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2005 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
2005 Alamo Bowl, W 32-28 vs Michigan
Conference Big 12 Conference North
Coaches #24
AP #24
2005 record 8-4 (4-4 Big 12)
Head coach Bill Callahan
Offensive coordinator Jay Norvell
Offensive scheme West Coast
Defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove

Home stadium

Memorial Stadium
« 2004 2006 »
2005 Big 12 Football standings
     Conf       Overall
Team W   L     W   L
Colorado 5 3     7 6
#24 / 24 Nebraska 4 4     8 4
Iowa State 4 4     7 5
Missouri 4 4     7 5
Kansas 3 5     7 5
Kansas State 2 6     5 6
#1 / 1 Texas 8 0     13 0
#20 / 19 Texas Tech 6 2     9 3
#22 / 22 Oklahoma 6 2     8 4
Texas A&M 3 5     5 6
Baylor 2 6     5 6
Oklahoma State 1 7     4 7

Championship:   Texas 70 vs Colorado 3
Rankings: AP / Coaches

The 2005 Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Team was the representative of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Bill Callahan and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.


Before the season

Nebraska experienced many changes to their team's roster; not only did key wide receiver Ross Pilkington leave the team after he gave up football, but after the spring game, new junior college transfer Zac Taylor replaced the 2004 starter Joe Dailey at the key position of quarterback. Shortly thereafter Joe Dailey transferred to North Carolina.



Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3* 6:10 p.m. Maine Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska PPV W 25-7   77,469
September 10* 6:10 p.m. Wake Forest Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska TBS W 31-3   77,380
September 17* 2:30 p.m. Pittsburgh Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska ABC W 7-6   77,336
October 1 2:30 p.m. #23 Iowa State Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska ABC W 27-20 yes  77,433
October 8† 3:00 p.m. #15 Texas Tech Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska TBS L 31-34   77,580
October 15 6:05 p.m. at Baylor Floyd Casey StadiumWaco, Texas FOX PPV W 23-14   40,857
October 22 11:30 a.m. at Missouri Faurot FieldColumbia, Missouri FSN L 24-41   60,641
October 29 11:00 a.m. Oklahoma Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska ABC L 24-31   77,438
November 5 12:00 p.m. at Kansas University of Kansas Memorial StadiumLawrence, Kansas L 15-40   51,750
November 12 1:05 p.m. Kansas State Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska W 27-25   77,761
November 25 2:30 p.m. at Colorado Folsom FieldBoulder, Colorado ABC W 30-3   54,831
December 28* 7:00 p.m. vs. #20 Michigan AlamodomeSan Antonio, Texas (Alamo Bowl) ESPN W 32-28   62,016
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.



Adams, Jordan #7 (So.) QB
Adams, Titus #96 (Jr.) DT
Amos, Willie #27 (Sr.) WR
Andersen, Jake #71 (Sr.) OG
Austin, Greg #65 (So.) OL
Birkel, Andy #19 (So.) WR
Blankenship, Adam #48 (Fr.) DE
Bradley, Stewart #34 (So.) SLB
Brothers, Titus #21 (RFr.) CB
Bryant, Chris #65 (So.) DT
Bullocks, Daniel #14 (Jr.) SS
Bullocks, Josh #20 (Jr.) FS
Burrow, Dan #36 (Sr.) FS
Byford, Brett #59 (RFr.) OL
Carriker, Adam #90 (So.) DE
Christensen, Andy #62 (Fr.) OL
Cooper, Ira #11 (Sr.) LB
Dailey, Joe #12 (So.) QB
Davis, Beau #15 (Fr.) QB
DeAngelis, Sandro #22 (Sr.) PK
DeFrand, Donald #6 (Jr.) CB
DeLone, Darren #67 (Sr.) OT
Dyches, David #27 (So.) PK
Eisenhart, Ben #46 (RFr.) SS
Erickson, Dan #26 (RFr.) WR
Erickson, Mike #78 (Sr.) OL
Evwaraye, Seppo #77 (Jr.) OT
Fisher, Tyler #15 (Jr.) FS
Fluellen, Isaiah #28 (So.) WR
Fuamatu-Thomas, Cornealius #79 (Jr.) OL
Ganz, Joe #13 (Fr.) QB
Gingery, Travis #18 (RFr.) SS
Glissman, Garth #17 (Jr.) QB
Goodman, Ryan #6 (Fr.) QB
Green, Tierre #30 (RFr.) IB
Greeson, Brandon #99 (So.) DT
Grixby, Cortney #26 (Fr.) DB
Helming, Jared #73 (Jr.) OL
Herian, Matt #11 (Jr.) TE
Hill, Sean #42 (RFr.) TE


