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Texas A&M halts Nebraska's win streak

Nebraska ran out of ways to keep its winning streak going, and Texas A&M came away with its biggest victory in nearly 60 years.

Sedrick Curry's interception with 59 seconds left stopped the Cornhuskers' final drive and gave the 18th-ranked Aggies a 28-21 upset Saturday that snapped No. 2 Nebraska's 19-game winning streak - longest among major colleges.Nebraska, which has won or shared three of the last four national titles, lost for just the fourth time in its last 69 games and dropped its first game since a 37-27 loss to Texas in the Big 12 championship game in 1996. The loss ended a 40-game, regular-season conference winning streak for Nebraska, which last lost a league game at Iowa State on Nov. 14, 1992.

A week after escaping with s 24-17 win over Oklahoma State, the Huskers (5-1, 1-1 Big 12) were beaten at their own ground game by Texas A&M (5-1, 2-0) as Nebraska coach Frank Solich lost his first game since replacing Tom Osborne this season.

The Aggies ran for 259 yards, while Nebraska had just 141. Two Texas A&M runners topped 100 yards, Dante Hall with 113 and Ja'Mar Toombs with 110.

Toombs, a freshman, scored one touchdown and set up another with a 71-yard run and Randy McCown threw an 81-yard TD pass to provide the offensive spark the Aggies have lacked most of the season. But even after building s 28-7 lead in the fourth quarter, Texas A&M needed Curry's interception to secure a win.

It was the highest ranked team Texas A&M has ever beaten. The previous best was a 14-13 victory over No. 4 Tulane in the 1939 Sugar Bowl to give the Aggies the national title.

At halftime Saturday, some of the members of the '39 team got their championship rings.

The Aggies had lost nine consecutive games to top 10 teams, a string going back to 1975 when A&M beat No. 5 ranked Texas.

Nebraska beat the Aggies 54-14 last December in the Big 12 title game.

After Texas A&M went ahead 28-7 on a 3-yard run by Toombs, Nebraska scored on Bobby Newcombe's 11-yard run and a 9-yard run by Joel Mackovicka to narrow the deficit to a touchdown with 4:39 to go.

Nebraska got the ball with two minutes to play and Newcombe got the team to the Aggies 49 before a holding call set the Cornhuskers back. Then Curry put Nebraska away when he intercepted Newcombe.

Texas A&M increased its lead to 21-7 early in the third period when linebacker Warrick Holdman recovered Newcombe's fumble in the Cornhusker end zone after quarterback Newcombe was stripped of the ball by lineman Ron Edwards.

Texas A&M struck for its longest passing and running plays of the season to take a 14-7 halftime lead over the 11-point favorite Cornhuskers.

McCown, facing a third-and-25, hit Chris Taylor in stride on an 81-yard pass play to give the Aggies a 7-0 lead. Taylor beat cornerback Ralph Brown on the pass and caught the ball at the A&M 42. He then outran Joe Walker for the touchdown.

Nebraska didn't get a first down until 11:13 of the second quarter. The Cornhuskers drove 48-yards in eight plays for the score after an 11-yard punt by Shane Lechler.

Newcombe completed passes of 13 and 17 yards to Matt Davison before Correll Buckhalter scored on a 7-yard run.

The Aggies came right back with the 260-pound Toombs rumbling 71 yards to the Nebraska 1 before Wes Woodward could bring him down. Hall scored on the next play for a 14-7 Aggie lead.

It was the first time A&M had beaten Nebraska since 1955.