Gray and D lead Ags to 9-6 win over Nebraska

Cyrus Gray rushed for 137 yards and caught 9 passes for 65 yards to lead No. 19 Texas A&M to a 9-6 win over No. 9 Nebraska in front of a Kyle Field record croud of 90,031. In what was a huge defensive battle, the new Aggie 'Wrecking Crew' held Nebraska to 142 yards rushing, 306 total yards, and no touchdowns.

Cyrus Gray rushed for 137 yards and caught 9 passes for 65 yards to lead No. 19 Texas A&M to a 9-6 win over No. 9 Nebraska in front of a Kyle Field record croud of 90,031.

In what was a huge defensive battle, the new Aggie 'Wrecking Crew' held Nebraska to 142 yards rushing, 306 total yards, and no touchdowns.

Nebraska received the opening kickoff and drove to the Aggie 19-yard line before the Aggie defense stiffened, forcing Nebraska to settle for a 48-yard Alex Henery field goal which gave Nebraska a 2-0 lead at the 8:53 mark in the first quarter.

Texas A&M's first four possessions totalled 16 yards and one first down.

Meanwhile, Nebraska's offense was not much better as the Aggies and Huskers traded punts.

On Nebraska's third possessionm, Taylor Martinez, already recovering from a high ankle sprain, reinjured the ankle when he was stepped on by his center who was being bull rushed by Aggie noseguard Lucas Patterson. Cody Green came on to play quarterback for the rest of the first half.

Early in the second quarter, Texas A&M went to a ground attack to put together a 9-play, 62 yard drive. The Aggies reached the Nebraska 12-yard line before on 4th-and-1 choosing to attempt a 20-yard Randy Bullock field goal. Bullock's field goal was good, tying the game 3-3 with 9:08 left in the second quarter.

It continued to be a defensive struggle for the rest of the first half, as Texas A&M and Nebraska went to the locker room with the game tied at 3.

At halftime, Nebraska led Texas A&M in total yards, 153 to 103, and in first downs, 8 to 5.

Ryan Tannehill had completed 7 of 14 passes for 59 yards, Cyrus Gray had rushed for 33 yards on 9 carries and caught 4 passes for 31 yards.

For Nebraska, before going out injured, Taylor Martinex completed 4 of 5 passes for 43 yards and rushed for 24 yards on 6 carries. Replacement quarternack Cody Green had completed 6 of 11 passes for 57 yard with 1 INT.

Texas A&M received the opening kickoff of the second half and drove to the Nebraska 41-yard line before Ryan Tannehill was sacked on a 4th-and-3 pass attempt. Nebraska was forced 3-and-out but a Husker punt pinned the Aggies back on their 6-yard line.

The Aggies drove to the Nebraska 38-yard line before before having to punt it away. After an exchange of punts, Nebraska drove to the Aggie 34-yard line before Trent Hunter intercepted a Taylor Martinez pass at the Aggie 1-yard line. A personal foul after the play backed the Aggies up to their 5-yard line.

Texas A&M drove 84 yards in 15 plays before Randy Bullock kicked a 28-yard field goal to give the Aggies a 6-3 lead 27 seconds into the fourth quarter.

Nebraska responded by driving 78 yards in 12 plays to the A&M 12-yard line before being forced to settle for a 29-yard Alex Henery field goal to tie the game 6-6 with 8:31 left in the game.

It was Texas A&M's turn to respond, mounting a 12-play, 68-yard drive before Randy Bullock kicked a 19-yard field goal to give the Aggies a 9-6 lead with three minutes to go in the game.

Nebraska had one last chance to tie or win the game. Nebraska picked up one first down before Von Miller came up with two sacks and a 4th-and-14 Taylor Martinez pass attempt was caught out of bounds, turning the ball over to the Aggies with just 1:10 on the clock.

Ryan Tannehill took a knee twice and the clock ran out to preserve a 9-6 win for No 19 over No 9 Nebraska. in front of a record Texas A&M croud.

Texas A&M (8-3, 5-2 Big 12) wins its fifth game in a row, this over Nebraska (9-2, 5-2 Big 12), the Aggies first win over a top ten opponent since 2002.

The stats were as close as the scoreboard. Texas A&M edged Nebraska in total yards, 310 to 306, and in first downs, 19 to 15.

Ryan Tannehill completed 19 of 29 passes for 172 yards. Cyrus Gray rushed for 137 yards on 26 carries and caught 9 passes for 65 yards. This was Gray's fifth game in a row rushing for over a hundred yards, corresponding to the Aggies' five game win streak.

Texas A&M now travels to Austin for a Thursday night battle with the Texas Longhorns.

 


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