This isn’t meant to make you feel bad. This is just a recollection of that time we played one of the best football dynasties in history, took a beating, and actually were made better for it.
The 1997 Big 12 Championship Game:
- Turning thousands of Nebraskans loose on the Riverwalk in December is like giving long-haul workers at an Antarctic research station a 48-hour pass in Rio.
- The influx of these two fanbases made San Antonio 700% Classier for a day.
- This remains the first and only conference championship game I’ve attended. It was the longest day: I drove with friends from College Station to my parents house in the Hill Country, then to the Alamodome, then back to College Station that night thoroughly broken and defeated.
- Nebraska was bigger, faster, stronger, and just better at football than anyone else that year, and possibly the years before and after as well.
- Yes, that’s UCF head coach Scott Frost playing QB for the Huskers, then fiddling with his junk on the sidelines after they’ve built a 40 point lead.
- Aggie QB Branndon Stewart was sacked six times.
- Texas A&M’s best offensive weapon was something called a “tight end”
- Let’s establish this: Texas A&M was the cream of the Big 12 South in 1997-1998. The Ags had just reeled off back-to-back wins over OU and Texas in the back half of November, winning by a combined score of 78-23.
- The Aggies had a very good offensive line and run game. Nebraska held them to 13 yards rushing.
- The Wrecking Crew forced 5 fumbles, recovered 4, including one for a touchdown. And still this happened.
- The Wrecking Crew also gave up 536 yards of offense. This was unheard-of in the nineties.
- The Huskers ran the ball 67 times for 335 yards.
- It was over by halftime, 37-3, and still we stayed for all four bloody quarters because you don’t get to witness this kind of perfect killing machine in person very many times in your life.
- The Aggies would get revenge on Nebraska the following season. But this was a healthy dose of humility, and it’s still a reminder of how unstoppable Nebraska could be in the ‘90s.
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