Horne, David #9 (Jr.) IB
Huff, Mike #61 (Fr.) OL
Huston, Kellen #29 (Sr.) CB
Ickes, Adam #49 (Jr.) LB
Jackson, Brandon #32 (Fr.) RB
Jackson, Joel #31 (Sr.) WR
Keiser, Dusty #47 (Sr.) TE
Kenney, Tyler #89 (So.) WR
Kester, Tyler #90 (RFr.) P
Koch, Brandon #75 (Jr.) OG
Koch, Sam #37 (Jr.) P
Kriewald, Steve #45 (Sr.) FB
Krug, Nathan #95 (Jr.) DT
Lawson, Thomas #36 (Fr.) IB
LeFlore, Chris #35 (RFr.) CB
LeFlore, Mark #10 (Jr.) WR
Lingenfelter, Newton #74 (So.) OL
Loos, Chris (Unk) OL
Lueck, Tyler #52 (Fr.) LB
Lueshen, Eric #91 (RFr.) PK
Luhrs, Kevin #89 (RFr.) DE
Mann, Kurt #64 (So.) OL
McBride, Jeff #50 (Sr.) DT
McKeon, Corey #13 (RFr.) LB
McKoy, Shamus #5 (Jr.) WR
McLaughlin, Mike #18 (Jr.) WR
McPherson, Lornell #1 (Sr.) CB
Miller, Grant #33 (So.) FB
Miller, Zach #8 (RFr.) QB
Moore, Jay #44 (So.) DE
Mueller, Josh #81 (RFr.) TE
Muhammad, Wali #55 (Jr.) DE
Mulkey, Grant #84 (So.) WR
Murtha, Lydon #76 (Fr.) OL
Muy, Danny #58 (Fr.) DT
Neemann, Trevor #56 (RFr.) DE
Nielsen, Jared #92 (RFr.) PK
Nunn, Terrence #83 (Fr.) WR
O'Holleran, Jack #24 (Sr.) WR
O'Shea, Matt #63 (Jr.) DT


Panico, Santino #80 (Fr.) WR
Patrick, Chris #54 (RFr.) OL
Peetz, Jake #94 (RFr.) LS
Todd Peterson #21 (Fr.) WR
Phillips, J.B. #85 (RFr.) TE
Pike, Gary #56 (Jr.) OL
Pilkington, Ross #2 (Jr.) WR
Pittman, Kade #25 (RFr.) IB
Poulosky, Andy #86 (RFr.) DE
Povendo, Nick #69 (Sr.) OL
Reeves, Mitch #53 (So.) LB
Rice, Thomas #85 (RFr.) DE
Robison, Joey #30 (Jr.) CB
Ross, Cory #4 (Jr.) IB
Ruud, Bo #51 (RFr.) LB
Ruud, Barrett #38 (Sr.) LB
Sampogna, Mike #37 (Fr.) IB
Sand, Andy #48 (RFr.) TE
Schroeder, Matt #14 (Jr.) WR
Septak, Chris #83 (Sr.) TE
Shanle, Andrew #8 (So.) FS
Siegel, Shane #23 (Jr.) SS
Sievers, Clayton #88 (Fr.) TE
Sievers, Chad #54 (Sr.) LB
Smith, Le Kevin #66 (Jr.) DT
Steinkuhler, Ty #43 (Fr.) DE
Stuntz, Mike #16 (Jr.) QB
Swift, Nate #87 (Fr.) WR
Taylor, Zac #13 (Jr.) QB
Teamer, Brandon #74 (So.) DT
Thomas, Benard #5 (Sr.) DE
Tiedtke, Blake #25 (Jr.) SS
Timm, Cory #57 (So.) OL
Titchener, Dan #97 (Fr.) P
Todd, Dane #41 (So.) FB
Washington, Fabian #3 (Jr.) CB
Wesch, Jake #98 (Fr.) PK
Wigert, Kiffin #20 (Sr.) WR
Wortman, Tyler #91 (Fr.) LB
Zajicek, Ben #3 (Sr.) WR


