The match-up between Nebraska and Michigan will pit two of the all-time winningest programs in college football. Michigan is atop the all-time win list with 848 victories, while Nebraska ranks fourth with 793 all-time wins. The two schools have met just five times in school history and just twice since 1917. The most recent matchup between the two schools was 20 years ago, when Michigan posted a 27-23 victory over the Huskers in the Fiesta Bowl following the 1985 season. Michigan leads the all-time series between the schools, 3-1-1.
"We are excited about the opportunity to play in the MasterCard Alamo Bowl," Nebraska Head Coach Bill Callahan said. "Our team will face a challenge against a good Michigan football team. This is a classic matchup between two of the winningest programs in college football history."
Derrick Fox, President/CEO of the MasterCard Alamo Bowl said this year's game will be a special matchup for the bowl and the city of San Antonio.
"The 2005 MasterCard Alamo Bowl will feature two of the nation's most tradition-rich programs playing for only the second time in the last 43 years," Fox said. "We are looking forward to seeing the Riverwalk covered in Husker red and Michigan blue with loyal fans on their way to this year's game."
Nebraska Athletic Director Steve Pederson said the Nebraska football program is looking forward to its third trip in six seasons to San Antonio and the Alamo Bowl.
"We are thrilled to be playing in the MasterCard Alamo Bowl," Pederson said. "This is certainly one of the great college bowl games of the season. A matchup of two of the greatest programs historically in college football makes this game extra special. We are grateful to the Alamo Bowl and the citizens of San Antonio for welcoming Nebraska back."
Nebraska ranks fifth in the nation in overall bowl game appearances and has received bowl bids in 36 out of the last 37 seasons. The Huskers enter the MasterCard Alamo Bowl on a two-game winning streak, registering victories against two Big 12 North Division rivals. Nebraska defeated Kansas State, 27-25, on Senior Day in Lincoln and also turned in a dominating performance in Boulder, downing Colorado, 30-3, to finish the regular season, 7-4.
Nebraska has never lost in the Alamodome, producing a 4-0 record, including victories in the 2000 Alamo Bowl (66-17 over Northwestern) and the 2003 Alamo Bowl (17-3 over Michigan State). Nebraska also captured a pair of Big 12 titles in the building, defeating Texas A&M in 1997 and Texas in 1999.
Like Nebraska, Michigan enters the Alamo Bowl with a 7-4 overall record, including a 5-3 record in Big Ten Conference play. The Wolverines, in their 11th season under Head Coach Lloyd Carr, are appearing in their 31st consecutive bowl game, the longest current streak in the nation. Michigan opened the 2005 season with a 3-3 record, but finished by winning four of its final five games, losing only in the regular-season finale to rival Ohio State. Among Michigan's victories was a last-second win over Penn State, the third-ranked Nittany Lions' only loss of 2005. The Wolverines enter the Alamo Bowl ranked 20th by the Associated Press and 21st in the USA Today Coaches poll.
Tickets are available for the MasterCard Alamo Bowl in the following levels: upper-tier seating ($45 each), lower-tier ($55 each), and club level seating ($75 each). Children 3 years of age and younger do not need a ticket for admission. Seating will be assigned based on priority points.
Tickets for the 2005 MasterCard Alamo Bowl are available on-line at Huskers.com right now. Tickets will also be available for sale at the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, while supplies last. Tickets may be purchased in person or over the phone with credit card at 1-800-8BIGRED.
Nebraska fans are known for following the Huskers to bowl destinations, and 2005 should prove to be no exception. More than 10,000 fans followed the Huskers to Kansas and Baylor, and Nebraska doubled its travel allotment allowed by the Big 12 at every road game this year. Per bowl contract, Nebraska will receive more than 10,000 tickets to sell to fans.
For pregame Husker Huddle information, please call the Alumni Association at 402-472-2841 or go on-line at Husker Alum.com.