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1985 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
University of Nebraska Logo 1982-1991.PNG
Fiesta Bowl, L 23-27 vs #5 Michigan
Conference Big Eight Conference
Ranking
Coaches #10
AP #11
1985 record 9-3-0 (6-1-0 Big 8)
Head coach Tom Osborne
Offensive coordinator Tom Osborne
Defensive coordinator Charlie McBride

Home stadium

Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1984 1986 »
1985 Big 8 Football standings
     Conf       Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 / 1 Oklahoma 7 0 0     11 1 0
#11 / 10 Nebraska 6 1 0     9 3 0
Oklahoma State 4 3 0     8 4 0
Colorado 4 3 0     7 5 0
Iowa State 3 4 0     5 6 0
Kansas 2 5 0     6 6 0
Kansas State 1 6 0     1 10 0
Missouri 1 6 0     1 10 0

Rankings: AP / Coaches

The 1985 Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Team was the representative of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the 1985 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Contents

Schedule

[1]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 7* #17 Florida State #10 Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska L 13-17   75,943
September 21* Illinois #18 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska W 52-25   76,149
September 28* Oregon #16 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska W 63-0   75,947
October 5* New Mexico #13 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska W 38-7   75,902
October 12 at #5 Oklahoma State #9 Lewis FieldStillwater, Oklahoma W 34-24   50,400
October 19 at Missouri #7 Faurot FieldColumbia, Missouri W 28-20   62,733
October 26† Colorado #5 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska W 17-7   76,014
November 2 at Kansas State #5 KSU StadiumManhattan, Kansas W 41-3   41,200
November 9 Iowa State #3 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska W 49-0   75,920
November 16 Kansas #2 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska W 56-6   75,863
November 23 at #5 Oklahoma #2 Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, Oklahoma L 7-27   75,004
January 1* vs. #5 Michigan #7 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, Arizona (Fiesta Bowl) L 23-27   72,454
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

Roster

[2][3]

Bailey, Dan (So.) OG
Banderas, Tom #87 (So.) TE
Behrens, Vance (So.) WB
Blakeman, Clete #12 (So.) QB
Blankenship, Brian #70 (Sr.) OG
Brinson, Dana #33 (Fr.) WB
Bryan, Dave #58 (Jr.) OG
Carl, Mike #42 (Jr.) CB
Carpenter, Todd #73 (Jr.) OT
Carr, Chris #45 (Jr.) S
Casterline, Dan #24 (Jr.) FB
Chealey, Gene #31 (So.) MON
Clayton, McCathorn #7 (So.) QB
Cooper, Mark #54 (Jr.) C
Custard, John #28 (So.) CB
Daffer, Chad #46 (Sr.) LB
Davis, Brian #32 (Jr.) CB
Diaz, Mark (Jr.) TE
Dittmer, Jim #59 (Sr.) OT
DuBose, Doug #22 (Jr.) IB
Ernest, Jim #77 (RFr.) OT
Etienne, LeRoy #48 (Fr.) LB
Forch, Steve #38 (Jr.) LB
Frain, Todd #80 (Sr.) TE
Galois, Ron #67 (Jr.) OG
Gamble, Jason #86 (So.) SE
Gangwish, Paul (Sr.) DE
Gatson, Pernell (Jr.) WB
Green, Derrick (So.) OT
Groskurth, Danny #52 (So.) DT
Hall, Mike (So.) TE
Hawkins, Hendley #86 (So.) QB
Hedlund, Mike #36 (So.) FB
Heibel, Micah #48 (So.) FB
Henning, Blake #39 (So.) LB
Hill, Scott #15 (So.) S

 

Hoefler, Mike #75 (Jr.) OG
Holloway, Tony #91 (Jr.) LB
Holscher, Jim (So.) WB
Jamrog, Jeff #55 (So.) DE
Johnson, Brad #64 (Jr.) OT
Jones, Keith #6 (So.) IB
Jones, Lee #98 (So.) DT
Kaelin, Ken #49 (Jr.) FB
Kelley, Jon #40 (So.) IB
Klein, Dale #1 (Jr.) PK
Knox, Mike #44 (Sr.) LB
Krantz, Jeff (Unk) SE
Lewis, Bill #68 (Sr.) C
Lightner, Keven #57 (So.) OT
Lindstrom, Roger #23 (Sr.) WB
Macias, Bill #77 (So.) OT
Maggard, Rob #72 (Jr.) OT
McCormick, John #61 (So.) OG
Miles, Paul #21 (Sr.) IB
Miller, Cleo #17 (Jr.) CB
Millikan, Todd #43 (Fr.) TE
Mlinar, Jerry #16 (Jr.) QB
Moore, Brian #90 (Sr.) TE
Munford, Marc #41 (Jr.) LB
Nelson, Ray #8 (Jr.) WB
Nichols, John #63 (So.) C
Noel, Jack #56 (Sr.) C
Noonan, Danny #95 (Jr.) MG
Opie, Harlan (So.) DE
Otte, Mike (Unk) SE
Paige, Woody #9 (Sr.) CB
Palmer, Tony #97 (So.) DT
Parker, Stan #74 (Jr.) OG
Parsons, Kevin #35 (Jr.) LB
Pokorny, Brian #18 (Sr.) CB
Proffitt, Todd #34 (Sr.) MG

