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Texas tight end Derek Lewis
caught UT’s first touchdown of the
game Saturday. Lewis, you might
remember, was on the receiving end i
of the fourth down, 63-yard pass
from James Brown in UT’s 37-27
upset of Nebraska in 1996.
With 269 yards passing
Saturday, Longhorn quarterback
. Major Applewhite extended his UT
freshman record for consecutive
games with more than 200 yards
passing. The streak now stands at
Applewhite needs two more
games with more than 200 yards to
surpass Peter Gardere’s record of
seven, set in 1992.
Texas was the third team this
season to hold Nebraska to fewer
than 200 yards rushing for the
t game. Ricky Williams was the
fourth running back to rush for
more than 100 yards against NU
His 150 yards are the most by an
opposing player in Lincoln since
Oklahoma State’s Barry Sanders
had 189 yards against the Huskers
in 1988. The highest amount ever?
Curt Warner of Penn State had 238
yards against NU in 1981.
For the first time this season, an
NU quarterback rushed for more
than 100 yards. Eric Crouch com
pleted the feat with 108 yards on 17
carries with a touchdown.
While one might think that pace
is far below the efforts of last season
when Scott Frost was at quarter
back, think again. By this time in
the season last year, Frost had
rushed for more than 100 yards in
Nebraska trailed at halftime
Saturday, which made it two con
secutive games in a row that NU has
trailed at halftime. The last time that
happened in two consecutive games
was in the 1989 Fiesta Bowl, when
NU trailed 21 -10 at halftime and the
ensuing year when NU trailed 17
14 at halftime.
Texas has scored in 209 straight
games, dating back to a 16-0 loss to
Baylor in 1980. That streak is sec
ond to only Brigham Young
University, which has scored in 295
Rover Mike Brown had a team
season best 18 tackles Saturday
against the Longhorns. Brown,
however, also had a costly penalty
on UT’s game- winning drive that >.
cost Nebraska 15 yards.
With the loss, Nebraska is now
16-1 on Halloween.
Since joining the Big 12, NU
has not fared well against the
schools in Texas. The Huskers have
a 5-3 record against Baylor, Texas
Tech, Texas and Texas A&M, com
Gamed ay notebook compiled
by Jay Saunders and Sam
NEBRASKA QUARTERBACK Eric Crouch is gang tackled by Texas’ Cedric Woodard
and several other teammates in the second quarter. The Huskers’ offense was held
to fewer than 200 yards rushing for the third time this season in their second loss.
Texas upsets NU,
ends home streak
By Sam McKewon
Call it UT magic. Call it NU misfor
Call it whatever you want, really. It
won’t change the outcome, which was clear
enough, tattooed on the scoreboard above
the southwest comer of Memorial Stadium
and below, on the field, where Longhorn
Coach Mack Brown, atop his players’
shoulders, did a Hook’em Homs session
with the UT band.
It was clear enough in the Comhuskers’
interview room, too, where players
, answered questions in a fog, slowly coming
to terms with a season of failed promise.
It was clear enough, all right.
Texas beat Nebraska - again.
And much like the 1996 Big 12
Championship game, when the Longhorns
wrecked NU’s chance at a national title with
an upset, the Longhorns made the big plays
Saturday, while the Comhuskers misfired
in critical situations.
It added up to a 20-16 Texas win in front
of 76,434 stunned, quiet fans at Memorial
Stadium. Understandably so, as they hadn’t
seen NU lose at home since 1991.
With the loss, gone was the 47-game
home winning streak. Gone were the seven
straight seasons of less than two conference
losses. And gone were any realistic hopes
for a fourth NU national title in the 1990s.
About the only thing that stuck around
Saturday night for No. 7 Nebraska’s players
was the feeling that they had seen this kind
of game before from unranked Texas.
“It’s kind of like, almost, deja vu,” NU
linebacker Jay Foreman said. “It’s just the
same thing that happened last time in 1996.
They got a lot of big calls going their way,
and they made a lot of big plays when they
needed to. You’ve got to hand it to them.”
In a way, the Huskers almost did.
