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1994 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
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National Champions
Big 8 Champions
Orange Bowl, W 24-17 vs Miami
Conference Big 8 Conference
Coaches #1
AP #1
1994 record 13-0 (7-0 Big 8)
Head coach Tom Osborne
Offensive coordinator Tom Osborne
Defensive coordinator Charlie McBride

Home stadium

Memorial Stadium
« 1993 1995 »
1994 Big 8 Football standings
     Conf       Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 / 1 Nebraska 7 0 0     13 0 0
#3 / 3 Colorado 6 1 0     11 1 0
#19 / 16 Kansas State 5 2 0     9 3 0
Oklahoma 4 3 0     6 6 0
Kansas 3 4 0     6 5 0
Missouri 2 5 0     3 8 1
Oklahoma State 0 6 1     3 7 1
Iowa State 0 6 1     0 10 1

Rankings: AP / Coaches

The 1994 Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Team was the representative of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the 1994 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Cornhuskers offense scored 459 points while the defense allowed 162 points.


Before the season

There was much anticipation for the 1994 season. 1993 saw the Cornhuskers fall just short of their first National Title under Tom Osborne with a controversial loss to the Florida State Seminoles 18-16. The 1994 offseason was dubbed "Unfinished Business" by the Huskers, in their quest to secure a national championship for the coming season.

Junior Tommie Frazier returned as the signal caller under Tom Osborne's vaunted triple-option offense. Also returning were several key starters on defense that would prove to be a vaunted unit during the 1994 season.



Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 28* vs. #24 West Virginia #4 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, New Jersey (Kickoff Classic) W 31-0   58,233
September 8* at Texas Tech #1 Clifford B. and Audrey Jones StadiumLubbock, Texas W 42-16   32,768
September 17* #13 UCLA #2 Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska W 49-21   75,687
September 24* Pacific #2 Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska W 70-21   75,273
October 1* Wyoming #2 Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska W 42-32   75,333
October 8 Oklahoma State #2 Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska W 32-3   75,434
October 15 at #16 Kansas State #2 KSU StadiumManhattan, Kansas W 17-6   42,817
October 22 at Missouri #3 Faurot FieldColumbia, Missouri W 42-7   50,537
October 29† #2 Colorado #3 Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska W 24-7   76,131
November 5 Kansas #1 Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska W 45-17   75,543
November 12 at Iowa State #1 Cyclone StadiumAmes, Iowa W 28-12   45,186
November 25 at Oklahoma #1 Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, Oklahoma W 13-3   70,216
January 1* vs. #3 Miami #1 Miami Orange BowlMiami, Florida (Orange Bowl) W 24-17   81,753
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.



Aden, Matt #11 (Fr.) ROV
Alderman, Dave (So.) ROV
Alexander, Leonard #36 (Sr.) MLB
Alford, Eric #88 (Sr.) TE
Allen, Jacques #31 (Jr.) WB
Anderson, Eric #70 (Fr.) OT
Arnold, Larry #23 (So.) OLB
Bailey, Dennis (So.) FS
Baul, Reggie #7 (Jr.) SE
Benning, Damon #21 (So.) IB
Berringer, Brook #18 (Jr.) QB
Blahak, Chad (So.) LCB
Booker, Michael #5 (So.) DB
Brouse, Chad (So.) FS
Brown, Clint #45 (Sr.) SLB
Brown, Lance (Fr.) WB
Brummond, Darren (Fr.) LB
Butler, Ted #62 (Fr.) OL
Carpenter, Tim #90 (Fr.) TE
Caskey, Brady #61 (Sr.) OT
Cheatham, Kenny #16 (Fr.) SE
Childs, Clinton #26 (Jr.) IB
Christo, Monte (Fr.) QB
Cobb, Josh (Fr.) FB
Collins, Sedric #17 (Sr.) FS
Colman, Doug #46 (Jr.) MLB
Connealy, Terry #99 (Sr.) DT
Crayton, Tray #3 (Fr.) DB
Davenport, Scott #17 (Sr.) IB
Davis, Aaron #83 (So.) SE
Dennis, Leslie #2 (Fr.) LCB
Dishman, Chris #75 (So.) OT
Dumas, Troy #4 (Sr.) SLB
Dumitrescu, Constantine #63 (Fr.) OL
Ellis, Phil #41 (Jr.) MLB
Erstad, Darin #6 (So.) P/PK
Fisher, Jason #24 (Sr.) SLB
Ford, Greg (Fr.) FB
Foreman, Jay #7 (Fr.) DB
Frazier, Tommie #15 (Jr.) QB
Gard, Sean (Fr.) OLB
Gessford, Ben (Fr.) OL
Gilman, Mark #87 (Jr.) TE
Graham, Aaron #54 (Jr.) C
Haafke, Billy (Fr.) SE
Hardin, Luther #58 (Jr.) OLB
Harris, Dwayne #86 (Sr.) OLB
Held, Ryan (Fr.) SE
Herron, Chris (Fr.) DB
Heskew, Josh (Fr.) C
Hesse, Jon #44 (So.) MLB
Higman, Jerad #92 (Sr.) OLB
Hoffman, Michael (Fr.) DT
Hogrefe, Quint (Fr.) LB


