Lopsided Series, Close Games

Texas is 8-1 against Nebraska since the start of the Big 12, including 7-1 under Mack Brown. But while the series has been lopsided, the games have rarely been.

Seven of the nine games were decided in exciting fashion, with the lone exceptions being a 22-6 Cornhusker victory in the 1999 Big 12 title game (the only Nebraska win since the inception of the Big 12) and a 31-7 Texas victory in 2003.

Below are brief descriptions of the seven exciting games the series has produced.

1996 Texas 37, No. 3 Nebraska 27 (Big 12 Championship)

Clinging to a 30-27 lead, the Longhorns decided to go for a fourth-and-inches with 2:40 left from its own 28. But rather than ramming the ball into the line, they called a rollout, with quarterback James Brown completing a 61-yard pass to Derek Lewis. The throw set up Priest Holmes's game-sealing touchdown and gave Texas the first-ever Big 12 title.

1998 Texas 20, No. 7 Nebraska 16

For the second time in three years, Texas pulled off a major upset over the ranked Cornhuskers. This one snapped the nation's leading winning streak — the 'Huskers had won 47 straight in Lincoln. Nebraska took a 16-13 lead with 8:33 remaining, but the Longhorns drove down the field, scoring the game-winning touchdown when Major Apllewhite hit Wane McGarity for a two-yard touchdown pass with 2:37 remaining.

1999 No. 18 Texas 24, No. 3 Nebraska 20

In a battle of two ranked teams, the Longhorns came back from a 13-3 halftime deficit to win by four. Texas trailed 20-17 halfway through the fourth quarter, but for the second consecutive year, Major Applewhite threw the game-winner, hitting Mike Jones with a 17-yard touchdown with 5:51 left. Nebraska got its revenge later that season, winning the Big 12 title game over Texas.

2002 No. 7 Texas 27, Nebraska 24

Again, Texas snapped the nation's longest home winning streak, this one of 26 games. Nathan Vasher picked off a Jammal Lord pass at the UT one-yard line with 10 seconds left to seal the victory. Chris Simms threw for a then-UT record 419 yards in the game.

2006 No. 5 Texas 22, No. 17 Nebraska 20

Ryan Bailey hit his first-ever college attempt, a 22-yard field goal with 23 seconds left, to beat Nebraska 22-20. Nebraska led and faced a third-and-three late, and completed a pass into the flat but Aaron Ross forced a fumble that was recovered by Marcus Griffin. That turnover set up the game-winning drive.

2007 No. 17 Texas 28, Nebraska 25

Mack Brown earned his 100th victory in Texas in dramatic fashion. Trailing 17-3 in the third quarter, Jamaal Charles ran wild, rushing for 216 yards and three touchdowns in the fourth quarter alone as Texas scored 25 straight points.

2009 No. 3 Texas 13, No. 21 Nebraska 12 (Big 12 Championship)

After some clock confusion and a premature Cornhusker celebration, Hunter Lawrence came on to boot a 46-yard field goal as time expired to put the Longhorns in the BCS National Championship game. Texas scored the only touchdown, on a Colt McCoy run.


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