 

Rathman, Tom #26 (Sr.) FB
Reeves, Gregg #84 (Sr.) DE
Reynolds, Rod #93 (Sr.) DT
Rogers, Phil #66 (Sr.) MG
Roth, Tim #65 (Sr.) OT
Rother, Tim #78 (So.) OT
Rozier, Guy #4 (Sr.) MON
Schaaf, Jim #62 (So.) OG
Schneider, Gary #3 (Jr.) CB
Schnitzler, Craig #13 (So.) P/PK
Schnitzler, Robb #85 (Jr.) SE
Sellentin, Jeff #53 (Jr.) C
Shaw, Pat #51 (Jr.) LB
Shead, Ken #99 (Sr.) LB
Sheppard, Von #2 (So.) WB
Siebler, Bryan #19 (Jr.) S
Skow, Jim #96 (Sr.) DT
Smith, Brad #81 (Sr.) DE
Smith, Neil #92 (So.) DT
Smith, Rod #88 (So.) SE
Spachman, Chris #76 (Jr.) DT
Strasburger, Matt (Jr.) S
Taylor, Jeff #10 (So.) QB
Taylor, Steve #11 (Fr.) QB
Thayer, Dan #29 (Jr.) S
Thomas, Broderick #82 (Fr.) DE
Tomjack, Jeff #11 (So.) MON
Tucker, Scott #89 (Sr.) DE
Turner, Travis #14 (Sr.) QB
Tyrer, Brad #83 (Jr.) DE
Washington, Brian #43 (So.) MON
|Watkins, Dennis #27 (Sr.) CB
Welniak, Doug #37 (So.) LB
Welter, Tom #69 (Jr.) OT
Wingard, Dan #47 (Sr.) P/PK

     

Coaching staff

Name Title First year
in this position
Years at Nebraska Alma Mater
Tom Osborne Head Coach
Offensive Coordinator
1973 1964-1997 Hastings College
Charlie McBride Defensive Coordinator 1981 1977-1999 Colorado
Cletus Fischer Offensive Line 1960-1985 Nebraska
John Melton Tight Ends
Wingbacks
1973 1962-1988 Wyoming
Boyd Epley Head Strength Coach 1969 1969-2003 Nebraska
George Darlington Defensive Backs 1973-2002 Rutgers
Milt Tenopir Offensive Line 1974 1974-2002 Sterling
Gene Huey Receivers 1977 1977-1986 Wyoming
Frank Solich Running Backs 1983 1979-2003 Nebraska
Jack Pierce 1979-1991
Bob Thornton Secondary 1981 1981-1985 Nebraska
Dan Young Offensive Line
Kicking
1983 1983-2002 Reed College

Game notes

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Florida State

#17 Florida State at #10 Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
• #17 Florida State 7 10 0 0 17
#10 Nebraska 7 6 0 0 13

Both teams started out evenly with a 7-7 tie after the first quarter, but Florida State led the Cornhuskers by 4 at the half and no one scored during the rest of this scorcher, as the mercury in Lincoln reached 93°F (and 133°F on the field).

Illinois

Illinois at #18 Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Illinois 0 10 0 15 25
• #18 Nebraska 14 10 21 7 52

Although Illinois started out behind 0-17, they came within 7 points of a tie before Nebraska ran away, as the Cornhuskers at one point scored 28 straight in a game whose outcome never was seriously in doubt.

Oregon

Oregon at #16 Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Oregon 0 0 0 0 0
• #16 Nebraska 14 28 14 7 63

Oregon was rendered helpess in Lincoln as Nebraska punched in four touchdowns late in the 2nd quarter and rolled to a 63-0 shutout in Lincoln. The Ducks only crossed the center of the field twice and were unable to scrape up even 1/3 of the total time of possession.

New Mexico

New Mexico at #13 Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
New Mexico 7 0 0 0 7
• #13 Nebraska 7 7 10 14 38

Nebraska closed out the non-conference season against a New Mexico team that was not intimidated in Lincoln. The Lobos scored first and acquired 379 total yards of offense while winning the time of possession battle, but could not turn those accomplishments into scores as they also allowed nine sacks, four interceptions and lost a fumble.

Oklahoma State

#9 Nebraska at #5 Oklahoma State [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
• #9 Nebraska 0 17 3 14 34
#5 Oklahoma State 0 3 14 7 24

Nebraska pulled off the upset of Oklahoma State in Stillwater, as The Cowboys' passing attack was no match for the Cornhuskers' rushing attack when it was hampered by OSU's two lost fumbles and two thrown interceptions. Nebraska continued their unbeaten streak over Oklahoma State that began in 1961.

