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Nebraska Cornhuskers football
First season 1890
Athletic director Tom Osborne
Head coach Bo Pelini
2nd year, 20–8  (.714)
Home stadium Memorial Stadium, Lincoln
Stadium capacity 81,067
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Lincoln, Nebraska
Conference Big 12
Division North
All-time record 827–341–40 (.701)
Postseason bowl record 24–22
Claimed national titles 5
Conference titles 46
Heisman winners 3
Consensus All-Americans 52[1]
Current uniform
Colors Scarlet and cream            
Fight song There is No Place Like Nebraska, Hail Varsity
Mascot Herbie Husker, Lil' Red
Marching band Cornhusker Marching Band (The Pride of All Nebraska)
Rivals Oklahoma Sooners
Colorado Buffaloes
Missouri Tigers
Texas Longhorns
Website huskers.com

The Nebraska Cornhuskers represent the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in college football. The program has established itself as a traditional powerhouse, and has the fourth-most all-time victories of any NCAA Division I-A team. The Cornhuskers recently completed their 119th season and hold an all-time record of 827–341–40. Nebraska is one of only 7 football programs in NCAA Division I-A history to win 800 games. The Cornhuskers are the winningest college football program over the last 50 years, both by winning percentage and number of wins.

The Cornhuskers' three national championships in Division I collegiate football over the past 25 years are the second most of any university. They have five all time.



Husker football began play in 1890, with a 10–0 victory over the Omaha YMCA on Thanksgiving Day, November 27.[2] During the early years of the program, the team had a number of nicknames: "Bugeaters", "Tree Planters", "Nebraskans", "The Rattlesnake Boys", "Antelopes", "Old Gold Knights" and "Cornhuskers". The name Cornhuskers first appeared in the school newspaper as "We Have Met The Cornhuskers And They Are Ours" referring to a 20–18 upset victory over Iowa in 1893. The name would be used again, this time to refer to Nebraska by Charles "Cy" Sherman in The Nebraska State Journal during the 1899 season and would replace all other names by 1900.[2][3]

Nebraska has claimed 46 conference championships and part or all of five national championships: 1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, and 1997. The titles in the 1990s marked the first time since Notre Dame in 1946–49 when a team won three national championships in four seasons. The 1994 and 1995 seasons still stand as the only consensus back-to-back national titles by any Division 1-A school since Oklahoma in 1956-57. Nebraska posted a 60–3–0 record between the 1993-97 seasons. ESPN.com has named the 1971 Nebraska Cornhusker team the greatest team of all time.[4]

The Nebraska Cornhuskers also have five undefeated seasons when they were not the national champions; 1902, 1903, 1913, 1914, and 1915. Between 1912 and 1916, a 34 game win streak was recorded by then head coach Ewald O. Stiehm.[5] Famous former Huskers include Heisman Trophy winners Johnny Rodgers, Mike Rozier, and Eric Crouch. Rodgers was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and for the new millennium he was voted the team's "Player of the Century"; his Cornhusker jersey (No. 20) was retired. Rozier was likewise inducted into the hall in 2006. Other Husker players and coaches who are members of the College Football Hall of Fame include: Forrest Behm, Bob Brown, Guy Chamberlin, Sam Francis, Rich Glover, Wayne Meylan, Bobby Reynolds, Dave Rimington, George Sauer, Clarence Swanson, Ed Weir, and coaches Gomer Jones, Pete Elliott, Francis(Close the Gates of Mercy) Schmidt,Dana X. Bible, Bob Devaney, Biff Jones, Tom Osborne, Eddie "Robbie" Robinson,Fielding Yost, and Grant Wistrom.[6]

The most notable rivals of the Cornhuskers are the Oklahoma Sooners.[7] Nebraska and Oklahoma regularly battled for the Big Eight Conference title until 1996 when the conference became the Big 12. Out of the Big Eight's 89 year history, Nebraska or Oklahoma won or shared the conference championship 71 times.[8] The Cornhuskers and Sooners also played several games during the 1970s and 1980s that decided the national championship.[9] Nebraska and Kansas, though not considered a big rivalry, play in the nation's longest uninterrupted series. They have played each other every year since 1906.

