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Nebraska Cornhuskers football

Nebraska Cornhuskers football
2014 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team
First season 1890 (1890)
Athletic director Shawn Eichorst
Head coach Mike Riley
Other staff Mark Banker
Trent Bray
Bruce Read
Mike Cavanaugh

(Bowl Game Staff)
Tim Beck
John Papuchis
Ron Brown
Barney Cotton (interim coach)
Ross Els
Rich Fisher
John Garrison
Rick Kaczenski
Charlton Warren
Home stadium Memorial Stadium, Lincoln
Stadium capacity 87,000[1]
Record: 91,585
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Lincoln, Nebraska
Conference Big Ten
Division West
Past conferences Big 12
Big 6/7/8
All-time record 874–360–40 (.702)
Postseason bowl record 25–25 (.500)
Claimed national titles 5 (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997)
Unclaimed national titles 9 (1915, 1921, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1993, 1999)
Conference titles 43
Division titles 10 (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012)
Heisman winners 3
Consensus All-Americans 54[2]
Current uniform

Scarlet [3] and Cream [3]

Fight song There is No Place Like Nebraska, Hail Varsity
Mascot Herbie Husker, Lil' Red
Marching band Cornhusker Marching Band (The Pride of All Nebraska)
Rivals Iowa Hawkeyes (heroes game)
Wisconsin Badgers
Colorado Buffaloes (dormant)
Missouri Tigers (dormant)
Oklahoma Sooners (dormant)

The Nebraska Cornhuskers represent the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in college football. The program has established itself as a traditional powerhouse, and has the fourth most all-time victories of any NCAA FBS team and is one of only eleven football programs in NCAA Division I history to win 800 or more games.[4] The Cornhuskers have the most wins and the highest winning percentage of any college football program over the last 50 years.[5] ESPN ranks two undefeated Nebraska squads (the 1971 team and the 1995 team) among the top three teams in college football history.[6]

On June 11, 2010, Nebraska ended the university's affiliation with the Big 12 Conference and joined the Big Ten Conference beginning in the 2011 season.[7][8][9] Nebraska claims 46 conference championships[10] and five national championships: 1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, and 1997. The titles in the 1990s marked the first time since Notre Dame in 1946-49 when a team won three national championships in four seasons. The 2011-2012 Alabama Crimson Tide, the 1994-1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers, and the 1956-1957 Oklahoma Sooners have the only consensus back-to-back national titles by Division 1-A schools.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers also have five undefeated seasons when they were not the national champions; 1902, 1903, 1913, 1914, and 1915. Between 1912 and 1916, a 34-game unbeaten streak was recorded by then head coach Ewald O. Stiehm.[11]

Famous former Huskers include Will Shields, Clarence Swanson, Ed Weir, Grant Wistrom, and coaches Gomer Jones, Pete Elliott, Francis Schmidt, Dana X. Bible, Bob Devaney, Biff Jones, Tom Osborne, Eddie "Robbie" Robinson, and Fielding H. Yost.[12]


The early years (1890–1917)

Nebraska's football team began its history as the "Old Gold Knights", and was also sometimes known as the "Nebraska Bugeaters," "Tree Planters", "The Rattlesnake Boys", "Antelopes" or "Hawkeyes" in their early years.

The 1891 Cornhuskers team.

Nebraska football began play in 1890 with a 10–0 victory over the Omaha YMCA on Thanksgiving Day, November 27.[13]

The football program started strong and experienced success from the very beginning, going twenty-eight years straight with only a single losing season. Until the 1-7-1 losing season in 1899 in coach A. Edwin Branch's only year at the helm, Nebraska had compiled a 40-18-3 (0.680) record.

George Flippin was the first African-American athlete at Nebraska and only the fifth black athlete at a predominantly white university. Because of Flippin's presence on the roster, Missouri refused to play a scheduled game with Nebraska at Omaha in 1892. The result was a 1-0 forfeit.

Nebraska's 4th coach, Frank Crawford (1893–94, 9-4-1, 0.679) was the first paid head football coach at Nebraska. Eddie "Robbie" Robinson (1896–1897, 11-4-1, 0.719) and Fielding H. Yost (1898, 8-3-0, 0.727), the sixth and seventh head coaches, were the earliest Nebraska coaches to eventually be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Walter C. Booth (1900–05, 46-8-1, 0.845) was the program's 9th leader, and had the second-best career record spanning more than a year during this era. His 1902 team went undefeated, untied and unscored upon. Booth's teams produced a 24-game winning streak and was still bested by Ewald O. Stiehm (1911–15, 35-2-3, 0.913), who won the conference title in all five of his seasons and had a school-record 34-game unbeaten streak. His winning percentage as Nebraska's 12th head coach remains an all-time program best. The Cornhuskers were considered to play in the Rose Bowl game after the 1915 season, but the university's athletic board voted to turn down any such invitation. Stiehm left NU after the 1915 season because the university turned down his demand that he be paid an annual salary of $4,250 to serve as football coach, basketball coach and athletic director.

