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A look at #25 Michigan State: Taking on #4 Ohio State in Big Ten East battle tonight

 

Game 6: No. 25/23 Michigan State (4-1, 2-0 B1G) at No. 4/5 Ohio State (5-0, 2-0 B1G)

Date: Saturday, Oct. 5
Kickoff: 7:44 p.m. EDT
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Stadium: Ohio Stadium (102,092)
Surface: FieldTurf
TV/Web/Mobile: ABC/Watch ESPN
Announcers: Chris Fowler (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst), Maria Taylor (sideline)
Radio: Spartan Sports Network (George Blaha, Jason Strayhorn)Affiliate Listings
Satellite Radio: Ch. 83 (Sirius), Ch. 83 (XM), Ch. 83 (SiriusXM.com)
National Radio: ESPN Radio
National Radio Announcers: Sean Kelley (play-by-play), Barrett Jones (analyst), Ian Fitzsimmons (sideline)
Satellite: Ch. 84 (Sirius), Ch. 84 (XM), Ch. 84 (SiriusXM.com)
Live Stats: msuspartans.comOhio State Live Stats
All-Time Series: OSU leads, 32-15
Series in Columbus: OSU leads, 15-9
Last Meeting: OSU 26, MSU 6 (2018)
Current Series Streak: 3 by OSU (2016-)

COACHES:
MSU Head Coach: Mark Dantonio
MSU Record: 111-52 (13th year)
Overall Record: 129-69 (16th year)
Record vs. OSU: 3-9 (3-7 at MSU)

OSU Head Coach: Ryan Day
OSU Record: 8-0 (first year)*
Overall Record: 8-0 (first year)*
Record vs. MSU: 0-0
* served as interim head coach for first three games in 2018

FIRST-AND-10 –
• No. 25/23 Michigan State heads to No. 4/5 Ohio State on Saturday, Oct. 5 for a Big Ten East Division showdown in Columbus, Ohio, at 7:30 p.m. in Ohio Stadium. The game will be broadcast nationally on ABC for Saturday Night Football with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor on the call. Both the Spartans and Buckeyes are tied atop the Big Ten East Division standings at 2-0. MSU topped Indiana, 40-31, last Saturday in Spartan Stadium, while Ohio State beat Nebraska in Lincoln, 48-7.

• Saturday’s game is the 48th meeting between Michigan State and Ohio State, and for the sixth time in the last seven matchups, both teams enter the contest ranked in the AP Top 25 (OSU fourth, MSU 25th). The Buckeyes lead the all-time series, 32-15, including a 15-9 record in Columbus. Dantonio is 2-2 against Ohio State in Columbus during his tenure at MSU.

• The Spartans have defeated the Buckeyes three times since 2011, the most of any team in the Big Ten.  Michael Geiger hit a 41-yard field goal as time expired to give No. 9 Michigan State a 17-14 victory over No. 2 Ohio State in 2015 in Columbus en route to winning the Big Ten Championship, while also snapping the Buckeyes’ 23-game winning streak. The Spartans held the Buckeyes to 132 yards of total offense in that game, the fewest ever by an Urban Meyer-coached team. In the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game, No. 10 MSU snapped No. 2 Ohio State’s school-record 24-game winning streak with a 34-24 win as the Spartans clinched their first Rose Bowl berth in 26 years. Dantonio’s first win over the Buckeyes came in 2011 as MSU beat the Buckeyes, 10-7, in Ohio Stadium.

• The Spartans have defeated Ohio State 10 times when the Buckeyes entered the game ranked in the AP Top 25, including five times when the Buckeyes were ranked in the top five (No. 5 in 1972, No. 1 in 1974, No. 1 in 1998, No. 2 in 2013, No. 2 in 2015) and seven in the top 10 (previous five games listed plus No. 7 in 1951 and No. 9 in 1971). Mark Dantonio has defeated 10 AP Top 10 teams in his tenure and nine since 2013, including wins over No. 2 Ohio State in 2013 and 2015.

• With the triumph over Northwestern on Sept. 21, Mark Dantonio became Michigan State’s all-time winningest coach, passing Hall of Famer Duffy Daugherty, who collected a 109-69-5 record in East Lansing from 1954-72 (19 seasons). Dantonio owns a 111-52 (.681) record at Michigan State and has won the most Big Ten Championships (three) and bowl games (five) of any Spartan head coach and also ranks first with 11 bowl appearances. He is the only active Big Ten coach to win multiple Big Ten Championships (2010, 2013, 2015), claim a victory in the Rose Bowl (2014), and coach in the College Football Playoff (2015). Dantonio also ranks first in program history in conference winning percentage (.663, 67-34 record, minimum 10 games); tied for first in AP Top 25 finishes (seven); second in Big Ten wins (67), home wins (66) and AP Top 25 wins (21); and fifth in overall winning percentage (.681). Dantonio is 11th in Big Ten history in conference wins (67) and tied for 12th in overall victories (111).

• Defensively, the Spartans continue to rank among the national leaders in rushing defense (No. 4 at 55.8 ypg), total defense (No. 7 at 253.8 ypg), turnovers gained (tied for No. 13 with 10), scoring defense (No. 14 at 15.0 ppg) and sacks (No. 18 at 3.2 pg).

• Fifth-year senior wide receiver Darrell Stewart leads the Big Ten in receptions (35) and receiving yards (556) and is second in the conference in receiving yards per game (111.3 ypg) and third in receptions per game (7.0 pg). He also ranks among the FBS leaders in total receptions (tied for sixth with 35), total receiving yards (fourth with 556), receiving yards per game (seventh with 111.2 ypg) and receptions per game (tied for 10th with 7.0 pg). Stewart has three 100-yard receiving games and put together back-to-back 100-yard receiving games (career-high 185 yards vs. Western Michigan on Sept. 7 and 121 vs. Arizona State on Sept. 14) for the first time at MSU since Aaron Burbridge had four straight 100-yard games in 2015 (156 vs. Rutgers on Oct. 10; 132 vs. Michigan on Oct. 17; 128 yards vs. Indiana on Oct. 24; 164 at Nebraska on Nov. 7). Stewart opened Big Ten play with five catches for 77 yards at Northwestern and had five grabs for 117 yards and a career-high two touchdowns vs. Indiana. Stewart’s impressive performance to start the season has made him a late add to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List.

• Fifth-year senior quarterback Brian Lewerke leads the Big Ten in total passing yards (1,325), completions (104) and attempts (174), and also ranks tied for second in touchdown passes (10), third in total offense (294.4 ypg) and fourth in passing (265.0 ypg). The Phoenix, Arizona, native has completed 104-of-174 passes (.598) for 1,325 yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception. In the win over Indiana, Lewerke became just the second Spartan quarterback to eclipse 6,000 yards passing (6,539) and 1,000 yards rushing (1,039) in his career, joining Drew Stanton (6,524 passing yards and 1,512 rushing yards from 2003-06). Lewerke also ranks among the school leaders in pass attempts (fourth with 987), passing yards (fourth with 6,539 yards), pass completions (fourth with 565), passing yards per game (fifth with 198.2 ypg) and passing TDs (eighth with 40).

• Although Michigan State ranked in the FBS Top 10 in several defensive categories in 2018, this season the Spartans are emphasizing turnovers after finishing 28th in the FBS with 23 turnovers caused last season. After five games, MSU ranks tied for 13th in the FBS with 10 turnovers caused (four fumbles, six interceptions). The six interceptions are tied for eighth most in the FBS.

• Senior linebacker and first-team preseason All-American Joe Bachie leads the Big Ten with 46 overall tackles and ranks sixth in tackles per game (9.2 avg.). Bachie was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for the fourth time in his career following his performance in the win at Northwestern on Sept. 21. He recorded a career-high 14 tackles (13 solo, one assist) against the Wildcats, marking his 11th career game with double-figure tackles. Bachie also has 4.5 tackles for loss, four pass break-ups, 1.5 sacks and one interception this season.

STAT LEADERS –
Michigan State:

Rushing – R-Fr. Elijah Collins (78 carries for 413 yards, 5.3 avg., 3 TDs)
Passing – Sr.-5 Brian Lewerke (104-of-174, .598, 1,325 yards, 10 TDs, 1 INT)
Receiving – Sr.-5 Darrell Stewart (35 catches for 556 yards, 15.9 avg., 3 TDs)
Tackles – Sr. Joe Bachie (46 tackles, 23 solos, 23 assists, 4.5 TFLs, 1.5 sacks, 4 PBUs, 1 INT)

Ohio State:
Rushing – Jr. J.K. Dobbins (92 carries for 654 yards, 7.1 avg., 5 TDs)
Passing – So. Justin Fields (81-of-116, .698, 1,092 yards, 16 TDs, 0 INTs)
Receiving – Sr. K.J. Hill (20 catches for 218 yards, 10.9 avg., 4 TDs)
Tackles – Sr. Malik Harrison (25 tackles, 14 solos, 11 assists, 8 TFLs, 3.5 sacks, 1 FR)

CURRENT SPARTANS VS. OHIO STATE –
Career Stat Leaders:

Rushing – Rocky Lombardi (1 game, 3 carries for 49 yards, 16.3 avg, 0 TD)
Passing – Brian Lewerke (2 games, 29-of-64, .453, 259 yards, 0 TDs, 3 INTs)
Receiving – Cody White (2 games, 13 catches for 157 yards, 12.1 avg., 0 TDs)
Tackles – Kenny Willekes (2 games, 22 tackles, 4.5 TFLs, 1 sack)

MSU/OHIO STATE SERIES NOTES –
• Saturday’s game is the 48th meeting between Michigan State and Ohio State, and for the sixth time in the last seven matchups, both teams enter the contest ranked in the AP Top 25 (OSU fourth, MSU 25th). The Buckeyes lead the all-time series, 32-15, including a 15-9 record in Columbus. Dantonio is 2-2 against Ohio State in Columbus during his tenure at MSU.

• Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio is 3-7 during his tenure against Ohio State and 3-9 overall (0-2 at Cincinnati). Dantonio was the only Big Ten coach to defeat Urban Meyer twice during his tenure at OSU (2013 Big Ten Championship Game, 2015 at Ohio State).

• The Spartans have defeated the Buckeyes three times since 2011, the most of any team in the Big Ten.  Michael Geiger hit a 41-yard field goal as time expired to give No. 9 Michigan State a 17-14 victory over No. 2 Ohio State in 2015 in Columbus en route to winning the Big Ten Championship, while also snapping the Buckeyes’ 23-game winning streak. The Spartans held the Buckeyes to 132 yards of total offense in that game, the fewest ever by an Urban Meyer-coached team. In the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game, No. 10 MSU snapped No. 2 Ohio State’s school-record 24-game winning streak with a 34-24 win as the Spartans clinched their first Rose Bowl berth in 26 years. Dantonio’s first win over the Buckeyes came in 2011 as MSU beat the Buckeyes, 10-7, in Ohio Stadium.

• The Spartans have defeated Ohio State 10 times when the Buckeyes entered the game ranked in the AP Top 25, including five times when the Buckeyes were ranked in the top five (No. 5 in 1972, No. 1 in 1974, No. 1 in 1998, No. 2 in 2013, No. 2 in 2015) and seven in the top 10 (previous five games listed plus No. 7 in 1951 and No. 9 in 1971).

SPARTANS FROM THE BUCKEYE STATE –
• Michigan State’s 2019 roster features 28 players from Ohio, including 10 potential starters: Sr. LB Joe Bachie (Brook Park/Berea-Midpark), Jr. LG Luke Campbell (Lewis Center/Olentangy), So. RG Matt Carrick (Minerva/Perry), Jr. PK Matt Coghlin (Cincinnati/Archbishop Moeller), Jr. TE Matt Dotson (Kenwood/Archbishop Moeller), Sr. S David Dowell (North Ridgeville/St. Edward), Sr. P Jake Hartbarger (Waterville/Anthony Wayne), So. S Xavier Henderson (Reynoldsburg/Pickerington Central), Fr. LS Jude Pedrozo (Westerville/Westerville South) and Jr. CB Josiah Scott (Hamilton, Ohio/Fairfield).

THE LAST MEETING –
Nov. 10, 2018, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP):
Drue Chrisman kept Michigan State pinned back with a sensational second half of punting, and eighth-ranked Ohio State eventually pulled away for a 26-6 victory over the 24th-ranked Spartans.

In a tight defensive struggle, the Buckeyes enjoyed a huge advantage in field position during the second half. Chrisman’s punts forced Michigan State to start its first five drives after halftime from its own 5, 6, 3, 1 and 2-yard line. On the fourth of those possessions, the Spartans had to punt from their own end zone. They took a safety that appeared intentional, giving Ohio State a 9-6 lead.  The ensuing free kick went out of bounds, giving the Buckeyes the ball at the 50, and then Chrisman pinned Michigan State back again. Ohio State capitalized on that punt when a shotgun snap by Michigan State hit the man in motion. Dre’Mont Jones recovered the fumble for the Buckeyes in the end zone, giving Ohio State a 16-6 advantage.

