Nebraska Cornhuskers football

The Nebraska Cornhuskers football team competes as part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, representing the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the West Division of the Big Ten. Nebraska plays its home games at Memorial Stadium, where it has sold out every game since 1962.[5] The team is currently coached by Scott Frost.

Nebraska Cornhuskers football
2020 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team
Nebraska Cornhuskers logo.svg
First season1890
Athletic directorBill Moos
Head coachScott Frost
3rd season, 9–15 (.375)
StadiumMemorial Stadium
(Capacity: 85,458[1]
Record: 91,585[2])
Field surfaceFieldTurf
LocationLincoln, Nebraska
ConferenceBig Ten
DivisionWest
Past conferencesIndependent
WIUFA
Big Eight
Big 12
All-time record902–395–40 (.690)
Bowl record26–27 (.491)
Claimed national titles5 (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997)
Unclaimed national titles9
Conference titles46
Division titles10
RivalriesColorado (rivalry)
Iowa (rivalry)
Kansas (rivalry)
Kansas State (rivalry)
Miami (FL) (rivalry)
Minnesota (rivalry)
Missouri (rivalry)
Oklahoma (rivalry)
Texas (rivalry)
Wisconsin (rivalry)
Heisman winnersJohnny Rodgers (1972)
Mike Rozier (1983)
Eric Crouch (2001)
Consensus All-Americans54[3]
Current uniform
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ColorsScarlet and Cream[4]
         
Fight songDear Old Nebraska U
Hail Varsity
MascotHerbie Husker
Lil' Red
Marching bandCornhusker Marching Band
OutfitterAdidas
Websitehuskers.com

Nebraska is among the most storied programs in college football history. Through 2019, the Cornhuskers rank seventh in all-time victories among FBS teams.[6] Nebraska claims 46 conference championships and five national championships (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, and 1997), and has won nine other national championships that the school does not claim.[7][8] NU's 1971 and 1995 title-winning teams are considered to be among the best in college football history.[9] Famous Cornhuskers include Heisman Trophy winners Johnny Rodgers, Mike Rozier, and Eric Crouch, who join 22 other Cornhuskers in the College Football Hall of Fame. Notable among these are players Bob Brown, Guy Chamberlin, Tommie Frazier, Rich Glover, Dave Rimington, and Will Shields, and coaches Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne.[10]

The program's first extended period of success came just after the turn of the century. Between 1900 and 1916, Nebraska had five undefeated seasons and completed a stretch of 34 consecutive games without a loss, still a program record.[11] Despite a span of 21 conference championships in 33 seasons, the Cornhuskers didn't experience major national success until Bob Devaney was hired in 1962. In eleven seasons as head coach, Devaney won two national championships, eight conference titles, and coached 22 All-Americans, but perhaps his most lasting achievement was the hiring of Tom Osborne as offensive coordinator in 1969.[12] Osborne was named Devaney's successor in 1973, and over the next 25 years established himself as one of the best coaches in college football history with his trademark I-form offense and revolutionary strength, conditioning, and nutrition programs.[13][14][15] Following Osborne's retirement in 1997, Nebraska cycled through four head coaches before hiring state native Scott Frost in 2017.[16]

HistoryEdit

Conference affiliationsEdit

Nebraska has been affiliated with the following conferences:[17]:2

Head coachesEdit

Nebraska has had 34 head coaches in the program's history. Scott Frost has held the position since December 2, 2017.[17]:207

Six past Nebraska head coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame: Eddie N. Robinson, Fielding H. Yost, Dana X. Bible, Biff Jones, Bob Devaney, and Tom Osborne. Osborne is the program's all-time leader in most major categories; his .836 career winning percentage is fourth-highest in major college football history.[18] Thirteen Nebraska coaches have won a conference championship at the school, and Devaney and Osborne combined to win five national titles.

