Wednesday, December 28, 2005



Courtesy: Scott Bruhn/NU Media RelationsNU Head Coach Bill Callahan (right) and Michigan Head Coach Lloyd Carr (left) addressed the Alamo Bowl media Tuesday.
San Antonio--The Nebraska football team concluded preparations for Wednesday’s Alamo Bowl with an hour-long walkthrough at the Alamodome Tuesday afternoon. The day’s activities also included a team photo, as well a kickoff luncheon and head coaches’ press conference.

NU Head Coach Bill Callahan and Michigan Head Coach Lloyd Carr addressed the media and both spoke about the upcoming game pitting two of the nation’s all-time winningest programs. Both coaches said their teams are looking forward to the classic matchup.

“This is a great game for our football team because we are a young team,” Callahan said. “This is a great learning experience for us no matter how the outcome is decided. It will be a great experience for us. Having not been in a bowl game a year ago, I know our players are excited about the challenge. I also know going against a great team like Michigan will allow us to prepare for next season, when we face teams such as USC early in the season and Texas in the conference season.”

“Nebraska is one of those teams we’ve always looked at in the way they play the game, the way they compete and the way they conduct that program,” Carr said. “I think those factors have been a real asset for our team in terms of they way we’ve approached this game.”

Carr also spoke about the Nebraska defense featuring what he called the best defensive front they will face this season.

“They have a very fine defensive front, and I think this is the best that we will have played,” Carr said. “They lead the nation in sacks, and I think that alone tells you the challenge that we have. Certainly our ability to run the football and be a balanced offensive football team in this game is a key for us.”

Callahan complimented a Wolverine offense that historically emphasizes a balanced attack.

“They have tremendous balance,” Callahan said. “They have the ability to knock you off the ball. They have that ability inside to dominate the line of scrimmage, so we are going to be challenged in every aspect. We are going to have to respond to those challenges offensively.”

Nebraska and Michigan finally meet on the field Wednesday at 5 p.m. PST. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN.

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