1969 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team
The 1969 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska in the 1969 NCAA University Division football season. The team was coached by Bob Devaney and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. In his first year as offensive coordinator, Tom Osborne instituted the I formation. The team started 2–2, then won their final six regular season games to tie for the conference championship. They were invited to the Sun Bowl in El Paso, where they decisively beat the Georgia Bulldogs to finish the season at 9–2. The strong finish in 1969 was followed by national championships for the Huskers in 1970 and 1971.
|1969 Nebraska Cornhuskers football|
Big Eight co-champion
Sun Bowl champion
|Conference||Big Eight Conference|
|1969 record||9–2 (6–1 Big 8)|
|Head coach||Bob Devaney (8th season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Tom Osborne (1st season)|
|Offensive scheme||I formation|
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|1969 Big 8 football standings|
|No. 6 Missouri +||6||–||1||–||0||9||–||2||–||0|
|No. 11 Nebraska +||6||–||1||–||0||9||–||2||–||0|
|No. 16 Colorado||5||–||2||–||0||8||–||3||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
|September 20||1:30 PM||No. 5 USC*||L 21-31||67,058|
|September 27||1:50 PM||Texas A&M*||ABC||W 14-0||66,331|
|October 4||1:30 PM||at Minnesota*||W 42-14||52,136|
|October 11||1:30 PM||at No. 7 Missouri||No. 20||L 7-17||60,500|
|October 18||1:30 PM||Kansas||W 21-17||66,667|
|October 25||1:30 PM||Oklahoma State||W 13-3||66,421|
|November 1||1:30 PM||No. 18 Colorado||W 20-7||67,084|
|November 8||1:30 PM||Iowa State||No. 20||W 17-3||67,107|
|November 15||1:30 PM||at Kansas State||No. 17||W 10-7||40,000|
|November 22||1:30 PM||at Oklahoma||No. 16||W 44-14||52,367|
|December 20||1:00 PM||vs. Georgia*||No. 14||CBS||W 45-6||31,728|
Adkins, John #57 (So.) DE
Hughes, Jeff #26 (So.) HB
Murtaugh, Jerry #42 (Jr.) LB
in this position
|Bob Devaney||Head Coach||1962||1962–72||Alma|
|Tom Osborne||Offensive Coordinator||1969||1964–97||Hastings|
|Cletus Fischer||Offensive Line||1960–85||Nebraska|
|Carl Selmer||Offensive Line||1962–72|
|John Melton||Tight Ends. Wingbacks||1973||1962–88||Wyoming|
|Mike Corgan||Running Backs||1962||1962–82||Notre Dame|
|Warren Powers||Defensive Backs||1969–76||Nebraska|
|Boyd Epley||Head Strength Coach||1969||1969–2003||Nebraska|
USC had a fight on their hands, despite jumping out to an early 14-0 lead. Nebraska scrambled back and drew up within 7 points in the 4th quarter with 3:40 to go. The Cornhuskers again got the ball back with enough time to score, but USC intercepted and converted the turnover into a field goal in the final seconds to decide the outcome.
The Cornhuskers put up a touchdown in each of the first two quarters before Texas A&M was somehow able to bottle them up, but the Blackshirts had already established that the Aggies would get nothing on the day, and the 14 Nebraska points were carried for the win.
Nebraska QB Jerry Tagge broke a record while taking apart Minnesota in Minneapolis. The 587 total Cornhusker yards was the second highest total in school history, and his 219 air yards and 82 ground yards rang up to 301 on the day, easily breaking the previous record of 264 yards set in 1951 and tied in 1967. The game started in doubt as Minnesota struck first and forced Nebraska to a 14-14 tie at the half, but there would be no further scoring from the Golden Gophers to answer the additional 28 Nebraska points posted after the half.
Nebraska attempted to bring a fight to Columbia to go along with their new #20 ranking, but after Missouri went up 7-0, it did not help that the Cornhuskers turned over a fumble to Missouri which was converted into 7 more points before the half. Nebraska managed to avoid the shutout with a 3rd-quarter touchdown but could not overcome Missouri's defense to score again, and subsequently fell back out of the polls.
Nebraska PK Paul Rogers set a Nebraska and Big 8 record with a 55-yard 1st-quarter field goal to open the scoring. It was a fierce back-and-forth game, though Nebraska ran ahead by 14 only to have Kansas tie it up in the 3rd and pull ahead with a field goal in the 4th. The Cornhuskers came through, however, putting in the game-winning touchdown with just 1:22 left to play.