ChampionshipsEdit

National championshipsEdit

Nebraska has won five consensus national championships from NCAA-designated major selectors.[19][20][21]:113–114

Year Coach Record Bowl Result Selector
1970 Bob Devaney 11–0–1 Orange W 17–12 vs. LSU AP
1971 13–0 Orange W 38–6 vs. Alabama AP, Coaches
1994 Tom Osborne 13–0 Orange W 24–17 vs. Miami (FL) AP, Coaches
1995 12–0 Fiesta W 62–24 vs. Florida AP, Coaches
1997 13–0 Orange W 42–17 vs. Tennessee Coaches

Unclaimed national championships

Nebraska has been awarded nine other national championships from various polling organizations that the school does not claim.[8][22]

Year Coach Record Bowl Result
1915 Ewald O. Stiehm 8–0
1921 Fred Dawson 7–1
1980 Tom Osborne 10–2 Sun W 31–17 vs. Mississippi State
1981 9–3 Orange L 22–15 vs. Clemson
1982 12–1 Orange W 21–20 vs. LSU
1983 12–1 Orange L 31–30 vs. Miami (FL)
1984 10–2 Sugar W 28–10 vs. LSU
1993 11–1 Orange L 18–16 vs. Florida State
1999 Frank Solich 12–1 Fiesta W 31–21 vs. Tennessee

Conference championshipsEdit

Nebraska has won 46 conference titles.[7]

Year Coach Overall Conf.
WIUFA (1892–1897)
1894 Frank Crawford 6–2 2–1
1895 Charles Thomas 6–3 2–1
1897 Eddie N. Robinson 5–1 3–0
MVIAA (1907–1927)
1907 W.C. Cole 8–2 1–0
1910 7–1 2–0
1911 Ewald O. Stiehm 5–1–2 2–0–1
1912 7–1 2–0
1913 8–0 3–0
1914 7–0–1 3–0
1915 8–0 4–0
1916 E. J. Stewart 6–2 3–1
1917 5–2 2–0
1921 Fred Dawson 7–1 3–0
1922 7–1 5–0
1923 4–2–2 3–0–2
Big Six Conference (1928–1947)
1928 Ernest Bearg 7–1–1 4–0
1929 Dana X. Bible 4–1–3 3–0–2
1931 8–2 5–0
1932 7–1–1 5–0
1933 8–1 5–0
1935 6–2–1 4–0–1
1936 7–2 5–0
1937 Biff Jones 6–1–2 3–0–2
1940 8–2 5–0
Big Eight Conference (1960–1995)
1963 Bob Devaney 10–1 7–0
1964 9–2 6–1
1965 10–1 7–0
1966 9–2 6–1
1969 9–2 6–1
1970 11–0–1 7–0
1971 13–0 7–0
1972 9–2–1 5–1–1
1975 Tom Osborne 10–2 6–1
1978 9–3 6–1
1981 9–3 7–0
1982 12–1 7–0
1983 12–1 7–0
1984 10–2 6–1
1988 11–2 7–0
1991 9–2–1 6–0–1
1992 9–3 6–1
1993 11–1 7–0
1994 13–0 7–0
1995 12–0 7–0
Big 12 Conference (1996–2010)
1997 Tom Osborne 13–0 8–0
1999 Frank Solich 12–1 7–1

Division championshipsEdit

Nebraska has won 10 division championships.

Year Coach Overall Conf. CCG result
Big 12 Conference (North Division) (1996–2010)
1996 Tom Osborne 11–2 8–0 L 37–27 vs. Texas
1997 13–0 8–0 W 54–15 vs. Texas A&M
1999 Frank Solich 12–1 7–1 W 22–6 vs. Texas
2000 10–2 6–2 Lost tiebreaker to Kansas State
2001 11–2 7–1 Lost tiebreaker to Colorado
2006 Bill Callahan 9–5 6–2 L 21–7 vs. Oklahoma
2008 Bo Pelini 9–4 5–3 Lost tiebreaker to Missouri
2009 10–4 6–2 L 13–12 vs. Texas
2010 10–4 6–2 L 23–20 vs. Oklahoma
Big Ten Conference (Legends Division) (2011–2013)
2012 Bo Pelini 10–4 7–1 L 70–31 vs. Wisconsin

† Co-champions

‡ Claimed by both Nebraska [17]:206 and Oklahoma[23] due to a dispute over Oklahoma's forfeiture of games

Bowl gamesEdit

Nebraska has played in 53 bowl games, including an NCAA-record 35 straight from 1969 to 2003, with a record of 26–27.[24][25]

