The Huskers limited the Longhorns to a school-record-low net of six yards rushing. NU held Texas to four yards of total offense in the first quarter, jumping out to a 10-0 lead and appeared in control of the contest from the outset in its 22-6 victory.
Nebraska’s defense was so dominant that the only Texas score came on a 20-yard fumble return by cornerback Ahmad Brooks with 13:26 left in the game.
Running back Correll Buckhalter stepped to the forefront for Nebraska and led both teams with 20 carries for 136 yards while helping the winners control the line of scrimmage. Defensive lineman Loran Kaiser paced a seven-sack attack for the Huskers with two, to go along with three total tackles for losses. The entire NU front seven defensively helped to cause four Texas turnovers, limit the passing attack to 172 net yards and hold UT to a season-low 178 yards of total offense.
Steady quarterback Eric Crouch seized the controls for Nebraska and kept the offense churning for most of the contest, and that included his 31-yard scoring run on an option play in the first quarter. He ended the battle with a workmanlike 23 carries for 72 net yards.
Nebraska went up 13-0 on a Josh Brown field goal with 7:47 left in the first half. On the ensuing possession, Texas was backed up in a 3rd-and-15 situation at its own 15-yard line when a muffed snap skipped back before the two teams battled for the ball in the end zone. The ball squirted out of bounds for a safety for NU - the first in the history of the football title bout.
The Huskers then virtually iced the game with a five-play, 66-yard drive and four-yard keeper by Crouch to extend the lead to 22-0 with 10:12 remaining in the third quarter.
In the most defensive-minded skirmish in the history of the Championship, the Huskers left the Alamodome with their second Big 12 football title in three years. Maybe it was the dark jerseys again: for the fourth time in a row the designated ‘home’ team was the winner.
|NU (3-0) -||Josh Brown 42-yard field goal; 7:17|
|NU (10-0) -||Eric Crouch 31-yard run (Brown kick); 2:56|
|NU (13-0) -||Josh Brown 21-yard field goal; 7:47|
|NU (15-0) -||Team safety - ball through end zone; 7:26|
|NU (22-0) -||Crouch 4-yard run (Brown kick); 10:12|
|UT (22-6) -||Ahmad Brooks 20-yard fumble return (Pass failed); 13:26|