offense hits snag in second half
Eagle Staff Writer
A&M’s Terrence Thomas scores a touchdown after Anthony Squillante
blocked a punt against Nebraska in first-half action.
defense had another meltdown, but the Aggie offense couldnt help
soothe the pain.
A&Ms offense, which had averaged 492.7 yards and 45 points in
the last three games, couldnt add a thing to a 17-point lead as
Nebraska roared back with three unanswered scores for a 38-31 Big 12 victory
on Saturday night at Kyle Field.
A&Ms Wrecking Crew defense came in ranked fifth in the country
against the rush, allowing only 76.9 yards per game. Nebraska had 73 rushes
for 381 yards, the most against A&M since Texas had 386 yards rushing
Nebraskas offense dominated the second half with 41 rushes for 243
A&Ms offense couldnt keep pace and really produced only
one touchdown drive. One of A&Ms touchdowns came on a fumble
recovery, another on a blocked punt, and the other score was set up by
a fumble recovery inside the Nebraska 10.
A&M took a 31-14 lead on defensive back Byron Jones 66-yard
fumble recovery with 7 minutes, 43 seconds left in the third quarter.
That came on the heels of a 33-yard field goal by A&Ms Todd
Pegram, which ended a nine-play, 64-yard drive.
But while Nebraska would score four times in the closing 22 minutes, A&M
would struggle with four possessions, two of them of the three-play and
They brought seven, eight guys, A&M quarterback Dustin
Long said. They always tried to make me look at different looks
and throw to different hot routes. We just didnt get the job done.
A&Ms last drive showed promise seven plays for 59 yards
until Nebraska came up with a game-clinching interception
in the end zone.
The defense felt like we played good the whole game, Nebraska
linebacker Demorrio Williams said. Coming in the Blackshirts were
going up against the Wrecking Crew and the best unit would win. Once we
got the offense on the field we knew we would get the ball in the end
A&M ended with 24 less snaps than Nebraska and only 322 yards. The
Aggies were 5 of 14 on third-down conversions as the Cornhuskers packed
the line of scrimmage.
A&M had a season-low 24 rushes for 84 yards. It was the third game
the Aggies had failed to rush for 100 yards (38 vs. Virginia Tech and
82 vs. Pittsburgh).
They played a lot of men in the box, A&M head coach R.C.
Slocum said. I knew we had to make some plays in the passing game.
We were not consistent enough to affect their defense.
A&M quarterback Dustin Long was 20 of 37 passing for 269 yards with
a pair of touchdowns, but he was sacked twice and intercepted twice.
A&M ran the ball 10 times on first down and picked up only 40 yards,
but 17 of those came on an end-around in the first half.
When you get out there and get a lead like that [31-14] as an offense
you gotta keep scoring, Long said. And we didnt do that.
We had some ups and downs on offense. We just gotta go back and try to
play more consistent.