‘Horns snap Huskers’ home winning streak
Wayne McGarity’s two-yard touchdown reception with 2:47 remaining capped an 85-yard drive and lifted unranked Texas to a 20-16 victory over No. 7 Nebraska. The loss ended the Huskers’ 47-game home winning streak, the fifth-longest in NCAA history.
While Texas scored the game’s first 10 points, the Nebraska offense struggled until late in the second quarter. Quarterback Eric Crouch, playing in relief of starter Monte Christo, drove the Huskers 88 yards, setting up Kris Brown’s 27-yard field goal on the last play of the first half.
After Brown’s second field goal cut the lead to 10-6 early in the third quarter, Crouch engineered a five-play, 49-yard drive, capped by his 38-yard touchdown run to give NU a 13-10 lead entering the final period.
The two teams exchanged field goals before Texas mounted its game-winning drive — kept alive by a 37-yard pass from Major Applewhite to Bryan White on third-and-21.
Applewhite completed 14 of 26 passes for 269 yards and a pair of TDs. Texas running back Ricky Williams rushed for 150 yards, 62 below his NCAA-leading 212-yard average.
The defeat overshadowed a standout performance by Nebraska rover Mike Brown, whose 17 tackles (eight solo) were the most by a Husker since 1981.
It was the Huskers’ first home loss since 1991 (vs. Washington) and the first home loss to an unranked team since 1978 (vs. Missouri).