Hohl, Erich #89 (Sr.) TE
Holbein, Brendan #5 (So.) SE
Horst, Joe (Fr.) TE
Hoskinson, Matt (Fr.) OG
Humphrey, Bill #51 (Sr.) C
Hunting, Matt (Fr.) WLB
Jackson, Jai (Fr.) DB
Jackson, Sheldon #84 (Fr.) TE
Jackson, Vershan (Fr.) FB
Jenkins, Jason #96 (Jr.) DT
Jensen, Jeremy (Jr.) ROV
Johnson, Clester #33 (Jr.) WB
Jones, Donta #84 (Sr.) OLB
Knuckles, Brian #24 (Jr.) FB
Kosch, Jesse #19 (Fr.) P
Lafleur, Bill (Fr.) P/PK
Lake, Jeff (Robert) (Fr.) SE
Leece, Charlie (Fr.) LB
Lesser, Mike (Fr.) OG
Livingston, John #81 (Jr.) SE
Luhr, Jason (Fr.) OL
Macken, Casey (Fr.) LB
Makovicka, Jeff #22 (Jr.) FB
Makovicka, Joel (Fr.) FB
Martin, John #49 (Sr.) OLB
McFarlin, Octavious #12 (Fr.) DB
McGrane, Josh (Fr.) TE
Mikos, Kory (So.) OT
Miles, Barron #14 (Sr.) LCB
Miller, Andy (Fr.) SE
Miller, Bryce (So.) OLB
Minter, Mike #10 (So.) ROV
Mitchell, Ian (So.) WLB
Morro, Brian (Fr.) P/PK
Morrow, Ed #42 (So.) OLB
Moss, Kareem #29 (Sr.) ROV
Muhammad, Abdul #27 (Sr.) WB
Nelson, Erik #80 (Fr.) DL
Norris, Chris #38 (Jr.) FB
Noster, Sean #43 (Fr.) SLB
Nunns, Brian (Jr.) OT
Ogard, Jeff #97 (So.) DT
Olsen, Jeff #98 (So.) OLB
Ott, Steve #69 (Jr.) OG
Penland, Aaron #52 (Jr.) WLB
Pesterfield, Jason #57 (Sr.) DT
Peter, Christian #55 (Jr.) DT
Peter, Jason #95 (Fr.) DT
Phillips, Lawrence #1 (So.) IB
Pollack, Fred #73 (Fr.) OT
Popplewell, Brett #80 (Jr.) SE
Pruitt, Bryan #65 (Jr.) OG
Reddick, David #34 (Fr.) WB
Retzlaff, Ted #13 (Fr.) PK


Roberts, Mike #39 (So.) ROV
Roy, Dorrick #86 (Fr.) TE
Rucker, Mike #82 (Fr.) LB
Sakalosky, Jeff #35 (Fr.) MLB
Saltsman, Scott #74 (So.) DT
Schlesinger, Cory #40 (Sr.) FB
Schmadeke, Darren #37 (Jr.) RCB
Schmode, Anthony (Fr.) OL
Schuster, Brian #28 (So.) FB
Shadrick, Jeremy (Fr.) OL
Shaw, Matt #85 (Sr.) TE
Sieler, Tom #12 (Sr.) PK
Sims, Marvin #47 (So.) IB
Skoda, Adam (Fr.) MLB
Smith, Larry (Fr.) SE
Smith, Mike (So.) FB
Staehr, Jay (Fr.) QB
Stai, Brenden #66 (Sr.) OG
Stanley, Chad (Jr.) FB
Stephens, Justin #31 (Fr.) MLB
Stewart, Ed #32 (Sr.) WLB
Stokes, Eric #16 (So.) RCB
Stramel, Dave (Fr.) OG
Taylor, Aaron #67 (Fr.) OG
Terwilliger, Ryan #91 (So.) WLB
Tessendorf, Ross (Fr.) OL
Thompson, Andy (Fr.) DB
Toline, Travis #83 (Fr.) LB
Tomich, Jared #93 (Jr.) DT
Townsend, Larry #94 (So.) DT
Treu, Adam #77 (So.) OT
Tully, Kyle (Fr.) OL
Turman, Matt #77 (So.) QB
Uhlir, Todd #23 (Fr.) IB
Van Cleave, Mike #59 (Fr.) OG
Vedral, Jon #25 (So.) WB
Veland, Tony #9 (Jr.) FS
Volin, Steve #68 (Jr.) OG
Vrzal, Matt #53 (So.) C
Wade, Brandt #74 (Fr.) OG
Walther, Eric (Fr.) DB
Washington, Riley #3 (So.) SE
Wiegert, Zach #72 (Sr.) OT
Wieting, Sean (Fr.) WB
Wilks, Joel #76 (Sr.) OG
Williams, Jamel #28 (So.) ROV
Williams, Tyrone #8 (Jr.) RCB
Wiltz, Jason #68 (Fr.) DT
Winder, Shalis (Fr.) OLB
Wistrom, Grant #85 (Fr.) OLB
Wrice, Trampis #22 (So.) RCB
Young, Chad (Jr.) FS
Zatechka, Jon #64 (Fr.) OG
Zatechka, Rob #56 (Sr.) OT