A brief slump (1918–20)

When the United States became involved in World War I, many young men went off to war, depleting the ranks of football teams nationwide. In addition, travel was severely restricted, causing the cancellation of numerous scheduled football games. Further complicated by the effects of the 1918 flu pandemic, the 1918 college football season was severely impacted.

William G. Kline led Nebraska through the stunted 1918 season, managing a 2-3-1 (0.417) record. Henry Schulte (1919–20, 8-6-3, 0.559), with thirteen years as a coach at other schools before arriving at Nebraska, managed over the next two years to barely attain a winning record as the program recovered from the war and aftermath. Although Schulte stepped down as head football coach after 1920, he remained at Nebraska to coach other sports and as an assistant football coach through 1938.

Climb back to dominance (1921–41)

By the end of the post-war slump, Nebraska had been led by fifteen head coaches over thirty-one years, but a new period of relative stability followed as Nebraska once again experienced success in college football.

Fred Dawson (1921–24, 23-7-2, 0.750) arrived at Nebraska after stints at Columbia, Denver, and Virginia. During the entire three-year tenure of Knute Rockne's Four Horsemen, Notre Dame lost only two games; one each in 1922 and 1923, both to Nebraska in Lincoln before packed houses. In his four years he won three conference titles and compiled the best record from this era, though it was nearly matched by the two coaches to follow him.

First-time head coach Ernest E. Bearg (1925–28, 23-7-3, 0.742) pulled in a title in his final season before handing over the team to Dana X. Bible (1929–36, 50-15-7, 0.743). Bible had an established reputation after fifteen years of experience as head coach, bringing in five Southwest Conference titles for Texas A&M, and his success continued as he led Nebraska to six more conference titles in his eight seasons.

Biff Jones (1937–41, 28-14-4, 0.652) was not as successful as his predecessors, yet still was a winning coach who claimed two titles in his tenure and brought Nebraska to their first ever bowl game, a loss to Stanford in the 1941 Rose Bowl. The following year, as the nation began to more fully be drawn closer to involvement in World War II, the program set a new record low with five straight midseason losses. One week after the final game of the season, Japan carried out the attack on Pearl Harbor. The country was again at war. Many thousands of young men joined the armed forces and were soon shipped abroad, as Nebraska's fortunes once again headed into a downturn.

Slide into obscurity (1942–61)

Nebraska was led by three head coaches during the war years, with a scarcity of players available as so many of the country's young men were abroad and at war. By 1945, the year the war ended, the Cornhuskers recorded a losing 11-24-0 (0.314) record.

The situation did not improve after the war, as Bill Glassford (1949–55, 50-40-4, 0.553), and Nebraska's performance improved somewhat over previous years, especially after the 6-2-1 1950 season, and Nebraska's second-ever bowl appearance, a 34-7 loss to Duke in the 1955 Orange Bowl.

Following Glassford, Pete Elliott, a star quarterback who led Michigan to the 1948 national championship, arrived at Nebraska for his first ever head coaching appointment. Although he would go on to achieve successes later in his career, he recorded a 4-6-0 (0.400) record in his one year at Nebraska. His replacement, Bill Jennings (1957–61, 15-34-1, 0.310) fared even worse at the helm, his final career record with the Cornhuskers being the lowest of all but three of Nebraska's coaches.

The Devaney and Osborne dynasties (1962–97)

Bob Devaney, head coach from 1962 to 1972

Bob Devaney (1962–72, 101-20-2, 0.829) about an immediate turnaround in the fortunes of Nebraska football. He led Nebraska to a 9-2 record in his first season, including Nebraska's first ever bowl win against Miami in the 1962 Gotham Bowl. This was the first of what would eventually be 40 consecutive winning seasons, and Nebraska's NCAA-record ongoing sellout streak began in the seventh game of this season. After five straight bowl game seasons, Devaney's squad suffered two 6–4 years in a row in 1967 and 1968, prompting a change in philosophy suggested by offensive assistant Tom Osborne, who would also advance to Offensive Coordinator the following season. Over the next four seasons, Nebraska suffered just four losses, amassed an overall 42-4-2 (0.896) record, won the conference title in each year, and secured Nebraska's first and second national championships.