Nebraska before a game versus USC
Cornhusker fans during a 2009 season home game hosting Kansas State

The Husker defense is known by the nickname of the "Blackshirts." Depictions of the Blackshirts often include a skull and crossbones. This nickname originated in the early 1960s and continued as a reference to the black practice jerseys worn by first-string defensive players during practice. This tradition developed when Bob Devaney had Mike Corgan, one of his assistant coaches, find contrastive jerseys to offset the red jerseys worn by the offense in practice.[10] Further credit is given to George Kelly, Devaney's defensive line coach until 1968, who frequently referred to the top defensive unit by the name; eventually the rest of the coaching staff caught on, while the first mention of the Blackshirts in print was not until 1969.[10]

Since the 1994 season, Nebraska's home games have opened with the Tunnel Walk. Before the team enters, the HuskerVision screens light up with a burst of computer animation, and "Sirius" (an instrumental by The Alan Parsons Project) blares from the speakers. Accompanied by cheers from the crowd, the Huskers take the field. When the Cornhuskers play at home in Memorial Stadium, the stadium holds more people than the third-largest city in Nebraska. They currently hold the record for the most consecutive sold out home games, which celebrated its 304th sellout on November 21, 2009 when the Huskers played host to the Kansas State Wildcats for the Big 12 North Crown. The sellout streak dates back to November 3, 1962 during Bob Devaney's first season at Nebraska. The Huskers lost the first game in the current streak, a Homecoming game, to Missouri 16–7; 56,501 fans were in attendance.


Logos and uniforms

Nebraska has worn traditional uniforms through out its history. The first helmet was red, with a white stripe. This was later changed to a plain white helmet with a black number on the side. During 1967–1969, a red, offset "NU" was placed on each side of the helmet. From 1970, the "NU" was changed to the simple, familiar "N" that remains today, although it is thought a few "NU" helmets remained in use as late as 1972.

The helmet design has remained essentially unchanged since 1970, with the exception of the face mask, as it was changed from grey to red prior to the 1982 Orange Bowl game against Clemson.

The jerseys have only been altered a few times, with the addition of shoulder stripes and numbers. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Huskers wore full shoulder stripes reminiscient of those worn by the Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts of the NFL. These were gradually phased out when mesh and tearaway jerseys became popular. For the 1974 Cotton Bowl, the jersey has the script "Nebraska" embroidered onto the front. From 1980–1983, Nebraska's jerseys featured just a simple block "N" on the sleeves. In 1984, two sleeve stripes and sleeve numbers were added back to the uniform, where they essentially remain today, although the stripes and numbers have decreased in size as jersey sleeves have shortened over the years.

Shoulder aj patches were added to the jerseys beginning in 1989, with a patch that commemorated the 100th season of Nebraska football. The following season, a patch with "Nebraska Football: A Winning Tradition" embroidered on it was added above the left breast of the jersey. In 1999 a new version of this patch debuted and it has remained there to date.

Names began appearing on the backs of the jerseys for bowl games beginning in the 1970s. Around 1980, the players' names began appearing on the road jerseys. The home jerseys remained nameless except for when worn during bowl games, with one exception. A brief tradition was established for the last home game of each season, where seniors (playing their final game in Memorial Stadium) were allowed to wear names on their jerseys; underclassmen, however, did not. This explains why footage of many Oklahoma-Nebraska games played in Lincoln during this era feature some Nebraska players with names on their jerseys and some without. From approximately 1988 onwards, names were permanently affixed to the home jersey, where they remain.

The team traditionally wears white pants at home and red on the road, although there have been exceptions. Nebraska donned red pants with red jerseys for the first (and to date, only) time in school history for its 1986 contest against Oklahoma. Nebraska led this game for 58½ minutes before losing a 20-17 heartbreaker due to some late OU heroics, and the combination was deemed to be unlucky.

Nebraska began periodically donning all-white, beginning with the 1991 Citrus Bowl game against Georgia Tech (a game in which they were blown out, 45-21). They next tried the combo during the 1992 season, wearing all-white for the first three road games of that year. They lost two of the three, including an embarrassing 19-10 decision to an unranked Iowa State squad. The combination was not tried again until the ill-fated 2002 uniform (see next paragraph) and was also worn during Bill Callahan's last game as head coach (another embarrassing loss, this time 65-51 to Colorado). As a result, Husker fans typically associate the all-white look with losing and tend to prefer the red road pants.

From 1968 to 1994, the pants had two stripes down each side. Originally they were thin stripes, but became thicker sometime in the mid-1970s.These were removed prior to the 1995 season, and the pants remained stripeless until 2001. For the 2002 season, Nebraska experimented with side panels on the jersey and pants, and went to all white permanenantly on the road. The look was overwhelmingly disliked by most fans, presumably because the Huskers went 7-7, which was at the time their worst season in 40 years. In 2003, Nebraska returned to a look similar to the one they wore from 1995–2001. In 2004, the two pant stripes returned to the uniform, where they have remained since.