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
Turner Gill Assistant Head Coach
1992 1989, 1992-2004 Nebraska
Kevin Steele Linebackers 1989 1989-1994 University of Tennessee
Ron Brown Receivers
Tight Ends
1987 1987-2003, 2008- Brown University
Dan Young Offensive Line
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

Game notes

West Virginia

Nebraska vs West Virginia [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
• Nebraska 3 21 0 7 31
West Virginia 0 0 0 0 0

The 1994 season started for the No. 4 Cornhuskers with a 31-0 win over No. 24 West Virginia in the Kickoff Classic. The game pitted two teams that had posted undefeated regular-season records in 1993. Quarterback Tommie Frazier was the game's MVP, rushing for 130 yards on 12 carries, including touchdown runs of 25, 27, and 42 yards. He also completed 8 of 16 passes for 100 yards and another touchdown. I-back Lawrence Phillips also ran 126 yards on 24 carries. In all, Nebraska gained 368 rushing yards and 468 total. The Nebraska defense dominated the Mountaineers, registering eight quarterback sacks and holding Western Virginia to 8 yards rushing and 89 total yards. Todd Sauerbrun set a record for West Virginia with a 90-yard punt and averaged 60.1 yards on nine punts. The victory marked Nebraska's first shutout victory in two years. It was also Nebraska's first shutout victory against a ranked non-conference opponent since a 20-0 win over No. 19 Baylor in Lincoln 1939, and the first ever such win in a game played outside of Lincoln. The win vaulted Nebraska to No. 1 in the polls.

Texas Tech

Nebraska at Texas Tech [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
• Nebraska 7 7 14 14 42
Texas Tech 0 3 6 7 16

Next up was a road victory that saw the Huskers cruise past the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 42-16, which remarkably saw the Huskers drop to #2 in the polls. Unfortunately, this victory came at a cost, as safety Mike Minter suffered a season-ending knee injury.


UCLA at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
UCLA 0 7 7 7 21
• Nebraska 12 16 7 14 49


Pacific at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Pacific 0 0 14 7 21
• Nebraska 28 21 14 7 70

The next two weeks first saw a tough match-up, where the Huskers would dominate #13-ranked UCLA in Memorial Stadium, followed by a blowout against Pacific. Shortly after this victory, the 1994 season got a lot more interesting when Nebraska's field general Tommie Frazier was sidelined by a blood clot in his right knee.


Wyoming at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Wyoming 14 7 3 8 32
• Nebraska 0 14 21 7 42

Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Oklahoma State 3 0 0 0 3
• Nebraska 0 9 16 7 32

Kansas State

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

With Frazier sidelined, junior Brook Berringer answered the call to run Osborne's offense. Berringer, a pro-style QB from Goodland, KS, came off the bench and performed at his best in two straight victories against Wyoming and Oklahoma State, even at times with a partially collapsed lung. When it became too much for Berringer, walk-on QB Matt Turman stepped up to lead the Cornhuskers against Okie State and in a tough road game that pitched the Huskers against conference foe and neighbor Kansas State. This game proved to be a defensive battle, which saw the Huskers walk away with a 17-6 victory against the #16 Wildcats.


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


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

Nebraska's homecoming game and 200th consecutive home sell out.


Kansas at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Kansas 3 7 0 7 17
• Nebraska 24 14 7 0 45

Iowa State

Nebraska at Iowa State [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
• Nebraska 7 7 0 14 28
Iowa State 0 6 6 0 12


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

The final five regular season games saw Nebraska beat #2 Colorado, where the defense shut down eventual Heisman winner Rashaan Salaam. Only Oklahoma provided any resistance for the Huskers, who escaped with a 13-3 victory in Norman, and another Big Eight Conference Championship.


