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A&M goes south
BY KEN HAMBLETON
SAN ANTONIO -- This time, the South will not rise again.
sure there would be no insurrection in the Big 12 Conference football championship
The victory gave
Nebraska a 12-0 record, its first Big 12 championship, and a berth in the
It also served
as redemption for losing to three-touchdown underdog Texas in the first
"This was sweet
revenge," said Nebraska All-American guard Aaron Taylor. "We seniors talked
any doubts among the 64,824 fans in the Alamodome and the rest of a national
"We felt like
we were representing all the teams in the Big 12 South and we're a reflection
the North champion, Nebraska quarterback Scott Frost, playing perhaps his
What Frost left,
Ahman Green picked up with 104 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.
"It was just
too much for us to stop," said Texas A&M linebacker Dat Nguyen. "Scott
Frost is such
There were even
some weaknesses Frost didn't discover. Nebraska freshman Bobby Newcombe
And remember, Nebraska's offense wasn't as spectuacular as the defense, Taylor said.
was just pounding those guys," he said. "It was phenomenal because they
Even with captain
and defensive tackle Jason Peter limited to one quarter of action because
"We were playing
for everybody who saw what happened with Texas last year and we were playing
"I think we proved the point today."
sputtered a bit in the first quarter. After Frost scored on a 6-yard touchdown
Brown added another
first-half field goal, after Green scored two more touchdowns ó
on a 25-yard
"We didn't want
to get knocked out early," Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum said. "We didn't
"I was not shocked.
I knew that their pressure would be good and I was disappointed with some
Slocum said there was balance in the Aggies' troubles, though.
in the first half, there were a couple of pass plays that we did not do
a good job of
just one pass in eight plays on Nebraska's first scoring drive. He hit
Newcombe on a
scoring drive, Frost was flawless, hitting four passes for 50 yards to
set up Green's dive
think we expected to do much passing, but when the situation calls for
it we throw the ball
finally stopped Nebraska when Green lost the first of four Husker fumbles
with the four turnovers, Nebraska still counted on an all-running 11-play
drive that ended
9-3, scored a touchdown on a 10-play, 75-yard drive and threatened again
a strong opponent of the playoff game, said he was pleased with his team's
we wanted to get it done. The players wanted another chance at a national
a great team, too, by anyway you stack it. We won't spend a lot of time
talking about the
weren't so shy about talk of a national championship. "We must have made
"But we'll just go to Miami and play our best and let the rest take care of itself."
puts Nebraska a step closer to a ninth perfect season. Osborne has coached
''When they face the challenge, they get going pretty good. I'd like to see us finish the job."