Adidas is the official supplier of Husker uniforms, shoes and gear.

On September 26, 2009, for the first time in school history, the Cornhuskers wore "throwback" uniforms from 1962 in honor of Nebraska's 300th consecutive sell out.

Nebraska's uniform combinations


The early years (1890-1917)

The Nebraska football program started strong and experienced success from the very beginning, going twenty-eight years straight with only a single losing season to blemish the streak. Until the 1-7-1 losing season in 1899 in coach A. Edwin Branch's only year at the helm, Nebraska had compiled a 40-18-3 (0.680) record.

Nebraska's 4th coach, Frank Crawford (1893-1894, 9-4-1, 0.679) was the first paid head football coach at Nebraska. Eddie "Robbie" Robinson (1896-1897, 11-4-1, 0.719) and Fielding Yost (1898, 8-3-0, 0.727), the sixth and seventh head coaches, were the earliest Nebraska coaches to eventually be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Walter C. Booth (1900-1905, 46-8-1, 0.845) was the program's 9th leader, and had the second-best career record spanning more than a year during this era, bested only by the remarkable record amassed by Ewald O. Stiehm (1911-1915, 35-2-3, 0.913), who won the conference title in all five of his seasons and whose winning percentage as Nebraska's 12th head coach remains an all-time program best.

A brief slump (1918-1920)

When the United States became involved in World War I, many young men went off to war, depleting the ranks of football teams nationwide. In addition, travel was severely restricted, causing the cancellation of numerous scheduled football games. Further complicated by the effects of the 1918 flu pandemic, the 1918 college football season was a shambles nationwide.

William G. Kline attempted to guide Nebraska through the stunted 1918 season, managing only a 2-3-1 (0.417) record. Henry Schulte (1919-1920, 8-6-3, 0.559), with thirteen years as a coach at other schools before arriving at Nebraska, managed over the next two years to barely attain a winning record as the program recovered from the war and the aftermath. Although Schulte stepped down as head football coach after 1920, he remained at Nebraska to coach other sports and as an assistant football coach through 1938.

Climb back to dominance (1921-1941)

By the end of the post-war slump, Nebraska had been led by fifteen head coaches over thirty-one years, but a new period of relative stability followed as Nebraska once again became a relatively dominating force in college football.

Fred Dawson (1921-1924, 23-7-2, 0.750) arrived at Nebraska after stints at Columbia, Denver, and Virginia. In his four years he won three conference titles and compiled the best record from this era, though it was nearly matched by the two coaches to follow him.

First-time head coach Ernest E. Bearg (1925-1928, 23-7-3, 0.742) pulled in a title in his final season before handing over a well-formed team to Dana X. Bible (1929-1936, 50-15-7, 0.743). Bible had an established reputation after fifteen years of experience as head coach, bringing in five Southwest Conference titles for Texas A&M, and his winning ways continued as he led Nebraska to six more conference titles in his eight seasons.

Lawrence Mcceney "Biff" Jones (1937-1941, 28-14-4, 0.652) faltered somewhat compared with his predecessors, yet still was a winning coach who claimed two titles in his tenure and brought Nebraska to their first ever bowl game, a loss to Stanford in the 1941 Rose Bowl. The following year, as the nation began to more fully be drawn closer to involvement in World War II, the program set a new record low with five straight midseason losses. One week after the final game of the season, Japan carried out the attack on Pearl Harbor. The country was again at war. Many thousands of young men joined the armed forces and were soon shipped abroad, as Nebraska's fortunes once again headed into a downturn.

Slide into obscurity (1942-1961)

Nebraska was led by three head coaches during the war years, with a scarcity of players available as so many of the country's young men were abroad and at war. By 1945, the year the war ended, the Cornhuskers stumbled to a 11-24-0 (0.314) record.

The situation did not improve after the war, as Bernie Masterson (1946-1947, 5-13-0, 0.250) put together the worst head coaching career record ever compiled at Nebraska in his first and only head football coaching appointment. Previous head coach George Clark (1945 & 1948, 6-13-0, 0.316), a veteran of both world wars with an extensive coaching pedigree and who led Nebraska in the final war season of 1945, returned as Nebraska's coach for 1948 temporarily as a search was made for his successor, prior to his ascension to Athletic Director at Nebraska.

