Nebraska Gets First Bowl Shutout
by CFP Staff
December 30, 2009
No team had ever been held to fewer than 10 points in a Holiday Bowl and Nebraska had never pitched a shutout in a bowl game. Never say never.
Nebraska played a nearly flawless game while Arizona nearly showed up to play. The final result was a 33-0
demolition that the Wildcats will need to quickly put behind them.
Led by all-everything DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska held Arizona to 5 first downs and 109 yards of total offense. Three of those first downs came on the Wildcats' final drive of the game, as did 72 of their total yards.
Suh's numbers weren't spectacular - 3 tackles with one TFL - but his presence was surely known.
Nebraska's defense flexed its muscle early when Matt O'Hanlon intercepted Nick Foles on the third play of the game and returned it to the 5-yard line. Two plays later, Zac Lee scored from the 1. But that was the only forced turnover of the game. The rest was just plain, hard-nosed defense.
Nebraska could have been more prolific on offense - four drives ended in field goals instead of touchdowns and almost all of the yardage came on the ground until Lee and Niles Paul connected for a 74-yard touchdown pass in the 4th quarter. It's doubtful that many in the 'Husker nation were worried about that after the game.
The Cornhuskers improved their bowl record to 24-22 while Arizona slipped to 6-8-1.