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1986 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
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Sugar Bowl, W 30-15 vs LSU
Conference Big Eight Conference
Ranking
Coaches #4
AP #5
1986 record 10-2-0 (5-2-0 Big 8)
Head coach Tom Osborne
Offensive coordinator Tom Osborne
Defensive coordinator Charlie McBride

Home stadium

Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1985 1987 »
1986 Big 8 Football standings
     Conf       Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 / 3 Oklahoma 7 0 0     11 1 0
Colorado 6 1 0     6 6 0
#5 / 4 Nebraska 5 2 0     10 2 0
Oklahoma State 4 3 0     6 5 0
Iowa State 3 4 0     6 5 0
Missouri 2 5 0     3 8 0
Kansas State 1 6 0     2 9 0
Kansas 0 7 0     3 8 0

Rankings: AP / Coaches

The 1986 Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Team was the representative of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the 1986 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 6* #11 Florida State #8 Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska W 34-17   75,865
September 20* at Illinois #6 Memorial StadiumChampaign, Illinois W 59-14   75,865
September 27* Oregon #4 Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska W 48-14   76,185
October 4* at South Carolina #3 Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, South Carolina W 27-24   73,109
October 11† Oklahoma State #3 Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska W 30-10   76,041
October 18 Missouri #3 Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska W 48-17   76,005
October 25 at Colorado #3 Folsom FieldBoulder, Colorado L 10-20   52,440
November 1 Kansas State #9 Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska W 38-0   75,893
November 8 at Iowa State #7 Cyclone StadiumAmes, Iowa W 35-14   48,007
November 15 at Kansas #6 Memorial StadiumLawrence, Kansas W 70-0   48,800
November 22 #3 Oklahoma #5 Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska L 17-20   76,198
January 1* vs. #5 LSU #6 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, Louisiana (Sugar Bowl) W 30-15   76,234
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

Roster

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Bailey, Dan #68 (Jr.) OG
Banderas, Tom #87 (Jr.) TE
Barrios, Gregg #44 (Fr.) PK
Behrens, Vance #18 (Jr.) WB
Bell, Richard #21 (So.) WB
Blakeman, Clete #12 (Jr.) QB
Blazek, Mark #23 (Jr.) S
Brinson, Dana #33 (So.) WB
Bryan, Dave #58 (Sr.) MG
Carl, Mike #42 (Sr.) CB
Carr, Chris #45 (Sr.) S
Casterline, Dan #24 (Sr.) FB
Chealey, Gene #31 (Jr.) CB
Clayton, McCathorn #7 (Jr.) CB
Cooper, Mark #54 (Sr.) C
Custard, John #28 (So.) CB
Dalton, Doug (Jr.) FB
Davis, Brian #32 (Sr.) CB
Diaz, Mark #81 (Sr.) TE
Drennan, Chris #44 (So.) PK
DuBose, Doug #22 (Sr.) IB
Ernest, Jim #77 (So.) OT
Etienne, LeRoy #47 (So.) LB
Forch, Steve #38 (Sr.) LB
Fryar, Charles #10 (So.) CB
Galois, Ron #67 (Sr.) OG
Gamble, Jason #86 (So.) SE
Gatson, Pernell #8 (Sr.) WB
Green, Derrick #73 (Jr.) OT
Griffin, Willie #84 (So.) DT
Groskurth, Danny #52 (Jr.) DT
Hall, Mike #84 (Jr.) TE
Hawkins, Hendley #82 (Jr.) SE

 

Heibel, Micah #48 (Jr.) FB
Henning, Blake #39 (Jr.) LB
Hicks, Lorenzo #8 (So.) CB
Hoefler, Mike #75 (Sr.) OG
Holloway, Tony #91 (Sr.) DE
Holscher, Jim #27 (Jr.) WB
Hudson, Corey Bill #70 (Jr.) OT
Jamrog, Jeff #80 (Jr.) DE
Jobman, Randall #55 (So.) DE
Johnson, Brad #64 (Sr.) OT
Jones, Keith #6 (Jr.) IB
Jones, Lee #98 (Jr.) DT
Kaelin, Ken #49 (Sr.) FB
Keeler, Andy #65 (So.) OG
Kelley, Jon #40 (Jr.) IB
Klein, Dale #1 (Sr.) PK
Knox, Tyreese #34 (So.) FB
Kroeker, John #45 (So.) P
Lightner, Keven #57 (Jr.) OT
Maggard, Rob #72 (Sr.) OT
Marco, Jon #93 (So.) DE
McCormick, John #61 (Jr.) OG
Miller, Cleo #17 (Sr.) CB
Millikan, Todd #43 (So.) TE
Mlinar, Jerry #16 (Sr.) QB
Munford, Marc #41 (Sr.) LB
Nelson, Ray #4 (Sr.) WB
Nichols, John #63 (Jr.) C
Noonan, Danny #95 (Sr.) MG
Novacek, Bump #94 (So.) DE
Opie, Harlan #90 (Jr.) DE
Palmer, Tony #97 (Jr.) DT
Parker, Stan #74 (Sr.) OT

