No. 18 Nebraska 48, Texas A&M 12

Updated: October 18, 2003, 5:46 PM ET

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska returned to winning again thanks to a record-tying performance from its defense.

Equaling a school record by forcing eight turnovers, the 18th-ranked Cornhuskers (6-1, 2-1 Big 12) routed Texas A&M 48-12 Saturday, a week after a loss to Missouri.

"Our main thing was to redeem ourselves," linebacker Demorrio Williams said.

Nebraska's offense converted five of the turnovers into touchdowns and the defense held the Aggies (3-4, 1-2) to a season low 243 yards.

"We came in at the half and we already had four turnovers," Williams said. "We said, 'Come on, let's get eight.' That's what we did."

Last week, the Huskers allowed 27 fourth-quarter points in a 41-24 to Missouri, but the defense was ready to play a full game against the Aggies. The last time the Huskers forced eight turnovers was 1991, against Colorado State.

"We said all four quarters, 'That ball is ours,' said defensive coordinator Bo Pelini, whose unit fell from first to second in total defense after last week's loss. "We talked about it last night and they went out and did it. They got hit in the mouth last week, and they responded like champions."

Nebraska ran for 333 of its 384 total yards, with quarterback Jammal Lord carrying 15 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns.

The Huskers picked on the Aggies' Reggie McNeal all day, intercepting three passes and recovering two fumbles by the quarterback.

"It might have been our most complete game," Huskers coach Frank Solich said.

"Today we played as if it was a wet ball almost," A&M coach Dennis Franchione said. "It's disappointing. It's not like these kids to turn it over. It was like it snowballed and was not going to stop."

After Todd Pegram kicked a 35-yard field goal for the Aggies, Nebraska scored the next 34 points.

"It's always a plus when your defense causes turnovers and the field gets short," Lord said. "Instead of going 80 yards, we were going like 50 yards."

Lord opened the Huskers' scoring with a 22-yard run and, five plays after safety Josh Bullocks made his seventh interception of the season, David Horne ran in from a yard out to make it 13-3.

Linebacker Barrett Ruud intercepted McNeal on A&M's next series and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown.

McNeal was pulled in favor of Dustin Long late in the first half after Lornell McPherson picked off a tipped pass.

McNeal returned in the third quarter and fumbled on A&M's second play from scrimmage. Kevin Smith recovered at the A&M 12, and Josh Davis scored on the next play to increase Nebraska's lead to 27-3.

It was 34-3 after Lord's 31-yard TD run midway through the third quarter.

Lord, 2 of 7 for 22 yards, gave way to Joe Dailey early in the fourth. Dailey threw a 29-yard TD pass to Isaiah Fluellen after Fabian Washington intercepted a pass by Long.

Defensive end Titus Adams snagged a Long pass from the end zone at the A&M 3 and ran it in for a touchdown for Nebraska's final points.

A&M's Jason Carter returned the ensuing kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown.

McNeal was 7 of 19 for 77 yards and ran for 69 yards on 13 carries.

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