Chrisman’s day actually started in an unusual way, with his first punt going for only 4 yards, but Michigan State couldn’t take advantage. Ohio State opened the scoring late in the second quarter on a 1-yard pass from Dwayne Haskins to Parris Campbell. The Spartans trailed only 7-3 at halftime, but had a third-quarter touchdown called back for a penalty. They settled for a field goal on that drive to make it 7-6, but that was as close as they got.

MSU/OHIO STATE CONNECTIONS –
• Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio spent three years as the defensive coordinator at Ohio State (2001-03) where he served under Jim Tressel. During Dantonio’s tenure at Ohio State, the Buckeyes posted a combined record of 32-6 (.842), including the 2002 National Championship. Dantonio also was a graduate assistant at Ohio State under Earle Bruce in 1983-84.

• Michigan State offensive line coach Jim Bollman served as Ohio State’s offensive coordinator for 11 seasons (2001-11).

• Michigan State assistant head coach/defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Mike Tressel is the nephew of former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel. Mike spent two years as a graduate assistant coach at Ohio State, working for his uncle from 2002-03.

• Michigan State tight ends coach Mark Staten served as a graduate assistant for Jim Tressel at Ohio State from 2002-03.

• Michigan State secondary coach Paul Haynes was at Ohio State from 2005-2011, holding the position of co-defensive coordinator/secondary coach in 2011 after being the secondary coach from 2005-10. He helped the Buckeyes win six Big Ten Championships while coaching in six BCS Games, including two BCS National Championship Games (2007, 2008).

• Michigan State director of personnel/player development and relations Dino Folino began his coaching career as a graduate assistant under legendary Coach Woody Hayes at Ohio State, where the Buckeyes won two straight Big Ten championships in 1974-75 and made back-to-back Rose Bowl appearances (1975-76).

POST-GAME NOTES: INDIANA
• With the 40-31 win over Indiana, Michigan State improved to 4-1 on the season and 2-0 in Big Ten play . . . Mark Dantonio is 10-1 against the Hoosiers . . . MSU kept the Old Brass Spittoon for the third year in a row year and is 48-16-2 all-time against Indiana . . . MSU is 48-13-1 against Indiana since 1950, the first year the two schools played for the Old Brass Spittoon . . . the Spartans are 26-6-1 against the Hoosiers in East Lansing, winning the last eight in Spartan Stadium.

• Mark Dantonio, already the winningest coach in Michigan State history, tied Ohio State’s John Cooper for 12th place on the all-time Big Ten wins list with 111 victories.

OFFENSE
• Brian Lewerke finished with 378 total yards of offense (300 passing, 78 rushing), the ninth-highest single-game total in school history and fourth highest of his career (475 vs. Northwestern in 2017; 425 vs. Penn State in 2017; 396 vs. Notre Dame in 2017) . . . he completed 18-of-36 passes for 300 yards for his seventh career 300-yard passing game . . . Lewerke’s team-high 78 rushing yards were the third-highest total of his career (career-high 81 vs. Western Michigan in 2017; 79 vs. Maryland in 2016) . . . Lewerke is just one of two Spartan quarterbacks in school history to pass for more than 6,000 yards (6,539) and rush for more than 1,000 yards (1,039), joining Drew Stanton (6,524 passing yards, 1,502 rushing yards).

• Darrell Stewart posted his third 100-yard receiving game of the season with five catches for 117 yards . . . his career-long 44-yard reception late in the fourth quarter set up MSU’s game-winning field goal later in the drive . . . he recorded two touchdown receptions for the first time in career (5 yards and 26 yards, both in second quarter) . . . his 556 receiving yards this season are already a career high (previous: 501 in 2017) . . . he also has 35 catches, including three for TDs . . . he has now caught a pass in 29 straight games, including 11 consecutive with at least three receptions . . . Stewart finished with 159 all-purpose yards (42 kick return).

• Michigan State finished with 442 yards of total offense (300 passing, 142 rushing).

• Elijah Collins rushed for his third TD of the season on a 4-yard run in the first quarter . . . he had a team-high 17 carries for 56 yards.

• Matt Seybert recorded his third touchdown in the past two games with a 10-yard reception with 12:12 left in the fourth quarter that gave MSU a 28-24 lead . . . Seybert finished with three catches for 43 yards.

DEFENSE
• Michigan State’s streak of not allowing 30 points was snapped at 16 games, as Indiana scored 31 against the Spartans . . . the last team to score 30 points on the Spartans was Utah State in the 2018 season opener (31 points).

• Michael Dowell recovered a fumble in the end zone on the last play of the game on a failed Indiana lateral attempt . . . it marked MSU’s second defensive TD of the season and 32nd of the Dantonio era.

• Kenny Willekes tallied a season-high 12 tackles, the second-highest total of his career (career-high 13 vs. Ohio State in 2018).

• Antjuan Simmons tied a career high with 2.5 tackles for loss (10 yards) and nine stops overall.

• Raequan Williams had a season-high five tackles . . . for the third consecutive game, he recorded a sack . . . he had 1.5 TFLs overall.

• Although MSU allowed a season-high 356 yards of offense, the Hoosiers were held to 70 yards on the ground . . . the Spartans have held four of their five opponents under 100-yards rushing in 2019.

SPECIAL TEAMS
• Jake Hartbarger averaged a career-best 54.2 yards per punt (four punts for 217 yards) . . . he boomed a 60-yarder in the second quarter and placed two inside the 20 . . . he has a Big Ten-best 10 punts of 50-plus yards this season.

• Matt Coghlin kicked the game-winning field goal, a 21-yarder, with five seconds remaining . . . although Coghlin missed his first field goal (43 yards) of the day, he connected on a 44-yarder with 3:33 left that extended MSU’s lead to 31-24.

SPARTAN ROSTER FULL OF EXPERIENCE –
• On defense, the Spartans return 18 letterwinners and eight starters in 2019 from a unit that finished ranked No. 1 in the FBS in rushing defense (77.9 ypg), No. 8 in scoring defense (17.2 ppg) and No. 10 in total defense (303.2 ypg). Out of a possible 143 starting positions last season over the course of 13 games, the Spartans returned 105 of those starts (73 percent). Five of those eight returning starters started in all 13 games last season (LB Joe Bachie, S David Dowell, DT Mike Panasiuk, NT Raequan Williams, DE Kenny Willekes), while linebacker Tyriq Thompson started 12 games and defensive end Jacub Panasiuk started 11 games.

• The Spartan defense features seven seniors and a combined 236 career starts among the projected starters on the depth chart (Mike Panasiuk and Williams, 34 starts each; Bachie, 31 starts; Willekes, 30 starts; Dowell, 28 starts; Scott, 22 starts; Thompson, 17 starts; Jacub Panasiuk, 16 starts; Butler, 14 starts; Simmons and Henderson, five starts each). Five players (Mike Panasiuk, Williams, Bachie, David Dowell, Willekes) have started 23 consecutive games together, and seven players (those previous five plus Thompson and Jacub Panasiuk) have started 15 straight games together.

STOPPING THE RUN –
• After leading the FBS in rushing defense last season, the Spartans are ranked No. 4 through the first five games in 2019, allowing a total of 279 yards rushing (55.8 ypg).

• Michigan State posted a dominant defensive performance in the victory over Tulsa on Aug. 30. The Spartans held the Golden Hurricane to -73 yards rushing, a school-record low for a Spartan opponent (previous: -63 yards by Pittsburgh in 1950). That mark also tied a Big Ten single-game record (Iowa held Purdue to -73 yards rushing in 1989) and it’s the fewest rushing yards by any FBS team since 2000, when Mississippi State held Florida to -78 yards rushing. MSU also limited Tulsa to 80 yards of total offense, the lowest output by a Spartan opponent since 2011 (Florida Atlantic, 48).

• MSU has held four of its five opponents in 2019 below 100 yards rushing (-73 by Tulsa; 67 by Western Michigan; 76 by Arizona State; 70 by Indiana). In 163 games under Dantonio, Michigan State has held its opponent under 100 yards rushing 84 times (.515). MSU is 71-13 (.845) in those games, including a 61-8 (.884) record since 2010.

• Michigan State ranked first in the FBS in rushing defense in 2018, allowing just 77.9 yards per game, the fifth-lowest in school history and the lowest since 1999 (76.2 ypg). MSU’s 77.9 ypg average was the lowest by a non-Alabama team since 2009 (Texas, 72.4 ypg). The Spartans held their opponents to under 100 yards rushing eight times. MSU also ranked first in the Big Ten in conference games in rushing defense (93.8 ypg). MSU only gave up 30 rushes of 10-plus yards in 2018, tied for second fewest in the FBS.

• Stopping the run has been the main theme for MSU on defense in the Dantonio era, and it led to ranking No. 1 in the NCAA FBS in rushing defense in 2014 (88.5 ypg) and 2018 (77.9 ypg). In addition, MSU has led the Big Ten in rushing defense six times (2011-14, 2017-18) under Dantonio. Since the Big Ten began awarding stat champions in all games in 1985, Michigan State (2011-14) became only the second team in conference history to lead the league in rushing defense four years in a row (Michigan, 1990-93). The Spartans have been ranked in the Top 25 in rushing defense eight times in the last 10 seasons, including a run of five straight years in the top 11 (2011-15). MSU has led the Big Ten in rushing defense the past two seasons and ranked No. 1 in the FBS in 2018 (77.9 ypg) and No. 2 in 2017 (95.3 ypg).

MSU KEEPING OPPONENTS OFF THE SCOREBOARD –
• Michigan State’s streak of not allowing 30 points was snapped at 16 games last Saturday, as Indiana scored 31 against the Spartans. Previously, the last team to score 30 points on the Spartans was Utah State in the 2018 season opener (31 points). MSU is currently 14th in the FBS in scoring defense (15.0 ppg).

• For the third time under Dantonio, Michigan State led the Big Ten in scoring defense in 2018, allowing just 17.2 points per game, which tied for eighth fewest in the FBS. The Spartans also ranked No. 1 in the Big Ten in scoring defense in 2012 (16.3 ppg) and 2013 (13.2 ppg). MSU also ranked No. 1 in the Big Ten in conference games in scoring defense (16.6 ppg) in 2018.

• MSU has allowed 20 or fewer points under Dantonio 82 times (51 percent); MSU’s record in those games is 72-10 (.878).

• MSU has allowed 17 or fewer points under Dantonio 77 times (48 percent); MSU’s record in those games is 68-9 (.883).

• MSU has only given up 30 or more points under Dantonio 38 times (23 percent; record: 11-27).

PUTTING PRESSURE ON THE QB –
• Michigan State ranks fifth in the Big Ten and tied for 18th in the FBS with 3.20 sacks per game (16 total). Kenny Willekes leads the way for MSU with four, followed 3.5 from Raequan Williams and two each from Jacub Panasiuk and Shakur BrownJoe Bachie (1.5), Antjuan Simmons (1.5), Chase Kline (1.0) and Tyriq Thompson (0.5) have also contributed sacks for the Spartans.

• MSU also ranks tied for fourth in the Big Ten and ninth in the FBS with 41 tackles for loss (8.2 pg).

SPARTANS FORCE 10 TURNOVERS IN FIRST FIVE GAMES –
• Although Michigan State ranked in the FBS Top 10 in several defensive categories in 2018, this season the Spartans are emphasizing turnovers after finishing 28th in the FBS with 23 turnovers caused last season. After five games, MSU ranks tied for 13th in the FBS with 10 turnovers caused (four fumbles, six interceptions). The six interceptions are tied for eighth most in the FBS.

• In the first game against Tulsa, the Spartans forced three turnovers, including two fumble recoveries by Kenny Willekes, one which resulted in a touchdown, and an interception by Antjuan Simmons. In addition, the Spartans caused six Tulsa fumbles overall. MSU forced three more turnovers against Western Michigan, with two interceptions (Xavier HendersonTyriq Thompson) and a fumble recovery (Davion Williams). MSU recorded three picks at Northwestern (Josiah ScottDrew BeesleyJoe Bachie).

LINEBACKER JOE BACHIE LEADS SPARTAN DEFENSE IN THE MIDDLE –
• Joe Bachie, who has started 31 consecutive games at middle linebacker, was named a first-team preseason All-American by The Associated Press and is featured on watch lists for the Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year), Butkus Award (nation’s best linebacker), Nagurski Trophy (nation’s most outstanding college defensive player) and Lott IMPACT Trophy. Bachie led the Spartans in tackles for the second year in a row in 2018 with 102 and currently owns the team lead with 46 through five games, which ranks sixth in the Big Ten at 9.2 per game. He became the third Spartan middle linebacker under Mark Dantonio, joining Greg Jones and Max Bullough, to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors (coaches, ESPN.com, Phil Steele).

• Bachie leads the Spartans and ranks first in the Big Ten in total tackles (46) and sixth in tackles per game (9.2 avg.). He also is tied for the team lead with four pass break-ups in addition to 4.5 tackles for loss (15 yards) and 1.5 sacks (10 yards).
• Bachie was voted a team captain for the second year in a row in 2019 and is one of just six Spartans in the Dantonio era to serve as a captain twice (Greg Jones, 2009-10; Kirk Cousins, 2009-11; Max Bullough, 2012-13; Shilique Calhoun, 2014-15).