Results

Date Bowl Opponent Result
Jan. 1, 1941 Rose Bowl Stanford L 13–21
Jan. 1, 1955 Orange Bowl Duke L 7–34
Dec. 15, 1962 Gotham Bowl Miami W 36–34
Jan. 1, 1964 Orange Bowl Auburn W 13–7
Jan. 1, 1965 Cotton Bowl Classic Arkansas L 7–10
Jan. 1, 1966 Orange Bowl Alabama L 28–39
Jan. 2, 1967 Sugar Bowl Alabama L 7–34
Dec. 20, 1969 Sun Bowl Georgia W 45–6
Jan. 1, 1971 Orange Bowl LSU W 17–12
Jan. 1, 1972 Orange Bowl Alabama W 38–6
Jan. 1, 1973 Orange Bowl Notre Dame W 40–6
Jan. 1, 1974 Cotton Bowl Classic Texas W 19–3
Dec. 31, 1974 Sugar Bowl Florida W 13–10
Dec. 26, 1975 Fiesta Bowl Arizona State L 14–17
Dec. 31, 1976 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl Texas Tech W 27–24
Dec. 19, 1977 Liberty Bowl North Carolina W 21–17
Jan. 1, 1979 Orange Bowl Oklahoma L 24–31
Jan. 1, 1980 Cotton Bowl Classic Houston L 14–17
Dec. 27, 1980 Sun Bowl Mississippi State W 31–17
Jan. 1, 1982 Orange Bowl Clemson L 15–22
Jan. 1, 1983 Orange Bowl LSU W 21–20
Jan. 2, 1984 Orange Bowl Miami (FL) L 30–31
Jan. 1, 1985 Sugar Bowl LSU W 28–10
Jan. 1, 1986 Fiesta Bowl Michigan L 23–27
Jan. 1, 1987 Sugar Bowl LSU W 30–15
Jan. 1, 1988 Fiesta Bowl Florida State L 28–31
Jan. 2, 1989 Orange Bowl Miami (FL) L 3–23
Jan. 1, 1990 Fiesta Bowl Florida State L 17–41
Jan. 1, 1991 Florida Citrus Bowl Georgia Tech L 21–45
Jan. 1, 1992 Orange Bowl Miami (FL) L 0–22
Jan. 1, 1993 Orange Bowl Florida State L 14–27
Jan. 1, 1994 Orange Bowl Florida State L 16–18
Jan. 1, 1995 Orange Bowl Miami W 24–17
Jan. 2, 1996 Fiesta Bowl Florida W 62–24
Dec. 31, 1996 Orange Bowl Virginia Tech W 41–21
Jan. 2, 1998 Orange Bowl Tennessee W 42–17
Dec. 30, 1998 Holiday Bowl Arizona L 20–23
Jan. 2, 2000 Fiesta Bowl Tennessee W 31–21
Dec. 30, 2000 Alamo Bowl Northwestern W 66–17
Jan. 3, 2002 Rose Bowl Miami (FL) L 14–37
Dec. 27, 2002 Independence Bowl Mississippi L 23–27
Dec. 29, 2003 Alamo Bowl Michigan State W 17–3
Dec. 28, 2005 Alamo Bowl Michigan W 32–28
Jan. 1, 2007 Cotton Bowl Classic Auburn L 14–17
Jan. 1, 2009 Gator Bowl Clemson W 26–21
Dec. 30, 2009 Holiday Bowl Arizona W 33–0
Dec. 30, 2010 Holiday Bowl Washington L 7–19
Jan. 2, 2012 Capital One South Carolina L 13–30
Jan. 1, 2013 Capital One Georgia L 31–45
Jan. 1, 2014 Gator Bowl Georgia W 24–19
Dec. 27, 2014 Holiday Bowl USC L 42–45
Dec. 26, 2015 Foster Farms Bowl UCLA W 37–29
Dec. 30, 2016 Music City Bowl Tennessee L 24–38

Record by bowl

Bowl App. Record
Orange Bowl 17 8–9
Fiesta Bowl 6 2–4
Holiday Bowl 4 3–1
Sugar Bowl 3–1
Cotton Bowl 1–3
Alamo Bowl 3 3–0
Citrus Bowl 0–3
Gator Bowl 2 2–0
Sun Bowl 2–0
Rose Bowl 0–2
Bluebonnet Bowl 1 1–0
Foster Farms Bowl 1–0
Gotham Bowl 1–0
Liberty Bowl 1–0
Independence Bowl 0–1
Music City Bowl 0–1

Memorial StadiumEdit

 
Nebraska vs. USC at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2007

Memorial Stadium, known as The Sea of Red, has been home of the Cornhuskers since 1923 and is the location of an ongoing NCAA-record 375-game sellout streak. The sellout streak dates back to 1962, Bob Devaney's first season at Nebraska.[26][27] The stadium becomes the "third-largest city in Nebraska" on game days, as its capacity exceeds that of every Nebraska town except for Omaha and Lincoln.[28]

