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 sack of quarterback Stephen McGee at the A&M 39.