• For the fourth time in his career, Bachie was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week following his performance at Northwestern on Sept. 21. He recorded a career-high 14 tackles (13 solo, one assist) to lead the Spartan defense, marking his 11th career game with double-figure tackles. Bachie had a 9-yard sack in the first quarter to set the tone for the Spartans, and finished with two tackles for loss (10 yards) overall. The native of Brook Park, Ohio, also picked off his fifth career pass and returned it 19 yards in the fourth quarter. In addition, Bachie had two pass break-ups and one quarterback hurry. Bachie compiled a Dantonio-era record 50 production points in the game (unofficial team stat).

• Bachie was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week last season against Maryland on Nov. 3, 2018. Bachie forced a career-high three fumbles, recovering one, and also had seven tackles, two tackles for loss (5 yards) and tied a career-high with two pass break-ups.

• Bachie, who started all 13 games at middle linebacker as a sophomore for the Spartans in 2017 and led the team in tackles (100; 7.7 avg.), was named the recipient of the 2017 Governor’s Award, which is given annually to the program’s most valuable player as voted on by the team. He was the first Spartan sophomore to win the Governor’s Award since quarterback Drew Stanton in 2004.

• A third-team All-Big Ten choice by the coaches and media in 2017, Bachie was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week twice in 2017. In the win at No. 7 Michigan, Bachie became just the second Big Ten linebacker and fifth in the FBS in the last five years to record double-digit tackles (10) and at least one interception, one forced fumble, one sack and one pass break-up in the same game. He also had 13 tackles in the victory against Indiana to earn Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors.

• In 37 career games, including 31 consecutive starts, Bachie has 260 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, 6.0 sacks, five interceptions, 11 pass break-ups, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He has recorded double-figures in tackles 11 times in his career.

KENNY WILLEKES LEADS ALL ACTIVE FBS PLAYERS IN TACKLES FOR LOSS –
• Preseason All-American and 2018 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year Kenny Willekes, who led the Big Ten in tackles for loss last season with 20.5, is back at it again in 2019 for the Spartans. Willekes is tied for fifth in the conference and tied for 20th in the FBS with 6.5 tackles for loss, and third in the league with four sacks. His 41.5 tackles for loss ranks first among active FBS players and his 1.30 tackles for loss per game average ranks second. He is also second on the team with 34 tackles, most among Spartan defensive linemen. Last year against Ohio State, Willekes tied a career-high with 3.5 tackles for loss.

• Willekes was named the National Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and also the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his impressive performance in the season opener vs. Tulsa. Willekes scored his first career touchdown after teaming up on a sack with Raequan Williams and pouncing on the fumble in the end zone to give MSU a 22-0 lead with 4:49 left in the second quarter. Earlier in the second quarter, he recovered a fumble after a bad Tulsa snap to set up an MSU field goal. He also had a 1-yard tackle for loss in the second quarter and a 2-yard sack in the fourth quarter. Overall, Willekes led the Spartans with seven tackles, including 2.5 TFLs (6 yards) and 1.5 sacks (5 yards).

• After leading the Big Ten with 20.5 tackles for loss, Willekes was named the 2018 Smith-Brown Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and a first-team All-American by The Athletic. Willekes became the second Spartan to win the award (Shilique Calhoun in 2013), which is named after MSU’s Bubba Smith and Penn State’s Courtney Brown and given to the Big Ten’s most outstanding defensive lineman, and was the first Spartan defensive end to earn first-team All-America honors since Robaire Smith in 1998. Willekes was also named to the All-Big Ten First Team by the coaches, media, Associated Press, Athlon Sports, ESPN.com, Phil Steele and Pro Football Focus, and earned second-team All-America honors from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Phil Steele, Sporting News and Walter Camp Football Foundation.

• Willekes, who entered the program as a walk-on linebacker for the 2015 season, has emerged as one of the top pass rushers in the nation. Unfortunately, he suffered a broken fibula in the Redbox Bowl against Oregon, but he fully recovered in time for the 2019 season. He was named a first-team preseason All-American by numerous media outlets (Athlon Sports, CBS Sports, Lindy’s, Phil Steele, Sporting News and Street & Smith’s) and is featured on watch lists for the Walter Camp Award (college player of the year), Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year), Nagurski Trophy (nation’s most outstanding college defensive player) and Hendricks Award (nation’s best defensive end).

• A 6-4, 260-pound native of Rockford, Michigan, Willekes collected a league-best 20.5 tackles for loss in 2018, good for second most in a Spartan single season and eighth most in the FBS in 2018. He also led the Spartans with 8.5 sacks, which ranked tied for fifth in the Big Ten. He registered a career-high 78 tackles to rank first among all defensive lineman in the nation, including a career-high 13 against Ohio State on Nov. 3.

• Willekes was credited with a tackle for loss in 10 of MSU’s 13 games in 2018, including a career-high 3.5 against Ohio State and Nebraska in back-to-back games. He opened the season with six tackles, two sacks (19 yards) and a forced fumble in the win over Utah State, and also posted multiple TFLs against Indiana (2.0), Michigan (2.0) and Maryland (2.5).

• According to Pro Football Focus, Willekes led all edge rushers in the FBS in 2018 with 23 quarterback hits and ranked sixth with 39 QB hurries. Willekes was also the highest-ranked Big Ten edge rusher with a 90.3 grade.

• At the Spartan Football Awards banquet on Nov. 25, 2018, Willekes was named the recipient of the Governor’s Award (MVP), becoming the first Spartan defensive end to win the honor since its inception in 1931.

• A chemistry major, Willekes earned a scholarship in the spring of 2017 and hasn’t looked back since. The native of Rockford, Michigan, is MSU’s active leader in sacks (tied for seventh in school history with 19.5) and tackles for loss (sixth in school history with 41.5). His 41.5 tackles for loss ranks first among active FBS players and his 1.30 tackles for loss per game average ranks second.

• After playing in just one game as a redshirt freshman in 2016, Willekes earned third-team All-Big Ten honors in 2017 with a team-leading 14.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks.

• Willekes has recorded two sacks in a game six times in his career (2017: Michigan, Minnesota, Maryland; 2018: Utah State, Maryland; 2019: Western Michigan).

MIKE PANASIUK & RAEQUAN WILLIAMS CONSISTENT IN THE MIDDLE OF SPARTAN D-LINE –
• Defensive tackles Mike Panasiuk and Raequan Williams have started alongside each other on the interior of the defensive line for 34 consecutive games, dating back to the Ohio State game on Nov. 19, 2016. The duo is a big reason why MSU ranked No. 1 in the FBS in rushing defense in 2018 and ranked No. 2 in 2017.

• Williams, a first-team All-Big Ten selection by The Associated Press, recorded career bests in tackles (53), tackles for loss (10.5) and pass break-ups (5) in 2018. The Chicago native ranks second among active Spartans with 26.5 career tackles for loss, including 10.0 career sacks, in 42 career games. Williams currently ranks second on the Spartans in sacks (3.5) and tied for third in tackles for loss (5.0).

• Panasiuk, a stalwart on the Spartan defensive line with 34 straight starts at defensive tackle, was named honorable mention All-Big Ten for the second year in a row in 2018. Panasiuk’s numbers are hard to measure in terms of impact, but the Roselle, Illinois, native is a big reason why MSU ranked No. 1 in the FBS in rushing defense in 2018, allowing just 77.9 yards per game. Panasiuk had a career-high 6.0 tackles for loss and two pass break-ups, and led the Spartan defensive tackles unit in production points. He recorded an interception and blocked a field goal in the fourth quarter in the victory over Purdue.

• In 43 career games, Panasiuk has 73 tackles, including 12.0 for losses with two sacks. This season, Panasiuk has three tackles for loss and nine stops overall. He tied a career high with two tackles for loss in the season opener against Tulsa.

SIMMONS MAKING THE MOST OUT OF HIS STARTING OPPORTUNITY –
• Junior Star (weakside) linebacker Antjuan Simmons has burst onto the scene in his first year as a starter for the Spartans, leading the team in tackles for loss (7.5 for 27 yards) and ranking third in tackles (33). He also has 1.5 sacks (6 yards), two pass break-ups and one interception. He ranks second on the team in production points (unofficial team stat) with 110.

• Simmons played behind former three-year starting Star linebacker Andrew Dowell in 2017 and 2018. Simmons has 99 career tackles, including 9.5 for losses, in 31 games of action.

BRIAN LEWERKE IN HIS THIRD SEASON AS STARTING QB –
• Quarterback Brian Lewerke is in his third season as the starting quarterback for the Spartans. He is just the second Spartan quarterback under Mark Dantonio to be named a captain twice (Kirk Cousins, three times, 2009-11). After a record-setting sophomore season in 2017, Lewerke’s junior year was hampered by a shoulder injury he suffered in the win at No. 8 Penn State on Oct. 13, but he is back and healthy for his senior season.

• Lewerke leads the Big Ten in total passing yards (1,325), completions (104) and attempts (174), and also ranks tied for second in touchdown passes (10), third in total offense (294.4 ypg) and fourth in passing (265.0 ypg). The Phoenix, Arizona, native has completed 104-of-174 passes (.598) for 1,325 yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception.

• In the win over Indiana, Lewerke became just the second Spartan quarterback to eclipse 6,000 yards passing (6,539) and 1,000 yards rushing (1,039) in his career, joining Drew Stanton (6,524 passing yards and 1,512 rushing yards from 2003-06). Lewerke also ranks among the school leaders in pass attempts (fourth with 987), passing yards (fourth with 6,539 yards), pass completions (fourth with 565), passing yards per game (fifth with 198.2 ypg) and passing TDs (eighth with 40).

• Lewerke ranks third in MSU history among quarterbacks with 1,039 rushing yards.

• Lewerke finished with 378 total yards of offense against Indiana (300 passing, 78 rushing), the ninth-highest single-game total in school history and fourth highest of his career (475 vs. Northwestern in 2017; 425 vs. Penn State in 2017; 396 vs. Notre Dame in 2017).

• Lewerke has thrown for more than 300 yards passing seven times in his career and more than 200 yards passing 16 times (fifth in MSU history).

• In his first full year as the starter in 2017, Brian Lewerke became the first quarterback in school history to throw for more than 2,500 yards and rush for more than 500 yards in the same season. Lewerke finished 2017 with the second-most yards of total offense in an MSU season with 3,352 (Drew Stanton with 3,415 in 2005). He also finished the 2017 campaign ranked among MSU’s single-season leaders in passing completions (third with 246), passing attempts (fourth with 417), passing yards (seventh with 2,793) and touchdown passes (tied for eighth with 20). He rushed for 559 yards on 124 carries with five TDs. In 10 games in 2019, Lewerke rushed 90 times, gaining 351 yards and losing 167 for a net total of 184.

• In 2017, Lewerke set MSU sophomore records for total offense (3,352 yards), passing yards (2,793), passing attempts (417) and passing completions (246). He also finished the season with 559 yards rushing on 124 carries, the fourth most by a Spartan quarterback in a single season and the most since Drew Stanton had 687 in 2004.

• Lewerke was named the 2017 Holiday Bowl Offensive MVP after finishing with 286 yards of total offense against Washington State. He was 13-of-21 passing for 213 yards and three touchdowns, and set a Spartan bowl record for most rushing yards by a quarterback (14 carries for 73 yards). Lewerke was 9-of-10 passing for 162 yards and two TDs in the second quarter alone. Lewerke’s three touchdown passes tied a Spartan bowl record (accomplished three previous times).

• A week after setting numerous school records at Northwestern on Oct. 28, 2017, Lewerke had another impressive game against Penn State on Nov. 4, becoming the first Spartan quarterback to throw for 400 yards in back-to-back games. He threw for a school-record 445 yards at Northwestern, and for 400 against Penn State; the 400 yards tied for the second-most yards by a Spartan QB in a single game (Bill Burke with 400 in win over Michigan in 1999). Lewerke became one of just three Big Ten quarterbacks in the last 20 years to throw for 400 yards in two consecutive games (Drew Brees, Purdue, 1998; C.J. Bacher, Northwestern, 2007).

• Lewerke set school single-game records for passing yards (445), total offense (475) and completions (39) in the triple-overtime loss at Northwestern on Oct. 28, 2017. His 57 passing attempts also marked a career high and tied for the second most in school history (record: 61 by Brian Hoyer vs. Penn State in 2006); MSU’s previous single-game records were 400 passing yards (Bill Burke vs. Michigan, 1999), 416 yards of total offense (Connor Cook vs. Indiana, 2015) and 35 completions (Jeff Smoker vs. Ohio State, 2003). Lewerke also threw a career-high four touchdowns against the Wildcats, tied for the second most in school history (accomplished 13 previous times). Lewerke’s 445 yards passing and 475 total yards against Northwestern were both the most by a Big Ten quarterback in a single game in 2017.

• Lewerke played in four games and started twice (Northwestern, Maryland) as a redshirt freshman in 2016 before suffering a season-ending injury (broken tibia) in the fourth quarter of the Michigan game on Oct. 29. He bounced back quickly from the injury and fully participated in all of spring practice in 2017. In 2016, Lewerke became the first Spartan freshman quarterback to start a game (Northwestern) since 2004 (Stephen Reaves vs. Central Michigan).

