Nebraska's defense dominates A&M

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) returned to winning again thanks
to a record-tying performance from its defense.

Equaling a school record by forcing eight turnovers, the
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 loss 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

"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

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

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

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

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