Nebraska nickel back Eric Hagg and cornerback Prince Amukamara recorded first-quarter interceptions that led to field goals. The Huskers had all the early momentum.
With Nebraska leading 6-0, Husker freshman Eric Martin's punt block set up Big Red at the Texas 37-yard line. But on NU’s first play after the block, quarterback Zac Lee’s pass into the end zone for Niles Paul was intercepted by cornerback Aaron Williams, sapping some of Nebraska’s energy.
Nebraska senior defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh played perhaps his finest game of the season, constantly disrupting the middle of Texas’ 11th-ranked offense. Is there any doubt at this point he should get an invitation to New York?
Brian Christopherson’s take
About “the call”
Walt Anderson, Big 12 coordinator of officials, says the rule is that the clock stops when the ball hits something out of bounds. He said the ball hit a railing about 15 yards beyond the sideline with one second left.
They said it
“I think in Lincoln it will be the clock. In Austin it will be the comeback” — Mack Brown on how this game will be remembered.
Before the game, Colt McCoy was atop my ballot. No longer. I don’t know of a better player in college football than Ndamukong Suh. One of the all-time great games by a Husker. “All night long, Suh played tremendous,” McCoy said. I wonder who McCoy would vote for after this one.
Game in a haiku
Gone in one second
Blackshirts deserved better fate
One kick brings great pain
Reader questions from the Life In The Red blog
1. How do you think the game affected who will win the Heisman Trophy?
Well, if every Heisman voter was watching, then Texas quarterback Colt McCoy has no shot. McCoy had the yips from the opening drive, and it was only because his counterpart Zac Lee had an equally unimpressive showing that the Longhorns were able to prevail.
Bet McCoy can’t wait to get his hands on Alabama’s defense. (That’s a joke, folks.)
Heisman votes are due in Monday, so McCoy will have a hard time letting this performance be forgotten. Florida’s Tim Tebow didn’t do himself any favors, either, getting chewed up by Bama’s defense in the SEC championship game.
And so maybe the guy who had a day to relax in the recliner, Stanford running back Toby Gerhardt, gained the most support.
But let’s not forget about that monster defensive tackle from Nebraska, either.
2. What happened to the Texas defense that gave up a stunning 532 yards and 39 points to Texas A&M barely a week ago?
That, apparently, was a total aberration. It also offered proof that Aggies’ quarterback Jarrod Johnson, who will be a senior next season, should be the unanimous choice as the Big 12’s 2010 preseason offensive player of the year.
Heck, go ahead and shove Johnson to the front of the Heisman line, because this Texas defense is the only shot the Longhorns have of beating Alabama in the BCS title game.
3. Who does Texas kicker Hunter Lawrence replace as the latest to break Nebraska’s hearts?
It wasn’t on nearly as big a stage, but Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor, coming through like he did to rally the Hokies, had to be considered the biggest villain — until Lawrence banged home his 22nd three-pointer of the season on Saturday’s final play.