The stadium has undergone a series of expansion since 1923, bringing the official capacity to 85,458.[1] The largest crowd in Memorial Stadium history occurred on September 20, 2014, a Nebraska win over Miami with an announced attendance of 91,585.[2]

Three statues sit outside of the stadium. The oldest, unveiled in 1997, depicts six Nebraska defenders tackling a ball carrier.[29] Creator Fred Hoppe said, "the monument displays the sense of pride that Nebraskans have for their football team." In 2006, Hoppe created a statue of Tom Osborne with his arm around quarterback Brook Berringer, which is located outside the Osborne Athletic Complex.[30] On August 30, 2013, a bronze statue of Bob Devaney was unveiled at the main entrance of the newly remodeled east stadium. Sculptor Joe Putjenter also created the Tunnel Walk gates inside of the stadium.[31]

Before the construction of Memorial Stadium, Nebraska played its home games at Antelope Park and Nebraska Field.

TraditionsEdit

Tunnel Walk

 
Tunnel Walk

Since 1994, Nebraska's home games have opened with the "Tunnel Walk". Just before kickoff, Memorial Stadium plays "Sirius" as the Huskers take the field from the northwest tunnel. Immediately before the Tunnel Walk, the west side of Memorial Stadium yells "Husker" in unison, while the east side responds with "Power."[32]

Balloon release

At every home game since the 1930s,[33] fans have released red helium balloons when the Huskers score their first points. In 2012, a global helium shortage threatened the tradition, but the university allowed for a limited number of balloon releases throughout the season.[34] The tradition returned to normal the following year.

Walk-on program

Nebraska has a long-standing walk-on program, designed to attract student-athletes who did not receive scholarship offers. NU accepted its first walk-on in the early 1960s, and Tom Osborne began an official program in 1973 after the NCAA reduced the number of scholarships schools could offer.[35] The size and stature of the program means that Nebraska's rosters are often unusually large; NU had 141 players on its 1996 Fiesta Bowl team, while opponent Florida had only 94.[36] Osborne credited his walk-ons with providing flexibility to better scout future opponents.[37] Unlike some other schools, Nebraska's walk-ons have the same access to training facilities and academic counseling as those with scholarships. Nebraska has had six walk-ons become All-Americans and 29 play in the NFL.[38]

Uniform historyEdit

 
Balloon release

Helmets

Nebraska's first helmet was red with a single white stripe, later changed to plain white with a black number on the side. From 1967 to 1969, the helmet featured a red, offset "NU" on each side. In 1970, this was changed to the now-familiar single "N", although a few "NU" helmets remained as late as 1972. The change was necessitated due to a shortage of "U" stickers, and when the program claimed its first national championship, the single N remained.[39] The helmet design has remained essentially unchanged since, with the exception of a facemask switch from grey to red in 1982.

Jerseys

The Huskers wore full shoulder stripes in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but these were gradually phased out as mesh and tearaway jerseys became popular. From 1980 to 1983, Nebraska's jerseys featured only a block "N" on the sleeves. In 1984, stripes and TV numbers were permanently re-added, although both have decreased in size as jersey sleeves have shortened.[40] A patch was added to the left shoulder to commemorate the 100th season of Nebraska football in 1989; it remained the following season and was altered to read "Nebraska Football: A Winning Tradition."[41] Players' last names first appeared on jerseys for road games and bowl games in the late 1970s, but home jerseys remained nameless except for seniors playing their final home game. In 1990, last names were permanently affixed to all jerseys.[40]

Nebraska's defense has been referred to as the "Blackshirts" since the 1960s, a reference to the black jerseys worn by starting defensive players during practice. Depictions of the Blackshirts often include a skull and crossbones. The tradition originated when Bob Devaney had the defense use contrasting jerseys to offset the red worn by the offense in practice.[42]

