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Nebraska Thumps Arizona


Nebraska pressured Arizona QB Nick Foles all night and shut down the Arizona offense in a stunning 33-0 rout. Foles was only 6 for 20 with one interception for 28 total yards and ended up getting pulled in the second half. Arizona set Holiday Bowl records for futility, with only six first downs, 109 yards of offense, 51 offensive plays and nine punts. The Wildcats didn't get into Nebraska territory until the first drive of the third quarter.

Nebraska free safety Matt O'Hanlon intercepted Foles on the third play from scrimmage and returned it 37 yards to the Arizona 5. Lee scored on a 4-yard run two plays later. It was the fastest score in Holiday Bowl history, coming just 75 seconds into  the game. Nebraska's Alex Henery set a Holiday Bowl record with four field goals, from 47, 50, 41 and 22 yards.

Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh from Portland, Oregon, the AP College Football Player of the Year and a Heisman finalist, had only three tackles, including one for a loss, in his final college game but he was one of the keys to th relentless Nebraska pressure which stalemated the Arizona offense.

Nebraska (10-4) got its first 10-win season since 2003. Arizona finished 8-5. The Pac 10 is now 2-3 for the bowl season with two more games to play.