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1987 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
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Fiesta Bowl, L 28-31 vs Florida State
Conference Big Eight Conference
Ranking
Coaches #6
AP #6
1987 record 10-2-0 (6-1-0 Big 8)
Head coach Tom Osborne
Offensive coordinator Tom Osborne
Defensive coordinator Charlie McBride

Home stadium

Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1986 1988 »
1987 Big 8 Football standings
     Conf       Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 / 3 Oklahoma 7 0 0     11 1 0
#6 / 6 Nebraska 6 1 0     10 2 0
#11 / 12 Oklahoma State 5 2 0     10 2 0
Colorado 4 3 0     7 4 0
Missouri 3 4 0     5 6 0
Iowa State 2 5 0     3 8 0
Kansas 0 6 1     1 9 1
Kansas State 0 6 1     0 10 1

Rankings: AP / Coaches

The 1987 Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Team was the representative of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the 1987 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 5* Utah State #2 Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska W 56-12   75,910
September 12* #3 UCLA #2 Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska W 42-33   76,313
September 26* at #12 Arizona State #2 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, Arizona W 35-28   71,264
October 3* South Carolina #2 Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska W 30-21   76,061
October 10 Kansas #2 Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska W 54-2   76,053
October 17 at #12 Oklahoma State #2 Lewis FieldStillwater, Oklahoma W 35-0   54,440
October 24† Kansas State #2 Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska W 56-3   76,106
October 31 at Missouri #2 Faurot FieldColumbia, Missouri W 42-7   55,594
November 7 Iowa State #2 Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska W 42-3   76,001
November 21 #2 Oklahoma #1 Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska L 7-17   76,663
November 28 at Colorado #5 Folsom FieldBoulder, Colorado W 24-7   52,026
January 1* vs. #3 Florida State #5 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, Arizona (Fiesta Bowl) L 28-31   72,112
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

Roster

[2][3]

Anderson, Jeff #59 (So.) C
Antonietti, Mark #53 (Jr.) C
Arneson, R.G. #58 (So.) OG
Bahe, Chip #81 (So.) SE
Banderas, Tom #87 (Sr.) TE
Barrios, Gregg #44 (So.) PK
Behrens, Vance #18 (Sr.) WB
Bell, Richard #21 (So.) WB
Blakeman, Clete #12 (Sr.) QB
Blazek, Mark #23 (Jr.) S
Bobbora, Bill #69 (So.) OT
Brinson, Dana #33 (Jr.) WB
Broer, Kurt #81 (Jr.) OLB
Brungardt, Paul #95 (Fr.) DT
Caliendo, Chris #49 (So.) LB
Carpenter, Bryan #29 (Jr.) FB
Cheloha, Dave #39 (Jr.) PK
Clark, Ken #32 (So.) IB
Clayton, McCathorn #7 (Sr.) CB
Coleman, Ray #1 (Jr.) IB
Cooper, Reggie #17 (Fr.) SS
Crippen, Jon #17 (Fr.) CB
Croel, Mike #88 (Fr.) OLB
Custard, John #28 (Jr.) CB
Dalton, Doug #45 (Sr.) FB
Drennan, Chris #16 (So.) PK
Dunlap, Jerry #14 (So.) QB
Ernest, Jim #77 (Jr.) OT
Etienne, LeRoy #47 (Jr.) LB
Ferguson, Brad #51 (So.) LB
Forch, Steve #38 (Sr.) LB
Fryar, Charles #10 (Jr.) CB
Gdowski, Gerry #4 (So.) QB
Glaser, Doug #67 (So.) OT
Green, Derrick #73 (Sr.) OT

 