Pants

The team traditionally wears white pants at home and red on the road, although there have been exceptions. Nebraska first donned red pants with red jerseys for its 1986 contest with Oklahoma; the combination was unofficially retired after a late Nebraska loss.[43] Nebraska wore all-white uniforms for the first in the 1991 Florida Citrus Bowl, a 45–21 loss to Georgia Tech. NU used the white-on-white combination for its first three road games in 1992, but lost two of them, including an upset loss to Iowa State. The "surrender suits", as they became known, were not seen again for over a decade.[44] In 2007, the white-on-white combination was worn for Bill Callahan's final game as head coach, an embarrassing loss to Colorado. Nebraska again donned all-white in 2014 to contrast Fresno State's all-red uniforms. NU won 55–19 and wore white pants in three more road games that season.[45]

From 1968 through 1994, Nebraska's pants had two stripes down each side. These were removed prior to the 1995 season, and the pants remained stripe-less until 2001. In 2002, Nebraska experimented with large side panels on its jersey and pants, and wore all-white in every road game. The changes were unpopular among fans, and Nebraska quickly reverted most changes, which included the permanent return of pant stripes.[40] When Scott Frost became head coach in 2018, pant stripes were again removed, as a tribute to the uniform style from Frost's playing career.[46]

 
Nebraska vs. Wisconsin at Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2012

Alternate uniforms

Nebraska wore throwback uniforms for the first time in 2009, to honor Memorial Stadium's 300th consecutive sellout.[47] In 2012, Nebraska and Wisconsin played in the first "Adidas Unrivaled" game; Both schools' uniforms featured block letters instead of front numbers and proved to be hugely unpopular.[48] The following year, Nebraska wore black jerseys with white stencil font numbers against UCLA.[49] In 2014, Nebraska wore an all-red uniform featuring black metallic stripes on the jersey and pants, and used a similar design for all-black and all-white uniforms over the next two years.[50]

In 2017, Nebraska wore throwback uniforms to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the school's 1997 national championship team. Unlike previous years, this design was well-received.[51] Nebraska again wore throwback uniforms in 2018 to honor the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.[52] Nebraska wore Blackshirt-themed alternate uniforms in 2019, which featured a black jersey and a Blackshirts logo on both sleeves.[53] Frost suggested this iteration may be a permanent design, to be worn after Nebraska's defense plays particularly well.[54]

Adidas has been Nebraska's official shoe and uniform sponsor since 1996. In 2017, the school and sponsor agreed to a record-setting 11-year, $128 million apparel deal.[55]

RivalriesEdit

Trophy gamesEdit

Colorado

The rivalry between Nebraska and Colorado, one-sided for much of its history, gained traction with Colorado's resurgence in the 1990s. The teams have met 71 times, with the series dating back to 1898, a 23–10 Nebraska win. The Cornhuskers lead the series 49–20–2. The rivalry began when Colorado joined the Big Eight in 1947; they played in the same conference as Nebraska until 2010. A bison head named Mr. Chip was presented to the winning team throughout the 1950s, but this exchange ended when Colorado misplaced the trophy in 1961.[56] The teams have not played annually since both programs exited the Big 12 in 2011, but future non-conference games are planned for 2023 and 2024.[57]

Iowa

 
Nebraska vs. Iowa at Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2011

The Heroes Trophy has been awarded to the winner of the Iowa–Nebraska game (also known as "The Heroes Game") since 2011. The teams have met 50 times, with the series dating back to 1891, a 22–0 Iowa win. The Cornhuskers lead the series 29–18–3. Iowa currently holds the trophy after defeating the Cornhuskers in 2019. The teams play annually and will meet next on November 14, 2020.[58]

Minnesota

The $5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy has been awarded to the winner of the Minnesota–Nebraska game since 2014. The teams have met 57 times, dating back to 1900, a 20–12 Minnesota win. The Golden Gophers lead the series 33–25–2. Minnesota currently holds the trophy after defeating the Cornhuskers in 2019. The teams play annually and will meet next on November 27, 2020.[59]

Missouri

The Victory Bell (also known as the Missouri–Nebraska Bell) has been awarded to the winner of the Missouri–Nebraska game since 1927. The teams have met 104 times, with the series dating back to 1892, a 1–0 NU win when Missouri forfeited to protest the presence of African-American George Flippin on Nebraska's roster.[60] The Cornhuskers lead the series 65–36–3. Nebraska currently holds the Victory Bell after defeating the Tigers in 2010. Since Nebraska's move to the Big Ten in 2011, the series has been dormant. No future games are scheduled.[61]

Wisconsin

The Freedom Trophy has been awarded to the winner of the Nebraska–Wisconsin game since 2014. The teams have met 13 times, with the series dating back to 1901, an 18–0 Wisconsin win. The Badgers lead the series 9–4. Wisconsin currently holds the Freedom Trophy after defeating the Cornhuskers in 2019. The teams play annually and will meet next on November 21, 2020.[62]