DARRELL STEWART: MR. CONSISTENCY –
• Fifth-year senior wide receiver Darrell Stewart leads the Big Ten in receptions (35) and receiving yards (556) and is second in the conference in receiving yards per game (111.3 ypg) and third in receptions per game (7.0 pg). He also ranks among the FBS leaders in total receptions (tied for sixth with 35), total receiving yards (fourth with 556), receiving yards per game (seventh with 111.2 ypg) and receptions per game (tied for 10th with 7.0 pg). Stewart’s 556 receiving yards are already a career high.

• Stewart has three 100-yard receiving games and put together back-to-back 100-yard receiving games (career-high 185 yards vs. Western Michigan on Sept. 7 and 121 vs. Arizona State on Sept. 14) for the first time at MSU since Aaron Burbridge had four straight 100-yard games in 2015 (156 vs. Rutgers on Oct. 10; 132 vs. Michigan on Oct. 17; 128 yards vs. Indiana on Oct. 24; 164 at Nebraska on Nov. 7). Stewart opened Big Ten play with five catches for 77 yards at Northwestern and had five grabs for 117 yards and a career-high two touchdowns vs. Indiana. Stewart’s impressive performance to start the season has made him a late add to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List.

• Stewart leads MSU with 13 catches of 20-plus yards; although he led MSU in receptions in 2018 with 48, he had just two catches of 20-plus yards last season.

• Stewart had a career-high 185 yards receiving on 10 catches against Western Michigan on Sept. 7; the 185 receiving yards are tied for the 12th-most by a Spartan in a single game (Plaxico Burress, 13 catches for 185 yards vs. Florida on Jan. 1, 2000). In addition, Stewart’s 10 catches were the second most in his career (11 at Northwestern in 2017); he had eight catches for 152 yards and one TD in the first half alone. Stewart had four catches of 20-plus yards (42 yards for TD; 33 yards, 22 yards, 21 yards) and also threw a 17-yard pass to Brian Lewerke. Stewart also had two kick returns for 41 yards to compile a career-high 226 all-purpose yards.

• Stewart led Michigan State in 2018 with 48 receptions and ranked third on the team with 413 receiving yards. Stewart missed two games (Central Michigan, Penn State) with an ankle injury.

• The Houston, Texas, native is seventh in the school record book with 136 career receptions and leads all active Spartans with 1,499 receiving yards (24th in MSU history) and six TDs in 39 career games, including 17 starting assignments.

• Stewart has MSU’s longest active streak with at least one reception in 29 consecutive games, including 11 straight games with at least three receptions.

ELIJAH COLLINS FLASHES IN FIRST CAREER START –
• In his first career start at tailback on Sept. 7 against Western Michigan, redshirt freshman Elijah Collins recorded 192 rushing yards on 17 carries, the second most by a Spartan freshman in a single game (Javon Ringer had 194 yards at Illinois in 2005). In addition, Collins’ 192 rushing yards were the most by a freshman starting running back in school history. Collins had three rushes of 20-plus yards (career-long 58-yarder in third quarter; 29-yarder on second play from scrimmage; 24-yarder in second quarter).

• Collins is averaging a team-best 82.6 yards rushing per game (78 carries for 413 yards; 5.3 avg.), which ranks fourth in the Big Ten. His 82.6 ypg also ranks first in the conference and fourth in the country for freshman running backs. A native of Detroit, Collins has rushed for a touchdown in three consecutive games (Arizona State, Northwestern, Indiana).

• Collins redshirted in 2018 and played a total of six offensive snaps in three games.

CODY WHITE RANKS SECOND ON TEAM IN RECEIVING –
• Junior Cody White ranks second on the team with 20 catches for 257 yards and two touchdowns in the first five games.

• White was having a sensational start to his second season in the Green and White with 20 catches for 300 yards in the first four games of the 2018 season, but unfortunately White suffered a broken left hand in the second quarter of the Central Michigan game on Sept. 29 while diving for a catch in the end zone. White was forced to sit out four games but returned to action on Nov. 3 at Maryland; although he missed four games, he still led the Spartans in receiving yards (555; 61.7 ypg) and ranked second in receptions (42).

• White has three career 100-yard receiving games (nine catches for 113 yards and one TD at Arizona State in 2018; eight for 115 vs. Ohio State in 2018; nine for 165 at Northwestern in 2017).

• White, a BTN All-Freshman Team selection in 2017, closed his first year in the Green and White with the most receiving yards by a true freshman in school history with 490. His 35 catches were second most by a true freshman (Sedrick Irvin with 40 in 1996) and most by a true freshman wide receiver (B.J. Cunningham had 41 catches for 528 yards as a redshirt freshman in 2008). White recorded 30 of his 35 catches in the second half of the season.

• In his first career start, White was named the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week after setting a Spartan freshman single-game record with 165 receiving yards at Northwestern on Oct. 28, 2017. That total was also the 20th-most overall by an MSU player in a single game and the third most by a Spartan against Northwestern.

• In 27 career games, including 19 starts, White has 97 catches for 1,302 yards and eight touchdowns.

PLACEKICKER MATT COGHLIN NAMED FIRST-TEAM ALL-BIG TEN IN 2018 –
• A 2018 Lou Groza Award semifinalist and first-team All-Big Ten selection by the media, junior Matt Coghlin is back for the Spartans in 2019 and is featured on the Lou Groza Award Watch List. Coghlin has the fourth-highest field-goal percentage of any kicker in MSU history through his two-plus seasons (.768, 43-of-56).

• Coghlin also ranks among MSU’s all-time leaders in PAT percentage (first at 100 percent; 80-of-80), field goals made (10th with 43), PATs (10th with 80) and points scored (13th with 215).

• Through five games, Coghlin ranks among the Big Ten leaders in field goals (tied for first with 10), kick scoring (third at 9.4 ppg) and scoring (fourth with 9.4 ppg).

• In the 2019 season opener against Tulsa, Coghlin tied a career high with four field goals (38 yards, 47 yards, 44 yards, 40 yards) and was named one of the Lou Groza Three Stars of the Week; he also kicked four field goals against Rutgers in 2017. He made three more against Western Michigan (38, 23, 20) and connected on seven straight to open the season.

• Coghlin kicked the game-winning field goal vs. Indiana on Sept. 28, a 21-yarder, with five seconds remaining. Although he missed his first field goal (43 yards) of the game, Coghlin connected on a 44-yarder with 3:33 left that extended MSU’s lead to 31-24.

• In 2018, Coghlin ranked among the Big Ten leaders in field goals made (tied for second with 18), field-goal percentage (tied for fourth at .818) and scoring (ninth at 6.5 ppg). He made 18 of his 22 field-goal attempts in 2018 (5-of-5 from 20-29 yards; 9-of-10 from 30-39 yards; 4-of-5 from 40-49 yards; 0-2 from 50-plus yards).

• Coghlin was named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week against Indiana in 2018 after he scored on a 6-yard TD run on a fake field goal in the third quarter and made all five of his point-after attempts. He became the first Spartan to score an offensive touchdown and then kick the PAT on his own TD since Sam Williams in 1958 against Wisconsin.

• Coghlin set a new school record with 18 consecutive field goals, stretching from the 2017-18 season, before a kick was blocked in the Purdue game on Oct. 27, 2018. That streak was also tied for the fourth longest in Big Ten history.

• Coghlin became the sixth Spartan placekicker to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors, and the third under Dantonio (Brett Swenson in 2009; Dan Conroy in 2012). The Cincinnati, Ohio, native currently ranks first in MSU history in field-goal percentage (33-of-41, .805).

• Coghlin also was named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after kicking the game-winning 34-yard field goal as time expired against No. 7 Penn State in 2017.

JAKE HARTBARGER NAMED TO RAY GUY AWARD WATCH LIST –
• Michigan State punter Jake Hartbarger was granted a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA for the 2019 season. Hartbarger injured his right leg in the second game of the 2018 season at Arizona State on Sept. 8 and was forced to miss the remainder of the year. A three-year starter, Hartbarger entered the 2018 season as a candidate for the Ray Guy Award. Hartbarger’s injury led to MSU starting four punters in 2018, the most of any team in the FBS, and a total of five Spartans punted.
• Hartbarger leads the Big Ten and is ranked sixth in the FBS with his 47.9-yard average through five games (20 punts for 958 yards). He also leads the league lead for punts of 50-plus yards with 10 and has placed eight inside the 20. Hartbarger’s impressive start has made him a late add to the Ray Guy Award Watch List.

• Hartbarger got off to a great start in his return, averaging 47.4 yards per punt (237 yards on five punts) including two inside the 20, against Tulsa in the 2019 season opener. He only punted once against WMU.

• A native of Waterville, Ohio, Hartbarger averaged 42.0 yards per punt and placed a career-high 28 punts inside the 20 to earn honorable mention All-Big Ten accolades as a junior in 2017. He is ranked sixth in MSU history in punting average (42.7), eighth in punting yards (8,791) and ninth in punts (206).

• Hartbarger, who has earned Academic All-Big Ten honors four times, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality business in December 2018. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in marketing research.

MARK DANTONIO ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL COACHES IN BIG TEN HISTORY –
• Now in his 13th season as head coach of the Spartans, Mark Dantonio owns a 111-52 (.681) record. Dantonio has won the most Big Ten Championships (three) and bowl games (five) of any Spartan head coach and also ranks first with 11 bowl appearances. He is the only active Big Ten coach to win multiple Big Ten Championships (2010, 2013, 2015), claim a victory in the Rose Bowl (2014), and coach in the College Football Playoff (2015).

• The winningest coach in school history with 111 victories, Dantonio also ranks first in program history in conference winning percentage (.663, 67-34 record, minimum 10 games); tied for first in AP Top 25 finishes (seven); second in Big Ten wins (67), home wins (66) and AP Top 25 wins (21); and fifth in overall winning percentage (.681). Dantonio has 10 winning seasons in his 12 years in East Lansing, including a school-record 11 bowl bids (Daugherty owns school record with 11 winning seasons from 1954-72).

• With the triumph over Northwestern on Sept. 21, Dantonio became Michigan State’s all-time winningest coach, passing Hall of Famer Duffy Daugherty, who collected a 109-69-5 record in East Lansing from 1954-72 (19 seasons). Daugherty won four National Championships (1955, 1957, 1965, 1966), two Big Ten Championships (1965, 1966) and the 1956 Rose Bowl. A two-time National Coach of the Year (1955, 1965), Daugherty coached 29 different players to first-team All-America honors and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1984.

• Dantonio’s incredible run at Michigan State ranks among the best in Big Ten history. Dantonio is one of just six Big Ten coaches to have at least six 10-win seasons on their resume (Bo Schembechler, Michigan; Jim Tressel, Ohio State; Joe Paterno, Penn State; Lloyd Carr, Michigan; Urban Meyer, Ohio State) and one of four to have at least five 11-win seasons (Tressel, Paterno, Meyer).

• Dantonio is one of just 14 coaches in Big Ten history to record 100 victories. He is currently tied for 12th in Big Ten history with 111 wins.

• Overall, Dantonio owns a 129-69 (.652) record in his 15-plus seasons as a head coach (18-17 in three seasons at Cincinnati; 111-52 in 12-plus seasons at MSU). Dantonio’s 129 career wins rank 10th among active FBS coaches and second most in the Big Ten (Kirk Ferentz; 168).

• Dantonio won his 71st game at MSU on Oct. 25, 2014, against Michigan to move into second place all-time in victories in school history (record: Duffy Daugherty, 109). Dantonio won his 100th career game as a head coach on Oct. 17, 2015, at Michigan Stadium as the Spartans rallied to defeat the Wolverines, 27-23, on a 38-yard fumble return as time expired. His career record stands at 129-69 (.652) in 15-plus seasons.

• Dantonio’s .663 winning percentage (67-34) in Big Ten games ranks first in MSU history (minimum 10 Big Ten games). He ranks second in school history in conference wins (Duffy Daugherty, 72), which also ranks 11th in Big Ten history.

• Dantonio led the Spartans to the 2015 Big Ten Championship with a 16-13 victory over previously undefeated and fourth-ranked Iowa. It marked Dantonio’s third Big Ten Championship (2010, 2013, 2015), establishing a school record (previous: Daugherty and George Perles with two each).

• A two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2010, 2013), Dantonio has led Michigan State to Top 25 finishes seven times (2008: No. 24 in both polls; 2010: No. 14 in both polls; 2011: No. 10 USA TODAY/No. 11 AP; 2013: No. 3 in both polls; 2014: No. 5 in both polls; 2015: No. 6 in both polls; 2017: No. 15 AP/No. 16 USA TODAY). His seven AP Top-25 finishes are tied for the most in school history. Duffy Daugherty’s teams posted seven Top-25 finishes during his 19-year tenure from 1954-72.

• Michigan State extended its school record by playing in a bowl game for the ninth consecutive season in 2015 (2007 Champs Sports Bowl, 2009 Capital One Bowl, 2010 Alamo Bowl, 2011 Capital One Bowl, 2012 Outback Bowl, 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, 2014 Rose Bowl, 2015 Cotton Bowl, 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at Cotton Bowl).

• Dantonio also ranks first in school history with 11 bowl appearances, including a school-record streak of nine straight bowl games from 2007-15. He is 5-6 in bowl games at Michigan State, including a school-record four-game winning streak (2012 Outback, 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings, 2014 Rose, 2015 Cotton). Dantonio has led his teams to 13 bowl berths in 15 seasons as a head coach (11 at MSU, two at Cincinnati).

