Defense was to become a Nebraska trademark and the Husker Black Shirts really got rolling against Texas A&M.
Nebraska scored twice in the first half for a 14-0 lead, then the Black Shirts took over to shut out the Aggies for the first time in 26 games. The Aggies were held to only 35 yards rushing and 136 yards passing.
Van Brownson and Jerry Tagge each engineered TD drives for the Huskers. In the first quarter, Van drove the Big Red to the A&M 33 where a field goal failed. But on the next play Jimmy Anderson intercepted an Aggie pass and returned it to the 3. Jeff Kinney tore up the middle for a TD with 6:56 left in the first quarter.
Brownson twisted his ankle and in the second quarter, Tagge moved the Huskers 93 yards to score the clincher. Tagge plunged the final one yard with 2:54 left in the half.
Nebraska tried two other unsuccessful field goals in the defensive struggle that remained.
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Texas A&M 0
Sept. 27, 1969
Texas A&M 0 0 0 0 — 0
Nebraska 7 7 0 0 — 14
NU — Jeff Kinney (3, run; Paul Rogers kick, 6:56)
NU — Jerry Tagge (1, run; Rogers kick, 2:54)
First Downs 23 12
Rushing Net 157 35
Passes Att-Comp 17-24 16-34
Passing Net 209 136
Total Offense 366 171
LEADING NU RUSHERS:
Jeff Kinney 78, Larry Frost 25.
LEADING NU PASSERS:
Jerry Tagge 12 for 18—154. Van Brownson 5 for 6—55.
NU BACK OF THE GAME:
Al Larson ... Led defense with nine tackles, one interception and one pass deflection.
NU LINEMAN OF THE GAME:
Jim McFarland ... Made seven catches for 117 yards. Caught 15 and 19 yarders in clinching TD drive ... Also made a great 42 yard diving catch.