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Posted Dec 14, 2006

2006 Alamo Bowl Player Profile, History, Best Players & More

Texas (9-3) vs. Iowa (6-6)

Dec. 30, 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

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Alamo Bowl History
2005 Nebraska 32, Michigan 28
2004 Ohio State 33, Oklahoma St 7
2003 Nebraska 17, Michigan State 3
2002 Wisconsin 31, Colorado 28
2001 Iowa 19, Texas Tech 16
2000 Nebraska 66, Northwestern 17
1999 Penn State 23, Texas A&M 0
1998 Purdue 37, Kansas St. 34
1997 Purdue 33, Oklahoma St. 20
1996 Iowa 27, Texas Tech 0
1995 Texas A&M 22, Michigan 20
1994 Washington St. 10, Baylor 3
1993 California 37, Iowa 3

By Richard Cirminiello

Alamo Bowl Player Profile
OL Justin Blalock, Texas – Texas has been playing football for more than a century, yet no one has started more games for the school than Blalock, a four-year pillar on the offensive line.  One of the nation’s premier offensive lineman also happens to be its most reliable, starting an incredible 50 consecutive games in burnt orange.  In a program that’s perennially loaded with marquee names and star attractions, Blalock has become somewhat anonymous, despite being synonymous with the ‘Horns’ recent run of on-field success.  A Larry Allen clone, he’s simply an unadulterated, no-nonsense mauler, who’s versatile enough to play all three line positions and much more nimble than his considerable girth might indicate.  Texas offensive line coach Mac McWhorter considers Blalock to be one of the most complete blockers he’s ever had, words of high praise from a man that has 33 years of experience coaching the position.  Away from the field, however, the senior is a completely different character, affable, approachable and very popular around campus and in the locker room.  He also recently earned his degree in youth and community services with a minor in business and has long been a dedicated performer in the classroom.  When RG Cedric Dockery was lost for the year midway through the 2006 season, it was No. 63, who shifted inside to fill the void.  When Vince Young scored the game-winning touchdown in last year’s Rose Bowl, it was No. 63, who delivered the crushing block that sprung Young for the pylon.  Blalock has one more start left for Texas before beginning a new streak on Sundays.  His tenure, while somewhat underappreciated nationally, will never be forgotten in Austin.                          

Best Longhorn Bowl Moment – With all due respect to its last two thrilling comeback wins over USC and Michigan in the Rose Bowl, nothing defines the Texas bowl experience more than the Cotton Bowl, home to almost half of the program’s 45 bowl destinations.  Arguably the most rewarding of those trips to Dallas was in 1970, when the ‘Horns came from behind twice in the fourth quarter to beat a Notre Dame team that was ending a 44-year self-imposed bowl-moratorium.  The win, No. 500 in school history, cemented UT’s second national title. 

Best Hawkeye Bowl Moment – For the 11 members of the Big Ten conference, success is measured in terms Rose Bowl berths and victories.  For the Hawkeyes, that level of success hasn’t reached their campus since the latter half of the 1950s.  Iowa beat Oregon State and Cal in 1957 and 1959, respectively for their only Rose Bowl victories.  The 38-12 win over the Golden Bears was particularly impressive as the offense rolled up 441 of its 528 total yards on the ground.   

Texas' best win ... Texas 28 ... Oklahoma 10
Texas got two beautifully thrown touchdown passes from Colt McCoy in the third quarter with a 33-yard play to Limas Sweed and a seven-yard strike to Jordan Shipley to the put the game away for good. The games biggest fireworks came from the Oklahoma sideline after questioning a call on a backwards pass off the hands of Adrian Peterson returned three yards for a score by Aaron Ross, who also came up with two fourth quarter interceptions. Peterson got OU's only touchdown on a 29-yard run. Selvin Young opened the scoring with a 15-yard dash in the first quarter.

Texas' worst performance ... Kansas State 45 ... Texas 42
Kansas State jumped on Texas mistakes for a big third quarter run breaking a 21-21 tie with a 21-point run as RB Leon Patton threw a 18-yard touchdown pass to Cedric Wilson and Josh Freeman hit Yamon Figurs for a 30-yard score and ran for a one-yard touchdown. Texas mounted a huge comeback with an amazing four-play, 75-yard drive with an 18-yard Jamaal Charles touchdown run to spark a big run with Limas Sweed catching a 33-yard touchdown pass and Chris Ogbonnaya running for a score from one-yard out, but a line drive 51-yard Jeff Snodgrass field goal kept KSU ahead. The Wildcats pounced on the onside kick after the Ogbonnaya touchdown and were able to run out the clock. Longhorn QB Colt McCoy was knocked out of the game early with a neck injury after running for a one-yard score.

Iowa's best win ...
Iowa 47 ... Purdue 17
Iowa ripped off 539 yards of total offense with all phases of the attack working in the easy win. Damien Sims, who filled in for an injured Albert Young, ran for two touchdowns and Drew Tate threw two touchdown passes, while the defense held the Boilermaker offense down early and finished off the scoring with a 98-yard interception return for a score form Adam Shada. Purdue got an 18-yard Greg Orton touchdown catch and a 16-yard Jaycen Taylor touchdown run in the second half, but most of the yards and big plays came in the second half when the game was out of reach.

