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Offense: C

What went right: Big runs on third and long - 53 yards by running back Mike Goodson and 57 yards by quarterback Stephen McGee -Êhelped overcome a 14-point deficit. Seldom-used tight ends Alex Kotzur and Amos Gbunblee filled in admirably for an injured Joey Thomas. No turnovers was big.

What went wrong: A&M didn't convert its first five third-down chances. McGee, despite throwing for 244 yards, missed too many open receivers.

Bottom line: The yardage was good, but too many chances were wasted. A&M had three consecutive punts after tying the game at 7.

Defense: C+

What went right: A&M allowed Nebraska one first down and 38 yards in the third quarter. Linebacker Mark Dodge had a huge interception and 17 tackles. He filled in well for an injured Misi Tupe (high ankle sprain), while A&M's line absorbed the loss of an injured Red Bryant. A&M had a season-high four sacks.

What went wrong: Nebraska players gained more than 100 yards after contact with the Aggie cornerbacks, in particular, struggling. The roughing-the-passer penalty on the final drive after a third-down incompletion was a gift.

Bottom line: A&M's defense had a chance to close out the game, but couldn't do it. The Aggies kept Nebraska 45 yards under its season average, but needed one more stop.

Special teams: D

What went right: Punter Justin Brantly (44.6 yard average) was solid. Layne Neumann added two more pressure field goals, giving him nine straight.

What went wrong: Neumann, with a chance to put the game away, had his season-long 42-yard attempt blocked. A late hit after a 28-yard kickoff return meant Nebraska had to go only 52 yards to get a 14-7 lead.

Bottom line: Small mistakes in a one-point loss lead to the what-if game.

Coaching: D

What went right: Key injured players who were missing didn't cost A&M the game. The backups played well. A&M rebounded from a poor first half in strong fashion. The defensive coaches are masters of the second-half comeback.

What went wrong: Third-and-two calls in the red zone have become a black hole. A penalty and an incomplete pass to tight end Martellus Bennett forced A&M to kick field goals on two drives. Nebraska went to 6-4 Maurice Purify for the game-winning touchdown over 5-10 cornerback Jordan Peterson. Tailback Jorvorskie Lane had six carries for 13 yards, both season-low efforts. But A&M successfully used Lane as a decoy at times, and his 44-yard halfback pass to Chad Schoeder set up his own 1-yard touchdown for the 28-27 lead.

Bottom line: Head coach Dennis Franchione's calls are facing scrutiny again. When A&M got the ball back with 2:50 left, the main goal should have been to run as much time as possible and make Nebraska burn its last two timeouts. Goodson running out of bounds was big. A different play call might have run almost 30 more seconds off the clock. Those 30-some seconds loomed huge when Nebraska scored with 21 seconds left.

Overall: D

What went right: The comeback was riveting. Then A&M's defense came up with the game's only turnover with 83,336 roaring their approval.

What went wrong: A&M didn't finish it off. The Aggies went from a valley of ineptness to a mountain of success, only to fall back into the pits of despair.

Bottom line: It was a bummer for the seniors. The Aggies have to find a way to beat Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Nebraska or Texas. A&M was 1-3 at home in Big 12 play. A&M won four other nail-biters - Army, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Baylor - but that won't fill the void.

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