No. 19 Texas A&M has been on a roll in their previous four games before No. 8 Nebraska came to visit them on Saturday. It was a huge opportunity for the Aggies to beat a top 10 team in College Football and more importantly, get the program back to national prominence.
Well, the Aggies took advantage of this great opportunity and captured their fifth straight win as they got past the Cornhuskers 9-6. The Aggies were backed by running back Cyrus Gray who rushed for 137 yards, his fifth straight game topping the 100 yard mark. Head coach Mike Sherman was undoubtedly pleased with his back’s performance.
“I would say extraordinary,” he said. “With his catches and his runs and picking the holes. If he didn’t play the game he did we wouldn’t have been able to kick the field goals. Nothing he ever does surprises me. I’m not shocked looking at his stats.
In the game, neither team could find the end zone and scoring came from the legs of their field goal kickers. The Aggies Randy Bullock nailed the go-ahead field goal with around three minutes left to play to help improve the Texas A&M to 8-3 and 5-2 in the Big 12.
The game was tied at 3 heading into the second half before Bullock put the Aggies ahead 6-3 early in the fourth quarter after Gray accounted for 55 yards on a 84-yard drive. Nebraska would tie the game up with 8:31 left to play on a 29-yard field goal by Alex Henery after a long drive of their own. But Bullock would seal the win with 3:02 left to play and dropped Nebraska to 9-2 and 5-2 in the Big 12.
Nebraska had two turnovers in the game, but more importantly hurt themselves more with 16 penalties for 145 yards that left head coach Bo Pelini irate through most of the game. He even collected one of his own early in the fourth quarter on an unsportsmanlike conduct call.
“No comment. I’m not talking about penalties,” he said. “You all watched the game.”
The Cornhuskers had an opportunity to clinch the Big 12 North with a win. But they still have a chance next weekend if they can get a win over Colorado in their regular-season finale. The loss also keeps Missouri alive if the Cornhuskers lose to Colorado and they will represent the North in the Big 12 championship game.
Nebraska managed just 306 total yards in the loss. Quarterback Taylor Martinez passed for only 107 yards with one pick. On the flip side, Texas A&M totaled just 310 total yards in which Gray accounted for 202 of them.
The Aggies will play at Texas next Saturday in their final regular-season game.