Iowa's worst performance ...
Northwestern 21 ... Iowa 7
Northwestern forced three turnovers with a big day from the defense and a balanced performance from the offense getting a five-yard Tyrell Sutton touchdown run in the first quarter, a seven-yard scoring catch from Eric Peterman in the second, and a 34-yard Terrell Jordan touchdown run late in the fourth to put it away. Iowa never got on track and had problems getting a big play only scoring on a three-yard Damian Sims run in the third quarter.

2005 Alamo Bowl
Nebraska 32 ... Michigan 28

In a thriller marred by questionable officiating and sure to be remembered for one of the strangest, almost greatest endings ever, Nebraska overcame a 28-17 deficit midway through the fourth quarter with a 31-yard touchdown run and a 13-yard touchdown pass to Terrence Nunn. Michigan had one last chance getting the ball back with seven seconds to play, and after a misfire, managed to come up with a wild, improbable, eight-lateral play that went 51 yards through players and coaches on the field before Titus Brothers finally stopped Tyler Ecker on the Nebraska 13. Nunn had started off the scoring with a 52-yard touchdown catch, but Michigan seemed to have things in hand thanks to three touchdown passes and a touchdown run from Chad Henne. UM's Steve Breaston returned four kickoffs for 146 yards and seven punts for 72 yards.
Player of the game: Nebraska RB Cory Ross ran 28 times for 161 yards and a touchdown.
Stat Leaders: Michigan - Passing: Chad Henne, 21-43, 270 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Mike Hart, 19-74. Receiving: Jason Avant, 8-71
Nebraska - Passing: Zac Taylor, 14-31, 167 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
Cory Ross, 28-161, 1 TD. Receiving: Terrence Nunn, 4-91, 2 TD

Iowa Bowl History (12-9)
2005 Outback Florida 31, Iowa 24
2004 Capital One Iowa 30, LSU 25
2003 Outback Iowa 37, Florida 17
2002 Orange USC 38, Iowa 17
2001 Alamo Iowa 19, Texas Tech 16
1997 Sun Arizona State 17, Iowa 7
1996 Alamo Iowa 27, Texas Tech 0
1995 Sun Iowa 38, Washington 18
1993 Alamo Cal 37, Iowa 3
1991 Holiday Iowa 13, BYU 13
1990 Rose Washington 46, Iowa 34
1988 Peach N.C. State 28, Iowa 23
1987 Holiday Iowa 20, Wyoming 19
1986 Holiday Iowa 39, San Diego State 38
1985 Rose UCLA 45, Iowa 28
1984 Freedom Iowa 55, Texas 17
1983 Gator Florida 14, Iowa 6
1982 Peach Iowa 28, Tennessee 22
1981 Rose Washington 28, Iowa 0
1958 Rose Iowa 38, Cal 12
1957 Rose Iowa 35, Oregon State 19
Texas Bowl History (22-21-2)
2005 Rose Texas 41, USC 38
2004 Rose Texas 38, Michigan 37
2003 Holiday Washington State 28, Texas 20
2003 Cotton Texas 35, LSU 20
2001 Holiday Texas 47, Washington 43
2000 Holiday Oregon 35, Texas 30
1999 Cotton Arkansas 27, Texas 6
1998 Cotton Texas 38, Miss State 11
1996 Fiesta Penn State 38, Texas 15
1995 Sugar Virginia Tech 28, Texas 10
1994 Sun Texas 35, North Carolina 31
1990 Cotton Miami 46, Texas 3
1987 Bluebonnet Texas 32, Pittsburgh 27
1985 Bluebonnet Air Force 24, Texas 16
1984 Freedom Iowa 55, Texas 17
1983 Cotton Georgia 10, Texas 9
1982 Sun North Carolina 26, Texas 10
1981 Cotton Texas 14, Alabama 12
1980 Bluebonnet North Carolina 16, Texas 7
1979 Sun Washington 14, Texas 7
1978 Sun Texas 42, Maryland 0
1977 Cotton Notre Dame 38, Texas 10
1975 Bluebonnet Texas 38, Colorado 21
1974 Gator Auburn 27, Texas 3
1973 Cotton Nebraska 19, Texas 3
1972 Cotton Texas 17, Alabama 13
1971 Cotton Penn State 30, Texas 6
1970 Cotton Notre Dame 24, Texas 11
1969 Cotton Texas 21, Notre Dame 17
1968 Cotton Texas 36, Tennessee 13
1966 Bluebonnet Texas 19, Mississippi 0
1964 Orange Texas 21, Alabama 17
1963 Cotton Texas 28, Navy 6
1962 Cotton LSU 13, Texas 0
1961 Cotton Texas 12, Mississippi 7
1960 Bluebonnet Texas 3, Alabama 3 
1959 Cotton Syracuse 23, Texas 14
1957 Sugar Mississippi 39, Texas 7
1952 Cotton Texas 16, Tennessee 0
1950 Cotton Tennessee 20, Texas 14
1948 Orange Texas 41, Georgia 28
1947 Sugar Texas 27, Alabama 7
1945 Cotton Texas 40, Missouri 27
1943 Cotton Texas 7, Randolph Field 7 
1942 Cotton Texas 14, Georgia Tech 7