(7) Texas 27

(8-1, 4-1 away)

Nebraska 24

(6-4, 5-1 home)

7:00 PM ET, November 2, 2002

Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, NE), Lincoln, NE

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Longhorns end nation's longest home win streak

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- No matter how poorly Nebraska has played on the road, it's nearly invincible at home. That is, until the Texas Longhorns come to town.

Chris Simms

Texas quarterback Chris Simms passed for a career-high 419 yards to drop Nebraska.

Chris Simms passed for a career-high 419 yards, and Nathan Vasher intercepted Jammal Lord's pass at the 1 yard-line in the closing seconds to give No. 7 Texas a 27-24 win over Nebraska on Saturday.

Roy Williams caught 13 of Simms' passes for 161 yards as the Longhorns (8-1, 4-1 Big 12) handed the Cornhuskers (6-4, 2-3) just their second home loss since Oct. 19, 1991.

The last loss was on Oct. 31, 1998, when the Longhorns came into Lincoln and won 20-16, snapping Nebraska's school-record streak of 47 consecutive victories at Memorial Stadium. Since that defeat, the 'Huskers had won their next 26 at home.

Until Saturday, Nebraska had won 74 of its previous 75 home games. Texas, led by coach Mack Brown, is the only team to win at Memorial in all that time.

"For a football team to come in here twice in the last 75 games and be the only football team to win, that's just phenomenal,'' Brown said. "I've never been prouder of a group than I have been tonight.''

Simms' performance overshadowed a career day for Lord, who ran for 234 yards and passed for 98, including a 60-yard TD pass to tight end Matt Herian that cut Texas' lead to 20-17 with 14:31 left.

Lord became the third quarterback in Nebraska history to run for 1,000 yards in a season, joining Eric Crouch, who did it last season and Scott Frost, who hit the mark in 1997.

Texas appeared in position to run out the clock when Williams was called for offensive pass interference, setting up a third-and-22 from Nebraska's 27-yard line.

Simms was dumped after a 3-yard gain, and the Longhorns punted to DeJuan Groce, who took the ball 44 yards up the right sideline to the Texas 16 with less than a minute left. Three plays later, Lord tried to hit split end Wilson Thomas on the right side, but his pass was picked off by Vasher.

Groce said he was surprised that Texas kicked to him. "It was my chance to make something happen,'' he said.

Nebraska coach Frank Solich said he was proud of his team.

"I feel badly for our players. I thought they played their hearts out,'' he said. "They put themselves in a position to win.''

With Texas clinging to a 20-17 lead late in the game, Groce was flagged for pass interference on Williams to give the Longhorns a first down at the Cornhuskers 22, with 4:43 left.

Texas' Cedric Benson scored from 3 yards out three plays later to cap a 10-play, 81-yard drive that put the Longhorns ahead 27-17.

But Nebraska responded with scoring drive capped by I-back Dahrran Diedrick's 2-yard run to pull the 'Huskers to 27-24 with 2:34 left.

Lord now has 1,155 yards rushing on the season, breaking the team record of 1,115 yards for a Nebraska quarterback set last year by Crouch, who went on to win the Heisman Trophy.

Texas had a 13-10 lead late in the third quarter when Simms led the Longhorns on a 17-play, 97-yard drive, capped by a 2-yard touchdown pass to Williams. Simms completed 7 of 8 passes on the drive.

But Nebraska responded with a four-play, 80-yard drive, capped by Lord's 60-yard scoring pass to Herian.

Nebraska decided against kicking field goals on two fourth down plays in the first half. Nebraska was stopped for no gain on both.

Solich took the blame for not trying a field goal to tie the game after Groce's punt return.

"The decision ... is a very soul-searching decision,'' he said. "If I had it to do all over, I would do it.''

Simms said the temperatures, which dropped into the 30s, did not bother him.

"I felt at home with the weather,'' he said. "Everybody forgets that I'm from New Jersey.''