The first championship season, in 1970, came on the heels of a 17-12 victory against Louisiana State in the Orange Bowl. Nebraska went into the game ranked No. 3 in the Associated Press poll, but both teams ahead of the Cornhuskers lost that day. There was no such suspense in 1971. Nebraska began the season ranked No. 2 by the Associated Press and moved up to No. 1 after a 34-7 victory in its opener against Oregon. The Cornhuskers remained atop the AP poll all season, as they defeated second-ranked Oklahoma in what was, and still is, called the "Game of the Century" on Thanksgiving Day in Norman, Okla., and wrapped up the title by defeating Bear Bryant's second-ranked Alabama 38-6 in the Orange Bowl game on New Year’s night.

Cornhusker All-Americans became commonplace during Devaney's tenure as coach. Among the 18 who received such recognition were Johnny Rodgers, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1972, and Rich Glover, who won the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award that same season.

Tom Osborne in 1965

Devaney stepped down after the 1972 season and took over the duties of Nebraska's Athletic Director. Osborne (1973–97, 255–49–3, 0.836) subsequently became Nebraska's longest-tenured coach and won more games than any other coach in the team's history. He also became the NCAA's fifth most winning Division 1-A coach in history over the course of his 25 years at the helm. Osborne never won fewer than nine games in any of his seasons, and secured thirteen conference titles.

After an undefeated regular season by the 1983 team, nicknamed "The Scoring Explosion," earned themselves into the 1984 Orange Bowl with a #1 ranking. Nebraska trailed Miami 17–0 after the first quarter. Early in the second quarter, Nebraska coach Tom Osborne called for the fumblerooski, whereby Nebraska quarterback Turner Gill "fumbled" the snap from center by setting it on the turf and was picked up by All-American offensive guard Dean Steinkuhler, who ran the ball 19 yards for a touchdown. Nebraska famously went on to lose the game 31–30 (and with it, the national championship). Although this is widely regarded as the most famous occurrence of this play, it is actually not the first time that Nebraska ran it, having first tried it in a 17–14 loss to Oklahoma in 1979.

The 1994 team was Osborne's first national championship team but were even better the next season. has named the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers the greatest team of all time.[14] They scored 638 points (53.2 per game) while only allowing 164 (14.5 per game)on their way to their second consecutive national championship by defeating favored Florida Gators, 62-24. The 1994 and 1995 Nebraska teams, which went a combined 25–0, remain the only undefeated and untied - as well as the only consensus - back-to-back national champions since Oklahoma in 1955 and 1956.

The Cornhuskers entered the Big 12 era as winners of the last five Big Eight titles under the old round-robin format (the Big Eight had added four schools from the Southwest Conference, necessitating the adoption of the divisional format as the Big 12) and reached the first Big 12 Championship Game in St. Louis. Had they not been upset by Texas, they would have played for yet another national championship in the 1997 Sugar Bowl game.

In 1997, a 27-14 victory at Washington certified the Cornhuskers as national championship contenders. A 45-38 overtime victory at Missouri kept their title hopes alive with the "Flea Kicker". Nebraska returned to the Big 12 championship in 1997 and defeated Texas A&M for its first title in the Big 12 and a 42-17 victory against No. 3 Tennessee in the Orange Bowl boosted them to the top of the USA Today/ESPN coaches’ poll making Osborne the only coach to retire as national champions.

Nebraska posted a 60–3–0 record between the 1993-97 seasons to end Osborne's tenure.

The Post-Osborne era (1998–2010)

Upon Osborne's retirement, the program was handed over to coaching assistant Frank Solich (1998–2003, 58-18, 0.766), who also had played for Nebraska from 1963-1965. In his six seasons, Solich won one Big 12 North Division title, an outright conference championship, and took the Cornhuskers to the 2001 National Championship Game. After a weak 7-7 campaign in 2002, Solich changed his approach, much as Devaney had done after 1968, and made changes to his assistant coaching staff. The turnaround appeared successful, as Solich's 2003 team went 9-3 in the regular season. However, second-year Nebraska Athletic Director Steve Pederson fired Solich before the bowl game, justifying the move by stating he would not "let Nebraska gravitate into mediocrity", and would not "surrender the Big 12 to Oklahoma and Texas".[15] Solich's defensive coordinator, Bo Pelini, hired in the 2002 staffing shakeup, was appointed interim coach and led the Cornhuskers to a 17-3 Alamo Bowl win over Michigan State to close out the 2003 Nebraska season with a 10-3 record.

