Nebraska 28
Texas A&M 27

Nov. 11, 2006 - 2:30 p.m. Central
Kyle Field | College Station, TX | ABC
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Nebraska 7 14 0 7 28
Texas A&M 7 3 3 14 27
Maurice Purify

Maurice Purify goes high for the winning catch. | Courtesy of Huskers.com
1st quarter
NU: C.Glenn 2 run (J.Congdon kick) 5:58
AM: M.Goodson 22 run (L.Neumann kick) 3:42
2nd quarter
NU: C.Glenn 6 run (J.Congdon kick 14:54
NU: T.Peterson 4 pass from Z.Taylor (J.Congdon kick) 11:00 
AM: L.Neumann 37 FG 0:16
3rd quarter
AM: L.Neumann 20 FG 0:16
4th quarter
AM: S.McGee 57 run (run failed) 12:51
AM: J.Lane 1 run (M.Bennett pass from McGee) 7:28
NU: M.Purify 9 pass from Z.Taylor (J.Congdon kick) 0:21 

                              NU       AM
FIRST DOWNS.................. 19       13
  Rushing..................... 6        4
  Passing.................... 12        9
  Penalty..................... 1        0
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)....... 38-123   27-155
PASSING YDS (NET)........... 267      288
  Att-Comp-Int. ........ 36-21-1  32-19-0
TOTAL OFFENSE ........... 74-390   59-443
Punt Returns-Yards.......... 2-6     3-15
Kickoff Returns-Yards...... 2-42     2-36
Int. Returns-Yards.......... 0-0     1-16
Punts-Avg................ 6-41.3   5-44.6
Fumbles-Lost................ 0-0      0-0
Penalties-Yards............ 5-43     4-38
Possession Time........... 32:52    27:08
Third-Down Conv. ....... 7 of 15  5 of 14
Fourth-Down Conv. ....... 1 of 2   0 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances..... 4-4      3-3
Sacks By: Number-Yards..... 3-14     4-21

RUSHING
NU: M.Lucky 12-52; B.Jackson 9-44; C.Glenn 6-25; K.Wilson 2-8; TEAM 1-minus 2; Z.Taylor 8-minus 4.

AM: M.Goodson 11-80; S.McGee 8-58; J.Lane 6-13; C.Alexander 2-4.
 
PASSING
NU: Z.Taylor 21-35-1-267; TEAM 0-1-0-0.
AM: S.McGee 18-31-0-244; J.Lane 1-1-0-44.
 
RECEIVING
NU: T.Peterson 7-82; M.Lucky 4-56; T.Nunn 3-28; M.Purify 2-30; B.Jackson 2-12; F.Hardy 1-26; N.Swift 1-17; D.Erickson 1-16.

AM: M.Bennett 6-67; C.Schroeder 2-52; K.Franks 2-46; L.Riley 2-39; M.Goodson, 2-34; C.Alexander 2-20; P.Brown 2-18; E.Taylor 1-12.
 
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Blocked kick, clutch drive wrap up North Division title

Zac Taylor hit Maurice Purify with a nine-yard touchdown pass with 21 seconds left to give Nebraska the Big 12 North Division title with a 28-27 victory over No. 24 Texas A&M at Kyle Field.

Taylor capped a record-breaking day with his pass to Purify to put the exclamation point on an 11-play, 75-yard drive in just 1:36 that stopped an impressive second-half comeback by the Aggies.

Taylor guided the Huskers to a 21-7 lead early in the second quarter and a 21-13 lead at the end of three quarters, but a pair of Texas A&M fourth-quarter touchdowns gave the Aggies a 27-21 edge with 7:28 left.

The Aggie defense came up with what appeared to be the game’s biggest play on Mark Dodge’s interception and 16-yard return. Texas A&M had a chance to end it just minutes later, but Nebraska’s Barry Turner blocked Layne Neumann’s 42-yard field goal attempt that would have given the Aggies a 30-21 lead with under two minutes remaining.

Taylor and the Huskers capitalized in a big way with their 11-play scoring drive. Adam Carriker snuffed the Aggies’ final chance with a of quarterback Stephen McGee at the A&M 39.

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2006 schedule
04/15 Reds 35, Whites 7
09/02 Louisiana Tech W 49-10
09/09 Nicholls St. W 56-7
09/16 @ S. California L 10-28
09/23 Troy W 56-0
09/30 Kansas W 39-32
10/07 @ Iowa St. W 28-14
10/14 @ Kansas St. W 21-3
10/21 Texas L 20-22
10/28 @ Oklahoma St. L 29-41
11/04 Missouri W 34-20
11/11 @ Texas A&M W 28-27
11/24 Colorado W 37-14
12/02 Oklahoma L 7-21
01/01 Auburn L 14-17

Commentary

Colonel Mustard

I don't know if this is a signature victory for Bill, but it certainly is for Zac. That was a drive we will be talking about for years.

Shatel

This was one suitable for framing. This one will find its way onto the walls of every shag-carpeted basement from Auburn to Alliance.

Omaha World-Herald
McKeever

The moment you think they’re about to experience a colossal collapse ... they come out of their coma and inject new life into their season. Perhaps into their program.

Lincoln Journal Star
Douglass

A season-changer. Who knows? Maybe even a program changer? Time will tell.

Grand Island Independent
Bland

What a fun day it was for anyone who wears Husker red, and that especially included Taylor when he made all the right decisions in helping NU punch its ticket to Kansas City.

Daily Nebraskan
Croome

Having to pull games out at the end, time after time, is catching up to an A&M team that can spread blame to both sides of the ball for its slow starts.

Bryan-College Station Eagle
Barnhouse

Are the Aggies a team cursed by the football gods? Why can't they make the play with the game on the line?

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Lopez

Franchione's biggest shortcoming is Big Game-itis. It is an affliction that has staggered a number of coaches.

Houston Chronicle
Husker Dan

With every down, it seemed Zac Taylor grew more confident, even after he had several passes dropped

HuskerMax
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