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.