Although Pelini interviewed for the position as permanent replacement, ultimately former Oakland Raiders head coach Bill Callahan (2004–2007, 27-22, 0.551) was named as Solich's successor. Callahan's mandate to prevent Nebraska's decline was not immediately successful, as he installed the West Coast offense made popular in the National Football League. His 2004 first-year record of 5-6 was Nebraska's first losing season since 1961. The 8-4 2005 season showed improvement, and Nebraska's 9-5 record in 2006 accompanied a conference division title. However, in 2007, Nebraska dropped five games in a row for the first time since 1958, including a record-setting 76-39 loss to Kansas. Pederson was fired as athletic director in the middle of the five-game slide, and Tom Osborne returned from his political career to fill in as interim athletic director. Callahan subsequently put up just one more win, against Kansas State, before closing the season with a 65–51 loss to Colorado. In four years, Callahan had achieved the lowest winning percentage by a Nebraska head coach in 46 years, and Osborne fired him the following day.

Bo Pelini, head coach from 2007 to 2014

Osborne selected Bo Pelini (2008–2014, 67-27, 0.713) to return to Nebraska as the 32nd head coach of the Cornhuskers. Pelini's first team tied for the division title with a 9-4 record, the best record among all twenty-eight first-season coaches in college football's FBS division. In 2009, Nebraska led the nation in scoring defense, finishing 10-4 with another division championship and a #14 overall ranking. Following the 2009 season, Pelini was given his second raise and contract extension. In 2010, Nebraska again finished 10-4 with another division championship and a #20 overall ranking.

Move to the Big Ten (2011–present)

The Cornhuskers' first season as a member of the Gator Bowl. In 2014, his team put up an identical regular-season 9-3 record with all three losses occurring in the conference resulting in a tie for second place in their division. Pelini was fired the day after the 2014 regular season ended.[16] At the time he was fired, the university reportedly still owed him $7.65 million according to the terms of his employment contract.[17] Pelini exited the NU football program with a 67–27 record, winning at least 9 games in every season although Nebraska never won a conference title under Pelini.[17] Shortly after firing Pelini, Nebraska hired Oregon State University coach Mike Riley as the team's new head coach.[18]

Logos and uniforms

Nebraska has worn traditional uniforms throughout its history. The first helmet was red, with a white stripe. This was later changed to a plain white helmet with a black number on the side. During 1967–1969, a red, offset "NU" was placed on each side of the helmet. From 1970, the "NU" was changed to the simple, familiar "N" that remains today, although it is thought a few "NU" helmets remained in use as late as 1972. There were not enough U stickers available before the 1970 season, which became the first national championship season. The single was considered a good luck charm so it remained.

The helmet design has remained essentially unchanged since 1970, with the exception of the face mask, as it was changed from grey to red prior to the 1982 Orange Bowl game against Clemson.

The jerseys have only been altered a few times, with the addition of shoulder stripes and numbers. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Huskers wore full shoulder stripes reminiscent of those worn by the Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts of the NFL. These were gradually phased out when mesh and tearaway jerseys became popular. For the 1974 Cotton Bowl Classic, the jersey has the script "Nebraska" embroidered onto the front. From 1980–83, Nebraska's jerseys featured just a simple block "N" on the sleeves. In 1984, two sleeve stripes and sleeve numbers were added back to the uniform, where they essentially remain today, although the stripes and numbers have decreased in size as jersey sleeves have shortened over the years.

Herbie Husker, one of Nebraska's mascots.

Shoulder patches were added to the jerseys beginning in 1989, with a patch that commemorated the 100th season of Nebraska football. The following season, a patch with "Nebraska Football: A Winning Tradition" embroidered on it was added above the left breast of the jersey. In 1999 a new version of this patch debuted and it has remained there to date.

Names began appearing on the backs of the jerseys for bowl games beginning in the 1970s. Around 1980, the players' names began appearing on the road jerseys. The home jerseys remained nameless except for when worn during bowl games, with one exception. A brief tradition was established for the last home game of each season, where seniors (playing their final game in Memorial Stadium) were allowed to wear names on their jerseys; underclassmen, however, did not. This explains why footage of many Oklahoma-Nebraska games played in Lincoln during this era feature some Nebraska players with names on their jerseys and some without. From approximately 1988 onwards, names were permanently affixed to the home jersey, where they remain.

