans in the 2003 MasterCard Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.

Pelini, subbing for the fired Frank Solich, coached NU to their 10th victory of the season, and in holding Michigan State to a field goal, matched NU's low points allowed in a bowl game, when NU allowed Texas just a field goal in the 1974 Cotton Bowl.

NU's Blackshirts started with two sacks of QB Jeff Smoker by Trevor Johnson on MSU's first possession. MSU did make some adjustments, and threw the ball better. But NU kept mixing up the front alignment and all night, NU's defensive line just dominated the Sparatans Offense, eventually making Smoker ineffective. The DB's did great, too, reading the MSU offense and making great plays, including intercepting three passes on the night.

While NU rushed a lot early, eventually, Jammal Lord opened up a nice passing game, including a 57 yard bomb to Fluellen, that would lead to a Cory Ross touchdown. Ross was perhaps the player of the game, carrying the pig 37 times for 140 yards and 2 TDs. At times he looked winded, but you know he would carry the ball that often every game if asked.

The scoring was over by halftime, but NU's defense continued to dominate MSU and the offense continued to chew the clock. Though the score didn't reflect it, this was a dominant performance on both sides of the ball by the Huskers. A great way to end the Frank Solich era at Nebraska.

NU-Michagan State Game Stats

NEBRASKA FOOTBALL 2003

 8-30  Oklahoma State  W 17-7 (1-0)
 9-6  Utah State  W 31-7 (2-0)
 9-13  Penn State  W 18-10 (3-0)
 9-25  @ Southern Miss  W 38-14 (4-0)
 10-04  Troy State  W 30-0 (5-0)
 10-11  @ Missouri  L 24-41 (5-1)
 10-18  Texas A&M  W 48-12 (6-1)
 10-25  Iowa State  W 28-0 (7-1)
 11-1  @ Texas  L 7-31 (7-2)
 11-8  @ Kansas  W 24-3 (8-2)
 11-15  Kansas State  L 9-38 (8-3)
 11-28  @ Colorado  W 31-22 (9-3)
 12-29  Michigan State [Neb Media Guide]
  MasterCard Alamo Bowl
 W 17-3 (10-3)

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