Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Longhorns stop Huskers one last time

Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert runs past Nebraska defensive tackle Jared Crick for a touchdown in the first half.

Associated Press

Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert runs past Nebraska defensive tackle Jared Crick for a touchdown in the first half.

LINCOLN, Neb. — Texas beat Nebraska yet again, and this time there was no doubt.

Garrett Gilbert led the Longhorns to a two-touchdown lead in the first half and their defense shut down Taylor Martinez to key a 20-13 upset Saturday, a crushing first defeat for a No. 5 Cornhuskers team that was out to avenge last year's loss in the Big 12 championship game.

"They had more pressure on them today than us, and that's unusual," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "I thought their fans hung in there with them. But I could feel some of their fans, when we got up 10-0, thinking, 'You've got to be kidding, not again.' "

The Huskers and their faithful pointed to this game for 10 months, since last year's conference title game ended with a second put back on the clock — enough time for the Longhorns to kick the winning field goal and sneak away with a 13-12 victory.

The stakes became even higher after Nebraska announced over the summer that it was moving to the Big Ten next year, making this the schools' last meeting for the forseeable future.

Barring a rematch in the league championship game, Nebraska will leave with a 1-9 mark against Texas since 1996.

"We'll let the fans feel sorry for what happened," Huskers coach Bo Pelini said. "We have to take an experience like this and have it make us stronger."

Texas surprised Nebraska by turning Gilbert loose in the run game. Though no one will confuse him with Longhorn greats Vince Young or Colt McCoy, the sophomore picked up 71 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

"We've been encouraging Garrett to make yards with his feet. He did that today," Brown said.

Nebraska's offense, averaging 494 yards a game, was held to 202 yards. Martinez, a freshman who came in averaging 147 yards a game and almost 11 yards a carry, gained a season-low 21 yards on 13 carries before being pulled for Zac Lee in the third quarter.

Texas 20

No. 5 Neb. 13

Longhorns stop Huskers one last time 10/16/10 [Last modified: Saturday, October 16, 2010 9:35pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. NFL Week 3: What we learned


    Take the knee … well, not NOW

     1. Photo of Roger Mooney for Times Sports.
  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Sunday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    RHP Chris Archer's primary problem Sunday, as in much of September, was a lack of slider command. When he can't throw it where he wants, and doesn't have the confidence in the changeup to throw it often, he can't win with just his fastball.

  3. Somehow, Rays' Chris Archer remains just shy of being an ace

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — Chris Archer had another bad game Sunday.

    Chris Archer is sputtering to the finish line, his rough start on Sunday his fourth in his past five in which he hasn’t gotten past four innings.
  4. Bradenton high school senior Chasten Whitfield inspires young anglers


    MADEIRA BEACH — The kids lined up single file, snow cones in hand, a procession of sweaty, excited grade schoolers watching Chasten Whitfield throw a cast net.

    Whitfield, a senior at Bradenton Manatee, demonstrates how to throw a cast net at the FishKids tournament in Madeira Beach. She also taught knot tying.
  5. Wreck helps Kyle Busch take control of Monster Cup's ISM 300

    Auto racing

    LOUDON, N.H. — Kyle Busch saw little but billowing white smoke that engulfed the track and blinded enough drivers that it caused a tremendous wreck that notably altered the race running order.

    Kyle Busch celebrates with a burnout after his third victory of the season that earns a berth in the second round of NASCAR’s playoffs. He also has some fun with Loudon the Lobster.