Nebraska (7-2 overall and 3-2 in the Big 12
Conference) let several key chances slip by
in the second half while UT (6-2 and 44)
made good on them.
A tight-lipped, disappointed Frank
Solich was clear afterward about where NU
went wrong - and where the Longhorns
“It was a ballgame where both teams
certainly had chances,” die NU Coach said
“They made more of their opportunities
than what we did. We did not get enough
points on the board when we had opportu
nities. That was the ballgame.”
Solich pointed to a key moment in the
third quarter, when NU led 13-10 and had
the ball at the UT 12-yard line, as a time
when Nebraska failed to execute.
The Huskers had turned a 10-3 halftime
deficit into a 13-10 lead by way of an Eric
Crouch 37-yard run and a Kris Brown 47
yard field goal, and were looking for more
after an interception of UT quarterback
But then quarterback Crouch fumbled
on third down. Texas recovered. Four plays
later, Applewhite found UT receiver Bryan
White wide open in the Husker secondary
for a 76-yard gain to set up the game-tying
“That tumble on the goal line was cost
ly,” said Crouch, who led all NU rushers
with 108 yards in replacing starter Monte
Christo midway through the second quar
Crouch did lead the Huskers to a field
goal in the fourth quarter to put NU back
ahead 16-13 with eight minutes and 33 sec
onds remaining in the game.
When Texas got the ball back, it started
its drive toward victory. After Applewhite
was sacked by NU weakside linebacker
Eric Johnson, UT was faced with a third
down and 21 from its own 35-yard line.
Again, Applewhite found White, this
time for 37 yards, to the NU 28-yard line. It
was the second big play of the second half
for the duo, and Applewhite finished the
game completing 14 of 26 passes for 269
yards and two touchdowns.
“Applewhite was really poised back
there,” Johnson said. “He was very com
posed for being a freshman.”
For the NU secondary, the two plays
symbolized a day of big wins and bigger
Despite several good plays, the Huskers
were flagged with one critical pass interfer
ence penalty that set up UT’s first touch
down, a 16-yard pass from Applewhite to
tight end Derek Lewis.
Texas was able to keep pressure off its
Heisman candidate, running back Ricky
Williams, who rushed for 150 yards on 37
carries but was kept out of the end zone -
with an effective short-range passing game.
“Our defense was off and on all day
long,” Defensive Coordinator Charlie
McBride said. “On one play, they’d look
great. On the nod, awful.”
Nebraska would receive one more cost
ly penalty on the drive, a 15-yard face
masking penalty on NUrover NHke Brown,
a penalty Brown said he didn’t commit. It
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the first quarter. Williams finished with 150 yards on 34 carries.
Football game review “a »
Rushing Jjg Rushing S£*
Name Car Yds Avg TD Name Car Yds Avg TD
Eric Crouch 17 129 6.4 1 Ricky Williams 37 157 4.1 0
Darell Alexander 8 66 7.5 0 Richard Walton 1 0 -2.0 0
Correll Buckhalter 8 23 2.3 0 Major Applewhite 5 3 -3.8 0
Name Rec Yds Long TD Name Rec Yds Long TD *
Shevin Wiggins 4 59 36 0 Wane McGarity 5 51 14 1
Sheldon Jackson 3 26 13 0 Kwame Cavil 4 70 37 0
Correll Buckhalter 1 15 15 0 Bryan White 2 113 76 0
Name Comp Att Yds TD Name Comp Att Yds TD
Eric Crouch 6 13 59 0 Major Applewhite 14 26 269 2
Monte Christo 4 4 58 0 Ricky Williams 0 10 0
Game Stats **»*» Tans Mrasia Tans
First downs 18 19 Fumbles lost 1 0
Rushing attempts 47 43 Interceptions 1 0
Rushing yards 194 129 Penalties / yards 5 / 45 9 / 88
Passing completions 10 14 Punt returns / yards 5 / 239 6/198
Passing attempts 17 27 Kickoff returns/yards 4/54 4/81 J
Passing yards 117 269 Time of possession 28:56 31:04
Totalyaids 311 398 Sacks/yards 3/22 4/29
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