The team traditionally wears white pants at home and red on the road, although there have been exceptions. Nebraska donned red pants with red jerseys for the first (and until 2012, only) time in school history for its 1986 contest against Oklahoma. Nebraska led this game for 58½ minutes before losing a 20-17 heartbreaker due to some late OU heroics, and the combination was deemed to be unlucky.

Nebraska began periodically donning all-white, beginning with the 1991 Citrus Bowl game against Georgia Tech (a game in which they were blown out, 45-21). They next tried the combo during the 1992 season, wearing all-white for the first three road games of that year. They lost two of the three, including an embarrassing 19-10 decision to an unranked Iowa State squad. The combination was not tried again until the ill-fated 2002 uniform (see next paragraph) and was also worn during Bill Callahan's last game as head coach (another embarrassing loss, this time 65-51 to Colorado). As a result, Husker fans typically associate the all-white look with losing and tend to prefer the red road pants. In 2014, Nebraska donned all-white uniforms again when they played at Fresno State and defeated them 55-19.

From 1968–94, the pants had two stripes down each side. Originally they were thin stripes, but became thicker sometime in the mid-1970s.These were removed prior to the 1995 season, and the pants remained stripe-less until 2001. For the 2002 season, Nebraska experimented with side panels on the jersey and pants, and went to all white permanently on the road. The look was overwhelmingly disliked by most fans, presumably because the Huskers went 7-7, which was at the time their worst season in 40 years. In 2003, Nebraska returned to a look similar to the one they wore from 1995–2001. In 2004, the two pant stripes returned to the uniform, where they have remained since.

Nebraska playing Wisconsin in 2012 both wearing alternate uniforms created by Adidas

On September 26, 2009, for the first time in school history, the Cornhuskers wore "throwback" uniforms from 1962 in honor of Nebraska's 300th consecutive sell out. Adidas is the official shoe and uniform sponsor of Nebraska athletics.

For the 2010 season, the numbers on the outside of the shoulder were placed on the top of the shoulder pads, similar to the style of the late 1970s.

The Huskers wore alternate all red uniforms with black helmets against the Wisconsin Badgers on September 29, 2012. This marked the first Adidas Unrivaled Game, where 2 adidas programs don alternate uniforms against each other

Nebraska wore alternate uniforms against the UCLA Bruins in 2013. This uniform marks the introduction of adidas’ TECHFIT ShockWeb technology, designed to keep players fast, cool and mobile onfield. The TECHFIT black jersey features white stencil font numbers and a unique pattern throughout. The Cornhuskers’ helmet is matte white with a wide black stripe, stencil numbers and a face mask that fades from red to matte black. Nebraska’s famous straight red “N” featured on its helmets for decades remains unchanged. Nebraska’s black adidas TECHFIT baselayer has an N in the design. The pants are white with black stripes and the straight red “N” on the front left hip. They also wore adidas Team Speed Vertical socks and Crazyquick Mid cleats.

Memorial Stadium

Nebraska before a game versus Southern California

The home of the Huskers since 1923 and the location of a continuing NCAA-record consecutive sellout streak currently at 340, the "Sea of Red" provides one of the most exciting game-day experiences in all of college football.

The sellout streak dates back to November 3, 1962 during Bob Devaney's first season at Nebraska. The Huskers lost the first game in the current streak, a Homecoming game, to Missouri 16–7 with 36,501 in attendance.[19][20] It reached number 300 with a win over Louisiana-Lafayette in front of a then school-record crowd of 86,304 on Sept. 26, 2009.

Statue of Bob Devaney.

The stadium completed a major expansion to the east side in 2013, and now when full the stadium holds more people than the third-largest city in Nebraska, Bellevue. Official capacity is now listed at 87,000,[21] but crowds are regularly in excess of 91,000.

Outside of the stadium are three statues. The Husker Legacy Statue, made in 1997, which depicts 6 Husker defensive players tackling a Kansas State player. It was modeled from a picture taken during the Nebraska vs. Kansas State game in 1995. It is made of bronze and weighs two tons. Fred Hoppe, the creator, says "the monument displays the sense of pride that Nebraskans have for their football team." In 2006, he also created a statue of Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne is located outside of the Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex on the North side of Memorial Stadium. It is a life-sized bronze sculpture of the two standing side by side.[22] On August 30, 2013, a life-sized bronze statue of Bob Devaney was unveiled at the main entrance of the newly remodeled east side of Memorial Stadium. The sculptor, Joe Putjenter, also sculpted the Tunnel Walk gates inside of the stadium.[23] Nebraska played in front of the largest crowd in Memorial Stadium history on September 20, 2014 against Miami (FL) with an announced attendance of 91,585.

