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.