2001 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team
The 2001 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 2001 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Frank Solich and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.
|2001 Nebraska Cornhuskers football|
Big 12 North co-champion
|Conference||Big 12 Conference|
|2001 record||11–2 (7–1 Big 12)|
|Head coach||Frank Solich (4th season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Frank Solich (4th season)|
|Offensive scheme||I formation|
|Defensive coordinator||Craig Bohl (2nd season)|
|2001 Big 12 football standings|
|No. 9 Colorado xy$||7||–||1||10||–||3|
|No. 8 Nebraska x%||7||–||1||11||–||2|
|No. 5 Texas xy||7||–||1||11||–||2|
|No. 6 Oklahoma||6||–||2||11||–||2|
|Championship: Colorado 39, Texas 37|
Rankings from AP Poll
|August 25||2:30 PM||TCU*||No. 4||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE (Pigskin Classic)||ABC||W 21–7||77,473|
|September 1||11:30 AM||Troy State*||No. 4||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE||FSN||W 42–14||77,812|
|September 8||7:00 PM||No. 17 Notre Dame*||No. 5||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE||ABC||W 27–10||78,118|
|September 20||7:30 PM||Rice*||No. 4||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE||W 48–3||77,344|
|September 29||11:30 AM||at Missouri||No. 4||Faurot Field • Columbia, MO (Rivalry)||FSN||W 36–3||64,204|
|October 6||6:00 PM||Iowa State||No. 4||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE||FSN||W 48–14||78,002|
|October 13||1:00 PM||at Baylor||No. 4||Floyd Casey Stadium • Waco, TX||W 48–7||38,102|
|October 20||6:00 PM||Texas Tech||No. 3||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE||FSN||W 41–31||77,838|
|October 27||11:00 AM||No. 2 Oklahoma||No. 3||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE (Rivalry)||ABC||W 20–10||78,031|
|November 3||6:00 PM||at Kansas||No. 2||Memorial Stadium • Lawrence, KS||FSN||W 51–7||50,750|
|November 10||2:30 PM||Kansas State||No. 2||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE||ABC||W 31–21||77,818|
|November 23||2:30 PM||at No. 14 Colorado||No. 2||Folsom Field • Boulder, CO (Rivalry)||ABC||L 36–62||53,790|
|January 3||7:00 PM||vs. No. 1 Miami (FL)*||No. 4||Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA (Rose Bowl)||ABC||L 14–37||93,781|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.|
Roster and coaching staffEdit
|2001 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team roster|
Rice at Nebraska, on September 20, 2001 was the first NCAA College Football game following the infamous Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.
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After the seasonEdit
Nebraska finished in a tie for 1st place in the Big 12 North Division and also tied for 1st conference-wide, with a final record of 11–2 (7–1).
The events which took place at the end of the season put a strain on the system of college rankings and polls. The Cornhuskers lost their final regular season game to Colorado 36–62, leaving both tied for 1st place in the Big 12 North Division. As Colorado won the head-to-head contest, Colorado then participated in the Big 12 Championship and defeated Texas 39–37. Despite Colorado's accomplishments, Nebraska's strength-of-schedule component in the Bowl Championship Series selection system resulted in the Cornhuskers being selected to play in the 2002 Rose Bowl for the BCS National Championship Game against Miami, despite the fact that Nebraska had not played in its own conference championship game and technically had not even won its own division.
Nebraska then fell to Miami 14–37 in the Rose Bowl, but the controversy of these events led to more modifications to the BCS formula, which followed a pattern of seasonal tweaks dating back nearly to when the BCS system was implemented.
Senior Cornhusker quarterback Eric Crouch was the 2001 recipient of the Walter Camp Award, the Davey O'Brien Award, and the Heisman Trophy. Coach Solich was also selected Big 12 Football Coach of the Year.
|Heisman Trophy||Eric Crouch|
|Walter Camp Award||Eric Crouch|
|Davey O'Brien Award||Eric Crouch|
|Sporting News Player of the Year||Eric Crouch|
|ABC/Chevrolet Player of the Year||Eric Crouch|
|Big 12 Coach of the Year||Frank Solich|
|All-American 1st Team||Toniu Fonoti, Keyuo Craver, Eric Crouch|
|All-American 2nd Team||Chris Kelsay|
|All-American 3rd Team||Tracey Wistrom|
|All-Big 12 1st team||Toniu Fonoti, Eric Crouch, Keyuo Craver, Dahrran Diedrick|
|All-Big 12 2nd team||Dave Volk, Chris Kelsay, Jamie Burrow|
|All-Big 12 3rd team||Tracey Wistrom, Jeremy Slechta, DeJuan Groce, Kyle Larson|
NFL and pro playersEdit
The following Nebraska players who participated in the 2001 season later moved on to the next level and joined a professional or semi-pro team as draftees or free agents.