Other rivalriesEdit

Oklahoma

Nebraska and Oklahoma has long been considered one of the great college football rivalries. The teams have met 86 times, dating back to 1912, a 13–9 Nebraska win. The Sooners lead the series 45–38–3. Since Nebraska's move to the Big Ten in 2011, the series has been dormant. Future non-conference games are scheduled for 2021, 2022, 2029, and 2030. Notably, the 2021 game in Norman will mark the 50th anniversary of Nebraska's 35–31 victory over Oklahoma in the "Game of the Century".[63]

Nebraska dominated the series until 1942, going 16–3–3 in the first 22 meetings. The Sooners then won 16 consecutive games, the longest streak in the series. Nebraska's 1959 win both ended the Cornhuskers' drought against the Sooners and snapped Oklahoma's 74-game conference win streak. Nebraska won the "Game of the Century" in 1971, of which Dave Kindred of The Courier-Journal wrote, "They can quit playing now, they have played the perfect game." Oklahoma won every matchup from 1972 to 1977, a streak that ended in 1978, when Nebraska upset No. 1 Oklahoma; less than two months later, OU won a rematch in the Orange Bowl. Nebraska controlled the 1990s, including a 69–7 win in 1997, the largest margin of victory in series history. When the Big 12 was formed in 1996, the schools no longer played annually, ending a stretch of 68 consecutive years they had met. The teams met for the last time as conference opponents in the 2010 Big 12 Championship Game, when Oklahoma defeated Nebraska 23–20.

The two programs combined to win 74 of 89 Big Eight championships, 41 by Nebraska and 33 by Oklahoma. The teams played 18 times when both were ranked in the AP Poll top ten, and nine times when both were in the top five.

Kansas

Nebraska and Kansas share a natural border rivalry and maintained the longest non-interrupted rivalry in college football history at 105 years. The teams have met 117 times, with the series dating back to 1892, a 12–0 Kansas win. The Cornhuskers lead the series 91–23–3, which includes 36 consecutive victories from 1969 to 2004. Since Nebraska's move to the Big Ten in 2011, the series has been dormant. No future games are scheduled.[64]

Kansas State

Nebraska and Kansas State were conference rivals from 1913 to 2010. With only 135 miles separating the schools, they were the nearest cross-border rivals in the Big Eight and Big 12 conferences. The teams have met 95 times, with the series dating back to 1911, a 59–0 Nebraska win. Nebraska leads the series 78–15–2, which includes 29 consecutive victories from 1969 to 1997. Since Nebraska's move to the Big Ten in 2011, the series has been dormant. No future games are scheduled.[65]

The 1939 game was televised in Manhattan, Kansas, making it the second televised college football game. The 1992 contest was held in Tokyo as the Coca-Cola Classic.

Texas

The Cornhuskers' rivalry with Texas is known more for tension between the two sides rather than number of games played. The teams have met 14 times, with the series dating back to 1933, a 26–0 Nebraska win. Texas leads the series 10–4. Since Nebraska's move to the Big Ten in 2011, the series has been dormant. No future games are scheduled.[66]

In the first-ever Big 12 Championship game, unranked Texas upset two-time defending national champion Nebraska. In the 2009 Big 12 Championship Game Nebraska's own upset bid was spoiled when an extra second added back onto the game clock allowed Texas to kick a game-winning field goal.

Miami (FL)

Nebraska and Miami are two of the biggest "bowl rivals" in college football, matching up in many memorable bowl games over the years. The teams have met 12 times, with the series dating back to 1951, a 19–7 Miami win. The series is tied, 6–6. No future games are scheduled.[67]

The rivalry's most notable game is the 1984 Orange Bowl. Top-ranked Nebraska scored with seconds remaining to make the game 31–30, but NU head coach Tom Osborne opted to try for a two-point conversion instead of an extra point, even though a tie would have given Nebraska the national championship. Miami won the game and its first national title.[68]

