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December 06, 1999
Huskers Whipped Our Guys, Applewhite Says
BY LEE BARFKNECHT
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

San Antonio-In Saturday's 22-6 loss to Nebraska, Texas was held to its lowest rushing total in history (6 yards) and its offense went scoreless for the first time in 14 years.

But Longhorns quarterback Major Applewhite is standing by his statements that NU's defense isn't high on the charts in technical sophistication.

Well, maybe, he's kneeling by them - and huffing and puffing - after he completed just 15 of 42 passes for 164 yards, was intercepted three times and was sacked seven times.

"Yeah, they blitzed," Applewhite said. "But they didn't have anybody we couldn't put a hat on. Their guys just whipped our guys."

Applewhite's initial comments about the Nebraska defense "not being calculus" came after Texas's 24-20 win over NU in October. Those remarks were duly noted by Nebraska Defensive Coordinator Charlie McBride and his Blackshirts getting ready for Saturday.

But Applewhite said he has nothing to back away from in his analysis. "Coach McBride doesn't base his system on confusion," he said. "He's got 11 guys who are great athletes and they go play the way they play. Everything they do, they do to a 'T.' "

Applewhite and Texas Coach Mack Brown agreed that Kansas State, not Nebraska, applied the most pressure a Longhorn quarterback faced this season. In K-State's 35-17 victory, the Wildcats sacked Applewhite six times and forced him into six turnovers (three fumbles and three interceptions).

"Kansas State nearly killed him," Brown said. Added Applewhite: "Nebraska was close, but Kansas State was clearly the most pressure."

So what led to the Texas offense being limited to 170 total yards Saturday, its lowest output since Texas A&M held the Longhorns to 165 in 1991?

Poor execution, Brown and Applewhite agreed.

"Their guys ran past our guys or ran over our guys and made plays," Brown said. "The blocks we made last time, we didn't make this time. That's a credit to Nebraska.

"We tried hard. The confusing thing at halftime was I was mad, but I didn't know who to be mad at. We were trying. But they were whipping us."

Applewhite said Saturday wasn't his worst game as a quarterback, even though it was the first time in his 21 games as a starter that he failed to throw for at least 200 yards.

"But it was our offense's worst game," he said. "Sometimes we would miss a block. Sometimes we would miss a catch. Sometimes we would miss a throw."

Applewhite said he felt like he should apologize to Texas Offensive Coordinator Greg Davis.

"Coach Davis called a great game," Applewhite said. "Our offense, as 11 individuals, didn't help him at all. It's not like Nebraska ran a different defense than in the past. We just didn't execute."

Brown said one of the few differences he noted in Nebraska's defense from the first game was some blitzes from the free safety. But the rest was physical dominance, which included holding Texas to 4 yards and no first downs in the first quarter.

"They kept us out of sync," Brown said. "That's the frustration we felt. No one has stopped us like that in the first quarter.

"We've got to mature out of that. Very few of these guys won't be playing next year on this offense. They've got to handle that better so we can settle down and continue to play well and not get frustrated."


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