AUSTIN - Jamaal Charles ran for fourth-quarter touchdowns of 25, 86 and 40 yards to carry No. 17 Texas to a 28-25 win over Nebraska on Saturday, sending the Cornhuskers to their fourth straight loss.
Nebraska has lost four in a row for the first time since 1961, another black mark for beleaguered coach Bill Callahan, who's future with the Huskers beyond this season is in the hands of former Huskers coach and interim athletic director Tom Osborne.
For Texas coach Mack Brown, the win was a milestone -- No. 100 with the Longhorns.
The Longhorns spent three quarters trying to pass against one of the worst rush defenses in the country and Nebraska (4-5, 1-4) led 17-9 to start the fourth behind two touchdown passes from Sam Keller to Nate Swift.
Then Texas started using the zone-read option and the running game quickly started piling up yards and points. Three running plays covered 75 yards on Texas' first touchdown drive and Charles' second TD gave Texas its first lead since the first quarter.
Charles finished with a career-high 290 yards, 216 coming in the fourth quarter. His last touchdown gave Texas a 28-17 lead. His rushing total was the fourth highest in Texas history.
Texas went to its running game almost by chance and a hard hit on quarterback Colt McCoy.
McCoy was shaken up when he scrambled outside the pocket and the Longhorns were forced to use freshman John Chiles. His one play, a zone-read handoff to Charles, produced 24 yards and suddenly Texas had figured out how to beat a Cornhuskers' team that had been steamrolled on the ground in recent weeks.
Still, the Cornhuskers showed some fight this week.
Keller connected with Swift for scores from 24 and 23 yards out. The defense dogged McCoy most of the afternoon with a fierce pass rush that delivered several hard hits.