Gregory, Morgan #19 (So.) SE
Griffin, Mike #74 (So.) OG
Griffin, Willie #84 (Jr.) DT
Hansen, Bob #36 (So.) LB
Hawkins, Hendley #82 (Sr.) WB
Heibel, Micah #48 (Sr.) FB
Hicks, Lorenzo #8 (Jr.) CB
Holscher, Jim #27 (Sr.) WB
Hudson, Corey Bill #70 (Sr.) OT
Jackson, Tim #4 (Jr.) CB
Jamrog, Jeff #80 (Sr.) DE
Jobman, Randall #55 (So.) LB
Jones, Keith #6 (Sr.) IB
Jones, Lee #98 (Sr.) DT
Keeler, Andy #65 (Jr.) OG
Kelley, Jon #40 (Sr.) IB
Knox, Tyreese #34 (Jr.) FB
Kratzenstein, Monte #85 (So.) TE
Kroeker, John #46 (Jr.) P
Lewis, Tahaun #5 (Fr.) CB
Lightner, Keven #57 (Sr.) OT
Long, Jeff #94 (So.) DT
Marco, Jon #93 (Jr.) DE
McArdle, Dan #2 (So.) S
McCallum, Kurt #3 (So.) CB
McCormick, John #61 (Sr.) OG
McCoy, Tim #83 (So.) SE
Millikan, Todd #43 (Jr.) TE
Mills, Jeff #42 (So.) DE
Murray, Mike #74 (So.) MG
Nelson, John #76 (Jr.) OG
Neubert, Keith #86 (Sr.) TE
Nichols, John #63 (Sr.) C
O'Gara, Chris #54 (So.) C
Opie, Harlan #90 (Sr.) DE

 

Palmer, Tony #97 (Sr.) DT
Pete, Lawrence #96 (Jr.) MG
Putnam, Sean #92 (Jr.) MG
Richman, John #18 (So.) S
Rodgers, Terry #20 (So.) IB
Roschal, John #64 (So.) OG
Rother, Brad #72 (So.) OT
Rother, Tim #78 (Sr.) DT
Sanders, Marvin #26 (So.) S
Schmidt, Sam #25 (So.) FB
Schnitzler, Craig #13 (Sr.) P/PK
Sheppard, Von #2 (Sr.) WB
Skradis, Kurt #66 (Jr.) DT
Sledge, Bob #62 (Jr.) OT
Smith, Neil #99 (Sr.) DT
Smith, Rod #88 (Sr.) SE
Stanard, Steve #56 (Jr.) DE
Strasheim, John (Unk) OG
Taylor, Steve #9 (Jr.) QB
Thomas, Broderick #89 (Jr.) DE
Tomjack, Jeff #11 (Sr.) S
Valladao, Ray #75 (So.) DT
Vampola, Scott #41 (So.) S
Walker, Cartier #27 (Jr.) CB
Walker, Kenny #83 (So.) DE
Washington, Brian #5 (Sr.) S
Wells, Kent #91 (So.) MG
Welniak, Doug #37 (Sr.) LB
Wendland, Rick #1 (So.) S
Wiley, Dante #24 (Jr.) LB
Wooten, Wendell #15 (Jr.) S
Worden, Jamie #31 (Jr.) WB
Young, Jake #68 (So.) 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
Ron Brown Receivers
Tight Ends
1987 1987-2003, 2008- Brown University
Dan Young Offensive Line
Kicking
1983 1983-2002 Reed College
Milt Tenopir Offensive Line 1974 1974-2002 Sterling
Tony Samuel Outside Linebackers 1986 1986-1996 Nebraska
George Darlington Defensive Backs 1973-2002 Rutgers
Frank Solich Running Backs 1983 1979-2003 Nebraska
Boyd Epley Head Strength Coach 1969 1969-2003 Nebraska
Jack Pierce 1979-1991
John Melton Tight Ends
Wingbacks
1973 1962-1988 Wyoming

Game notes

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Utah State

Utah State at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Utah State 0 3 3 6 12
• Nebraska 7 21 21 7 56

Nebraska QB Steve Taylor rushed for 157 yards, breaking a 35-year-old Cornhusker quarterback record, and Nebraska returned two punts for touchdowns, tying its own Big 8 record. Nebraska rolled over Utah State with 515 rushing yards while holding the Aggies to -1 yard.

UCLA

UCLA at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
UCLA 7 3 7 16 33
• Nebraska 0 14 14 14 42

Memorial Stadium recorded its 150th consecutive sellout as #2 Nebraska defeated #3 UCLA. This was the first time two teams from the Top 3 had played in Lincoln. Nebraska QB Steve Taylor's five TD passes tied a Big 8 record set in 1938.

Arizona State

Nebraska at Arizona State [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
• Nebraska 0 14 7 14 35
Arizona State 0 6 15 7 28

Following a late ASU game-tying score resulting from a fumble by Nebraska QB Steve Young, Nebraska IB Keith Jones tore off a 62-yard run with 3:37 remaining to set up the winning series as Nebraska triumphed over the #12 Sun Devils.