Prior to Memorial Stadium, the Huskers played their home games at Nebraska Field from 1909-1922. They defeated Notre Dame's four horsemen in the final game at the field.


Balloon release

Balloon Release
Every home game since the 1940s after the Huskers score their first touchdown, thousands of helium balloons are released into the sky by the fans. In 2012, a global helium shortage was about to put this tradition on hiatus,[24] but after reviewing the amount of helium there was, the University kept the tradition alive throughout the 2012 season.[25]

The Husker defense is known by the nickname of the "[24]

Tunnel Walk

Tunnel Walk
Since the 1994 season, Nebraska's home games have opened with the Tunnel Walk. Before the teams enter the field, the HuskerVision screens light up with a video, and "Sirius" (an instrumental by The Alan Parsons Project) blares from the speakers accompanied by cheers from the crowd, and the Huskers take the field.

Walk-on Program
Nebraska football has a formal walk-on program which attracts many students from throughout the state—often from rural areas—that the Cornhuskers did not offer athletic scholarships to.[27] The program accepted its first walk-on player in the early 1960s, and Tom Osborne began an official walk-on program in 1973 after the NCAA reduced the number of scholarships the university could offer.[28] The size of the program means that Nebraska's rosters are unusually large; it had 141 players on the team that won the national championship at the 1996 Fiesta Bowl, while opponent Florida had 94.[29] About 40% of the players that traveled to away games under Osborne were walk-ons. He credited them with contributing to his teams' success, by providing manpower for additional scout teams to prepare against for future opponents.[30] Unlike those at some other schools, Nebraska's walk-ons have the same access to training facilities and academic counseling as those with scholarships. While many walk-ons never play in a game during their athletic careers,[31] six walk-ons have become All-American players and 29 have played in the NFL. 12 have been named Academic All-Americans.[27]




Historically, the Nebraska–Oklahoma rivalry often carried league championship and occasional national championship implications. The teams regularly battled for the Big Eight Conference title until 1996, when the conference became the Big 12 Conference. In the conference's first 89 years, Nebraska or Oklahoma won or shared the conference championship 71 times under the round-robin scheduling format.[32] The Cornhuskers and Sooners also played several games during the 1970s and 1980s that decided the national championship.[33] Then during the years the Big 12 staged a championship game, the teams combined for an additional nine titles (7 of them by the Sooners, 2 of which were won against Nebraska).

Trophy games


The Victory Bell is awarded to the winning team. Nebraska won the last meeting between the two schools and now holds the Victory Bell until a game is scheduled between the two schools again.


Inaugural Heroes Game in Lincoln, Ne.

The Heroes Trophy is awarded to the winning team of the Heroes Game. Prior to each game, an actual hero from each state is honored. The Heroes Game is typically played on Black Friday as the final game of the regular season.


Prior to their matchup in 2014, the University of Nebraska and the University of Wisconsin announced that moving forward the two schools would play for the Freedom Trophy. The trophy sits on a wooden base and features a depiction of Nebraska's Memorial Stadium on one side and Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium on the other. The trophy has an inscription honoring the nation's veterans and symbolizes that Memorial Stadium was built in their honor at Nebraska while Camp Randall Stadium in Wisconsin was built on the site of a former Civil War training site. The score of each year's contest will be inscribed on the trophy.


Prior to their matchup in 2014, Abraham Lincoln.


Current coaching staff

Name Title First year
in this position
Years at Nebraska Alma Mater
Mike Riley Head Coach 2015 2015- Alabama
Mark Banker 2015 2015- Springfield College
Mike Cavanaugh 2015 2015- Southern Connecticut State
Trent Bray 2015 2015- Oregon State
Bruce Read 2015 2015- Portland State
Bowl Game Staff
Barney Cotton Interim Head Coach
Run Game Coordinator
Offensive Line/Tight Ends
2008 2003, 2008- Nebraska
John Papuchis Defensive Coordinator 2012 2008- Virginia Tech
Tim Beck Offensive Coordinator
2011 2008- Central Florida
Ron Brown Running Backs 2011 1987–2003, 2008- Brown
Ross Els Linebackers
Special Teams
Recruiting Coordinator
2011 2011- Nebraska-Omaha
Rich Fisher Wide Receivers 2011 2011- Colorado
John Garrison Offensive Line 2011 2011- Nebraska
Rick Kaczenski Defensive Line 2012 2012- Notre Dame
Charlton Warren Secondary 2014 2014- Air Force
Jeff Jamrog Assistant AD for Football 2008 1988–1989, 2000–2003, 2008- Nebraska
James Dobson Strength and Conditioning 2008 2008- Wisconsin
Kyle Brey Graduate Assistant 2013 2013- Buffalo
Joe Ganz Graduate Assistant 2012 2010- Nebraska
Austin Cassidy Graduate Assistant 2014 2014- Nebraska
Max Onyegbule Graduate Assistant 2014 2014- Kansas