Clark hired Bill Glassford (1949-1955, 50-40-4, 0.471) and it seemed at first that Nebraska might climb back into prominence under Glassford's leadership, especially after the 6-2-1 1950 season, and Nebraska's second-ever bowl appearance, a 7-34 loss to Duke in the 1955 Orange Bowl.

Following Glassford, Pete Elliott, a star quarterback who led Michigan to the 1948 national championship, arrived at Nebraska for his first ever head coaching appointment. Although he would go on to achieve successes later in his career, he managed to get to just 4-6-0 (0.400) in his one year at Nebraska. His replacement, Bill Jennings (1957-1961, 15-34-1, 0.310) fared even worse at the helm, his final career record with the Cornhuskers being the lowest of all but three of Nebraska's coaches.

The Devaney and Osborne dynasties (1962-1997)

Bob Devaney (1962-1972, 101-20-2, 0.829) brought about a dramatic and immediate turnaround in the fortunes of Nebraska football. He led Nebraska to a 9-2 record in his first season, including aj Nebraska's first ever bowl win against Miami in the 1962 Gotham Bowl. This was the first of what would eventually be 40 consecutive winning seasons, and Nebraska's NCAA-record ongoing sellout streak began in the seventh game of this season. After five straight bowl game seasons, Devaney's squad suffered two 6-4 years in a row in 1967 and 1968, prompting a change in philosophy suggested by offensive assistant Tom Osborne, who would also advance to Offensive Coordinator the following season. Over the next four seasons, Nebraska suffered just four losses, amassed an overall 42-4-2 (0.896) record, won the conference title in each year, and secured Nebraska's first and second national championships.

Devaney stepped down after the 1972 season and took over the duties of Nebraska's Athletic Director. Osborne (1973-1997, 255-49-3, 0.836) subsequently became Nebraska's longest-tenured and all-time winningest coach, who also became the NCAA's fifth most winning Division 1-A coach in history over the course of his 25 years at the helm. Osborne never won less than nine games in any of his seasons, secured thirteen conference titles, and brought Nebraska three more national championships while going 60-3 over his final five seasons.

The modern era (1998-present)

Upon Osborne's retirement, the program was handed over to his hand-picked successor and longtime coaching assistant Frank Solich (1998-2003, 58-19, 0.753), who also had played for Nebraska 1963-1965. Solich inherited a strong team, and in his six seasons managed to outperform Osborne's own initial six years, while bringing in two conference division titles in addition to an outright conference championship. After Solich's only non-winning season at Nebraska, a 7-7 affair from 2002, Solich dramatically changed his approach much as Devaney had done after 1968, and made numerous changes to his assistant coaching staff. The turnaround appeared successful, as Solich's 2003 team went 9-3 in the regular season. However this level of success was not adequate in the eyes of second-year Nebraska Athletic Director Steve Pederson, who fired Solich before the bowl game, justifying the move by stating he would not "let Nebraska gravitate into mediocrity" and would not "surrender the Big 12 to Oklahoma and Texas"[11]. Solich's new defensive coordinator, Bo Pelini, hired in the 2002 staffing shakeup, was appointed interim coach and led the Cornhuskers to a 17-3 Alamo Bowl win over Michigan State to close out the 2003 Nebraska season with a 10-3 record.

Although Pelini interviewed for the position as permanent replacement, ultimately former Oakland Raiders head coach Bill Callahan (2004-2007, 27-22, 0.551) was named as Solich's successor. Callahan's mandate to prevent Nebraska's decline experienced a rough start as he installed the West Coast offense made popular in the NFL, posting a 5-6 mark for 2004, which was Nebraska's first losing season since 1961. The 8-4 2005 season showed improvement, and Nebraska's 9-5 record in 2006 accompanied a conference division title. However, in 2007, many milestones fell to the wayside and numerous streaks were broken. Nebraska dropped five games in a row for the first time since 1958, including a record-setting 39-76 loss to Kansas. Pederson was fired as athletic director in the middle of the five-game slide, and Tom Osborne returned from his political career to fill in as interim athletic director. Callahan subsequently put up just one more win, against Kansas State, before closing the season with a 51-65 loss to rival Colorado. In four years, Callahan had achieved the lowest winning percentage by a Nebraska head coach in 46 years, and Osborne fired him the following day.

