Nebraska recorded the first shutout in the Holiday Bowl's 32-year history, and Zac Lee ran for a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass in a 33-0 victory over Arizona today at a sold-out Qualcomm Stadium.

Wildcat fans were both wearing their school color of red at the Q, for the big game.

"One of the best experiences I've ever had! This is great," said 80-year-old Cornhusker, Neil Avery. He was one of 66,000 fans at the stadium that watched as Navy Seals sail onto the field to kick off the game. The halftime show was complete with fireworks, marching bands, and an appearance from Jack, of the Jack in the Box.

The rain moved in during the third quarter of play, Cornhuskers fans welcomed what they call the "pleasant" weather.

"We just came from two feet of snow, so I'm in shorts right now. Its totally cool this is hot for me," said sophomore Nebraska student Nathan Fiefer. He and his group of friends drove 30 hours to make it to the game, just in the nick of time.

Wildcat fans left the stadium early, after not scoring at all, but that didn't completely dampen their Holiday Bowl spirits.

"The Nebraska fans got here a little earlier that we did, and they are kind of loud. So go Cats, but Nebraska might have us beat on that one," Arizona fan Brain Gowler said with a smile.

Cornhuskers senior safety Matt O'Hanlon was named as the Defensive Most Valuable Player. O'Hanlon intercepted a pass by Nick Foles on the game's third play and returned it 37 yards to the Wildcats' five-yard-line.

Lee ran four yards for a touchdown two plays later, scoring 75 seconds into the game, the fastest score in Holiday Bowl history.

Nebraska receiver Niles Paul was chosen as the Offensive Most Valuable Player for his 237 all-purpose yards, including 75 on a fourth-quarter touchdown pass from Lee with 3:39 to play.

The Cornhuskers (10-4) also got 47-, 50-, 41-, and 22-yard field goals from Alex Henery. Rex Burkhead ran five yards for a touchdown in the second quarter before a crowd announced at 64,607, the Holiday Bowl's ninth sellout in 12 years and 20th in its history.

Nebraska outgained Arizona, 396 yards to 109 and led in first downs, 19- 6, and time of possession, 38:12-21:48.

Over the first three quarters, the Wildcats' deepest penetration was to the Cornhuskers' 42-yard line. On its final possession, Arizona (8-5) drove to the Nebraska 8-yard line, but Matt Scott's fourth-down pass was incomplete.

This year's Holiday Bowl ends the customary matchup between the second- place team in the Pacific-10 Conference and the third-place team in the Big 12 Conference. Next year, the Holiday Bowl is expected to match the Pacific-10's third-place team and Big 12's fifth-place team.

"I don't feel it's going to be a problem,'' Holiday Bowl Executive Director Bruce Binkowski told City News Service. "We're still going to have Pac-10. We're still going to have Big 12. We're still going to have big games and a lot of people will be coming to San Diego.

"If we were in next year's picking order, our game would have been Oregon State versus Oklahoma and that would have been a home run as well.''

The No. 2 Pacific-10 Conference vs. No. 3 Big 12 Conference matchup will shift next year to the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, which outbid the Holiday Bowl.

To reach the payout demands being requested the Holiday Bowl would have had to raise its average tickets price from around $65 to $100, Binkowski said. "We just didn't feel that was the right thing to do,'' he said.