On December 28th at the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Nebraska faced the Michigan Wolverines for the first time since the Fiesta Bowl following the 1985 season, and just the sixth meeting all-time between the storied programs. NU was playing in it's first bowl since breaking their bowl streak last season, and the Husker Nation was happy to make the trip South.
The first quarter was a doozy, with NU playing with too much emotion. Following a botched snap on a punt that Koch couldn't handle, the Blackshirts held UM in check. NU struck first, halfway through the first, as Zac Taylor threw over the middle to Terrence Nunn to avoid the blitz and Nunn scampered 52 yards for a TD. The Blue would come back with a big return, and shortly thereafter tied it up.
Taylor then threw a bad pass and UM appeared to return for a TD, but the knee was down. That drive ended in the second quarter when a Blue FG attempt clanked off the left upright. Taylor's first pass attempt on the next series resulted in another INT. Michigan would punch it in quickly to go up 14-7. Close to halftime, with NU driving, QB Taylor again caught Michigan in a blitz, and found Nate Swift on a 14 yard TD pass as NU tied the game at 14 to cap an 8 play 70 yard drive, and that's the score at half...
NU took their first drive of the second half for a field goal. Cory Ross carried the ball six times for fifty yards, and Taylor threw into the End Zone to Nunn, only to have the TD ruled incomplete following a review, so Congdon booted a 20 yd FG to put NU up 17-14. Michigan struck back fast with a TD to go up 21-17. In the fourth, UM got another short field chance and scored in 8 plays to go up 28-17 and put NU in a hole.
Mid-way through the fourth quarter, NU did get a good return by Grixby, and followed that with a Cory Ross 31 yard TD run to make it 28-23. NU went for 2 and converted. 28-25 UM. On the first play following the kickoff, Michigan fumbled, and NU recovered with a short field. NU came up empty, but NU recovered a fumble, and a few plays later, Terrence Nunn caught a TD pass to put NU up 32-28. NU held on 4th and 8, with a questionable non-inteference call. NEBRASAKA WINS 32-28!!!!
Thus ends the 2005 Cornhusker campaign and after Texas winning the Championship, NU ends up #24 in the polls. 2006 looks to be interesting, as NU plays both teams playing for the 2005 BCS crown: at USC in Los Angeles on September 16, and Texas visits Lincoln a month later.