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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.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF OHIO STATE ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS

 

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.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF RUTGERS ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

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

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Jerry Emig, Mike Basford; COURTESY OSU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

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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Ohio Northern hosts Otterbein in OAC play this evening

 

September 26, 2019

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, 6 pm – Dial-Roberson Stadium, Ada, Ohio

Game Notes (.pdf) |

Saturday’s Contest: Today’s contest is the fourth of 10 games in the 2019 season for Ohio Northern. It is also the first home game of the season. ONU is 537-499-36 in 125 seasons of play, a winning percentage of .518.

ONU Head Coach Dean Paul: Paul is in his 16th season at ONU with a 102-55 record, a winning percentage of .650. Paul is ONU’s all-time winningest coach in ONU football history. He is 142-67 in 20 seasons overall and is 12-3 vs. OU.

OU head coach Tim Doup: Doup is in his eighth season at Otterbein with a 35-38 record. He is 1-6 against ONU

Last Year’s Game: Head coach Dean Paul picked up his 100th career coaching victory at Ohio Northern with a hard-fought 13-7 win at Otterbein ONU got on the board on its first possession on a 30-yard field goal by K Chase Watson with 5:16 gone in the contest. QB Anthony McFadden then hit WR Anthony Amison on a 45-yard touchdown pass with 11:16 left in the half to make it 10-0 Polar Bears. ONU extended its lead to 13-7 with a 36-yard field goal by Watson with 3:25 to play. RB A.J. Marks ran 13 times for 77 yards, RB Brock Martin ran for 56 yards on 14 carries and McFadden completed 19-of-31 passes for 181 yards and a score. ONU’s defense limited OU to just 223 yards of offense and 25:37 of possession time. The ONU held the ball for 34:33 and gained 328 yards of offense. Defensively, LB Mark Niles had 14 tackles .5 TFL, forced a fumble and had a PBU for ONU.

ONU Last Week: Ohio Northern rallied from a 35-17 third quarter deficit, but Wilmington scored with 28 seconds left to post a 42-38 win. ONU scored 21 unanswered points to go up 38-35 with 7:35 to play. WC took over at its 11-yard line with 2:12 left in the game and marched 89 yards in 1:44 to score the go-ahead TD with :28 left to take a 42-38 lead. ONU got to midfield, but a hail mary pass fell incomplete as time expired. QB Anthony McFadden completed 24-of-31 passes for 283 yards and 4 TDs and junior All-American Christiaan Williams ran 19 times for 123 yards and a score to lead ONU. Wilmington out-gained Ohio Northern 592-473 in total offense.

ONU Leaders: The ONU running game is led by All-American RB Christiaan Williams (64 att, 325 yards, 2 TDs) and QB Anthony McFadden (39 att, 90 yards, 1 TD). QB Anthony McFadden is 55-of-79 passing for 663 yards and 9 TDs. WR Austin Eick (21 rec, 326 yards, 7 TD) and WR A.J. Marks (11 rec, 97 yards, 1 TD) lead the receivers. LB Mark Niles, LB David Haseleu and LB Jacob Bailey lead the defense with 32, 19 and 18 tackles, respectively.

OU Last Week: No. 14-ranked John Carroll edged Otterbein 14-7 in a defensive slugfest. JCU finished with a 280-228 advantage in total offense on a day that featured 646 yards of punts, as the two sides were a combined 6 of 25 on third down. JCU broke a 7-7 tie with a 33-yard TD pass with 2:04 left in the third quarter. RB Matt Webb ran 11 times for 50 yards and RB Luke Schmelling ran 12 times for 43 yards and a TD for OU.

OU Leaders: The OU running game is led by RB Luke Schmelling (24 att, 140 yards, 2 TDs) and RB Matt Webb (34 att, 120 yards, 1 TD). QB Bryce Hall is 36-of-69 passing for 469 yards and 1 TD. WR Dylan Tuggle (9 rec, 100 yards, 1 TD) and WR Dom Ross (8 rec, 160 yards) lead the OU receivers. DB Niall Lewison, LB Jacob Tiell and DB Colton Miles lead the defense with 35, 33 and 23 tackles, respectively.

ONU Statistical Leaders:

Rushing Yds.
Passing Yds.
Receiving Yds.
Tackles Sacks
1. C.Williams 324 1. McFadden 663 1. Eick 326 1. Niles 32 1. Niles 2.0
2. McFadden 100 2. Marks 97 2. Haseleu 19 2. Woodfork 1.0
3. Martin 53 3. Rockwell 89 3. Bailey 18 Bever 1.0

All-TimeSeries: ONU leads the series between the two schools by a 40-19 margin. ONU has won 6 straight in the series, including a 13-7 victory in Westerville last season. ONU is 19-12 all-time against OU in Ada and is 6-1 all-time in Dial-Roberson Stadium.

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