• Dantonio is one of just four Spartan head coaches to coach in at least 100 games at MSU and ranks second in Spartan history with 163 games coached at Michigan State (Duffy Daugherty: 183; Dantonio: 163; George Perles: 139; Charlie Bachman: 114).

• Dantonio is the third-longest tenured coach in the Big Ten (Kirk Ferentz, Iowa: 21st season; Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern: 14th season) and eighth-longest in the FBS at the same school.

DECADE OF SUSTAINED EXCELLENCE –
• Michigan State is in the midst of its winningest decade in school history based on total wins, as the Spartans are 89-35 (.718) since the beginning of the 2010 season. The 89 wins this decade are third most in the Big Ten and tied for 12th most in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision. During that span, MSU has won five bowl games (2012 Outback, 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings, 2014 Rose, 2015 Cotton, 2017 Holiday), three Big Ten Championships (2010, 2013, 2015) and three Big Ten Division titles (2011, 2013, 2015). MSU’s .718 winning percentage this decade is third best in school history. MSU was the only school to finish in the top-six of the national polls from 2013-15 (No. 3 in 2013, No. 5 in 2014, No. 6 in 2015) and the 36 wins from 2013-15 marked the winningest three-year stretch in the history of the program.

• In addition, the Spartans have earned 11 bowl bids since 2007, including a school-record four consecutive bowl victories (2012 Outback against No. 18 Georgia, 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings against TCU, 2014 Rose Bowl Game against No. 5 Stanford, 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic against No. 4 Baylor), which also tied a Big Ten record.

• MSU’s highest winning percentage by decade is currently the 1950s (.766, 70-21-1 record), but the 89 wins this current decade are already the most of any previous decade in school history (previous: 70 in 1950s).

• The Spartans have had sustained success in the Big Ten Conference under Dantonio. MSU has won two of the past six Big Ten Championships (2013, 2015) and three overall this decade, also claiming a championship in 2010. Dantonio is second in school history and 11th in Big Ten history with 67 conference wins. The Spartans are 54-23 (.701) in regular-season Big Ten play since 2010.

SCORING TRENDS UNDER DANTONIO –
• Since 2010, Michigan State is 54-5 (.915) when scoring 30-plus points in a game (only losses: 2011 Big Ten Championship Game to Wisconsin; 2014 to eventual National Champion Ohio State; 2015 at Nebraska; 2016 vs. Northwestern; 2017 at Northwestern). Overall, MSU is 66-12 when scoring 30-plus points under Dantonio.

• MSU has allowed 20 or fewer points under Dantonio 82 times (51 percent); MSU’s record in those games is 72-10 (.878).

• MSU has allowed 17 or fewer points under Dantonio 77 times (48 percent); MSU’s record in those games is 68-9 (.883).

• MSU has only given up 30 or more points under Dantonio 38 times (23 percent; record: 11-27).

TURNOVER MARGIN THE KEY INGREDIENT FOR SPARTAN SUCCESS –
• Although Michigan State ranked in the FBS Top 10 in several defensive categories in 2018, this season the Spartans are emphasizing turnovers after finishing 28th in the FBS with 23 turnovers caused last season. After five games, MSU ranks tied for 13th in the FBS with 10 turnovers caused (four fumbles, six interceptions). The six interceptions are tied for eighth most in the FBS.

• Michigan State’s record-setting three-year stretch in which it won 36 games from 2013-15 was fueled by creating turnovers and limiting mistakes. The Spartans ranked in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Top 10 and led the Big Ten in turnover margin for three consecutive seasons from 2013-15 (No. 10 in 2013 at +0.93; No. 2 in 2014 at +1.46; No. 4 in 2015 at +1.00).

• Michigan State has forced at least one turnover in 132 of 163 games under head coach Mark Dantonio (81 percent of the games since 2007).

• Michigan State is 72-16 (.818) when forcing at least two turnovers in a game under head coach Mark Dantonio.

RUNNING GAME KEY FOR SPARTANS UNDER DANTONIO –
• Under Mark Dantonio, Michigan State is 91-22 (.805) when outrushing its opponent, including a 75-15 record (.833) since 2010. Conversely, MSU is 19-31 (.380) under Dantonio when being outgained on the ground by its opponent. The Spartans are 41-6 (.872) in games when gaining 200 or more rushing yards under Dantonio.

• Under Dantonio, when Michigan State runs at least 40 times in a game, the Spartans are 74-9 (.892). Here’s the breakdown by year: 2007 (6-2), 2008 (7-0), 2009 (4-0), 2010 (4-0), 2011 (3-0), 2012 (6-1), 2013 (7-0), 2014 (11-0), 2015 (7-0), 2016 (3-5), 2017 (9-0), 2018 (5-1) and 2019 (2-0).

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Getting to know this Week’s Buckeyes opponent, Michigan State Spartans

Michigan State vs. No. 5 Ohio State • Sat., Oct. 5 • When: 7:30 p.m. ET • Where: Ohio Stadium • TV: ABC • Play by Play: Chris Fowler • Analyst: Kirk Herbstreit • Sidelines: Maria Taylor

 

KNOW THE OPPONENT


• Michigan State was founded in 1855 and served as a model for land-grant universities later created under the Morrill Act of 1862. The university was founded as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, one of the country’s first institutions of higher education to teach scientific agriculture.

• U.S. News & World Report ranked Michigan State’s graduate programs the best in the U.S. in elementary teacher’s education, secondary teacher’s education, industrial and organizational psychology, rehabilitation counseling, African history (tied), supply chain logistics and nuclear physics in 2019.

• In 2018 there were approximately 50,085 students, 38,786 undergraduate and 11,299 graduate and professional. The students are from all 50 states and 130 countries around the world.

• Michigan State alumni in Hollywood include actors such as James Caan, Anthony Heald, Robert Urich and William Fawcett; comedian Dick Martin, comedian Jackie Martling, film directors Michael Cimino and Sam Raimi, and film editor Bob Murawski, as well as screenwriter David Magee; Puerto Rican comedian Sunshine Logroño (who has played the occasional Hollywood movie) was a graduate student at MSU.

BUCKEYES NOTES

• Jeff Okudah has recorded three interceptions the past two weeks and he is playing like one of the outstanding cornerbacks in the nation.

• Quarterback Justin Fields has accounted for 23 touchdowns so far – 16 passing and 7 running – and his 138 points responsible for is second nationally.

• Ohio State’s record vs. Big Ten teams since 2012 is 60-5. Two of the losses are to Michigan State: the 2013 Big Ten title game and in 2015 in Columbus over No. 1 Ohio State.

• Ohio State’s streak of four consecutive wins by at least 40 points is tied for longest by a Big Ten team since end of WWI, per sports-reference.com.

 

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Rutgers fires Chris Ash after 52-0 smashing by Michigan; first FBS coach to get fired in 2019

 

Chris Ash

Nunzio Campanile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 29, 2019

 

PISCATAWAY – Rutgers University Director of Athletics Pat Hobbs announced today that Head Football Coach Chris Ash and Offensive Coordinator John McNulty have been relieved of their duties, effective immediately. Tight ends coach Nunzio Campanile will serve as Interim Head Coach for the remainder of the season.

“We appreciate Chris’s dedicated efforts on behalf of our football program, our department and our University,” said Hobbs. “This change is especially difficult because of the steadfast commitment that Chris and his family have made to our student-athletes. Progress has been achieved in many areas, but, unfortunately, that progress has not been realized on the field of play. As such, it is in the best interest of the program to make a change.”

The terms of Ash’s and McNulty’s contracts will be honored by Rutgers Athletics, exclusively using department-generated funds.

A national search for a new head coach will take place, with additional details forthcoming.

 

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Nebraska hosts #5 Ohio State on Prime Time TV

RYAN DAY PRESS CONFERENCE PREVIEWING THE NEBRASKA GAME

65,580 Ryan Day OSU coach On playing Nebraska on the road this Saturday 9 24 2019

65,583 Ryan Day OSU coach On QB Adrian Martinez being the best they have seen so far What does he bring to the table 9 24 2019

65,589 Ryan Day OSU coach OSU no close games in 4th QTR this year Nebraska has how important is that factor 9 24 2019

65,599 Ryan Day OSU coach On Nebraska’s 3 RB’s WR Spielman and QB Martinez tough task to stop 9 24 2019

65,601 Ryan Day OSU coach Says Adrian Martinez came very close to coming to OSU and why they did not take a chance on him as QB 9 24 2019

65,605 Ryan Day OSU coach Would he agree that Nebraska is much better on defense 9 24 2019

 

Scott Frost head coach

SCOUTING NEBRASKA

 The Cornhuskers improved to 3-1 on the season last Saturday with a 42-38 comefrom-behind victory at Illinois.

 The win was the 900th overall for Nebraska as they joined Michigan, Ohio State, Texas and Alabama in that exclusive club.

 In the victory at Illinois, QB Adrian Martinez became just the second Cornhusker to ever pass for 300 yards and rush for 100 in a game. He has 22 of 34 for 327 yards and three TDs while also running for 118 yards.

 J.D. Spielman and Wan’Dale Robinson are Martinez’s top two targets – Spielman is averaging 21.2 yards on his 18 receptions thus far while Robinson has 195 yards and 17 receptions as well as 126 rushing yards on 27 attempts.

 Linebacker Mohamed Barry leads the defense with 33 total tackles, one sack, one PBU and a quarterback hurry.

 In his second season as Nebraska’s head coach, Scott Frost has guided the Huskers to seven wins in their last nine games.

CHIP’S ON THEIR SHOULDERS

 Both Ryan Day and Scott Frost have coached under Chip Kelly.

 Day was WR coach when Kelly was OC at New Hampshire in 2002.

 Day was Kelly’s QB coach in 2015 with the Philadelphia Eagles and in 2016 with the San Francisco 49ers.

 Frost was Kelly’s WR coach for four years – 2009-12 – at the University of Oregon.

MOST ALL-TIME VICTORIES

1. 955 ………….Michigan

2. 915 …………..Ohio State

3. 911 …………..Texas

4. 909 ………….Alabama

5. 900………….Nebraska

6. 899 ………….Notre Dame 899 ………….Oklahoma

8. 890 ………….Penn State

9. 842 ………….USC

10. 839 ………….Tennessee

ALL-TIME WINNING PERCENTAGE

1. .730 …………Boise State

2. .729 …………Michigan

3. .728 …………Ohio State

4. .726 …………Notre Dame .726 …………Alabama

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Nebraska Cornhuskers Football History: Ohio State’s Week 5 opponent, rich history but last 20 years no championships

 

Herbie Husker

First season 1890
Athletic director Bill Moos
Head coach Scott Frost
2nd season, 7–9 (.438)
Stadium Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 85,458
Record: 91,585)
Field surface FieldTurf
Location Lincoln, Nebraska
Conference Big Ten
Division West
Past conferences Independent (1890–91)
WIUFA (1892–97)
Independent (1898–1906)
MVIAA (1907–18)
Independent (1919–20)
Big Eight (1921–95)
Big 12 (1996–2010)
All-time record 900–388–40 (.693)
Bowl record 26–27 (.491)
Claimed nat’l titles 5 (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997)
Unclaimed nat’l titles 9 (1915, 1921, 1980–84, 1993, 1999)
Conference titles 46
Division titles 10 (1996, 1997, 1999–2001, 2006, 2008–10, 2012)
Rivalries Colorado (rivalry)
Iowa (rivalry)
Kansas (rivalry)
Kansas State (rivalry)
Miami (FL) (rivalry)
Minnesota (rivalry)
Missouri (rivalry)
Oklahoma (rivalry)
Texas (rivalry)
Wisconsin (rivalry)
Heisman winners 3
Johnny Rodgers (1972)
Mike Rozier (1983)
Eric Crouch (2001)
Consensus All-Americans 54
Colors Scarlet and Cream
Fight song There is No Place Like NebraskaHail Varsity
Mascot Lil’ Red/Herbie Husker
Marching band Cornhusker Marching Band (The Pride of All Nebraska)
Outfitter Adidas
Website huskers.com

The Nebraska Cornhuskers football team competes as part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, representing the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the West Division of the Big Ten. Nebraska plays its home games at Memorial Stadium, where it has sold out every game since 1962. The team is currently coached by Scott Frost.

Nebraska is among the most storied programs in college football history. The Cornhuskers trail only MichiganOhio State, and Texas in all-time victories among FBS teams, and have won more games against Power Five opponents than any other program. Nebraska claims 46 conference championships and five national championships (1970197119941995, and 1997), and has won nine other national championships that the school does not claim. NU’s 1971 and 1995 title-winning teams are considered by many to be among the best in college football history. Famous Cornhuskers include Heisman Trophy winners Johnny RodgersMike Rozier, and Eric Crouch. Rodgers, named Nebraska’s “Player of the Century” in 1999, and Rozier, who graduated as the NCAA’s all-time yards per carry leader, join 22 other Cornhuskers in the College Football Hall of Fame. Notable among these are players Bob BrownGuy ChamberlinTommie FrazierRich GloverDave Rimington, and Will Shields, and coaches Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne.

