Down by 17, Huskers rally past Aggies
Powered by a running game that rolled for 381 yards, Nebraska rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit for a 38-31 victory over Texas A&M.
Jammal Lord and David Horne each rushed for more than 100 yards as the Huskers registered their first road win of the season.
Things looked bleak for the Huskers after Byron Jones’ 66-yard fumble return gave the Aggies a 31-14 lead midway through the third quarter. But Nebraska responded immediately by driving 68 yards in just three plays, capped by Horne’s 21-yard touchdown run on a fake reverse to trim the deficit to 31-21.
Less than two minutes into the fourth quarter, Horne added another scoring scamper to make it a 31-28 game. The 13-play, 81-yard drive included two fourth-down conversions, one of them a high-stakes fourth-and-1 at NU’s own 28.
A 15-yard quarterback sack by Demorrio Williams ruined the Aggies’ subsequent possession, a three-and-out that ended with a 14-yard punt. That put Nebraska in prime position at the Aggies’ 35, and Horne scored his fourth TD six plays later to give Nebraska a 35-31 lead with 11:01 left.
Three plays after the ensuing kickoff, the Huskers got the ball back on a Pat Ricketts interception, which led to a Josh Brown field goal that boosted NU’s lead to 38-31.
Nearly six minutes remained, and the Aggies tried to mount a comeback of their own. A 35-yard pass play helped get them to the NU 9, but heavy pressure from rush end Demoine Adams forced a bad throw on first-and-goal by A&M’s Dustin Long. Husker safety Philip Bland made a diving interception of the ball in the end zone with 2:23 left to seal the win.