Career Coaching Records (1893-2014)

Coach Seasons Games Wins Losses Ties Percentage
E.O. Stiehm (1911-1915) 5 40 35 2 3 .913
W.C. Booth (1900-1905) 6 55 46 8 1 .845
Tom Osborne (1973-1997) 25 307 255 49 3 .836
Bob Devaney (1962-1972) 11 123 101 20 2 .829
Frank Solich (1998-2003) 6 77 58 19 0 .753
Fred Dawson (1921-1924) 4 32 23 7 2 .750
Dana X. Bible (1929-1936) 8 72 50 15 7 .743
E.E. Bearg (1925-1928) 4 33 23 7 3 .742
W.C. Cole (1907-1910) 4 36 25 8 3 .736
E.J. Stewart (1916-1917) 2 15 11 4 0 .733
Fielding Yost (1898) 1 11 8 3 0 .727
E.N. Robinson (1896-1897) 2 16 11 4 1 .719
Bo Pelini (2008–2014)* 7 94 67 27 0 .713
Frank Crawford (1893-1894) 2 14 9 4 1 .679
Charles Thomas (1895) 1 9 6 3 0 .667
L. McC. "Biff" Jones (1937-1941) 5 46 28 14 4 .652
Amos Foster (1906) 1 10 6 4 0 .600
Henry F. Schulte (1919-1920) 2 17 8 6 3 .559
Bill Callahan (2004-2007) 4 49 27 22 0 .551
Bill Glassford (1949-1955) 7 69 31 35 3 .471
W.G. Kline (1918) 1 6 2 3 1 .471
Pete Elliott (1956) 1 10 4 6 0 .400
George Clark (1945, 1948) 2 19 6 13 0 .316
Bill Jennings (1957-1961) 5 50 15 34 1 .310
Glenn Presnell (1942) 1 10 3 7 0 .300
Bernie Masterson (1946-1947) 2 18 5 13 0 .278
Adolph Lewandowski (1943-1944) 2 16 4 12 0 .250
A.E. Branch (1899) 1 9 1 7 1 .167
Mike Riley (2015–present) 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Barney Cotton (2014)** 0 0 0 0 0 .000

* - Interim Head Coach for 2003 Alamo Bowl

** - Interim Head Coach for 2014 Bowl Game

Championships and postseason

National championships

Nebraska huddling before a game versus Texas in 2003
Year Coach Selector Record Bowl
1970¹ Bob Devaney AP 11-0-1 Won Orange
1971 Bob Devaney AP, Coaches 13-0 Won Orange
1994 Tom Osborne AP, Coaches 13-0 Won Orange
1995 Tom Osborne AP, Coaches 12-0 Won Fiesta
1997² Tom Osborne Coaches 13-0 Won Orange
Total national championships – 5
  1. Shared with Texas*
  2. Shared with Michigan

* Texas retained a #1 ranking in the UPI Poll despite a 24-11 loss to Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl Classic;
prior to the 1974 season, the UPI Poll (coaches) released its final rankings before the bowl games.
Nebraska was #1 in the final AP Poll (writers) for the 1970 season, conducted after the bowl games.

Nebraska has also been awarded nine other national championships by various polling organizations:[41]

  • 1915, 1921, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1993, 1999

Bowl results

Nebraska has participated in 50 bowls, including an NCAA-record 35 consecutive bowls from 1969 to 2003.[42]

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

Season Results

Honors and Awards

Individual award winners

College Football Hall of Fame

Guy Chamberlain

Nebraska boasts 22 inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame:[43]

