American Football Database
2008 Valero Alamo Bowl
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4OT Total
University of Missouri 0 10 10 37 23
Northwestern University 7 3 13 00 23
Date December 29, 2008
Season 2008
Stadium Alamodome
Location San Antonio, Texas
MVP Jeremy Maclin (offense)
Sean Weatherspoon (defense), (Missouri)
Favorite Missouri by 12.5[1]
Referee Jack Childress
Attendance 55,986
Payout US$2,250,000 million per team[2]
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers: Ron Franklin and Ed Cunningham
Nielsen ratings 3.9[3]
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The 2008 Valero Alamo Bowl is a college football bowl game that is part of the 2008–2009 bowl season of the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The 2008 game was the 16th annual edition of the contest, the second to be sponsored by Valero Energy Corporation, and was played on December 29, 2008 in the 65,000-seat Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, nationally televised by ESPN. The game pit the Missouri Tigers (9-4) against the Northwestern Wildcats (9-3).[4] The 2008 game was dubbed the Journalism Bowl by some in the media,[5] owing to the nationally recognized journalism programs at each school: the Missouri School of Journalism and the Medill School of Journalism.

Scoring summary

First Quarter

Northwestern's Brian Peters intercepted Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel on the Tiger's first drive. The Wildcats took advantage of the mistake and quarterback C.J. Bacher found a wide-open Eric Peterman for a 35-yard touchdown.

Second Quarter

Missouri and Northwestern traded field goals in the second quarter. With just one minute before halftime, Jeremy Maclin bolted for a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Third Quarter

Bacher found Rasheed Ward for a 46-yard touchdown pass on the first drive of the second half. However, NU's extra point attempt bounced off the right upright, making the score 16-10 NU. Danario Alexander gave Mizzou its first lead of the game with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Daniel with about 7 minutes left in the third. Missouri kicked another field goal later in the quarter. With 31 seconds left in the quarter, Bacher found Ross Lane in the back of the endzone to give Northwestern a 23-20 lead.

Fourth quarter

Jeff Wolfert made his third field goal of the game with 2:49 remaining to tie the game at 23-all. However, he would miss a 44-yard field as time expired, sending the game into overtime.


Missouri started on offense first to begin the overtime period. Chase Daniel threw a 7-yard pass to Maclin to give Missouri a 30-23 lead. Like their offense, Missouri's defense delivered. They forced a back-pedaling Bacher to fumble the ball, leaving Northwestern with a fourth-and-goal from the 32-yard line. Bacher's desperation hail mary was knocked down into the end zone.


Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring Information Score
Plays Yards TOP MIZZ NU
1 9:30 60 2:26 NU Eric Peterman 35-yard touchdown reception from CJ Bacher, Amado Villarreal kick good 0 7
2 14:49 72 3:44 MIZZ 31-yard field goal by Jeff Wolfert 3 7
2 9:11 72 5:33 NU 21-yard field goal by Amado Villarreal 3 10
2 1:00 75 0:00 MIZZ Stefan Demos punt for 36 yards, returned by Jeremy Maclin for 75 yards for a touchdown, Jeff Wolfert kick good 10 10
3 12:08 80 2:47 NU Rasheed Ward 46-yard touchdown reception from CJ Bacher, Amado Villarreal kick no good 10 16
3 7:20 63 4:44 MIZZ Danario Alexander 11-yard touchdown reception from Chase Daniel, Jeff Wolfert kick good 17 16
3 3:46 5 1:06 MIZZ 43-yard field goal by Jeff Wolfert 20 16
3 0:31 24 1:05 NU Ross Lane 23-yard touchdown reception from CJ Bacher, Amado Villarreal kick good 20 23
4 2:49 33 3:07 MIZZ 37-yard field goal by Jeff Wolfert 23 23
OT 15:00 25 0:00 MIZZ Jeremy Maclin 7-yard touchdown reception from Chase Daniel, Jeff Wolfert kick good 30 23
"TOP" = Time of Possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 30 23


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