Husker Defense Shuts Down A&M
Its offensive sputtered at the starting line, but the Nebraska football team’s defense shifted into high gear and drove the Huskers to a 37-0 drubbing of No. 18 Texas A&M.
The Blackshirts dominated the game for four quarters, holding the Aggies to just two yards rushing and 118 yards total offense. The Huskers held A&M quarterback Randy McCown to 116 yards on 11 of 30 attempts and four interceptions.
Mike Brown led the Huskers’ defensive efforts with nine tackles, including one sack for a 10-yard loss and one tackle for a three-yard loss. Brown caused two fumbles and picked off two McCown passes.
Offensively, NU quarterback Eric Crouch and I-back Dan Alexander led the way. Crouch completed nine of 20 passing attempts for 95 yards. The Omaha, Neb., native led Nebraska in rushing with a career-best 137 yards on 15 attempts and one touchdown.
Alexander finished with 135 yards on 20 attempts and one score.
On the first play of Nebraska’s opening offensive series, junior wingback Bobby Newcombe fumbled, and Texas A&M linebacker Harold Robertson recovered.
The Aggies, however, failed to take advantage of the turnover. The Blackshirts forced A&M to attempt a field goal, which NU right rush end Kyle Vanden Bosch blocked. Seven series later, Vanden Bosch blocked another field goal attempt in the second quarter.