’Horns hold off Husker rally with late pass pickoff
Nebraska’s hopes for a second consecutive fourth-quarter rally fell just short and seventh-ranked Texas escaped Lincoln with a 27-24 victory.
The loss ended Nebraska’s nation-leading home winning streak at 26 games and dropped the Huskers to 6-4 overall and 2-3 in Big 12 Conference play.
After Texas opened a 27-17 advantage with 3:24 remaining, the Huskers quickly drove 60 yards in four plays and scored on Dahrran Diedrick’a two-yard run to slice the lead to three points.
The Blackshirt defense forced Texas to punt, and All-America candidate DeJuan Groce delivered an electrifying 44-yard return down the Nebraska sideline to the Texas 16.
The Huskers didn’t pick up any yardage on their first two plays, and on third down, Texas cornerback Nathan Vasher made a leaping interception of a Jammal Lord pass to end Nebraska’s comeback hopes with 10 seconds remaining.
The dramatic finish came after a first half filled with missed scoring opportunities by both teams. Nebraska twice was stopped on fourth-and-one plays and also had a field goal blocked and a bad snap on another field goal try. Texas moved inside the Nebraska 35-yard line four times in the first 30 minutes, including one drive to the NU 7, and came away with just a pair of field goals.