Honors and awardsEdit

Individual award winnersEdit

 
Tommie Frazier
Johnny Rodgers – 1972
Mike Rozier – 1983
Eric Crouch – 2001
Johnny Rodgers – 1972
Mike Rozier – 1983
Eric Crouch – 2001
Mike Rozier – 1983
Ndamukong Suh – 2009
Eric Crouch – 2001
Tommie Frazier – 1995
Dominic Raiola – 2000
Trev Alberts – 1993
Ndamukong Suh – 2009
Ndamukong Suh – 2009
Rich Glover – 1972
Dave Rimington – 1982
Dean Steinkuhler – 1983
Grant Wistrom – 1997
Ndamukong Suh – 2009
Larry Jacobson – 1971
Rich Glover – 1972
Dave Rimington – 1981, 1982
Dean Steinkuhler – 1983
Will Shields – 1992
Zach Wiegert – 1994
Aaron Taylor – 1997
Ndamukong Suh – 2009
Kyle Vanden Bosch – 2000

College Football Hall of FameEdit

Nebraska has had 25 former coaches and players inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.[69]

Name Pos. Years at NU Inducted
Dana X. Bible Coach 1929–36 1951
Ed Weir T 1923–25 1951
Fielding H. Yost Coach 1898 1951
George Sauer FB 1931–33 1954
Biff Jones Coach 1937–41 1954
Eddie N. Robinson Coach 1896–97 1955
Guy Chamberlin E 1913–15 1962
Clarence Swanson E 1918–20 1973
Sam Francis FB 1934–36 1977
Bob Devaney Coach 1962–72 1981
Bobby Reynolds HB 1950–52 1984
Forrest Behm T 1938–40 1988
Wayne Meylan MG 1965–67 1991
Bob Brown OT 1961–63 1993
Rich Glover MG 1970–72 1995
Dave Rimington C 1979–82 1997
Tom Osborne Coach 1973–97 1999
Johnny Rodgers WB 1970–72 2000
Mike Rozier IB 1981–83 2006
Grant Wistrom DE 1994–97 2009
Will Shields G 1989–92 2011
Tommie Frazier QB 1992–95 2013
Trev Alberts LB 1990–93 2015
Aaron Taylor G 1994–97 2018
Eric Crouch QB 1998–2001 2020

Retired numbers and jerseysEdit

Nebraska has retired the number of three players and the jersey of 17.[70]

No. Player Pos. Career
7 Eric Crouch QB 1998–2001
15 Tommie Frazier QB 1992–95
20 Johnny Rodgers WB 1970–72
30 Mike Rozier IB 1981–83
34 Trev Alberts LB 1990–93
50 Dave Rimington C 1979–82
54 Dominic Raiola C 1998–2000
60 Tom Novak† C 1946–49
64 Bob Brown OT 1961–63
67 Aaron Taylor G 1994–97
71 Dean Steinkuhler G 1980–83
72 Zach Wiegert OT 1991–93
75 Larry Jacobson DT 1969–71
Will Shields G 1989–92
79 Rich Glover MG 1970–72
93 Ndamukong Suh DT 2005–09
98 Grant Wistrom DE 1994–97

† Indicates retired number. Rodgers permitted his No. 20 to be worn by his son Terry, from 1986–90. No. 20 was also worn by Marlon Lucky and Michael Booker

All-AmericansEdit

Since 1914, Nebraska has produced 110 First-Team, 56 consensus, and 20 unanimous All-Americans.[3]

