Big-play ’Horns stun Huskers, take Big 12 title
Unranked Texas came in to the Big 12 Championship Game as a heavy underdog but pulled off a shocking 37-27 upset of third-ranked Nebraska, thanks to several big plays and one gutsy gamble.
The loss ended the Huskers’ hopes for a third consecutive national title.
After the two teams matched scores through most of the first half, Texas kicked a field goal a minute before intermission to take a 20-17 advantage into the locker room.
A field goal midway through the third quarter extended Texas’ lead to 23-17. Nebraska responded with a 15-play, 71-yard drive capped by DeAngelo Evans’ third touchdown run of the game, and the Huskers led for the first time, 24-23.
NU padded its margin to 27-23 with a field goal about five minutes into the fourth quarter, but Texas answered less than 90 seconds later with a 66-yard touchdown pass from James Brown to Wane McGarity. The Longhorns now led by 30-27.
Nebraska drove inside the Texas 40 but stalled, and a Jesse Kosch punt pinned the ’Horns at their own 7 with 4:06 remaining. After Texas picked up a first down, the play of the game came with 2½ minutes left.
Texas faced fourth-and-inches just short of its own 29. The ’Horns led by three points but opted not to punt. And instead of running the ball up the middle, Texas surprised the Huskers by sending quarterback Brown on a rollout to the left, where he lobbed a short pass to a wide-open Derek Lewis. The Texas tight end rumbled down the sideline all the way to the Nebraska 11, and from there the ’Horns quickly scored the touchdown that iced their victory.
So explosive was Texas’ offense that the Longhorns amassed 503 yards to the Huskers’ 353 despite Nebraska’s nearly 2-to-1 edge in time of possession.
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