The program’s first extended period of success came just after the turn of the century. Between 1900 and 1916, Nebraska had five undefeated seasons and completed a stretch of 34 consecutive games without a loss, still a program record. Despite a span of 21 conference championships in 33 seasons, the Cornhuskers didn’t experience major national success until Bob Devaney was hired in 1962. In eleven seasons as head coach, Devaney won two national championships, eight conference titles, and coached 22 All-Americans, but perhaps his most lasting achievement was the hiring of Tom Osborne as offensive coordinator in 1969. Osborne was named Devaney’s successor in 1973, and over the next 25 years established himself as one of the best coaches in college football history with his trademark I-form offense and revolutionary strength, conditioning, and nutrition programs. Following Osborne’s retirement in 1997, Nebraska cycled through four head coaches before hiring state native Scott Frost in 2017.

History

The early years (1890–1920)

Nebraska began its football history with a 10–0 victory over the Omaha YMCA on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1890. For its first two seasons, Nebraska was known as the “Old Gold Knights,” which was changed to “Bugeaters” in 1892. “Cornhuskers” first appeared in an 1893 school newspaper headline (“We Have Met The Cornhuskers And They Are Ours”) after an upset victory over Iowa. In this instance, “Cornhuskers” was used to derogatorily refer to Iowa. Nebraska State Journal writer Cy Sherman, who would later help create college football’s AP Poll, first referred to Nebraska as the Cornhuskers in 1899; the name caught on quickly and was officially adopted the following year.

The program got off to a strong start, suffering only one sub-.500 season in its first 28 years of competition. Prior to a one-win 1899 season in A. Edwin Branch’s only year as head coach, Nebraska compiled a 40–18–3 (0.680) record.

George Flippin was the first African-American athlete at Nebraska and only the fifth black athlete at any predominantly white university. Because of Flippin’s presence on the roster, Missouri refused to play a scheduled game with Nebraska in 1892. The result was a 1–0 forfeit, and, technically, the first-ever conference win for Nebraska.

Nebraska’s fourth coach, Frank Crawford (1893–94, 9–4–1, 0.679) was the school’s first paid football coach. Eddie N. Robinson (1896–97, 11–4–1, 0.719) and Fielding H. Yost (1898, 8–3, 0.727), the program’s sixth and seventh head coaches, were the first Nebraska coaches to be inducted into the College Football Hall of FameWalter C. Booth (1900–05, 46–8–1, 0.845) was Nebraska’s ninth head coach, and had the second-best record during this era among multi-year coaches. His 1902 team went undefeated, untied, and unscored upon. Despite at one point leading his team on a 24-game winning streak, Booth was bested by Ewald O. Stiehm (1911–15, 35–2–3, 0.913), who won the MVIAA conference title in all five of his seasons and posted a school-record 34-game unbeaten streak. His .913 winning percentage remains the highest in school history. The Cornhuskers were a strong candidate play in the first-ever Rose Bowl Game after the 1915 season, but the university’s athletic board voted to turn down any such invitation. Stiehm left NU after the 1915 season when the university turned down his demand that he be paid an annual salary of $4,250 to serve as football coach, basketball coach, and athletic director.

When the United States became involved in World War I, many young men went off to war, depleting the ranks of football teams nationwide. Travel restrictions and the Spanish flu pandemic further complicated the college football landscape. William G. Kline led Nebraska through the stunted 1918 season, managing a 2–3–1 (0.417) record. Veteran head coach Henry Schulte (1919–20, 8–6–3, 0.559) took over for the next two seasons, but barely managed a winning record as the program recovered from the war and its aftermath. Although Schulte stepped down as head football coach after 1920, he remained at Nebraska in a variety of coaching roles through 1938.

Climb back to dominance (1921–1941)

By the end of its post-war slump, Nebraska had been led by 15 head coaches over 31 years. However, a period of relative stability followed, beginning with the hire of Fred Dawson (1921–24, 23–7–2, 0.750) in 1921. Dawson arrived at Nebraska after stints at ColumbiaDenver, and Virginia. During the entire three-year tenure of Knute Rockne’s famed Four Horsemen, Notre Dame lost only two games; one each in 1922 and 1923, both to Nebraska in Lincoln. In Dawson’s four years he won three conference titles and compiled the best record of any Nebraska coach from this era.

First-time head coach Ernest E. Bearg (1925–28, 23–7–3, 0.742) won the conference title in his final season before handing over the team to Dana X. Bible (1929–36, 50–15–7, 0.743). Bible had an established reputation after fifteen years as a head coach, winning five Southwest Conference championships at Texas A&M, and his success continued as he led Nebraska to six more conference titles in eight seasons.

While Biff Jones (1937–41, 28–14–4, 0.652) was not as successful as his predecessors, he managed to win two conference titles and led Nebraska to their first bowl game, a 21–13 loss to Stanford in the 1941 Rose Bowl. The following year, as the United States was drawn closer to involvement in World War II, Jones’ program suffered, losing five straight games for the first time. One week after the final game of the season, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and, much like 20 years prior, Nebraska’s football fortunes headed downward as the country headed into war.

Slide into obscurity (1942–1961)

Nebraska was led by three head coaches during the war years, which saw a scarcity of players available while most of the country’s college-aged men were fighting abroad. By the time the war ended in 1945, the Cornhuskers had gone 11–24 over the previous four seasons.

This time, however, Nebraska’s fortunes did not improve after the war. Bernie Masterson (1946–47, 5–13, 0.278) recorded the school’s worst-ever winning percentage in his first and only head football coaching appointment. Masterson’s predecessor George Clark (1945, 1948, 6–13–0, 0.316), a veteran of both wars with an extensive coaching pedigree, returned for the 1948 season while a search was conducted for his new successor. After the season, Clark became NU’s athletic director, a position he held until 1953.

Clark hired Bill Glassford (1949–55, 50–40–4, 0.553), whose up-and-down tenure included a 6–2–1 1950 season and Nebraska’s second-ever bowl appearance, a 34–7 loss to Duke in the 1955 Orange Bowl. Following Glassford was rookie head coach Pete Elliott, a former quarterback who led Michigan to the 1948 national championship. Elliott would later lead the Illinois Fighting Illini to a Rose Bowl win, but he went only 4–6 (0.400) in his one year at Nebraska. His replacement, Bill Jennings (1957–61, 15–34–1, 0.310), fared even worse in Lincoln, coaching the team for five seasons and not reaching .500 in any of them.

Prior to 1941, Nebraska’s all-time winning percentage was .732, seventh-best in college football, trailing only Yale, Princeton, Notre Dame, Harvard, Michigan, and Minnesota. Over the next two decades, however, NU’s winning percentage was .368, which ranked 126th out of 133 Division I teams and was higher than only fellow Big Eight member Kansas State among major-conference teams.

Bob Devaney era (1962–1972)

Bob Devaney, head coach from 1962 to 1972

When Bob Devaney (1962–72, 101–20–2, 0.829) was hired from Wyoming, he immediately turned around Nebraska’s football fortunes. He led the Cornhuskers to a 9–2 record in his first season, capping it with the school’s first bowl win, beating Miami in the 1962 Gotham Bowl. This was the first of 40 consecutive winning seasons for the Cornhuskers, and Nebraska’s NCAA-record sellout streak began in the seventh game of 1962. After five straight seasons with a bowl appearance, Devaney’s teams went 6–4 in both 1967 and 1968, prompting a major shift in the team’s offensive philosophy. This transition mainly involved offensive assistant Tom Osborne and his now-famed I-form offense, which Nebraska would run for the next 35 years. Over the following four seasons, with Osborne installed as offensive coordinator, Nebraska suffered just four losses, winning the conference title in each year and securing the program’s first two claimed national championships.

The Cornhuskers’ 1970 team needed a bit of good fortune to claim the school’s first national title. Nebraska entered the day of the Orange Bowl at No. 3, but losses by No. 1 Texas and No. 2 Ohio State gave NU the championship after a 17–12 victory over No. 5 LSU. There would be no such suspense in 1971, as Nebraska quickly moved to No. 1 after a 34–7 victory against Oregon in week one. The Cornhuskers remained atop the AP Poll for the rest of the season, which included a 35–31 Thanksgiving Day defeat of No. 2 Oklahoma, a game that became known as the “Game of the Century”. Nebraska wrapped up the title by beating Bear Bryant and Alabama 38–6 in the 1972 Orange Bowl on New Year’s night. Nebraska’s 1971 team remains the only champion ever to defeat the teams that finished second, third, and fourth (Oklahoma, Colorado, Alabama) in the final rankings.

The program began producing All-Americans with regularity during Devaney’s tenure. Among the 18 who received such recognition were 1972 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers, and Rich Glover, winner of the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award that same season.[44] Devaney stepped down after the 1972 season to become Nebraska’s athletic director.

Tom Osborne era (1973–1997)

Tom Osborne in 1965

Tom Osborne (1973–1997, 255–49–3, 0.836) subsequently became Nebraska’s longest-tenured coach, ending with the fourth-highest winning percentage in major college football history.[45] In his 25 seasons, Osborne never won fewer than nine games, secured 13 conference titles, and only coached three games where the Cornhuskers were not in the AP Top 25.

An undefeated regular season earned the 1983 team— nicknamed “The Scoring Explosion”— a No. 1 ranking and a trip to the 1984 Orange Bowl. The heavily favored Cornhuskers immediately fell behind No. 5 Miami, trailing 17–0 at the end of the first quarter. Early in the second quarter, Osborne called for the fumblerooski, a trick play which had quarterback Turner Gill “fumble” the snap by intentionally setting the ball on the turf, where it was picked up by All-American guard Dean Steinkuhler, who ran 19 yards for a touchdown. Nebraska mounted a furious comeback, scoring a touchdown to get within one point with just seconds remaining. Overtime had not yet been brought to college football, so kicking the extra point meant the game would likely end in a tie and give the Cornhuskers the national title. However, Osborne elected to go for two and the win outright, and the conversion pass fell incomplete. Although this now-legendary game is widely regarded as the earliest occurrence of the fumblerooski, Nebraska had actually tried the play twice before, both in a 17–14 loss to Oklahoma in 1979.

After a controversial loss in the 1993 national championship game, Osborne finally won his first claimed national title in 1994, when No. 1 Nebraska beat No. 3 Miami 24–17 in the Orange Bowl. The Cornhuskers were even better in 1995, beating four teams that finished in the top ten and winning every game by at least 14 points. NU’s 62–24 Fiesta Bowl demolition of Florida and future Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel is still the biggest national championship blowout ever. Nebraska’s 1995 team, which scored 53 points per game and allowed only 14, is widely considered the best in college football history. These title-winning teams, which went a combined 25–0, are one of only two back-to-back national champions since Oklahoma in 1955 and 1956.

In 1996, the Big Eight, which Nebraska had won five years in a row, merged with the Southwest to create the Big 12 Conference. Despite its similarity in name, the Big 12 was an entirely new conference and did not retain any of the Big Eight’s history or records. After being shutout in week two by Arizona State, NU won ten straight games to make the first Big 12 Championship Game. However, the Cornhuskers missed out on a fourth straight national championship appearance when they were upset by Texas.

Despite starting the 1997 season outside the top five, Nebraska quickly regained its status as a national contender in week three when the No. 7 Cornhuskers beat No. 2 Washington 27–14 in Seattle. A 45–38 overtime victory at Missouri in week nine kept the Huskers’ title hopes alive. The comeback win was highlighted by the Flea Kicker, a last-second, game-tying touchdown that bounced off the foot of intended receiver Shevin Wiggins and directly into the hands of Matt Davison. Nebraska returned to the conference championship game and dismantled Texas A&M for its first Big 12 title. A 42–17 victory over No. 3 Tennessee in the Orange Bowl boosted NU to the top of the Coaches Poll, making Osborne the only coach to retire following a national championship. Nebraska posted a 60–3 record in the final five years of Osborne’s tenure.

The post-Osborne era (1998–2010)

Upon Osborne’s retirement, the program was handed over to longtime assistant Frank Solich (1998–2003, 58–18, 0.766), who had played at Nebraska under Bob Devaney from 1963–1965. In his six seasons, Solich won the 1999 Big 12 title and took the Cornhuskers to the 2001 national championship game. After going 7–7 season in 2002, the first non-winning season for Nebraska in 40 years, Solich made aggressive changes to his coaching staff. The approach appeared fairly successful, as Solich’s 2003 team went 9–3 in the regular season. However, second-year NU athletic director Steve Pederson fired Solich before the 2003 Alamo Bowl, justifying the move with the now-infamous claim that he would not “let Nebraska gravitate into mediocrity” or “surrender the Big 12 to Oklahoma and Texas”. Solich’s first-year defensive coordinator Bo Pelini was appointed interim head coach and led the Cornhuskers to a 17–3 win over Michigan State in the Alamo Bowl. So great was the bad blood between Solich and his alma mater that the coach did not return to Lincoln for over 15 years.

