College Station, Texas -- For the second straight week, Nebraska fans were treated to a full 60 minutes of excitement, but the second-ranked Huskers fell to No. 18 Texas A&M, 28-21, in College Station, Texas.
The Aggies avenged a 54-15 setback to the Huskers in the 1997 Big 12 Championship Game and ended the Huskers' 19-game winning streak and 40-game regular-season conference winning streak dating back to 1992. The conference winning streak was the second longest in Division I history.
A&M struck first for an early score as Randy McCown hit Chris Taylor for an 81-yard touchdown pass to give the Aggies a 7-0 lead. Midway through the second quarter, the Huskers tied the score as Correll Buckhalter scored on a 7-yard run to cap an eight-play, 48-yard drive.
A&M added another score late in the second quarter as Dante Hall scored from one yard out to give A&M a 14-7 lead. On the Huskers? first possession of the second half, the Aggies sacked Nebraska QB Bobby Newcombe on three consecutive plays. The final one forced a fumble that the Aggies recovered in the end zone to take a 21-7 lead. Texas A&M added to its lead on the first play of the fourth quarter as Ja'Mar Toombs scored on a 3-yard run to give the Aggies a seemingly insurmountable 28-7 lead.
Behind the combination of Newcombe and sophomore split end Matt Davison, the Huskers began to mount a comeback. Newcombe, who completed 15-of-27 passes for a career-best 204 yards on the day, guided the Huskers to a pair of scores, while Davison had 112 of his school-record 167 receiving yards in the fourth quarter as
Nebraska closed to within 28-21 on an 11-yard run by Newcombe and a nine-yard score by fullback Joel Makovicka with 4:39 remaining. After forcing the Aggies to punt, the Huskers drove to the NU 40-yard line before Newcombe was picked off by Sedrick Curry to end Nebraska's comeback bid.
Defensively, rush end Chad Kelsay had a career-high 11 stops, while linebacker Jay Foreman added nine tackles in a losing effort. The Huskers held A&M to just 2-of-8 passing, but allowed a season-high 259 rushing yards to the Aggies, the most by a Husker opponent since 1993.