Nebraska learned from A&M's rushing attack

Texas leads the nation in rush defense and has been stingy throughout the season as it allowed only three opposing teams to rush for more than 100 yards against the Longhorns.

But Nebraska wide receiver Niles Paul said the Cornhuskers have taken some inspiration from the way Texas A&M played the Longhorns last week.

Texas A&M ripped the Longhorns for a season-worst 190 rushing yards as quarterback Jerrod Johnson gashed them for 97 yards and freshman Christine Michael chipped in for 83 yards.

"I have complete faith in our offensive line," Paul said. "I feel like we can get our running game established and it will open up a lot of thing for the pass. When you see Texas A&M, it gives you hope."

Because the Cornhuskers like to run "downhill" behind a massive offensive front with I-backs Roy Helu Jr. and freshman Rex Burkhead, Paul believes the Cornhuskers could be similarly effective.

"Texas A&M just ran straight at them and they took their shots which played in their favor," Paul said. "Our offense is one that controls the clock and grind it out. We're going to stick to our game plan."

The Cornhuskers have developed a bruising running game in recent weeks. Since quarterback Zac Lee returned to the starting lineup three games ago, the Cornhuskers are averaging 153 rushing yards per game. They will hope to dent a Texas defense that had not allowed an opposing rusher to gain more than 71 yards in any game before last week.

The previous high that Texas had limited before Johnson and Michael was produced by backup UCF running back Jonathan Davis, who rushed for 71 yards on 22 carries.