Former Nebraska assistant Turner Gill, who had also worked under Osborne, was among those considered as Callahan's replacement, however Osborne ultimately selected Bo Pelini (2008-present, 20-8, 0.714 as of the end of the 2009 season) to return to Nebraska as the 32nd head coach of the Cornhuskers. Pelini's first team tied for the division title and went 9-4 on the season, which was the best season record among all twenty-eight first-season coaches in college football's FBS division. 2009 saw even greater improvement, as Nebraska led the nation in scoring defense, finishing 10-4 with another division championship and a #14 overall ranking. Following the 2009 season, Pelini was given his second raise and contract extension.

Bowl results

Italics denote a tie game, of which there are none.
* - Denotes National title

Date played Winning team Losing team notes
January 1, 1941 Stanford 21 Nebraska 13 1941 Rose Bowl
January 1, 1955 Duke 34 Nebraska 7 1955 Orange Bowl
December 15, 1962 Nebraska 36 Miami 34 1962 Gotham Bowl
January 1, 1964 Nebraska 13 Auburn 7 1964 Orange Bowl
January 1, 1965 Arkansas 10 Nebraska 7 1965 Cotton Bowl
January 1, 1966 Alabama 39 Nebraska 28 1966 Orange Bowl
January 2, 1967 Alabama 34 Nebraska 7 1967 Sugar Bowl
December 20, 1969 Nebraska 45 Georgia 6 1969 Sun Bowl
January 1, 1971 Nebraska 17 LSU 12 1971 Orange Bowl*
January 1, 1972 Nebraska 38 Alabama 6 1972 Orange Bowl*
January 1, 1973 Nebraska 40 Notre Dame 6 1973 Orange Bowl
January 1, 1974 Nebraska 19 Texas 3 1974 Cotton Bowl
December 31, 1974 Nebraska 13 Florida 10 1974 Sugar Bowl
December 26, 1975 Arizona State 17 Nebraska 14 1975 Fiesta Bowl
December 31, 1976 Nebraska 27 Texas Tech 24 1976 Bluebonnet Bowl
December 19, 1977 Nebraska 21 North Carolina 17 1977 Liberty Bowl
January 1, 1979 Oklahoma 31 Nebraska 24 1979 Orange Bowl
January 1, 1980 Houston 17 Nebraska 14 1980 Cotton Bowl
December 27, 1980 Nebraska 31 Mississippi State 17 1980 Sun Bowl
January 1, 1982 Clemson 22 Nebraska 15 1982 Orange Bowl
January 1, 1983 Nebraska 21 LSU 20 1983 Orange Bowl
January 2, 1984 Miami 31 Nebraska 30 1984 Orange Bowl
January 1, 1985 Nebraska 28 LSU 10 1985 Sugar Bowl
January 1, 1986 Michigan 27 Nebraska 23 1986 Fiesta Bowl
January 1, 1987 Nebraska 30 LSU 15 1987 Sugar Bowl
January 1, 1988 Florida State 31 Nebraska 28 1988 Fiesta Bowl
January 2, 1989 Miami 23 Nebraska 3 1989 Orange Bowl
January 1, 1990 Florida State 41 Nebraska 17 1990 Fiesta Bowl
January 1, 1991 Georgia Tech 45 Nebraska 21 1991 Citrus Bowl
January 1, 1992 Miami 22 Nebraska 0 1992 Orange Bowl
January 1, 1993 Florida State 27 Nebraska 14 1993 Orange Bowl
January 1, 1994 Florida State 18 Nebraska 16 1994 Orange Bowl
January 1, 1995 Nebraska 24 Miami 17 1995 Orange Bowl*
January 2, 1996 Nebraska 62 Florida 24 1996 Fiesta Bowl*
December 31, 1996 Nebraska 41 Virginia Tech 21 1996 Orange Bowl
January 2, 1998 Nebraska 42 Tennessee 17 1998 Orange Bowl*
December 30, 1998 Arizona 23 Nebraska 20 1998 Holiday Bowl
January 2, 2000 Nebraska 31 Tennessee 21 2000 Fiesta Bowl
December 30, 2000 Nebraska 66 Northwestern 17 2000 Alamo Bowl
January 3, 2002 Miami 37 Nebraska 14 2002 Rose Bowl
December 27, 2002 Mississippi 27 Nebraska 23 2002 Independence Bowl
December 29, 2003 Nebraska 17 Michigan State 3 2003 Alamo Bowl
December 28, 2005 Nebraska 32 Michigan 28 2005 Alamo Bowl
January 1, 2007 Auburn 17 Nebraska 14 2007 Cotton Bowl
January 1, 2009 Nebraska 26 Clemson 21 2009 Gator Bowl
December 30, 2009 Nebraska 33 Arizona 0 2009 Holiday Bowl