Missouri

#7 Nebraska at Missouri [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
• #7 Nebraska 6 9 3 10 28
Missouri 7 0 6 7 20

21 of Nebraska's 28 points came off of the foot of PK Dale Klein, who not only tied the NCAA record of seven field goals in a game, but also became the first player to make seven straight in a game while also running his Nebraska field goal record streak up to nine.

Colorado

Colorado at #5 Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Colorado 7 0 0 0 7
• #5 Nebraska 0 7 7 3 17

Colorado, playing without its 1st and 2nd string quarterbacks, still managed to hold Nebraska to a 7-7 halftime tie before a long touchdown run at the end of the 3rd quarter allowed the Cornhuskers to pull away.

Kansas State

#5 Nebraska at Kansas State [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
• #5 Nebraska 7 17 3 14 41
Kansas State 3 0 0 0 3

Kansas State managed to prevent any single Nebraska runner from exceeding 100 yards, and even though Nebraska only completed six passes, it made no difference as the Wildcats were held to just a 1st quarter field goal while the Cornhuskers had little trouble putting up 41 points. Nebraska PK Dale Klein set a Nebraska and personal record when he kicked a 50-yard field goal, his 12th of the season.

Iowa State

Iowa State at #3 Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Iowa State 0 0 0 0 0
• #3 Nebraska 7 14 21 7 49

The #3 Cornhuskers romped in Lincoln as the Blackshirts extended their touchdown prevention streak to 11 quarters. Nebraska IB Doug DuBose entered record territory, becoming the 10th Nebraska player to post 2,000 yards, became the third (after Jarvis Redwine and Mike Rozier) to have two 1,000 yard seasons, and was the first Cornhusker to do so before their senior season.

Kansas

Kansas at #2 Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Kansas 3 0 3 0 6
• #2 Nebraska 10 28 11 7 56

Despite a 0-6 turnover margin deficit, #2 Nebraska rolled the Kansas Jayhawks up in a 56-6 drubbing that saw the Cornhusker defense extend their touchdown-free series to 15 quarters. Without the five lost fumbles and one interception given up by Nebraska, the blowout of Kansas would have been far worse.

Oklahoma

#2 Nebraska at #5 Oklahoma [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
#2 Nebraska 0 0 0 7 7
• #5 Oklahoma 14 3 10 0 27

Oklahoma completely shut down Nebraska's offensive machine, as the Cornhuskers' only score came on a 76 yard fumble return for a touchdown with just 26 seconds left to play, very narrowly avoiding what would have been Nebraska's first shutout in 147 games. There were only 19 total passes and 5 completions in the entire game, and although Nebraska had not previously allowed more than 157 ground yards this season, the vaunted Oklahoma wishbone attack netted the Sooners 423 yards.

Michigan

#7 Nebraska vs #5 Michigan [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
#7 Nebraska 0 14 0 9 23
• #5 Michigan 3 0 24 0 27

Although Nebraska led 14-3 going into halftime, turnover-free Michigan cashed in on each of several Cornhusker mistakes in the third quarter to run off 24 points and pull away, handing Nebraska its second consecutive defeat to a #5 team.

Rankings

Ranking Movement
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 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Final
AP 9 10 18 18 16 13 9 7 5 5 3 2 2 8 7 7 11
Coaches 10

After the season

Awards

[4]

Award Name(s)
All-America 1st team Bill Lewis, Jim Skow
All-America 2nd team Doug DuBose
All-America 3rd team Tom Rathman
All-America honorable mention Tim Roth, Brian Blankenship
All-Big 8 1st team Brian Blankenship, Bill Lewis, Doug DuBose, Tom Rathman, Dale Klein, Jim Skow
All-Big 8 2nd team Danny Noonan, Brian Washington, Tim Roth, Dan Wingard, Chris Spachman, Marc Munford

NFL and Pro Players

The following Nebraska players who participated in the 1985 season later moved on to the next level and joined a professional or semi-pro team as draftees or free agents.[5]

Name Team
Brian Blankenship Pittsburgh Steelers
Dana Brinson San Diego Chargers
Brian Davis Washington Redskins
Doug DuBose San Francisco 49ers
LeRoy Etienne San Francisco 49ers
Todd Frain Washington Redskins
Keith Jones Cleveland Browns
Mike Knox Denver Broncos
Bill Lewis Los Angeles Raiders
Paul Miles Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Marc Munford Denver Broncos
Danny Noonan Dallas Cowboys
Tom Rathman San Francisco 49ers
Tim Rother Los Angeles Raiders
Jim Skow Cincinnati Bengals
Neil Smith Kansas City Chiefs
Steve Taylor Edmonton Eskimos
Broderick Thomas Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Brian Washington Cleveland Browns
Dennis Watkins Philadelphia Eagles
Tom Welter St. Louis Cardinals

References


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