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Nebraska's Callahan passes on declaration

10:55 PM CDT on Saturday, October 21, 2006

By CHIP BROWN / The Dallas Morning News

LINCOLN, Neb. – While several national pundits will point to Nebraska nearly knocking off No. 5 Texas as a sign that the Cornhuskers are well on their way back to prominence, third-year coach Bill Callahan wasn't going there.

"Every game is different, so it's really hard to say," Callahan said. "We're just going to look at our team and gauge our performance on a week-to-week basis. It's hard to gauge until it's all done."

Young passes torch: Former Texas quarterback Vince Young used his bye weekend from the Tennessee Titans to go to Houston, where he presented a $5,000 check from Reebok (one of his endorsement companies) to his high school (Houston Madison) Friday.

Young then flew to Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday to support his former teammates.

"How nice of Vince to take his week off to come out here and freeze," UT coach Mack Brown said. "But he congratulated Colt [McCoy] in front of the team after the game, and I thought he was kind of passing the torch. He was saying, 'We did this last year, and you're doing it now.' "

Texas penalties costly: If Texas would have lost Saturday, safety Marcus Griffin might have had a few nightmares.

On Nebraska's go-ahead drive in the fourth quarter, Griffin was called for a personal foul against receiver Maurice Purify on an incomplete pass, turning a second-and-20 into a first down.

"Marcus has two sprained ankles and the guy was trying to block him low, and I thought Marcus was just trying to push him off of him," Brown said. "I was looking right at it. I was surprised."

Griffin got a little redemption after recovering the game-changing fumble caused by Aaron Ross with 2:17 left in the game.

Briefly: Texas linebacker Robert Killebrew injured both legs, and nose tackle Derek Lokey (right leg) and K Greg Johnson (left groin) were also injured. ... Texas allowed only 38 yards rushing but gave up 302 yards passing. "If you had a choice, you'd rather stop the run and give up passing yards," Brown said. "The difference in the game was our ability to stop the run because Nebraska had been running it so well." ... Texas wide receiver Limas Sweed posted his third 100-yard game of the season, catching eight passes for 119 yards. He has also caught a TD pass in every game except one (Ohio State).