Although Pelini interviewed for the position as permanent replacement, former Oakland Raiders coach Bill Callahan (2004–07, 27–22, 0.551) was named Solich’s successor following a 40-day, one-man coaching search conducted by Pederson. Callahan’s mandate to prevent Nebraska’s decline was not immediately successful, as his NFL-style West Coast offense led to varying levels of success, including a 5–6 2004 season that was Nebraska’s first losing season since 1961. Callahan’s teams improved in the following two years, at 8–4 in 2005 and 9–5 in 2006. However, in 2007, Nebraska dropped five straight games for the first time since 1958, including a record-setting 76–39 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’s fate proved to be the same as Pederson’s, as he was fired by Osborne immediately after a season-ending 65–51 loss to Colorado. In four seasons, Callahan accumulated the lowest winning percentage by a Nebraska head coach in 46 years.

Osborne, now full-time athletic director, selected Bo Pelini (2008–14, 67–27, 0.713) to return to Nebraska as the program’s 32nd head coach. Pelini’s first team tied for the Big 12 North division title with a 9–4 record, the best record among all twenty-eight first-season coaches in the FBS. In 2009, Nebraska, led by Heisman finalist Ndamukong Suh, led the nation in scoring defense at 10.4 points per game, a remarkable turnaround for a unit that had been among the nation’s worst just two years prior. NU finished 10–4 and ranked 14th. Following the 2009 season, Pelini was given his second raise and contract extension. In 2010, Nebraska again finished 10–4, with a third straight division title and a No. 20 final ranking.

Move to the Big Ten (2011–present)

Nebraska’s first season in the Big Ten Conference was moderately successful, finishing third in the Legends Division and 9–4 overall. In 2012, the Cornhuskers went undefeated at home for the first time since 2001 and won the division. However, they lost the Big Ten Championship game to unranked Wisconsin and the Capital One Bowl to No. 6 Georgia, ending the season with four losses yet again. 2013 saw Nebraska tie for second in the Legends Division and wrap up a 9–4 season with a rematch win over No. 23 Georgia in the Gator Bowl. In 2014, the Cornhuskers went 9–3 in the regular season, but a series of bad losses to end the year led to Pelini’s fired by athletic director Shawn Eichorst. At the time of the firing, the university reportedly still owed Pelini $7.65 million. Pelini left the program with a 67–27 record, winning either nine or ten games each season; ironically, NU lost three games under Pelini in his final season, the only time he did not lose exactly four games. Shortly after, Eichorst hired Oregon State’s Mike Riley as NU’s head coach. The Cornhuskers ended 2014 under interim coach Barney Cotton, losing to No. 24 USC in the Holiday Bowl and finishing 9–4, marking Nebraska’s seventh consecutive four-loss season.

Riley (2015–17, 19–19, 0.500) finished his first season at Nebraska 6–7 with a victory over UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl. Riley’s second season proved more successful, as the Cornhuskers started 7–0 and worked their way into the national top five for the first time since 2010. However, subsequent losses to No. 11 WisconsinNo. 6 Ohio StateIowa, and Tennessee meant NU finished just 9–4 and outside of the top 25. Nebraska went 4–8 the following year, the program’s worst season in 56 years. University chancellor Ronnie D. Green fired athletic director Shawn Eichorst in September after a home loss to Northern Illinois and subsequently appointed former Husker Dave Rimington interim AD. Bill Moos was hired as Eichorst’s replacement in October and terminated Riley the day after the season ended. Riley finished his three-year career at Nebraska with a 19–19 record and was just 12–14 in conference play.

Head coaches

The Cornhuskers have had 31 head coaches since the program began. Scott Frost has held the position since December 2, 2017.[77]:207

Coach Seasons Years Games Record Pct.
Frank Crawford 1893–94 2 14 9–4–1 .679
Charles Thomas 1895 1 9 6–3 .667
Eddie N. Robinson 1896–97 2 16 11–4–1 .719
Fielding Yost 1898 1 11 8–3–0 .727
Alonzo Edwin Branch 1899 1 9 1–7–1 .167
Walter C. Booth 1900–05 6 55 46–8–1 .845
Amos Foster 1906 1 10 6–4 .600
William C. Cole 1907–10 4 36 25–8–3 .736
Ewald O. Stiehm 1911–15 5 40 35–2–3 .913
E. J. Stewart 1916–17 2 15 11–4 .733
William G. Kline 1918 1 6 2–3–1 .417
Henry Schulte 1919–20 2 17 8–6–3 .559
Fred Dawson 1921–24 4 32 23–7–2 .750
Ernest Bearg 1925–28 4 33 23–7–3 .742
Dana X. Bible 1929–36 8 72 50–15–7 .743
Biff Jones 1937–41 5 46 28–14–4 .652
Glenn Presnell 1942 1 10 3–7 .300
Adolph Lewandowski 1943–44 2 16 4–12 .250
George Clark 1945, 1948 2 19 6–13 .316
Bernie Masterson 1946–47 2 18 5–13 .278
Bill Glassford 1949–55 7 69 31–35–3 .471
Pete Elliott 1956 1 10 4–6 .400
Bill Jennings 1957–61 5 50 15–34–1 .310
Bob Devaney 1962–72 11 123 101–20–2 .829
Tom Osborne 1973–97, 2007† 25 307 255–49–3 .836
Frank Solich 1998–2003 6 77 58–19 .753
Bill Callahan 2004–07 4 49 27–22 .551
Bo Pelini 2003†, 2008–14 7 94 67–27 .713
Barney Cotton 2014† 1 1 0–1 .000
Mike Riley 2015–17 3 38 19–19 .500
Scott Frost 2018– 2 16 7–9 .438

† Interim Head Coach

  • Bo Pelini served as interim head coach for the 2003 Alamo Bowl after Frank Solich was fired.
  • For recruiting purposes, Athletic Director Tom Osborne briefly appointed himself interim head coach following the firing of Bill Callahan.
  • Barney Cotton served as interim head coach for the 2014 Holiday Bowl after Bo Pelini was fired.
  • Trent Bray served as interim head coach after the firing of Mike Riley in 2017.

 

On December 2, 2017, Nebraska hired alumnus Scott Frost from UCF as its 33rd head football coach. After starting 2018 0–6, Nebraska closed Frost’s first season winning four of its last six games.

Championships

National championships

Nebraska has won five consensus national championships from NCAA-designated major selectors.

Year Coach Selectors Record Bowl Result
1970 Bob Devaney APBillingsley, DeVold, DunkelFACT, Football News, Football Research, FWHelmsNCFSagarin (ELO-Chess) 11–0–1 Orange W 17–12
1971 AP, Berryman, Billingsley, DeVold, Dunkel, FACT, Football News, Football Research, FW, Helms, Litkenhous, Matthews, NCF, NFFPoling, Sagarin, Sagarin (ELO-Chess), Coaches (UPI) 13–0 Orange W 38–6
1994 Tom Osborne Alderson, AP, Berryman, Billingsley, FACT, FB News, FW, NCF, Sagarin (ELO-Chess), Sporting News, UPI, USA/CNN (Coaches), USA/NFF 13–0 Orange W 24–17
1995 Alderson, AP, Berryman, Billingsley, DeVold, Dunkel, Eck, FACT, Football News, FW, Matthews, NCF, NFF, NY Times, Sagarin, Sagarin (ELO-Chess), Sporting News, UPI, USA/CNN (Coaches) 12–0 Fiesta W 62–24
1997 Alderson, Berryman, Billingsley MOV, DeVold, Dunkel, Eck, FACT, Matthews, NCF, NY Times, Sagarin, Sagarin (ELO-Chess), Seattle Times, USA/ESPN (Coaches) 13–0 Orange W 42–17

Nebraska has been awarded nine other national championships by various polling organizations that the school does not claim.

 

Conference championships

Nebraska has won 46 conference championships.

Year Conference Coach Record
1894 WIUFA Frank Crawford 2–1
1895 Charles Thomas 2–1
1897 Eddie N. Robinson 3–0
1907 MVIAA W.C. Cole 1–0
1910 2–0
1911 Ewald O. Stiehm 2–0–1
1912 2–0
1913 3–0
1914 3–0
1915 4–0
1916 E. J. Stewart 3–1
1917 2–0
1921 Fred Dawson 3–0
1922 5–0
1923 3–0–2
1928 Big Six Ernest Bearg 4–0
1929 Dana X. Bible 3–0–2
1931 5–0
1932 5–0
1933 5–0
1935 4–0–1
1936 5–0
1937 Biff Jones 3–0–2
1940 5–0
1963 Big Eight Bob Devaney 7–0
1964 6–1
1965 7–0
1966 6–1
1969 6–1
1970 7–0
1971 7–0
1972 5–1–1
1975 Tom Osborne 6–1
1978 6–1
1981 7–0
1982 7–0
1983 7–0
1984 6–1
1988 7–0
1991 6–0–1
1992 6–1
1993 7–0
1994 7–0
1995 7–0
1997 Big 12 8–0
1999 Frank Solich 7–1

† Co-champions

‡ Both Nebraska  and Oklahoma claim the 1972 championship due to a dispute over Oklahoma forfeiting games.

Division championships

Nebraska has won 10 division championships.

Year Conference Division Coach Record
1996 Big 12 North Tom Osborne 11–2
1997 13–0
1999 Frank Solich 12–1
2000 10–2
2001 11–2
2006 Bill Callahan 9–5
2008 Bo Pelini 9–4
2009 10–4
2010 10–4
2012 Big Ten Legends 10–4

† Co-champions

 

Bowl games

Nebraska has played in 53 bowl games, including an NCAA-record 35 straight from 1969 to 2003, with a record of 26–27.

Date Bowl Opponent Result
Jan. 1, 1941 Rose Bowl Stanford L 13–21
Jan. 1, 1955 Orange Bowl Duke L 7–34
Dec. 15, 1962 Gotham Bowl Miami W 36–34
Jan. 1, 1964 Orange Bowl Auburn W 13–7
Jan. 1, 1965 Cotton Bowl Classic Arkansas L 7–10
Jan. 1, 1966 Orange Bowl Alabama L 28–39
Jan. 2, 1967 Sugar Bowl Alabama L 7–34
Dec. 20, 1969 Sun Bowl Georgia W 45–6
Jan. 1, 1971 Orange Bowl LSU W 17–12
Jan. 1, 1972 Orange Bowl Alabama W 38–6
Jan. 1, 1973 Orange Bowl Notre Dame W 40–6
Jan. 1, 1974 Cotton Bowl Classic Texas W 19–3
Dec. 31, 1974 Sugar Bowl Florida W 13–10
Dec. 26, 1975 Fiesta Bowl Arizona State L 14–17
Dec. 31, 1976 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl Texas Tech W 27–24
Dec. 19, 1977 Liberty Bowl North Carolina W 21–17
Jan. 1, 1979 Orange Bowl Oklahoma L 24–31
Jan. 1, 1980 Cotton Bowl Classic Houston L 14–17
Dec. 27, 1980 Sun Bowl Mississippi State W 31–17
Jan. 1, 1982 Orange Bowl Clemson L 15–22
Jan. 1, 1983 Orange Bowl LSU W 21–20
Jan. 2, 1984 Orange Bowl Miami (FL) L 30–31
Jan. 1, 1985 Sugar Bowl LSU W 28–10
Jan. 1, 1986 Fiesta Bowl Michigan L 23–27
Jan. 1, 1987 Sugar Bowl LSU W 30–15
Jan. 1, 1988 Fiesta Bowl Florida State L 28–31
Jan. 2, 1989 Orange Bowl Miami (FL) L 3–23
Jan. 1, 1990 Fiesta Bowl Florida State L 17–41
Jan. 1, 1991 Florida Citrus Bowl Georgia Tech L 21–45
Jan. 1, 1992 Orange Bowl Miami (FL) L 0–22
Jan. 1, 1993 Orange Bowl Florida State L 14–27
Jan. 1, 1994 Orange Bowl Florida State L 16–18
Jan. 1, 1995 Orange Bowl Miami W 24–17
Jan. 2, 1996 Fiesta Bowl Florida W 62–24
Dec. 31, 1996 Orange Bowl Virginia Tech W 41–21
Jan. 2, 1998 Orange Bowl Tennessee W 42–17
Dec. 30, 1998 Holiday Bowl Arizona L 20–23
Jan. 2, 2000 Fiesta Bowl Tennessee W 31–21
Dec. 30, 2000 Alamo Bowl Northwestern W 66–17
Jan. 3, 2002 Rose Bowl Miami (FL) L 14–37
Dec. 27, 2002 Independence Bowl Mississippi L 23–27
Dec. 29, 2003 Alamo Bowl Michigan State W 17–3
Dec. 28, 2005 Alamo Bowl Michigan W 32–28
Jan. 1, 2007 Cotton Bowl Classic Auburn L 14–17
Jan. 1, 2009 Gator Bowl Clemson W 26–21
Dec. 30, 2009 Holiday Bowl Arizona W 33–0
Dec. 30, 2010 Holiday Bowl Washington L 7–19
Jan. 2, 2012 Capital One South Carolina L 13–30
Jan. 1, 2013 Capital One Georgia L 31–45
Jan. 1, 2014 Gator Bowl Georgia W 24–19
Dec. 27, 2014 Holiday Bowl USC L 42–45
Dec. 26, 2015 Foster Farms Bowl UCLA W 37–29
Dec. 30, 2016 Music City Bowl Tennessee L 24–38

Memorial Stadium

Nebraska vs. USC at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2007

Memorial Stadium, home of the Cornhuskers since 1923 and the location of an ongoing NCAA-record 370-game sellout streak, provides one of the most exciting game-day experiences in all of college football. The “Sea of Red,” as it is known, becomes the “third-largest city in Nebraska” on game days, as its capacity exceeds that of every Nebraska town except for Omaha and Lincoln.