South Carolina

South Carolina at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
South Carolina 0 7 14 0 21
• Nebraska 3 10 0 17 30

South Carolina was leading 21-13 in the 3rd as Nebraska QB Steve Taylor left the game with a shoulder injury. After that, Nebraska regained the momentum, holding the Gamecocks to just 9 yards total, recovering a fumble to set up a score, and adding a late interception and field goal to put up the win.

Kansas

Kansas at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Kansas 0 0 0 2 2
• Nebraska 17 10 14 13 54

Nebraska cruised against a weak Kansas team, as Nebraska QB Clete Blakeman filled in for injured starting QB Steve Taylor.

Oklahoma State

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

Nebraska continued their 26-year winning streak against the Cowboys, putting a stop to #12 Oklahoma State's best start and best winning streak since 1945. Cowboys RB Thurman Thomas, at that time the NCAA rushing leader, was held to just 7 yards in 9 carries.

Kansas State

Kansas State at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Kansas State 0 3 0 0 3
• Nebraska 21 14 14 7 56

Nebraska secured their 26th consecutive winning season, tying the NCAA record, and rolled up 459 rushing yards using 17 rushing players, while the Cornhusker defense prevented a touchdown for the third game in a row.

Missouri

Nebraska at Missouri [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
• Nebraska 7 21 7 7 42
Missouri 0 7 0 0 7

The NCAA touchdown pass record from 1938 was tied by Nebraska for the second time in this season as the Cornhusker offense scored in all four quarters for the 4th game in a row, though the defense finally allowed their first touchdown in 15 quarters.

Iowa State

Iowa State at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Iowa State 0 0 3 0 3
• Nebraska 14 14 7 7 42

The Cornhuskers locked up their 19th consecutive 9-win season while piling up 666 total yards of offense as they rocketed to a 28-0 halftime lead before coasting to another win.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Oklahoma 0 0 14 3 17
Nebraska 7 0 0 0 7

Billed as "Game of the Century II", this first-ever #1 vs. #2 matchup in Memorial Stadium brought a halt to the Cornhuskers' title hopes. Nebraska had taken away Oklahoma's #1 ranking before this game, and gave it back as the Cornhuskers struggled to move the ball after their first and only score. The Sooners went on to win their 4th straight Big 8 Championship.

Colorado

Nebraska at Colorado [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
• Nebraska 0 10 7 7 24
Colorado 0 0 7 0 7

Nebraska recovered from the Oklahoma loss and obtained their revenge for last year's loss to Colorado by taking out their frustrations on the Buffaloes in Boulder. Nebraska IB Keith Jones' 248 yards lifted him into a career 3rd place ranking among Cornhusker runners.

Florida State

Florida State vs Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida State 0 21 3 7 31
Nebraska 14 0 14 0 28

Nebraska gave up a heartbreaker, as the Cornhuskers failed to put the game away while leading by 4 midway through the 4th. A Seminole defender stripped the ball from Nebraska IB Tyreese Knox as he ran in from the FSU 2, which set up a 97-yard FSU march for the winning touchdown with 3:07 left to play.

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 Final
AP 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 5 5 5 6
Coaches 6

Awards

[4]

Award Name(s)
All-America 1st team John McCormick, Neil Smith, Steve Taylor, Broderick Thomas
All-Big 8 1st team LeRoy Etienne, Steve Forch, Keith Jones, Kevin Lightner, John McCormick, Tim Rother, Neil Smith, Steve Taylor, Broderick Thomas
All-Big 8 2nd team Tom Banderas, Charles Fryar, Bob Sledge, Rod Smith, Jake Young
All-Big 8 honorable mention Mark Blazek, Lee Jones

NFL and Pro Players

The following Nebraska players who participated in the 1987 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
Ken Clark Indianapolis Colts
Reggie Cooper Dallas Cowboys
Mike Croel Denver Broncos
LeRoy Etienne San Francisco 49ers
Tim Jackson Dallas Cowboys
Keith Jones Cleveland Browns
Jeff Mills San Diego Chargers
Keith Neubert New York Jets
Lawrence Pete Detroit Lions
Tim Rother Los Angeles Raiders
Neil Smith Kansas City Chiefs
Steve Taylor Edmonton Eskimos
Broderick Thomas Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kenny Walker Denver Broncos
Brian Washington Cleveland Browns
Kent Wells New York Giants

References


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