The 2003 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 2003 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Frank Solich and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. After the Colorado game, Solich was fired as head coach. Defensive coordinator Bo Pelini served as interim head coach for the Alamo Bowl.
|2003 Nebraska Cornhuskers football|
Alamo Bowl champion
Alamo Bowl, W 17–3 vs. Michigan State
|Conference||Big 12 Conference|
|Record||10–3 (5–3 Big 12)|
|Offensive coordinator||Barney Cotton (1st season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Bo Pelini (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|2003 Big 12 Conference football standings|
|No. 14 Kansas State x$||6||–||2||11||–||4|
|No. 19 Nebraska||5||–||3||10||–||3|
|No. 3 Oklahoma x%||8||–||0||12||–||2|
|No. 12 Texas||7||–||1||10||–||3|
|Championship: Kansas State 35, Oklahoma 7|
Rankings from AP Poll
|August 30||2:30 pm||No. 24 Oklahoma State||ABC||W 17–7||78,058|
|September 6||11:30 am||Utah State*||No. 23||FSN||W 31–7||77,284|
|September 13||7:00 pm||Penn State*||No. 18||ABC||W 18–10||78,008|
|September 25||6:45 pm||at Southern Miss*||No. 15||ESPN||W 38–14||36,125|
|October 4||12:30 pm||Troy State*||No. 12||W 30–0||77,825|
|October 11||6:00 pm||at Missouri||No. 10||TBS||L 24–41||68,349|
|October 18||11:30 am||Texas A&M||No. 18||FSN||W 48–12||77,604|
|October 25||11:30 am||Iowa State||No. 14||PPV||W 28–0||77,483|
|November 1||11:00 am||at No. 16 Texas||No. 12||ABC||L 7–31||83,308|
|November 8||2:30 pm||at Kansas||No. 19||FSN||W 24–3||50,107|
|November 15||2:30 pm||Kansas State||No. 18||ABC||L 9–38||78,014|
|November 28||11:00 am||at Colorado||No. 25||ABC||W 31–22||53,434|
|December 29||8:00 pm||vs. Michigan State*||No. 22||ESPN||W 17–3||56,229|
Roster and coaching staffEdit
|2003 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team roster|
|BCS||Not released||11||9||18||17||22||23||21||20||Not released|
After the seasonEdit
Nebraska finished in 2nd place in the Big 12 North Division and tied for 4th conference-wide, with a final record of 10–3 (5–3). Prior to the season, Head Coach Frank Solich was feeling pressure to perform after a 7–7 (3–5) record the previous year (the first non-winning season since 1961), and had significantly revamped his coaching staff for 2003.
Despite the sweeping changes and the improvements they brought, which helped Nebraska to another 9-win season, Solich was fired at the conclusion of the regular season. Defensive Coordinator Bo Pelini was named Interim Head Coach and led the Huskers to a 17–3 Alamo Bowl win over Michigan State. When new Head Coach Bill Callahan was announced in later weeks, most of the existing assistants (including Pelini) were also fired.
Pelini would later return as Callahan's replacement in 2008.
|All-America 1st team||Josh Bullocks, Kyle Larson|
|All-America honorable mention||Richie Incognito, Demorrio Williams|
|All-Big 12 1st team||Josh Bullocks, Matt Herian, Richie Incognito, Kyle Larson, Demorrio Williams|
|All-Big 12 2nd team||Ryon Bingham, Barrett Ruud|
|All-Big 12 3rd team||Fabian Washington|
|All-Big 12 honorable mention||Daniel Bullocks, Josh Davis, Mike Erickson, Isaiah Fluellen, T. J. Hollowell, Trevor Johnson, Jammal Lord, Josh Sewell, Dan Vili Waldrop|
NFL and pro playersEdit
The following Nebraska players who participated in the 2003 season later moved on to the next level and joined a professional or semi-pro team as draftees or free agents.
- ^ "Football - 2003 Schedule/Results". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Athletics. Retrieved May 14, 2009.
- ^ "2003 Husker Honors". Archived from the original on January 2, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2009.
- ^ "All Time NFL Huskers". Archived from the original on August 15, 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2009.