A couple of weeks ago, Texas A&M blew an 18-point second half lead at home and ended up losing to Tech. And tonight… deja vu all over again? The Aggies took a 31-14 point lead—at home—over Nebraska in the second half… only to watch the Huskers score 24 unanswered points to close the game, as the Aggies lost, 38-31.
The Huskers’ rushing attack came back with a vengeance, as Nebraska racked up almost 500 yards in total offense against the once-fabled Wrecking Crew defense of A&M, including almost 400 yards on the ground alone (!).
And as for the Aggies’ recent offensive resurgence… smoke and mirrors. Running up 40+ points against the Baylors of the world is one thing. To do it against Nebraska would have actually meant something. Instead, despite the apparent closeness of the final score, the Aggie offense was essentially a non-factor. Consider that two of A&M’s touchdowns were scored by the defense (fumble return) and special teams (punt block return), and that the Aggies’ first touchdown on offense came on a 6-yard drive, courtesy of a fumble recovery by the defense. So basically, the offense “legitimately” scored only 10 points. Smoke and mirrors.
I’m sure Oklahoma and Texas were watching the game and drooling/laughing themselves silly.
Texas A&M falls to 5-3 (2-2 in Big 12 play) and is now essentially out of the running for the Big 12 South title. Next up is a dangerous road game at Oklahoma State.