Season results

Year Record Final AP Poll Ranking
2009 10-4 #14
2008 9-4 NR
2007 5-7 NR
2006 9-5 NR
2005 8-4 #24
2004 5-6 NR
2003 10-3 #18
2002 7-7 NR
2001 11-2 #7
2000 10-2 #7
1999 12-1 #2
1998 9-4 #19
1997 13-0 #2
1996 11-2 #6
1995 12-0 #1
1994 13-0 #1
1993 11-1 #3
1992 9-3 #14
1991 9-2-1 #15
1990 9-3 #17
1989 10-2 #11
1988 11-2 #10
1987 10-2 #6
1986 10-2 #4
1985 9-3 #10
1984 10-2 #3
1983 12-1 #2
1982 12-1 #3
1981 9-3 #9
1980 10-2 #7
1979 10-2 #7
1978 9-3 #8
1977 9-3 #10
1976 9-3-1 #7
1975 10-2 #9
1974 9-3 #7
1973 9-2-1 #7
1972 9-2-1 #4
1971 13-0 #1
1970 11-0-1 #1
1969 9-2 #11
1968 6-4 NR
1967 6-4 NR
1966 9-2 #6
1965 10-1 #3
1964 9-2 #6
1963 10-1 #5
1962 9-2 NR

National championship seasons

Nebraska huddling before a game versus Texas
Season Record Bowl game Coach
1970¹ 11-0-1 Orange Bowl Bob Devaney
1971 13-0 Orange Bowl Bob Devaney
1994 13-0 Orange Bowl Tom Osborne
1995 12-0 Fiesta Bowl Tom Osborne
1997² 13-0 Orange Bowl Tom Osborne
  1. Shared with Texas*
  2. Shared with Michigan

* Texas retained a #1 ranking in the UPI Poll despite a 24-11 loss to Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl, since the UPI at that time released its final rankings prior to bowl games. Nebraska was #1 in the final AP Poll, conducted after the bowl games.

Individual award winners


Johnny Rodgers - 1972
Mike Rozier - 1983
Eric Crouch - 2001
Johnny Rodgers - 1972
Mike Rozier - 1983
Eric Crouch - 2001
Mike Rozier - 1983
Ndamukong Suh - 2009
Eric Crouch - 2001
Tommie Frazier - 1995
Dominic Raiola - 2000
Trev Alberts - 1993
Ndamukong Suh - 2009
Ndamukong Suh - 2009
Rich Glover - 1972
Dave Rimington - 1982
Dean Steinkuhler - 1983
Grant Wistrom - 1997
Ndamukong Suh - 2009
Larry Jacobson - 1971
Rich Glover - 1972
Dave Rimington - 1981, 1982
Dean Steinkuhler - 1983
Will Shields - 1992
Zach Wiegert - 1994
Aaron Taylor - 1997
Ndamukong Suh - 2009


Bob Devaney - 1971
Tom Osborne - 1999 (Recognized as coach of the decade)
Tom Osborne - 2007

Nebraska All-Century Football Team

All team members were selected through an on-line poll at www.huskerwebcast.com during the 1999 football season and through the spring game in April. Top Vote Getter (Votes): Offense - Zach Wiegert (7,951); Defense - Grant Wistrom (6,990); Special Teams - Kris Brown (7,938); Overall - Johnny Rodgers (14,467) - (7,109 - Returns and 7,358 - WR)[3]

QB - Tommie Frazier (1992–1995)
IB - Mike Rozier (1981–83)
IB - Roger Craig (1979–82)
FB - Tom Rathman (1983–85)
FB - Joel Makovicka (1995–98)
WR - Irving Fryar (1981–83)
WR - Johnny Rodgers (1970–72)
TE - Junior Miller (1977–79)
OT - Bob Newton (1969–70)
OG - Will Shields (1989–92)
OC - Dave Rimington (1979–82)
OG/C - Aaron Taylor (1994–97)
OG - Dean Steinkuhler (1981–83)
OT- Zach Wiegert (1991–94)
Special Teams
PK - Kris Brown (1995–98)
P - Jesse Kosch (1994–97)
KR - Tyrone Hughes (1989–92)
PR - Johnny Rodgers (1970–72)