Coaching staff


Name Title First year
in this position
Years at Nebraska Alma Mater
Bill Callahan Head Coach 2004 2004-2007 Benedictine
Kevin Cosgrove Defensive Coordinator
2004 2004-2007 UW Oshkosh
Jay Norvell Offensive Coordinator
2004 2004-2006 Iowa
John Blake Defensive Line 2004 2004-2006 Oklahoma
Bill Busch Safeties
Special Teams Coordinator
2005 2004-2007 Nebraska Wesleyan
Scott Downing Tight Ends
Special Teams
Recruiting Coordinator
2003 1984-1986, 2003-2005 Sterling
Phil Elmassian Cornerbacks 2004 2004-2007 William & Mary
Ted Gilmore Wide Receivers 2005 2005- Wyoming
Randy Jordan Running Backs 2004 2004-2007 North Carolina
Dennis Wagner Offensive Line 2004 2004-2007 Utah
Dave Kennedy Head Strength Coach 2004 1982-1988, 2004-2007 Nebraska
Tim Cassidy Associate AD for Football 2004 2004-2007 UNO
Aaron Stamn Graduate Assistant 2004 2004-2005 Minnesota State Mankato
Angus McClure Graduate Assistant 2005 2005 Sacramento State

Game notes



Maine at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Maine 0 0 0 7 7
• Nebraska 0 9 6 10 25

Speculation that the 2005 season could perhaps be worse than the 2004 season began when Nebraska struggled to defeat the severe underdog Maine team 25-7.

Wake Forest

Wake Forest at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Wake Forest 0 3 0 0 3
• Nebraska 14 0 10 7 31

The team went on to crush the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (Zac Taylor's former four year college) 31-3. The win was unusual in that Nebraska's defense scored more points than either team's offense (Nebraska's defense scored 18 points, their offense 6, their special teams 7).


Pittsburgh at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Pittsburgh 0 0 6 0 6
• Nebraska 0 7 0 0 7

Their next game is arguably one of the most climactic in the history of all of football. The score was Nebraska 7 and the Pittsburgh Panthers 6. With 7 seconds remaining, the Panthers were going to attempt a game winning field goal from 36 yards. The ball was snapped with the holder unprepared for the play. The ball rebounded off the holder's helmet. Pittsburgh's kicker recovered the ball and threw it incomplete to preserve time. One second remained on the clock as Pittsburgh prepared for the final play. Pittsburgh attempted the kick again, the holder prepared this time. Pittsburgh's kicker looked as though he would have made the field goal had it not been blocked by Nebraska's Adam Ickes.

Iowa State

Iowa State at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Iowa State 0 3 10 0 7 20
• Nebraska 3 0 7 3 14 27

Nebraska's next game was equally exciting as unranked and undefeated Nebraska took on the #23 Iowa State Cyclones. They won in a hard fought match that went into 2 overtimes by a score of 27-20. The game marked the first time that overtime had occurred in Memorial Stadium. Regardless of the quality win, Nebraska remained unranked.

Texas Tech

Texas Tech at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Texas Tech 7 14 6 7 34
Nebraska 0 14 7 10 31

Nebraska was the only team that was unranked and had no losses going into their next game against the 15th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders. After trailing 21-0 in the first half, Nebraska fought back and eventually gained a 31-27 foothold over Texas Tech. In the final minutes of the game, Nebraska seemingly sealed their victory and a top 25 ranking when lineman LeKevin Smith intercepted a Texas Tech pass only to fumble it seconds later to return possession to Texas Tech. The Red Raiders were given a second-chance and with time winding down threw the game winning touchdown pass to defeat Nebraska.


Nebraska at Baylor [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
• Nebraska 3 10 7 3 23
Baylor 7 0 7 0 14


Nebraska at Missouri [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 10 14 0 0 24
Missouri 21 3 7 10 41


Oklahoma at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Oklahoma 7 14 3 7 31
Nebraska 0 3 7 14 24


Nebraska at Kansas [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 2 7 6 0 15
Kansas 14 3 7 16 40

The Huskers lost 3 of their next 4 games, including losses to their rival Missouri Tigers, who defeated them 41-24, a crushing 40-15 defeat to the Kansas Jayhawks (which snapped a 36 year winning streak over Kansas), and rival Oklahoma Sooners, the latter being lost in the final minutes of the game. (This victory was vacated by an NCAA disciplinary panel in July 2007 and then conversely overruled in February 2008.) The only win in this slump was a victory over a sub-par Baylor team.

