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But Texas also looked befuddled trying to stop a mobile quarterback who could throw and run. Nebraska may not have a similar player, but if Texas beats the Cornhuskers to reach the national championship game, the Longhorns may face Florida -- and quarterback Tim Tebow.
The defense did come up with a couple of critical big plays against the Aggies. A fumble recovery set up a third-quarter touchdown and Earl Thomas' school-record eighth interception of the season killed a potential A&M touchdown drive in Texas territory.
Brown said the Longhorns are taking the approach that the defense had to rescue Texas in a 16-13 win over Oklahoma, so this time it was the offense's turn to provide the big plays.
"This one, the offense saved the defense," Brown said.
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