DE - Grant Wistrom (1994–97)
DT - Ndamukong Suh (2005-09)
NT - Rich Glover (1970–72)
DT - Neil Smith (1985–87)
DE/OLB - Trev Alberts (1990–93)
DE/OLB - Broderick Thomas (1985–88)
LB - Marc Munford (1984–86)
LB - Ed Stewart (1991–94)
LB - Tom Novak (1946–49)
CB - Michael Booker (1994–96)
CB - Ralph Brown (1996–99)
ROV - Mike Brown (1996–99)
ROV - Mike Minter (1993–96)

Nebraska's All-Time Team

As selected by Athlon Sports in 2002. [4]

WR Johnny Rodgers 1970-72
E Guy Chamberlin 1914-15
TE Tracey Wistrom 1998–2001
OL Bob Brown 1961-63
OL Zach Wiegert 1991-94
OL Dave Rimington 1979-82
OL Dean Steinkuhler 1981-83
OL Will Shields 1989-91
OL Aaron Taylor 1994-97
QB Tommie Frazier 1992-95
RB Mike Rozier 1981-83
RB Bobby Reynolds 1950-52
FB George Sauer 1931-33
K Kris Brown 1995-98

DL Willie Harper 1970-72
DL Ed Weir 1923-25
DL Larry Jacobson 1969-71
DL Rich Glover 1970-72
DL Wayne Meylan 1965-67
DL Grant Wistrom 1994-97
LB Tom Novak 1946-49
LB Jerry Murtaugh 1968-70
LB Trev Alberts 1990-93
DB Dana Stephenson 1967-69
DB Larry Wachholtz 1964-66
DB Pat Fischer 1958-60
DB Dave Butterfield 1974-76
DB Ralph Brown 1996-99
P Dan Hadenfeldt 1997–2000

Permanently retired jerseys

Nebraska has retired only two numbers, choosing to retire the jersey rather than the number for other players.[12]

Outside of Memorial Stadium on the University of Nebraska Campus in Lincoln, Nebraska

Current NFL Players


Current coaching staff


Name Title First year
in this position
Years at Nebraska Alma Mater
Bo Pelini Head Coach 2008 2003, 2008- Ohio State
Carl Pelini Defensive Coordinator
Defensive Line
2008 2003, 2008- Youngstown State
Shawn Watson Offensive Coordinator
2007 2006- Southern Illinois
Tim Beck Running Backs 2008 2008- Central Florida
Ron Brown Tight Ends 2008 1987–2003, 2008- Brown
Barney Cotton Associate Head Coach
Offensive Line
2008 2003, 2008- Nebraska
Mike Ekeler Linebackers 2008 2008- Kansas State
Ted Gilmore Assistant Head Coach
Recruiting Coordinator
2008 2005- Wyoming
John Papuchis Defensive Ends
Special Teams
2008 2008- Virginia Tech
Marvin Sanders Secondary 2008 2003, 2008- Nebraska
Jeff Jamrog Assistant AD for Football 2008 1988–1989, 2000–2003, 2008- Nebraska
James Dobson Strength and Conditioning 2008 2008- Wisconsin
Curt Baldus Graduate Assistant 2008 2006, 2008- St. Cloud State
Ross Watson Graduate Assistant 2008 2008- Mount Union

Future schedules

2011 tentative schedule

Some open dates remain unfilled.[16][17]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 10* Fresno State Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska     -
September 17* Washington Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska     -
September 24* at Wyoming War Memorial StadiumLaramie, Wyoming     -
October 8 Kansas State Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska     -
October 15 at Texas Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, Texas     -
October 22 Oklahoma State Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska     -
October 29 at Missouri Faurot FieldColumbia, Missouri     -
November 5 Iowa State Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska     -
November 12 at Kansas University of Kansas Memorial StadiumLawrence, Kansas     -
November 19 Texas A&M Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska     -
November 25 or November 26 at Colorado Folsom FieldBoulder, Colorado     -
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

2012 tentative schedule

Some open dates remain unfilled.[16][18]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1* Southern Miss Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska     -
September 8* at UCLA Rose BowlPasadena, California     -
September 29 Missouri Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska     -
October 13 at Texas Tech Jones AT&T StadiumLubbock, Texas     -
October 20 at Iowa State Jack Trice StadiumAmes, Iowa     -
October 27 Baylor Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska     -
November 3 at Oklahoma Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, Oklahoma     -
November 10 Kansas Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska     -
November 17 at Kansas State Bill Snyder Family Football StadiumManhattan, Kansas     -
November 23 or November 24 Colorado Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska     -
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

