Nebraska 22
Texas 6

Dec. 4, 1999 - 2:36 p.m. Central
Big 12 Championship Game | San Antonio, TX | ABC
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Texas 0 0 0 6 6
Nebraska 10 5 7 0 22
1st quarter
NEB - J Brown 42 field goal, 7:17
NEB - Crouch 31 run (J Brown kick) 2:56
2nd quarter
NEB - J Brown 21 field goal, 7:47
NEB - Safety, 7:26
3rd quarter
NEB - Crouch 4 run (J Brown kick) 10:12
4th quarter
TEX - Brooks 20 fumble return (pass failed) 13:26

                           TEX      NEB
FIRST DOWNS................ 15       14
  Rushing................... 5       12
  Passing................... 9        2
  Penalty................... 1        0
Rushing Attempts........... 30       58
Yards Gained Rushing....... 86      275
Yards Lost Rushing......... 80       41
NET YARDS RUSHING........... 6      234
NET YARDS PASSING......... 172       55
  Passes Attempted......... 42       15
  Passes Completed......... 15        6
  Had Intercepted........... 3        1
TOTAL OFFENSIVE PLAYS...... 72       73
TOTAL NET YARDS........... 178      289
  Avg Gain Per Play....... 2.5      4.0
Fumbles: Number-Lost...... 1-1      2-2
Penalties-Yards.......... 4-22     4-20
Punts-Yards............ 10-391    9-354
  Avg Per Punt........... 39.1     39.3
Punt Returns-Yards....... 6-44     6-74
Kickoff Returns-Yards.... 2-38     3-60
Interceptions-Yards....... 1-0     3-59
Fumble Returns-Yards..... 1-20      0-0
Possession Time......... 22:09    37:51
Third-Down Conv. ........ 4/15     4/17
Fourth-Down Conv. ........ 0/0      1/1
Sacks By-Yards........... 1-10     7-44

RUSHING
TEX: Ike 3-21, K Hayter 8-19, Mitchell 8-14, R Brown 1-2, Team 1-(-15), Applewhite 9-(-35).

NEB: Buckhalter 20-136, Crouch 23-72, W Miller 8-17, Alexander 4-13, D Diedrick 3-(-4).

PASSING
TEX: Applewhite 15-42-3-164. 
NEB: Crouch 6-14-1-55, Newcombe 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING
TEX: Cavil 5-90, Nunez 3-31, Ike 2-19, Flowers 2-16, R Brown 2-9, Healy 1-(-1).

NEB: Bowling 2-30, Davison 2-19, Newcombe 2-6.

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Huskers shake Texas hex, take conference title

Eric Crouch ran for two touchdowns as the No. 3 Cornhuskers took out three losses worth of frustration against the No. 12 Longhorns for a 22-6 victory in the Big 12 championship Saturday.

The Cornhuskers avenged three straight losses to Texas, including their only defeat this season. They also avoided a second-half collapse like the one last week against Colorado that all but ended their national championship hopes.

Nebraska’s Blackshirt defense refused to let that happen again.

The Cornhuskers sacked Texas quarterback Major Applewhite seven times, intercepted him three times and recovered a fumble. They were even credited with a safety when a shotgun snap flew past Applewhite and bounced out of the end zone.

The Huskers got a career-long 42-yard field goal from Josh Brown to take an early lead, then went up 10-0 on their next drive when a great fake by Crouch turned into a 31-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-1. Another field goal by Brown and the safety gave Nebraska a 15-0 halftime lead.

Crouch struck again on his first drive of the third quarter, plunging in for a 4-yard touchdown two plays after a 55-yard run by Correll Buckhalter.

The Cornhuskers didn’t score again, but they didn’t need to.

Applewhite brought the Longhorns back from a 13-3 halftime deficit against the Huskers two months ago, but he didn’t have a chance this time. He finished 15-of-42 for 164 yards. It was the first time in 22 starts that he’s been held below 200 yards.

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Commentary

Colonel Mustard

They could have played for a week and not scored on our D.

Shatel

From the first series, it was evident what Nebraska's plan was. Pressure, pressure and more pressure. The Huskers blitzed until the very end.

Omaha World-Herald
Red Clad Loon

Simply put, this was a masterpiece by McBride.

Douglass

Absorbing those three upset losses was no doubt tough for Nebraska and its fans to swallow, but isn't funny what one win can do? Conference football is fun again.

Grand Island Independent
Dodd

It seemed like the No. 3 Huskers valued revenge first and the Big 12 title second Saturday at the Alamodome

CBS SportsLine
McKeever

Deep in the heart of Texas, the Cornhuskers, the Supermen of college football this decade, rid themselves of their kryptonite-carrying nemesis.

Lincoln Journal Star
Blackstone

With their own quarterback, Eric Crouch, banged up and his tight end unavailable because of an injury, the Cornhuskers just buttoned their chin straps a little tighter and ran over the Longhorns.

Dallas Morning News
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