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Date: Sunday, December 29, 1996
The #21 Iowa Hawkeyes redeemed their 37-3 loss to California in the inaugural Builders Square Alamo Bowl in 1993 with a dominating 27-0 victory over Texas Tech in the Fourth Annual Builders Square Alamo Bowl. The second-largest crowd ever gathered for the Builders Square Alamo Bowl at the time (55,677) witnessed Iowa's domination as 12 bowl records were shattered or tied.
Texas Tech`s nationally-ranked offensive unit would never get off the ground as the Iowa defense dominated from the very beginning. Star running back and Doak Walker Award Winner Byron Hanspard was held to just 64 yards rushing on 18 carries after averaging 200-plus yards a game during the regular season. Texas Tech quarterback Zebbie Lethridge was sacked a bowl-record five times and limited to minus-four yards rushing on 12 carries.
The original predictions saw Iowa as the underdog, matched up against a strong 3 1/2-point favored Texas Tech. But after a Plez Atkins interception of Lethridge early in the first quarter, Sedrick Shaw, an Austin, Texas native, would punch into the end zone on a one-yard run. The Red Raiders never recovered as Shaw would surpass the Builders Square Alamo Bowl`s rushing record with his 113 yards on the ground.
Part of that performance followed in the second quarter, as quarterback Matt Sherman led the Hawkeyes on 10 plays down to the Red Raider 20 to set up the second of Shaw`s touchdowns. Shaw`s 20-yard sprint with 5:30 to go in the second quarter, however, would not stand as the final score of the half. A last-second drive of 60 yards allowed kicker Zach Bromert to connect on a 36 yard field goal as time expired to comfortably put the Hawkeyes up 17-0 at the half.
After a scoreless third quarter, Iowa would again position themselves for another field goal. With 10:36 remaining in the game, Bromert connected from 26 yards out to put the Big Ten representatives up 20-0.
Later, Rodney Filer, Aaron Granquist and Tavian Banks would each contribute runs of 12, 13 and 15 yards, respectively, in a 14-play, 99-yard drive resulting in Filer`s 14-yard scoring dash with 2:09 remaining in the game.
Shaw`s record-setting performance would garner him Offensive MVP honors before his "home" crowd and defensive lineman James DeVries, who registered two of Iowa`s five sacks, would receive Defensive MVP honors.
Texas Tech offensive lineman Shane Dunn would receive the Fred Jacoby Sportsmanship Award.
Those observing the Builders Square Alamo Bowl Week knew the true meaning behind this victory. On the Friday before the game, Iowa linebacker Mark Mitchell received word that his family, en route to San Antonio to see his last collegiate performance, was part of an auto accident that would result in his mother`s death and severe injuries to his father and two brothers. The Hawkeyes dedicated their victory to the Mitchell family, wearing blank black helmets previously bearing the traditional gold "Tigerhawk" logo and stripe.
The Hawkeyes finished the 1996 season ranked No. 18 in the country with a 9-3 record. The victory was also the first by the Big Ten Conference in the Builders Square Alamo Bowl in its three attempts, dating back to Iowa`s 1993 appearance in San Antonio. The Red Raiders, shut out for the first time since 1987, would complete their inaugural season in the Big 12 Conference at 7-5.
The Iowa Hawkeyes destroyed several offensive records. Receiver Tim Dwight set records for longest pass reception (51 yards) and most receptions (six), while Sedrick Shaw set a rushing record of 113 yards. The Iowa offense established a team rushing record of 217 yards. The Iowa defense also set several bowl records including recording the most sacks for a team (five), the most sacks individually (Jared DeVries with two) and holding Texas Tech to fewest points (0).
Both teams shared the title of longest punt as Nick Gallery of Iowa and Jeremy Hernandez of Texas Tech reached 59 yards. Gallery would also record the highest bowl punting average of 52.0 yards. Texas Tech's Stacy Mitchell set the longest kickoff return record at 45 yards.
The Fourth Annual Builders Square Alamo Bowl attracted the second-largest bowl attendance to date with 55,647. The ESPN broadcast received a 3.8 rating that translated into an audience of 4.3 million.
For his bowl record rushing total of 113 yards, Iowa running back Sedrick Shaw earned the Offensive MVP award. Hawkeye Jared DeVries had two sacks and won Defensive MVP honors.