2013 tentative schedule

Some open dates remain unfilled.[16][19]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31* Wyoming Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska     -
September 7* at Southern Miss M. M. Roberts StadiumHattiesburg, Mississippi     -
September 14* UCLA Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska     -
October 5 at Missouri Faurot FieldColumbia, Missouri     -
October 12 Texas Tech Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska     -
October 19 at Iowa State Jack Trice StadiumAmes, Iowa     -
October 26 at Baylor Floyd Casey StadiumWaco, Texas     -
November 2 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska     -
November 9 at Kansas University of Kansas Memorial StadiumLawrence, Kansas     -
November 16 Kansas State Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska     -
November 29 at Colorado Folsom FieldBoulder, Colorado     -
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

2014 tentative schedule

Some open dates remain unfilled.[16][20]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 13* at Fresno State Bulldog StadiumFresno, California     -
September 20* Miami Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska     -
October 4 at Kansas State Bill Snyder Family Football StadiumManhattan, Kansas     -
October 11 Texas Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska     -
October 18 at Oklahoma State Boone Pickens StadiumStillwater, Oklahoma     -
October 25 Missouri Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska     -
November 1 at Iowa State Jack Trice StadiumAmes, Iowa     -
November 8 Kansas Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska     -
November 15 at Texas A&M Kyle FieldCollege Station, Texas     -
November 28 or November 29 Colorado Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska     -
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

2015 tentative schedule

Some open dates remain unfilled.[16][21]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5* Southern Miss Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska     -
September 12* at Miami Sun Life StadiumMiami Gardens, Florida     -
October 3 Kansas State Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska     -
October 17 at Texas Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, Texas     -
October 24 Oklahoma State Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska     -
October 31 at Missouri Faurot FieldColumbia, Missouri     -
November 7 Iowa State Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska     -
November 14 at Kansas University of Kansas Memorial StadiumLawrence, Kansas     -
November 21 Texas A&M Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska     -
November 27 at Colorado Folsom FieldBoulder, Colorado     -
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

2016 tentative schedule

All league and some open dates remain unfilled.[16][22]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3* Fresno State Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska     -
September 10* Tennessee Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska     -
September 17* Wyoming Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska     -
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

2017 tentative schedule

All league and some open dates remain unfilled.[16][23]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 9* at Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, Tennessee     -
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

See also


  1. ^ NCAA (2009), NCAA Football Award Winnners, pp. 14, http://web1.ncaa.org/web_files/stats/football_records/DI/2009/2009Awards.pdf 
  2. ^ Husker Football History http://www.huskersnside.com//pdf5/40179.pdf?ATCLID=2722&SPSID=8&SPID=22&DB_OEM_ID=100
  3. ^ http://www.huskernews.com/vnews/display.v/ART/1999/01/01/380d0d7a3
  4. ^ ESPN.com List of Greatest College Football Teams of all time - Retrieved September 2008
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Notable Players http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=188&SPID=22&DB_OEM_ID=100&ATCLID=2803
  7. ^ Sporting News - Your expert source for MLB Baseball, NFL Football, NBA Basketball, NHL Hockey, NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball and Fantasy Sports scores, blogs, and articles
  8. ^ NCAA Record Book http://www.ncaa.org/library/records/football/football_records_book/2006/2006_d1_football_records_book.pdf
  9. ^ Nebraska Series Information http://www.huskersnside.com//pdf4/41191.pdf?SPSID=7&SPID=22&DB_OEM_ID=100
  10. ^ a b Blackshirt Tradition http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=440&SPID=22&DB_OEM_ID=100&ATCLID=4435
  11. ^ Pederson fired; Nebraska chancellor cites lack of football progress
  12. ^ (nd) Nebraska's Retired Jerseys. University of Nebraska. Retrieved 6/21/07.
  13. ^ NFLHuskers.com Nebraska Players in the NFL
  14. ^ Pelini names 8 of 9 full-time assistants
  15. ^ Pelini Announces Husker Coaching Staff
  16. ^ a b c d e f g "2010s -- HuskerPedia". HuskerPedia. http://www.huskerpedia.com/2010s.html. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  17. ^ "Football - 2011 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=2011. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  18. ^ "Football - 2012 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=2012. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  19. ^ "Football - 2013 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=2013. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  20. ^ "Football - 2014 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=2014. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  21. ^ "Football - 2015 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=2015. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  22. ^ "Football - 2016 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=2016. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  23. ^ "Football - 2017 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=2017. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 

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