 

Parsons, Kevin #35 (Sr.) LB
Pete, Lawrence #96 (So.) MG
Putnam, Sean #92 (So.) MG
Rodgers, Terry #20 (Fr.) IB
Rother, Tim #78 (Jr.) DT
Sanders, Marvin #26 (So.) CB
Schneider, Gary #3 (Sr.) MON
Schnitzler, Craig #13 (Jr.) P/PK
Schnitzler, Robb #85 (Sr.) SE
Sellentin, Jeff #53 (Sr.) C
Shaw, Pat #51 (Sr.) LB
Sheppard, Von #2 (Jr.) WB
Siebler, Bryan #19 (Sr.) S
Skradis, Kurt #66 (So.) DT
Sledge, Bob #62 (So.) OT
Smith, Neil #99 (Jr.) DT
Smith, Rod #88 (Jr.) SE
Spachman, Chris #76 (Sr.) DT
Taylor, Steve #9 (So.) QB
Thayer, Dan #29 (Sr.) S
Thomas, Broderick #89 (So.) DE
Tomjack, Jeff #11 (Jr.) MON
Toner, Jim #14 (So.) P
Tyrer, Brad #83 (Sr.) DE
Washington, Brian #5 (Jr.) MON
Welniak, Doug #37 (Jr.) LB
Welter, Tom #69 (Sr.) OT
Wheeler, Jeff #25 (So.) IB
Wiley, Dante #24 (So.) LB
Wooten, Wendell #15 (So.) QB
Young, Jake #68 (Fr.) C

     

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
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
Dan Young Offensive Line
Kicking
1983 1983-2002 Reed College
Tony Samuel Outside Linebackers 1986 1986-1996 Nebraska

Game notes

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Florida State

Florida State at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida State 7 7 3 0 17
• Nebraska 0 10 14 10 34

This was the first ever night game at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska's loss to FSU in Lincoln the previous year was avenged when the Cornhuskers came back from a halftime deficit, outscoring FSU 24-3 and holding the Seminoles to -2 yards in the second half.

Illinois

Nebraska at Illinois [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
• Nebraska 28 10 14 7 59
Illinois 0 7 0 7 14

The outcome of this game was more or less sealed from the very first play, as Illinois QB Chris Lamb threw an interception that Cornhusker CB Brian Davis returned for a touchdown, and Nebraska never looked back.

Oregon

Oregon at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Oregon 7 0 0 7 14
• Nebraska 14 21 13 0 48

Oregon made the first strike, but Nebraska then ran away from the Ducks, scoring 48 unanswered points, though the Cornhuskers suffered the loss of WB Von Sheppard to injury and saw PK Dale Klein's consecutive PATs streak ended at 60.

South Carolina

Nebraska at South Carolina [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
• Nebraska 10 3 0 14 27
South Carolina 0 7 3 14 24

Nebraska survived a scare in Columbia, escaping with a victory due to recovering a Gamecock fumble with two minutes left to play to set up the go-ahead touchdown, and then intercepting a throw by South Carolina QB Todd Ellis at NU's 10 yard line with just 10 seconds remaining.

Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Oklahoma State 0 10 0 0 10
• Nebraska 14 7 9 0 30

Nebraska continued their string of domination over Oklahoma State in the second ever night game at Memorial Stadium, extending their win streak over the Cowboys to 25.

Missouri

Missouri at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Missouri 3 0 0 14 17
• Nebraska 0 20 21 7 48

Missouri scored first on a 29 yard field goal, but Nebraska owned the show for the rest of the game, scoring six straight touchdowns on their way to the win. Nebraska PK Dave Klein beat the Cornhusker career FG record of 22 when he extended his total to 24 in this game.