The sellout streak dates back to November 3, 1962, Bob Devaney’s first season at Nebraska, a 16–7 loss to Missouri with 36,501 in attendance. The streak reached 300 games with a win over Louisiana–Lafayette in front of a then school-record crowd of 86,304 on September 26, 2009.

The stadium completed a major expansion to its east side in 2013, bringing the official capacity to 85,458, though crowds regularly exceed 90,000. Nebraska played in front of the largest crowd in Memorial Stadium history on September 20, 2014 against Miami, with an announced attendance of 91,585.

Three statues sit outside of the stadium. The oldest statue is the Husker Legacy Statue, unveiled in 1997. It depicts six Nebraska defensive players tackling a Kansas State ball carrier and was modeled after a picture taken during the NU’s 1995 game against the Wildcats. It is made of bronze and weighs two tons. Fred Hoppe, the creator, said that “the monument displays the sense of pride that Nebraskans have for their football team.” In 2006, Hoppe created Memorial Stadium’s second statue, which depicts Tom Osborne and quarterback Brook Berringer and is located outside of the Osborne Athletic Complex on the north side of the stadium. It is a life-sized bronze sculpture of the two standing side-by-side. On August 30, 2013, a life-sized bronze statue of Bob Devaney was unveiled at the main entrance of the newly remodeled east stadium. The sculptor, Joe Putjenter, also sculpted the Tunnel Walk gates inside of the stadium.

Prior to Memorial Stadium, the Huskers played their home games at Nebraska Field, from 1909 to 1922. They defeated Notre Dame’s famed Four Horsemen in the final game at the stadium.

Rivalries

Oklahoma

Nebraska and Oklahoma has long been considered one of the great college football rivalries. The teams have met 86 times, dating back to 1912, a 13–9 Nebraska win. The Sooners lead the series 45–38–3. Since Nebraska’s move to the Big Ten in 2011, the series has been dormant. Future non-conference games are scheduled for 2021, 2022, 2029, and 2030. Notably, the 2021 game in Norman will mark the 50th anniversary of No. 1 Nebraska’s 35–31 victory over No. 2 Oklahoma in the “Game of the Century”.

Nebraska dominated the series until 1942, going 16–3–3 in the first 22 meetings. The Sooners then ran off 16 consecutive victories, the longest streak in the series. Nebraska’s 1959 win both ended the Cornhuskers’ drought against the Sooners and snapped Oklahoma’s 74-game win streak against conference opponents. Oklahoma won every matchup from 1972 to 1977, a streak that ended in 1978, when No. 4 Nebraska upset No. 1 Oklahoma 17-14. Less than two months later, OU won a rematch in the Orange Bowl. Both teams won five matchups in the 1980s, but Nebraska controlled the 1990s, which included a seven-game win streak and a 69–7 win in 1997 that remains the largest margin of victory in series history. When the Big Eight and Southwest Conference merged in 1996, Nebraska was sent to the Big 12 North and Oklahoma to the South. This meant the schools no longer played annually, ending a stretch of 68 consecutive years they had met. From 2000 to 2009, the schools met seven times, with the Sooners going 5–2. The two teams met for the last time as conference opponents in the 2010 Big 12 Championship Game, when No. 9 Oklahoma defeated No. 13 Nebraska 23–20.

Over the Big Eight’s 89-year history, Nebraska and Oklahoma combined to win 74 conference championships, 41 by the Cornhuskers and 33 by the Sooners. During the Big 12 years, the teams won an additional nine conference titles, seven by Oklahoma and two by Nebraska.

The Nebraska-Oklahoma game often showcased the highest level of college football. Both teams were ranked in the AP top ten for 18 matchups; on nine occasions, both teams were in the top five. The 1971 and 1987 games featured teams ranked No. 1 and No. 2. The rivalry’s greatest moment likely came in 1971, when No. 1 Nebraska squared off with No. 2 Oklahoma on Thanksgiving Day in Norman. The game aired on ABC, with an estimated 55 million viewers. The “Game of the Century” ultimately ended with a 35–31 Cornhuskers victory, and included a first-quarter punt return touchdown from future Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers that is still considered one of the greatest plays in college football history. Following the game Dave Kindred of The Courier-Journal wrote, “They can quit playing now, they have played the perfect game.”

Current staff

Staff as 2019 season.

Name Position First year Alma mater
Scott Frost Head Coach 2018 Nebraska
Troy Walters Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers 2018 Stanford
Erik Chinander Defensive Coordinator 2018 Iowa
Mario Verduzco Quarterbacks 2018 San Jose State
Tony Tuioti Defensive Line 2019 Hawaii
Ryan Held Running Backs 2018 Nebraska
Sean Beckton Tight Ends 2018 UCF
Greg Austin Offensive Line 2018 Nebraska
Barrett Ruud Inside Linebackers 2018 Nebraska
Jovan Dewitt Outside Linebackers/Special Teams 2018 Northern Michigan
Travis Fisher Defensive Backs 2018 UCF

 

Honors and awards

Individual award winners

Johnny Rodgers – 1972
Mike Rozier – 1983
Eric Crouch2001
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
Kyle Vanden Bosch – 2000

College Football Hall of Fame

Guy Chamberlin

Nebraska boasts 24 inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Name Position Years at NU Inducted
Dana X. Bible Coach 1929–36 1951
Ed Weir T 1923–25 1951
Fielding Yost Coach 1898 1951
George Sauer FB 1931–33 1954
Biff Jones Coach 1937–41 1954
Eddie N. Robinson Coach 1896–97 1955
Guy Chamberlin HB/E 1913–15 1962
Clarence Swanson E 1918–20 1973
Sam Francis FB 1934–36 1977
Bob Devaney Coach 1962–72 1981
Bobby Reynolds HB 1950–52 1984
Forrest Behm T 1938–40 1988
Wayne Meylan MG 1965–67 1991
Bob Brown OG 1961–63 1993
Rich Glover MG 1970–72 1995
Dave Rimington C 1979–82 1997
Tom Osborne Coach 1973–97 1999
Johnny Rodgers WB 1970–72 2000
Mike Rozier IB 1981–83 2006
Grant Wistrom RE 1994–97 2009
Will Shields OG 1989–92 2011
Tommie Frazier QB 1992–95 2013
Trev Alberts OLB 1990–93 2015
Aaron Taylor C / OG 1994–97 2018

 

Retired numbers and jerseys

Tommie Frazier

Nebraska has retired the number of three players and the jersey of 17.

No. Player Position Career
7 Eric Crouch QB 1998–2001
15 Tommie Frazier QB 1992–95
20 Johnny Rodgers WB 1970–72
30 Mike Rozier IB 1981–83
34 Trev Alberts OLB 1990–93
50 Dave Rimington C 1979–82
54 Dominic Raiola C 1998–2000
60 Tom Novak† C 1946–49
64 Bob Brown OT 1961–63
67 Aaron Taylor G 1994–97
71 Dean Steinkuhler G 1980–83
72 Zach Wiegert OT 1991–93
75 Larry Jacobson DT 1969–71
Will Shields G 1989–92
79 Rich Glover MG 1970–72
93 Ndamukong Suh DT 2005–09
98 Grant Wistrom RE 1994–97

† Indicates retired number. Rodgers permitted his No. 20 to be worn by his son Terry, from 1986–90. Marlon Lucky briefly wore No. 20 as well. Michael Booker wore No. 20 for his entire career.

 

All-Americans

Since 1914, Nebraska has produced 110 First-Team, 56 consensus, and 20 unanimous All-Americans.

Year Player Position Notes
1914 Claire Jaunken[136] T
1915 Guy Chamberlain[137] End Consensus
1924 Ed Weir[138] T Consensus
1925 Ed Weir[139] T Consensus, unanimous
1926 Lonnie Stiner T
1928 Dan McMullen G
1929 Ray Richards T
1930 Hugh Rhea T
1932 Lawrence Ely C
1933 George Sauer FB Consensus
1936 Sam Francis FB Consensus
1937 Fred Shirey T
Charles Brock C
1940 Warren Alfson G
Forrest Behm T
1949 Tom Novak C
1950 Bobby Reynolds HB
1952 Jerry Minnick T
1963 Bob Brown G Consensus, unanimous
1964 Larry Kramer T Consensus, unanimous
1965 Freeman White End Consensus
Walter Barnes T Consensus
Tony Jeter End
1966 LaVerne Allers G Consensus
Larry Wachholtz DB
Wayne Meylan MG Consensus
1967 Wayne Meylan MG Consensus
1968 Joe Armstrong G
1970 Jerry Murtaugh LB
Bob Newton T Consensus
1971 Jeff Kinney RB
Larry Jacobson DT Consensus
Jerry Tagge QB
Rich Glover MG Consensus, unanimous
Willie Harper DE Consensus
Johnny Rodgers WB Consensus
1972 Rich Glover MG
Willie Harper DE Consensus
Johnny Rodgers WB Consensus, unanimous
Daryl White OT
1973 John Dutton DT Consensus, unanimous
1974 Rik Bonness C
Marvin Crenshaw OT Consensus
Dave Humm QB
1975 Rik Bonness C Consensus, unanimous
Bob Martin DE
Wonder Monds DB
1976 Dave Butterfield DB Consensus
Vince Ferragamo QB
Mike Fultz DT
1977 Tom Davis C
1978 Kelvin Clark OT Consensus
George Andrews DE
1979 Junior Miller TE Consensus, unanimous
1980 Derrie Nelson DE
Jarvis Redwine I-Back Consensus
Randy Schleusener OG Consensus

 

Year Player Position Notes
1981 Dave Rimington C Consensus, unanimous
Jimmy Williams DE
1982 Dave Rimington C Consensus, unanimous
Mike Rozier I-Back Consensus
1983 Irving Fryar WB Consensus, unanimous
Mike Rozier I-Back Consensus, unanimous
Dean Steinkuhler OG Consensus
1984 Bret Clark DB
Harry Grimminger OG
Mark Traynowicz C Consensus, unanimous
1985 Bill Lewis C
Jim Skow DT
1986 Danny Noonan MG Consensus, unanimous
1987 John McCormick OG
Neil Smith DT
Steve Taylor QB
Broderick Thomas LB
1988 Broderick Thomas LB Consensus, unanimous
Jake Young C Consensus
1989 Doug Glaser OT
Jake Young C Consensus
1990 Kenny Walker DT
1992 Travis Hill LB
Will Shields OG Consensus, unanimous
1993 Trev Alberts LB Consensus, unanimous
1994 Brenden Stai OG Consensus
Ed Stewart LB Consensus
Zach Wiegert OT Consensus, unanimous
1995 Tommie Frazier QB Consensus
Aaron Graham C
Jared Tomich DE
1996 Aaron Taylor C Consensus
Grant Wistrom DE Consensus
1997 Jason Peter DT Consensus
Aaron Taylor OG Consensus, unanimous
Grant Wistrom DE Consensus
1999 Mike Brown DB
Ralph Brown DB Consensus
2000 Russ Hochstein OG
Carlos Polk LB
Dominic Raiola C Consensus
2001 Keyuo Craver DB
Eric Crouch QB Consensus
Toniu Fonoti OG Consensus
2002 DeJuan Groce PR
2003 Josh Bullocks DB
Kyle Larson P
2009 Ndamukong Suh DT Consensus, unanimous
2010 Prince Amukamara DB Consensus, unanimous
Alex Henery K
2011 Lavonte David LB Consensus

Academic All-Americans

Nebraska leads the nation in Academic All-America selections, both in football and across all sports. Nebraska boasts 70 CoSIDA First-Team and 108 overall Academic All-America selections, both tops in the nation. The list includes 15 Huskers that have been named first team Academic All-Americans twice in their careers. The Huskers also lead the nation with a total of 330 Academic All-Americans across all sports.[140]

Nebraska has four players that have been selected as a First Team Academic All-American by entities other than CoSIDA: Don Fricke (1960), Pat Clare (1960), Jim Osberg (1965), and Tony Jeter (1965).

 

In the NFL

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Five Nebraska players have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame:

Currently in the NFL

Roy Helu

Ndamukong Suh

Prince Amukamara

Current Bengals head coach Zac Taylor

There are 28 Huskers currently on NFL rosters as of February 4, 2019.

(PS) – Practice Squad

(IR) – Injury Reserve

(RES/SUS) – Reserve/Suspended

(TC) – Team Captain

 

2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031
vs Cincinnati vs Northern Illinois vs Oklahoma at Colorado (rivalry) vs Colorado at Cincinnati vs Tennessee at Tennessee vs Arizona at Oklahoma vs Oklahoma at Arizona
vs Central Michigan at Oklahoma (rivalry) vs North Dakota vs Northern Illinois vs South Dakota State vs Akron[152] vs North Dakota vs South Dakota State
vs South Dakota State vs Buffalo vs Georgia Southern

 

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