Updated: Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999 at 22:53 CST
Texas vs. Nebraska
When: 2:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Alamodome, San Antonio
TV-Radio: WFAAhannel 8, KLUV/1190 AM, KSKY/660 AM
Tickets: Sold out
Oct. 31, 1998
Texas tailback Ricky Williams separated himself from the field in the Heisman Trophy race on the same day the Longhorns separated the Cornhuskers from their 47-game home winning streak.
The Longhorns prevailed, 20-16, as 17-point underdogs and did so in comeback fashion. Although the Longhorns broke on top, 10-0, No. 7 Nebraska answered to take a 13-10 lead late in the third quarter and looked ready to score more. That is when Williams, who rushed for 150 yards, made a touchdown-saving tackle on an interception return at the Texas 12-yard line with 2:30 left in the third quarter. Three plays later, defensive end J.J. Kelly knocked the ball from Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch and the Longhorns recovered at the 7, ending that threat.
The teams traded field goals early in the fourth quarter before Texas began its game-winning, 85-yard march. Along the way, the Longhorns converted a third-and-21 situation when quarterback Major Applewhite found Brian White for 37 yards. Applewhite capped the drive with a scrambling, 2-yard touchdown toss to a diving Wane McGarity with 2:47 remaining.
When the Texas defense snuffed out the Cornhuskers' final drive near midfield, the Longhorns ran out the clock to preserve their first victory against a Top 10 opponent under first-year coach Mack Brown. The Cornhuskers' loss was their first in Lincoln, Neb., in seven years, ending the fifth-longest home winning streak in NCAA history.
-- Jimmy Burch
Inside the numbers
2 -- Heisman Trophy winners for each school.
3.9 -- Points per touch by Texas fullback Chris Robertson (16 carries, 1 catch, 11 TDs)
18.4 -- Yards per punt return by Nebraska's Bobby Newcombe.
26.1 -- Percentage of successful third-down conversions by Texas opponents.
42.1 -- Percentage of successful third-down conversions by Texas.
57 -- Scoring drives by the Nebraska offense (5.2 per game).
132 -- Pancake blocks by Nebraska center Dominic Raiola, the team leader.
132 -- Consecutive carries without a fumble by Texas tailback Hodges Mitchell.
Texas talk "When a team fumbles as much as they do, it makes you want to go for the ball as much as you can. They fumble a lot. I can't tell you why that is, though." -- Texas defensive tackle Casey Hampton, on Nebraska's 47 fumbles (23 lost), the most this season among Division I-A teams
Huskers talk "This team is 10-1 and getting ready to play for the Big 12 championship. ... After all we've been through, that's not just an achievement, it's a miracle." -- Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch
Trash talking: Nebraska
Posted on Rivals.com:
"We win big! Texas loses to Texas A&M and KSU. We win those two by a combined 78-15. If we play like we can, it won't be close. Trouble is we don't play like we can. Here's hoping we put it all together and kick some tail these last two games."
Trash talking: Texas
Posted on Austin360.com:
"Frans: Yah, here me now and believe me Saturday, all you silly corn-eating Nebraska girlie-boys.
"Hans: Yah, all you slow, chubby farm boys with the flabby corn-fed thighs, listen to Frans for he gives good advice.
"Frans: Yah, the Mighty Texas Longhorns are coming to the Alamodome to make Cornhusker succotash.
"Hans: Yah, a great big bowl of it for them to grind between their huge, pumped-up fingers."