Nebraska Whips Texas' Offensive Attack, But Longhorns Win The War

Alex FergusonSenior Analyst IIDecember 6, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 5:  Jordan Shipley #8 of the Texas Longhorns is stopped by Phillip Dillard #52 and Larry Asante #4 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers for a 15-yard penalty in the final minutes of the game at Cowboys Stadium on December 5, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  Texas won the game 10-6.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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"They whipped us", said Texas coach Mack Brown after Nebraska's defense ripped this Longhorns offensive a new one for four quarters of the Big XII Championship at the new Cowboys Stadium just outside Dallas.

Led by future NFL first rounder - and possible first pick - Ndamukong Suh, Colt McCoy & Co. couldn't deal with the different looks that the Huskers 'D' gave them, and in the end, Texas' offense looked as bad as, well, Nebraska's did.

Earlier this week the VFA put out two predictions: the Alabama-Florida game would go down to a field goal, and the Texas-Nebraska game would be a laugher. We were wrong on both counts. Alabama whipped Florida, and Texas came down to a question of time.

With time draining off the clock, McCoy threw the ball to the sidelines. The clock fell to zero, signalling the end of the game. But thanks to replay, a second was put back on the clock - time enough for kicker Hunter Lawrence to scramble on and smash the winning field goal from 46 yards to take Texas to a likely BCS title match-up with the Rammer Jammers.

There were some good points for Texas. The defense was staunch all night. We realise that Nebraska have hardly lit the blue touch paper offensively, but this was an excellent Texas performance on the other side of the ball. The special teams didn't screw up when it mattered.

But the Texas Longhorns - during 2009 - has always prided itself on offense. And against a suffocating Alabama defense, are the 30,000 fans who go to Pasadena going to see a repeat of the 'Battle of JerryWorld'?