Colorado

Nebraska at Colorado [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 0 0 7 3 10
Colorado 7 3 0 10 20

Unranked Colorado stunned the #3 Cornhuskers, holding Nebraska to its lowest rushing yard total in eight years and ending Nebraska's 19-year winning streak against the Buffaloes.

Kansas State

Kansas State at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Kansas State 0 0 0 0 0
• Nebraska 17 0 14 7 38

The hapless Wildcats suffered Nebraska's wrath following their loss to unranked Colorado the week prior, as the Cornhuskers romped in the snow at Memorial Stadium and shut out Kansas State while allowing them just 106 total yards of offense.

Iowa State

Nebraska at Iowa State [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
• Nebraska 7 0 14 14 35
Iowa State 0 14 0 0 14

Nebraska struck first but then seemed to flame out, as Iowa State sent the Cornhuskers to the locker room behind 14-7 at halftime. After a rousing pep talk from Coach Osborne, the Cornhuskers stormed back in the 2nd half for the win.

Kansas

Nebraska at Kansas [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
• Nebraska 21 14 21 14 70
Kansas 0 0 0 0 0

Nebraska absolutely crushed Kansas in Lawrence, handing the Jayhawks their worst-ever loss and posting the biggest Cornhusker shutout since a 100-0 smashing of Nebraska Wesleyan in 1917.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Oklahoma 7 0 0 13 20
Nebraska 7 3 7 0 17

The #5 Cornhuskers, flying high after their 70-0 shutout against Kansas the previous week, looked ready to upset the #3 Sooners, but it was not to be. Oklahoma found the end zone twice in the 4th quarter to tie the game, and forced a Nebraska punt with 1:22 remaining. After grinding back down the field, and with just 9 seconds remaining, Oklahoma PK Tim Lashar made a 31 yard kick to split the uprights for the win, handing the Sooners their 2nd consecutive Big 8 Championship title.

LSU

Nebraska vs LSU [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
• Nebraska 0 10 7 13 30
LSU 7 0 0 8 15

Nebraska's 25th bowl appearance saw the Blackshirts setting two new bowl-game records by holding LSU to just 32 net rushing yards and 10 first downs as the #5 Cornhuskers rolled up the upset win over the #3 Tigers.

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 Final
AP 8 6 6 4 3 3 3 3 9 7 6 5 6 6 5
Coaches 4

Awards

[4]

Award Name(s)
All-America 1st team Danny Noonan
All-America 3rd team Tom Welter
All-America honorable mention Broderick Thomas, Keith Jones, Rob Maggard, John McCormick, Marc Munford, Stan Parker, Chris Spachman
Sophomore All-America 1st team Broderick Thomas
Sophomore All-America honorable mention LeRoy Etienne
Big 8 Athlete of the Year Danny Noonan
All-Big 8 1st team Keith Jones, Danny Noonan, Broderick Thomas, Tom Welter, Marc Munford
All-Big 8 2nd team John McCormick, Brian Davis, Rob Maggard, Todd Millikan, Stan Parker, Rod Smith

NFL and Pro Players

The following Nebraska players who participated in the 1986 season later moved on to the next level and joined a professional or semi-pro team as draftees or free agents.[5]

Name Team
Richard Bell Pittsburgh Steelers
Dana Brinson San Diego Chargers
Brian Davis Washington Redskins
Doug DuBose San Francisco 49ers
LeRoy Etienne San Francisco 49ers
Keith Jones Cleveland Browns
Marc Munford Denver Broncos
Danny Noonan Dallas Cowboys
Lawrence Pete Detroit Lions
Tim Rother Los Angeles Raiders
Neil Smith Kansas City Chiefs
Steve Taylor Edmonton Eskimos
Broderick Thomas Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Brian Washington Cleveland Browns
Tom Welter St. Louis Cardinals

References

  1. ^ "Football - 1986 Schedule/Results". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletics Department. http://www.huskers.com/SportSelect.dbml?SPSID=3&SPID=22&DB_OEM_ID=100&KEY=&Q_SEASON=1986. Retrieved 2009-05-30.  
  2. ^ Nebraska 1986 Roster
  3. ^ "Nebraska 1986 Commitments". Archived from the original on 2009-06-02. http://www.webcitation.org/5hEkEQ11b. Retrieved 2009-05-30.  
  4. ^ 1986 Husker Honors
  5. ^ "All Time NFL Huskers". Archived from the original on 2009-06-02. http://www.webcitation.org/5hEkEmeDw. Retrieved 2009-05-30.  

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