Michigan To Play Nebraska in Alamo Bowl

The Michigan football team learned hours ago that they will go bowling this year in San Antonio. The Maize and Blue will return to the site of Lloyd Carr's first bowl game as head coach when they square off with the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the MasterCard Alamo Bowl.

The battle between the two tradition-rich programs will take place Wednesday, December 28 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, and will air live ESPN at 7 p.m. CST (8pm EST).

This will be Michigan's second appearance in the Alamo Bowl and marks the return of Lloyd Carr to the site of his first bowl game as the head coach. The Wolverines lost his inaugural outing to Texas A&M 22-20 back in 1995. This time around, Carr is hoping for a different outcome.

"It's been 10 years and my recollection is San Antonio is a great city and our players had a great time," Carr said. "The opportunity to play Nebraska again…the last time I had an opportunity to be a part of a team that played against them was in the Fiesta Bowl back in the 1980's. I've known Bill Callahan for a long time. When he was here at Wisconsin…they had some of their best teams when he was running their offense. I'm sure it's going to be a great game."

Callahan is now in the second year of his rebuilding process in Lincoln. After going 5-6 in his initial campaign, the 7-4 record this season followed by the Alamo bowl birth is another step in the right direction for the Husker program. "We've grown quite a bit throughout the course of this season," Callahan said. "We've had some excellent challenges throughout our schedule. There are certain ones that we've capitalized on and other ones that we didn't. Of course, doing that with a young club, a young system, and players that are just starting to mold into the type of system that we a trying to get them to execute has been challenging, but satisfying. There have been moments and flashes in games…the last game of course against Colorado where it all came together. We're a young football team that is really learning how to win. We've gone through some growing pains in a lot of areas, and to have an opportunity to play a team like Michigan in a bowl game, I know, will be really challenging to our team."

The Wolverines lead the all-time series between the two teams 3-1-1. The most recent match-up took place in 1985 in the aforementioned Fiesta Bowl. The Maize and Blue came out on top that day, 27-23.

Tickets for the Alamo Bowl can be purchased at Michigan's official athletics site at the following link: mgoblue.com/tickets.

Those interested in taking part in the Official University of Michigan Bowl tour can do so by contacting The University of Michigan Alumni Association at www.umalumni.com or at 1-800-847-4764.


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