Name Position Years at NU Year Inducted
Dana X. Bible Coach 1929-36 1951
Ed Weir Tackle 1923-25 1951
Fielding Yost Coach 1898 1951
George Sauer Fullback 1931-33 1954
Lawrence Jones Coach 1937-41 1954
Eddie “Robbie” Robinson Coach 1896-97 1955
Guy Chamberlin Halfback/End 1913-15 1962
Clarence Swanson End 1918-20 1973
Sam Francis Fullback 1934-36 1977
Bob Devaney Coach 1962-72 1981
Bobby Reynolds Halfback 1950-52 1984
Forrest Behm Tackle 1938-40 1988
Wayne Meylan Middle Guard 1965-67 1991
Bob (Boomer) Brown Guard 1961-63 1993
Rich Glover Middle Guard 1970-72 1995
Dave Rimington Center 1979-82 1997
Tom Osborne Coach 1973-97 1999
Johnny Rodgers Halfback 1970-72 2000
Mike Rozier Running Back 1981-83 2006
Grant Wistrom Defensive End 1994-97 2009
Will Shields Offensive Tackle 1989-92 2011
Tommie Frazier Quarterback 1992-95 2013

Retired jersey numbers

Nebraska Cornhuskers retired numbers
No. Player Position Career
20 Johnny Rodgers 1 RB 1970–72
60 Tom Novak C 1946–49
64 Bob Brown OT 1961–63
  • 1 Rodgers permitted his #20 jersey number to be worn by his son Terry, who played for Nebraska from 1986–1990. Marlon Lucky also wore this number before changing his number to #5. Michael Booker wore #20 for his entire career.

Retired player jerseys

Tommie Frazier

Nebraska's group of 17 players with retired jerseys ranks among the best in the nation.[44]


The Husker football program has a long tradition of All-Americans. Since 1914, Nebraska has produced 96 players who have collected a total of 110 First-Team All-American awards, including 14 double winners. Nebraska claims 47 Consensus All-Americans who have won a total of 56 Consensus All-American honors and 20 Unanimous All-Americans who have won 21 Unanimous awards.

Academic All-Americans

Nebraska leads the nation in Academic All-America selections in football and across all sports. Through the 2013 football season, Nebraska boasts a nation-leading 69 CoSIDA First Team Academic All-Americans and a nation-leading 107 all-time First and Second Team selections. The list includes 15 Huskers that have been named first team Academic All-American twice in their careers. The Huskers also lead the nation with a total of 310 Academic All-Americans across all sports. Notre Dame is second with 58 football Academic All-Americans and 234 Academic All-Americans across all sports.[49]

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

Nebraska All-Century Football Team

All-century team members were selected via an online poll hosted at during the 1999 football season.

Nebraska's All-Time Team

As selected by Athlon Sports in 2010.[50]

In the NFL

Huskers in the NFL
NFL Draft selections
Total selected: 350
First picks in draft: 2
1st Round: 34
NFL achievements
In the Super Bowl: 54
In the Pro Bowl: 32
Hall of Famers: 3

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Three Nebraska players have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame:[51]

Currently in the NFL

Roy Helu
Ndamukong Suh

There are 26 Huskers currently on NFL rosters.[55]

Series records

All-Time Record: 874-360–40 (.702)[21]

Updated November 28, 2014

Division I opponents

Future non-conference opponents

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027
vs BYU vs Fresno State at Oregon vs Colorado vs South Alabama vs Cincinnati vs Northern Illinois vs Oklahoma at Colorado vs Colorado at Cincinnati vs Tennessee at Tennessee
vs South Alabama vs Wyoming vs Northern Illinois vs Troy at Colorado at Oklahoma vs Northern Illinois
at Miami (FL) vs Oregon vs Akron vs Northern Illinois
vs Southern Mississippi

See also


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  6. ^ Best college football teams of all-time, accessed November 2, 2014
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  23. ^ "Osborne says no one deserves statue more than Devaney". Omaha World Herald. 
  24. ^ a b "Helium Shortage Puts Touchdown Balloons on Hiatus". 2012-08-13. 
  25. ^ "Upon Further Review, There Will Be Balloons". 9/12/2012. 
  26. ^ "History of the Blackshirts". Retrieved 2010-06-21. 
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  30. ^ "Graeber Generosity Helps Walk-On Program". Randy York's N-Sider Blog. Nebraska Huskers. 2013-05-03. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
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  41. ^ Nebraska Total National Championships
  42. ^ "Bowl Tradition". Husker Athletics. 
  43. ^ "College Football Hall of Fame". 
  44. ^ "Nebraska's Retired jerseys". Retrieved 2010-06-21. 
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  46. ^ "1915 Big Eight Conference Football season standings". Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  47. ^ "1924 Big Eight Conference Football season standings". Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  48. ^ "1925 Big Eight Conference Football season standings". Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  49. ^ Nebraska's Academic All-Americans
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  52. ^ "PFHOF William Roy (Link) Lyman". Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  53. ^ "PFHOF Guy Chamberlin". Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  54. ^ "PFHOF Bob Brown". Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
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External links

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