Nebraska vs Miami [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
• Nebraska 0 7 2 15 24
Miami 10 0 7 0 17

Nebraska was #1 in the nation, and found themselves pitted against #3 Miami in the Orange Bowl, a setting very familiar for Tom Osborne and his Husker players. Osborne had been in this very stadium on two separate occasions playing for a national championship, and came away emptied handed each time, losing the previous year against Bobby Bowden's Seminoles of Florida State, and to the Miami Hurricanes in legendary 1983 Orange Bowl by the score of 31-30.

But it would be much different this year. Frazier had returned from his injury, and Nebraska would not back down, even after trailing 10-7 at halftime and 17-7 with less than two minutes to go in the third quarter. It is important to note that during his halftime speech, Coach Osborne had predicted the eventual meltdown of Miami late in the game. He told his players that if they maintained their composure, that Miami would slip up and earn a costly penalty. Osborne's prediction rang true, and the physically dominate Huskers scored 17 unanswered points in the 4th quarter to earn Tom Osborne his first national title, by the score of 24-17.


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 4 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Coaches 1

After the season

The successful season saw Nebraska lead the nation in rushing, with talented but troubled sophomore Lawrence Phillips rushing for 1,722 yards and finishing 8th in Heisman voting. The offensive line, which was arguably the best in the country as well, was affectionately known as "The Pipeline" and included Outland Trophy winner and All-American Zach Wiegert at tackle, fellow All-American Brendan Stai at guard, along with Rob Zatechka, Joel Wilks, and Aaron Graham. The vaunted 4-3 defense, led by All-American linebacker Ed Stewart, limited conference opponents to a mere 55 points.

The Huskers were treated to a warm welcome, despite the freezing temperatures, when they returned to Lincoln as National Champions. An estimated 15,000 fans were on hand at the Lincoln Airport to welcome home their Big Red heroes.



Award Name(s)
Outland Trophy Zach Wiegert
UPI Lineman of the Year Zach Wiegert
All-America 1st team Terry Connealy, Donta Jones, Brenden Stai, Ed Stewart, Zach Wiegert, Rob Zatechka
All-America 2nd team Lawrence Phillips
All-America 3rd team Barron Miles
Big 8 Coach of the Year Tom Osborne
Big 8 Defensive Player of the Year Ed Stewart
Big 8 Defensive Newcomer of the Year Grant Wistrom
Big 8 Male Athlete of the Year Rob Zatechka
All-Big 8 1st team Troy Dumas, Aaron Graham, Donta Jones, Lawrence Phillips, Barron Miles, Brenden Stai, Ed Stewart, Zach Wiegert, Tyrone Williams
All-Big 8 2nd team Brook Berringer, Terry Connealy, Dwayne Harris, Kareem Moss, Christian Peter, Rob Zatechka
All-Big 8 honorable mention Eric Alford, Reggie Baul, Darin Erstad, Abdul Muhammad, Cory Schlesinger

NFL and Pro Players

The following Nebraska players who participated in the 1994 season later moved on to the next level and joined a professional or semi-pro team as draftees or free agents.[5]

Name Team
Eric Anderson Amsterdam Admirals
Mike Anderson Amsterdam Admirals
Michael Booker Atlanta Falcons
Doug Colman New York Giants
Chris Dishman Arizona Cardinals
Troy Dumas Kansas City Chiefs
Jay Foreman Buffalo Bills
Tommie Frazier Montreal Alouettes
Aaron Graham Arizona Cardinals
Jon Hesse Green Bay Packers
Sheldon Jackson Buffalo Bills
Vershan Jackson Kansas City Chiefs
Donta Jones Pittsburgh Steelers
Bill Lafleur Barcelona Dragons
Joel Makovicka Arizona Cardinals
Barron Miles Pittsburgh Steelers
Mike Minter Carolina Panthers
Kareem Moss BC Lions
Christian Peter New York Jets
Jason Peter Carolina Panthers
Lawrence Phillips St. Louis Rams
Mike Rucker Carolina Panthers
Cory Schlesinger Detroit Lions
Brenden Stai Pittsburgh Steelers
Eric Stokes Seattle Seahawks
Jared Tomich New Orleans Saints
Larry Townsend Berlin Thunder
Adam Treu Oakland Raiders
Tony Veland Denver Broncos
Zach Wiegert St. Louis Rams
Jamel Williams Washington Redskins
Tyrone Williams Green Bay Packers
Jason Wiltz New York Jets
Grant Wistrom St. Louis Rams
Jon Zatechka Berlin Thunder
Rob Zatechka New York Giants


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