Year Player Pos.
1914 Claire Jaunken T
1915 Guy Chamberlin E
1924 Ed Weir T
1925 Ed Weir T
1926 Lonnie Stiner T
1928 Danny McMullen G
1929 Ray Richards T
1930 Hugh Rhea T
1932 Lawrence Ely C
1933 George Sauer FB
1936 Sam Francis FB
1937 Fred Shirey T
C. E. Brock C
1940 Warren Alfson G
Forrest Behm T
1949 Tom Novak C
1950 Bobby Reynolds HB
1952 Jerry Minnick T
1963 Bob Brown OT
1964 Larry Kramer T
1965 Freeman White E
Walter Barnes T
Tony Jeter E
1966 LaVerne Allers G
Larry Wachholtz DB
Wayne Meylan MG
1967 Wayne Meylan† MG
1968 Joe Armstrong G
1970 Jerry Murtaugh LB
Bob Newton T
1971 Jeff Kinney HB
Larry Jacobson DT
Jerry Tagge QB
Rich Glover MG
Willie Harper DE
Johnny Rodgers WB
1972 Rich Glover MG
Willie Harper† DE
Johnny Rodgers‡ WB
Daryl White OT
Year Player Pos.
1973 John Dutton DT
1974 Rik Bonness C
Marvin Crenshaw OT
David Humm QB
1975 Rik Bonness‡ C
Bob Martin DE
Wonder Monds DB
1976 Dave Butterfield DB
Vince Ferragamo QB
Mike Fultz DT
1977 Tom Davis C
1978 Kelvin Clark OT
George Andrews DE
1979 Junior Miller TE
1980 Derrie Nelson DE
Jarvis Redwine IB
Randy Schleusener OG
1981 Dave Rimington C
Jimmy Williams DE
1982 Dave Rimington‡ C
Mike Rozier IB
1983 Irving Fryar WB
Mike Rozier‡ IB
Dean Steinkuhler OG
1984 Bret Clark DB
Harry Grimminger OG
Mark Traynowicz C
1985 Bill Lewis C
Jim Skow T
1986 Danny Noonan MG
1987 John McCormick OG
Neil Smith DT
Steve Taylor QB
Broderick Thomas LB
1988 Broderick Thomas‡ LB
Jake Young C
1989 Doug Glaser OT
Jake Young† C
1990 Kenny Walker DT
Year Player Pos.
1992 Travis Hill LB
Will Shields OG
1993 Trev Alberts LB
1994 Brenden Stai OG
Ed Stewart LB
Zach Wiegert OT
1995 Tommie Frazier QB
Aaron Graham C
Jared Tomich DE
1996 Aaron Taylor C
Grant Wistrom DE
1997 Jason Peter DT
Aaron Taylor‡ OG
Grant Wistrom† DE
1999 Mike Brown DB
Ralph Brown DB
2000 Russ Hochstein OG
Carlos Polk LB
Dominic Raiola C
2001 Keyuo Craver DB
Eric Crouch QB
Toniu Fonoti OG
2002 DeJuan Groce PR
2003 Josh Bullocks DB
Kyle Larson P
2009 Ndamukong Suh DT
2010 Prince Amukamara DB
Alex Henery K
2011 Lavonte David LB

† Consensus

‡ Unanimous

Academic All-AmericansEdit

Nebraska leads the nation in Academic All-America selections, both in football and across all sports. Nebraska boasts 70 CoSIDA First-Team and 108 overall Academic All-America selections, both tops in the nation. The list includes 15 Huskers that have been named first team Academic All-Americans twice in their careers. The Huskers also lead the nation with a total of 330 Academic All-Americans across all sports.[71]

Nebraska has four players that have been selected as a First Team Academic All-American by entities other than CoSIDA: Don Fricke (1960), Pat Clare (1960), Jim Osberg (1965), and Tony Jeter (1965).

In the NFLEdit

 
Roy Helu
 
Ndamukong Suh
 
Prince Amukamara

Pro Football Hall of FameEdit

Five Nebraska players have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame:[72]

Name Pos. Inducted
Link Lyman[73] OT 1964
Guy Chamberlin[74] E 1965
Bob Brown[75] OT 2004
Will Shields[76] G 2015
Mick Tingelhoff[77] C 2015

Currently in the NFLEdit

There are 25 Huskers on NFL rosters as of November 25, 2019, along with six coaches.[78]

Players

Coaches

(PS) – Practice Squad

(IR) – Injury Reserve

Future opponentsEdit

As a member of the Big Ten's West division, Nebraska faces Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue, and Wisconsin annually, with three other games against Big Ten East opponents and three games against non-conference opponents.[79]

Year Scheduled non-conference opponents[80][81][82][83] Conference non-division opponents[84]
2020 Canceled at Ohio State, Penn State
2021 Buffalo, at Oklahoma (rivalry), Southeastern Louisiana at Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan
2022 North Dakota, Georgia Southern, Oklahoma at Rutgers, Indiana, at Michigan
2023 at Colorado (rivalry), Northern Illinois, Louisiana Tech Michigan, Maryland, at Michigan State
2024 UTEP, Colorado Ohio State, at Penn State, at Michigan
2025 Akron,[85] at Cincinnati, Louisiana-Monroe Michigan, at Indiana, Rutgers
2026 Ohio, Tennessee, North Dakota TBA
2027 Northern Illinois, at Tennessee
2028 UTEP, South Dakota State, Arizona
2029 at Oklahoma
2030 South Dakota State, Oklahoma
2031 at Arizona
2032 TBA
2033
2034 Oklahoma State
2035 at Oklahoma State

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