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Sports

Kyle Field no longer 'Home Sweet Home' for Wrecking Crew

by Dallas Shipp
October 28, 2002

Sports
Big 12 Championship hopes are all but dead

The Aggie defense, formerly known as the Wrecking Crew, looked like anything but itself Saturday night, allowing 381 yards of rushing on 73 plays. The defense had not allowed a single 100-yard rusher in 20 straight regular season games dating back to 2000.

That streak was the only thing the defense wrecked on Saturday, allowing Nebraska quarterback Jammal Lord and running back David Horne to pass the 100-yard mark.

"To tell you the truth I don't know what was going on out there," said A&M senior linebacker Brian Gamble. "They picked it up in the second half, made some adjustments and started making some plays."

With 7:43 left in the third quarter, the Aggies looked like they were on their way to earning some respect and keeping their Big 12 title hopes alive.

After sophomore defensive back Byron Jones ran back a fumble for a 66-yard touchdown run, there were very few people that thought the game was in jeopardy. A&M led the Huskers 31-14 and things were looking good.

But then again, this is Texas A&M football and apparently no lead is ever safe at Kyle Field; not this year, not with this defense.

"I felt very comfortable when Byron (Jones) scored," Gamble said. "It was a big momentum shift for us, but maybe we were a little winded after that play and then we had to go right back out on the field."

On the ensuing drive, Nebraska needed just three plays to drive the ball 68 yards. All of a sudden, the 86,000 fans in attendance had a flashback to the last time the Aggies played at Kyle Field against Texas Tech and the defense allowed the Red�Raiders to come back from a 24-point deficit to win in overtime.

Their fears would be confirmed as the Huskers scored 24 unanswered points to take a 38-31 lead and never looked back.

"It's disappointing that we've lost three games at home,"�said A&M head coach�R.C. Slocum. "We were disappointed with the play of our defense, in the second half we did not play well."

The loss was the third at Kyle Field this season and No. 1 Oklahoma is coming to town in two weeks.

If the Wrecking Crew does not find a way to close out games, the Aggies could end up losing four games at home this season. A&M had only lost four games at home in the last 11 seasons combined prior to the 2002 campaign.

On Friday, many around the country were wondering if Nebraska would make a bowl game this year. On Sunday, many people in�College�Station were wondering if Aggies might be sitting at home this bowl season instead.

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Kyle Field no longer 'Home Sweet Home' for Wrecking Crew
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