The defensive struggle of the day kept the scores low and the game in doubt late, as Nebraska held only a 10-point lead to start the 4th quarter, but the defenses held on both sides and the Cornhuskers got the win.
Nebraska's 13 point margin of victory was directly attributable to the school record 3 interceptions by Dana Stephenson, two of which were subsequently converted into touchdowns, giving Nebraska the upset win.
Iowa State was held to only 27 yards on the ground in front a Memorial Stadium homecoming crowd, as Nebraska held the Cyclones to just a 2nd-quarter field goal on their way to the win.
The Blackshirts allowed Kansas State a touchdown early on, but closed the door for the rest of the game. The Cornhusker offense needed that support, as they were not able to put up their own points until splitting the uprights with a field goal late in the 3rd, and very much needed the touchdown punched in about 10 minutes later to pull ahead for the victory.
Nebraska fought from behind to deliver Coach Devaney's first win in Norman, a convincing win in which the Blackshirts held the season's Heisman Trophy winner Steve Owens to just 71 yards with no touchdowns, breaking his 17-game touchdown streak.
Nebraska opened the day with four straight 1st-quarter field goals, setting new Nebraska and Big 8 records in the process, which was the beginning of Georgia being left far behind. By the time the Bulldogs found the scoreboard on a 4th-quarter touchdown, they merely closed the gap to 6-38, which the Cornhuskers then answered with one more touchdown before the final whistle.
|Poll||Pre||Wk 1||Wk 2||Wk 3||Wk 4||Wk 5||Wk 6||Wk 7||Wk 8||Wk 9||Wk 10||Wk 11||Wk 12||Final|
|Jim McFarland, Dana Stephenson|
|Big Eight Sophomore
of the Year
|Ken Geddes, Bob Liggett, Jim McFarland,|
Jerry Murtaugh, Dana Stephenson
|Carl Ashman, Van Brownson, Guy Ingles,|
Al Larson, Glenn Patterson, Jerry Tagge,
Paul Topliff, Dave Walline, Mike Wynn
1969 Team Players in the NFLEdit
|Jim McFarland||TE||7||164||St. Louis Cardinals|
|Ken Geddes||LB||7||175||Detroit Lions|
|Dana Stephenson||DB||8||183||Chicago Bears|
|Mike Wynn||DE||8||206||Oakland Raiders|
|Frank Patrick||QB||10||251||Green Bay Packers|
|Bob Liggett||DT||15||390||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Mike Green||RB||16||406||San Diego Chargers|
|Glenn Patterson||C||17||439||Dallas Cowboys|
|Joe Orduna||RB||2||49||San Francisco 49ers|
|Bob Newton||T||3||71||Chicago Bears|
|Paul Rogers||K–DB||8||190||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Dan Schneiss||TE||11||261||Boston Patriots|
|Jerry Tagge||QB||1||11||Green Bay Packers|
|Jeff Kinney||RB||1||23||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Larry Jacobson||DT||1||24||New York Giants|
|Carl Johnson||T||5||112||New Orleans Saints|
|Van Brownson||QB||8||204||Baltimore Colts|
|Keith Wortman||G||10||242||Green Bay Packers|
NFL and Pro PlayersEdit
The following 1969 Nebraska players joined a professional team as draftees or free agents.
|Doug Dumler||New England Patriots|
|Ken Geddes||Los Angeles Rams|
|Larry Jacobson||New York Giants|
|Bill Janssen||Charlotte Hornets|
|Sherwin Jarmon||Chicago Fire|
|Jeff Kinney||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Bob Liggett||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Dave Mason||New England Patriots|
|Jim McFarland||St. Louis Cardinals|
|Bob Newton||Chicago Bears|
|Joe Orduna||New York Giants|
|Frank Patrick||Green Bay Packers|
|Jerry Tagge||Green Bay Packers|
|Frank Vactor||Washington Redskins|
- "Football - 1969 Schedule/Results". University of Nebraska–Lincoln Athletics Department. Retrieved 2009-06-18.
- Nebraska 1969 Roster
- "Nebraska Whips Oklahoma, 44-14." Palm Beach Post. 1969 Nov 23.
- 1969 Husker Honors
- Pro Football Reference.com – 1970 NFL Draft
- Pro Football Reference.com – 1971 NFL Draft
- Pro Football Reference.com – 1972 NFL Draft
- "All Time NFL Huskers". Archived from the original on 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2009-06-16.