Big 12 South leading Texas A&M used a dominating ground attack to grind out a 36-14 road win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday afternoon. Stephen McGee rushed for 167 yards on a quarterback school record 35 carries and Jorvorskie Lane rushed for to 130 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Aggies.
Texas A&M scored first and took a 16-14 lead to halftime. In the second half, the Aggies scored touchdowns on 3 long drives and the A&M defense held Nebraska scoreless to earn its first win over Nebraska since 1998 and first win in Lincoln since 1985.
Nebraska received the opening kickoff. After picking up one first down, the Huskers were forced to punt. Texas A&M marched 72 yards in 10 plays, and Stephen McGee completed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Earvin Taylor in the back of the endzone put the Aggies on the board first 6-0 lead at 9:17 in the first quarter. The extra point attempt by Matt Szymanski was blocked.
One their ensuing possession, the Aggies converted a 4th-and-1 at the Nebraska 49-yard line with a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Stephen McGee. A&M continued to drive down to the Nebraska 6-yard before being forced to settle for a 39-yard field goal attempt by Matt Szymanski. Szymanski's kick was tru to give the Aggies a 9-7 lead with 1:35 left in the first quarter.
After a Nebraska fumble and an exchange of punts, the Aggies set up from their 9-yard line. The Aggies were able to move out to the 35-yard line before being forced to punt. Justin Brantley's 37-yard punt into the wind was fumbled by the Huskers Nate Swift and the fumble was recovered by Aggie deep snapper Corey Gibas at the Nebraska 28-yard line. On first down, Jorvorksie Lane took it up the middle for 27 yards to the 1-yard line. Lane scored on a 1-yard dive into the endzone and Szymanki's extra point extended the Aggie lead to 16-7 at 10:38 in the second quarter.
After an exchange of possessions, Nebraska mounted a 9-play, 79-yard drive consuming almost4 seven minutes, with Sam Keller throwing a 10-yard touchdown pass to Maurice Purify. Henery's extra point cut the Aggie's halftime lead to 16-14.
Though trailing, at the half Nebraska had a slight edge in statistics. The Huskers led the Aggies in total yards, 284 to 210, and in first downs, 16 to 12. Jorvorskie Lane had rushed for 70 yards and 1 TD on 7 carries.
Texas A&M took the opening kickoff and driving into the wind marched 80 yards in 9 plays. Szymanski's extra point gave the Aggies a 23-14 lead at 11:05 in the third quarter. After forcing another Husker punt, the Aggies put together another long scoring drive, this one 80 yards in 11 plays. Jorvorskie Lane scored his third touchdown of the day on a 4-yard run and Szymanski's extra point opened a 30-14 Aggie lead 4:29 in the third quarter.
Nebraska drove the Aggie 6-yard line before failing to convert on a 4th-and-6 at the Aggie 9-yard line and turning the ball over to Texas A&M. After an exchange of punts, the Aggies mounted a 15-play, 73-yard drive consuming almost eight minutes. Jorvorskie Lane scored his fourth touchdown of the game to put the game out of reach 36-14 Texas A&M.
On their ensuing possession, Husker quarterback Sam Keller fumbled when hit by Aggie freshman defensive end Von Miller and Amos Gbunblee recovered for A&M. The Aggies ran out the clock to preserve a 36-14 Texas A&M win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
For the game, Texas A&M led Nebraska in total yards, 459 to 405, and in first downs, 28 to 24.
For Texas A&M, Stephen McGee rushed for 167 yards on 35 carries and completed 13 of 22 passes for 92 yards and 1 TD. Jorvorskie Lane rushed for 130 yards and 4 TDs on 15 carries. Pierre Brown led the Aggie receivers with 4 receptions for 49 yards. Mark Dodge led the Aggies in tackles with 11.
For Nebraska, Sam Keller completed 26 of 44 passes for 275 yards and 1 TD. Marlon Lucky caught 13 passes for 125 yards. Quentin Castille rushed for 60 yards and 1 TD on 9 carries.
Texas A&M (6-2, 3-1) remains tied for the Big 12 South lead.
First up on this tough schedule the Aggies will host No 13 Kansas next Saturday night.
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