NCAA Game Summary - Nebraska at Texas A&M |
(Saturday, November 11th)
Final Score: Nebraska 28, (24) Texas A&M 27
College Station, TX (Sports Network) - Zac Taylor threw a nine-yard touchdown
pass to Maurice Purify with 21 seconds remaining, as Nebraska upset No. 24
Texas A&M, 28-27, to clinch first place in the Big 12 North Division and earn
a spot in the conference championship game for first time since 1999.
The Cornhuskers (8-3, 5-2 Big 12) blew a 14-point lead in the second quarter
and Texas A&M finally went ahead on a one-yard TD run by Jorvorskie Lane with
7:28 remaining. The Aggies capitalized on a spectacular 44-yard catch by Chad
Schroeder to move inside the red zone, and after the TD run, Stephen McGee
threw to Martel Bennett for the two-point conversion for a 27-21 Aggies lead.
That lead looked to be in jeopardy on Nebraska's next drive, but Taylor's pass
was intercepted by linebacker Mark Dodge at the Huskers 45. The Aggies then
looked to put the game away on a 42-yard field goal, but Layne Neumann's
attempt was blocked with 1:57 left to give Nebraska life.
The Huskers final drive was the deciding factor. Taylor converted a 4th-and-3
with a 22-yard pass to Todd Peterson to move the ball to the A&M 46. Purify's
catch was preceded by a personal foul against the Aggies' Marques Thornton,
who was whistled for roughing the passer on 3rd-and-10. The Huskers
capitalized, as Purify fought off two defenders in the back of the end zone to
haul in the deciding score.
The Aggies couldn't move past their own 40 in the waning seconds.
Taylor finished 21-of-35 passing for 267 yards, with two touchdowns and
one interception for the Cornhuskers, who were coming off a 34-20 win against
Missouri last Saturday.
Peterson led the receiving corps, hauling in seven passes for 82 yards and one
score, while Cody Glenn ran for a pair of touchdowns.
McGee threw for 244 yards on 18-of-31 passing for the Aggies (8-3, 4-3),
were failed to rebound from a tough a 17-16 loss to Oklahoma last weekend.
McGee also added 58 yards on the ground and rushed for one score.
Mike Goodson finished with 80 yards rushing on 11 carries and one touchdown,
while Lane, who wasn't a factor until late, also had a score, ending with just
13 yards rushing on six carries.
Even with the loss, the Aggies are still on course for their most successful
campaign since the 1988 championship squad went 11-3.
The Huskers racked up 243 yards in the first 30 minutes of play to open a
After both teams traded punts to open the game, Nebraska got on the scoreboard
on its next possession. The Huskers went 66 yards on 11 plays, capped by
Glenn's two-yard burst to make it 7-0 with 5:58 left in the first quarter.
The Aggies responded with a score on the next series, set up by Kerry Franks'
47-yard catch. Goodson followed up two plays later by rumbling 22 yards to
the end zone.
The Huskers came back with a scoring drive that bridged the first and second
quarters, ending on a six-yard TD run by Glenn on the opening play of the
Nebraska added another score with 11 minutes left on the clock in the first
half, as Peterson's four-yard scramble gave his team a 21-7 edge.
The Aggies cut the lead to 21-10 with 16 seconds remaining in the half, as
Neumann connected on a 37-yard field goal.
Trailing late in the third quarter, Texas A&M rallied to score 17 points and
take the lead.
First, Goodson stepped up on a crucial third-down play, taking the handoff and
breaking several tackles to get himself into the open field. Huskers
linebacker Bo Ruud made a touchdown-saving tackle by knocking Goodson out of
bounds, but not before the freshman racked up a huge gain of 54 yards. Four
plays later Neumann split the uprights from 20 yards out to make it a 21-13
game with 16 ticks remaining until the fourth quarter.
Then, after another Nebraska punt, McGee sprinted up the field and went 57
yards to the end zone, exploiting an assignment breakdown by the Huskers. The
Aggies followed by attempting the two-point conversion, but this time McGee's
rush failed and the score remained 21-19 with 12:51 remaining.
Nebraska leads the all-time series 10-2 and has won the last four contests...
The Huskers improved to 1-2 against the Big 12 South this season...Taylor has
5,193 career passing yards, a new Nebraska career passing record. The previous
record was 5,035 yards by Dave Humm from 1972 to 1974.
11/11 20:21:37 ET