Kansas State

Kansas State at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Kansas State 6 6 10 3 25
• Nebraska 7 10 7 3 27

In a particularly windy game against Kansas State, Nebraska trailed 25-24 with 4:18 remaining in the game. Zac Taylor was on the receiving end of a hard hit that landed him with a mild concussion, removing him from the game. Zac remained on the ground for a couple of minutes with Callahan and KSU's Bill Snyder towering over him. The sold out crowd began to chant his name, as Taylor tried to recompose himself. Backup quarterback, freshman Harrison Beck, recorded his first action in a college football game. After throwing an interception in his first drive, he threw a key reception in Nebraska's final drive. Freshman kicker Jordan Congdon came in to make the go-ahead field goal. This was a risky move as the wind was swirling and was so strong that it ripped the stadium's mammoth U.S. flag off a crane that was suspending it, seemingly as a testament to its power. Regardless Congdon made the 40-yard field goal to give Nebraska the win.


Nebraska at Colorado [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
• Nebraska 3 17 7 3 30
Colorado 3 0 0 0 3

Nebraska's final regular season game of 2005 was at Colorado. Colorado, who was leading the Big 12 North division in the race to the Big 12 championship game, was the heavy favorite, as Nebraska was cold after 3 straight losses followed by a near miss against a struggling Kansas State team. Tension built up between the rivals as a verbal skirmish involving every player erupted in the center of the field between the two teams when Nebraska mistook Colorado players walking toward their half of the field as an insult. Colorado was stunned, however, when Nebraska dominated Colorado in every aspect of the game. Wearing motivational T-Shirts reading "RESTORE THE ORDER" underneath their jerseys, Nebraska beat Colorado 30-3 with breakout performances from nearly every player, particularly Zac Taylor and Colorado native Cory Ross.


Nebraska vs Michigan [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 7 7 7 7 28
• Nebraska 7 7 3 15 32

The team finished with 7 wins and 4 losses in the regular season. Nebraska would play their bowl game against the Michigan Wolverines in the 2005 Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. With 2 seconds left in the game the Wolverines trailed the Cornhuskers 32-28 and set up the hook & lateral play for a miracle touchdown. In one of the wildest finishes ever, Michigan lateraled the football 9 times, fumbling once on their way to a 59 yard gain. In the midst of all this the entire Nebraska sideline stormed the field in celebration thinking the game was over when Michigan fumbled the ball (from their point of view they could not see that the ball was loose and assumed the Michigan player to be down). Many players thinking the play was over stopped playing entirely. This allowed the Michigan ball carrier to run by them, In all the confusion some Michigan players did not block for their carrier. Before the play was over the Cornhuskers, several Michigan players and coaches, and several other individuals along with the awards podium were on the field, and the game officials had left to submit their votes for the award winners. The Michigan ball carrier had been pushed out of bounds inside of the red zone. No penalties were awarded to either team because the officials had already left. When all was said and done, Nebraska came off with a victory and ended their season with an 8-4 record.


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
Harris Not released NR NR 25 NR 24 NR NR NR NR NR NR N/A
BCS Not released 23 NR NR NR NR NR NR NR N/A

After the season

Bill Callahan's second season as coach concluded with his Huskers finishing the season with an 8-4 record, an improvement over the 5-6 record of 2004.



Award Name(s)
Freshman All American 1st team Jordan Congdon, Barry Turner
All-Big 12 1st team Adam Carriker, Sam Koch, Terrence Nunn
All-Big 12 2nd team Daniel Bullocks, Jordan Congdon, Kurt Mann, Corey McKeon, Cory Ross
All-Big 12 honorable mention Titus Adams, Seppo Evwaraye, Cortney Grixby, Brandon Koch, Jay Moore, Bo Ruud, Nate Swift
Freshman All-Big 12 1st team Jordan Congdon, Nate Swift, Barry Turner

NFL and Pro Players

The following Nebraska players who participated in the 2005 season later moved on to the next level and joined a professional or semi-pro team as draftees or free agents.[6]

Name Team
Titus Adams New York Jets
Stewart Bradley Philadelphia Eagles
Daniel Bullocks Detroit Lions
Adam Carriker St. Louis Rams
Seppo Evwaraye Carolina Panthers
Joe Ganz Washington Redskins
Cortney Grixby Carolina Panthers
Brandon Jackson Green Bay Packers
Sam Koch Baltimore Ravens
Jay Moore San Francisco 49ers
Lydon Murtha Detroit Lions
Terrence Nunn New England Patriots
Chris Patrick New York Giants
Todd Peterson Jacksonville Jaguars
Andy Poulosky Sioux City Bandits
Cory Ross Baltimore Ravens
Bo Ruud New England Patriots
Andrew Shanle Chicago Bears
Le Kevin Smith New England Patriots
Ty Steinkuhler New York Jets
Nate Swift Denver Broncos
Zac Taylor Tampa Bay Buccaneers



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