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Today’s Buckeyes opponent, Nebraska Cornhuskers, steep in Football tradition; 1-5 vs. Ohio State




The Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represents the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Among the 128 Division I-FBS teams, Nebraska is one of ten football programs to win 800 or more games. Nebraska has more victories against Power Five opponents than any other program, as well as the fifth most victories all-time, behind only Michigan, Ohio State, Texas, and Alabama. Two of Nebraska’s national championship-winning teams, the 1971 and 1995 teams, are often listed among the best college football teams of all time.

Nebraska claims 46 conference championships and five national championships: 1970197119941995, and 1997. The titles in the 1990s marked the first time that a team won three national championships in four seasons since Notre Dame in 1946–49, and one of only three instances a team has won back-to-back consensus national titles. Nebraska has won nine other national championships that the school does not claim. They are the only school with five or more national championships to not have a loss in any of their title seasons.

Nebraska has had five undefeated seasons in which they were not national champions: 1902, 1903, 1913, 1914, and 1915. Between 1912 and 1916, the Cornhuskers played 34 consecutive games without suffering a loss.

Famous Cornhuskers include Heisman Trophy winners Johnny RodgersMike Rozier, and Eric Crouch. Rodgers was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and was voted the Nebraska “Player of the Century” in 1999. Rozier, who holds the all-time NCAA record for yards per carry, was likewise inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006. Other Cornhusker players and coaches who are Hall of Famers include: Forrest Behm, Bob BrownGuy ChamberlinSam FrancisTommie FrazierRich Glover, Wayne Meylan, Bobby ReynoldsDave RimingtonGeorge SauerWill Shields, Clarence Swanson, Ed Weir, Grant Wistrom, and coaches Gomer Jones, Pete Elliott, Francis Schmidt, Dana X. BibleBob DevaneyBiff JonesTom OsborneEddie N. Robinson and Fielding H. Yost.

On June 11, 2010, Nebraska ended the university’s affiliation with the Big 12 Conference and joined the Big Ten. The Cornhuskers are currently in the Big Ten West Division, along with IllinoisIowaMinnesotaNorthwesternPurdue, and Wisconsin.

The Devaney and Osborne dynasties (1962–97)


Bob Devaney, head coach from 1962 to 1972

Bob Devaney (1962–72, 101–20–2, 0.829) brought about an immediate turnaround in the fortunes of Nebraska football. He led Nebraska to a 9–2 record in his first season, which was capped by the school’s first bowl win, against 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 shift mainly involved offensive assistant Tom Osborne and his now-famed I formation, an offense Nebraska would run for the next 35 years. Over the following four seasons, with Osborne installed as offensive coordinator, Nebraska suffered just four losses (42–4–2, 0.896), 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 Bowlranked third, but losses by no. 1 Texas and no. 2 Ohio State gave NU the championship after a 17–12 victory over LSU. There would be no such suspense in 1971, as Nebraska began the season ranked second, and quickly moved up 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 still referred to 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 Johnny Rodgers, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1972, and Rich Glover, who won the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award that same season.


Tom Osborne in 1965

Devaney stepped down after the 1972 season to become Nebraska’s athletic director. Tom Osborne (1973–97, 255–49–3, 0.836) subsequently became Nebraska’s longest-tenured coach, ending with the fourth-highest winning percentage in major college football history. Osborne never won fewer than nine games and secured 13 conference titles in his 25 seasons.

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 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 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’ 1995 team was even better, beating four teams that finished in the top ten and winning every game by at least 14 points. NU’s 62–24 Fiesta Bowldemolition of Florida and future Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel was the biggest national championship blowout in college football history. Nebraska scored 53 points per game and allowed only 14. The 1994 and 1995 teams, which went a combined 25–0, along with Alabama (20112012) are the only back-to-back national champions since Oklahoma in 1955 and 1956. In the decades since, the 1995 team has consistently been has named the greatest college football team of all time.

In 1996, the Big Eight, which Nebraska had won five years in a row, merged with the Southwest to create the Big 12. 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.

In 1997, Nebraska quickly regained its status as a national contender with a 27–14 victory at no. 2 Washington in week three. A 45–38 overtime victory at Missouri 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 beat Texas A&M for its first Big 12 title. A 42–17 victory over no. 3 Tennesseein the Orange Bowl boosted NU to the top of the Coaches Poll, making Osborne the only coach to retire following a national champion.

Nebraska posted a 60–3 record in the final four years of Osborne’s tenure.

The post-Osborne era (1998–2010)

Upon Osborne’s retirement, the program was handed over to coaching 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 assistant 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 bowl game, 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.

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 showed improvement 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 Perderson’s, as he was fired by Osborne immediately after a season-ending 65–51 loss to Colorado. In four seasons, Callahan had 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 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 championship and a #20 overall 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 Legends 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 place 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 continued pattern of bad losses led to Pelini being 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 (.713), winning either nine of 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, Nebraska hired Oregon State’s Mike Riley as its new head coach. The Cornhuskers ended 2014 under interim coach Barney Cotton, losing to no. 24 USC in the Holiday Bowl and finishing at 9–4, marking Nebraska’s seventh consecutive four-loss season.

Mike 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 to be 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 WisconsinOhio StateIowa, and Tennessee, meant NU finished with a 9–4 record and outside of the top 25. In Riley’s third year, Nebraska suffered its worst season in 56 years with a record of 4–8. University chancellor Ronnie Green fired athletic director Shawn Eichorst in September after a home loss to Northern Illinois and subsequently appointed former Husker player Dave Rimingtonas interim AD. Bill Moos was hired as athletic director in October and then terminated Riley the day after the season ended. Riley finished his three-year career at Nebraska with a 19-19 record and was 12-14 in conference play.

On December 2, 2017, Nebraska hired alumnus Scott Frost from UCF as its 33rd head football coach.

Conference affiliations

Nebraska has been affiliated with the following conferences.[23]:209–219

Head coaches

There have been 31 head coaches since the inaugural team in 1893, with Scott Frost being the current head coach.:207

Coach Seasons Years Games Record Pct.
Frank Crawford 1893–1894 2 14 9–4–1 .679
Charles Thomas 1895 1 9 6–3 .667
Eddie N. Robinson 1896–1997 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 1900–1905 6 55 46–8–1 .845
Amos Foster 1906 1 10 6–4 .600
William C. Cole 1907–1910 4 36 25–8–3 .736
Ewald O. Stiehm 1911–1915 5 40 35–2–3 .913
E. J. Stewart 1916–1917 2 15 11–4 .733
William G. Kline 1918 1 6 2–3–1 .417
Henry Schulte 1919–1920 2 17 8–6–3 .559
Fred Dawson 1921–1924 4 32 23–7–2 .750
Ernest Bearg 1925–1928 4 33 23–7–3 .742
Dana X. Bible 1929–1936 8 72 50–15–7 .743
Biff Jones 1937–1941 5 46 28–14–4 .652
Glenn Presnell 1942 1 10 3–7 .300
Adolph Lewandowski 1943–1944 2 16 4–12 .250
George Clark 1945, 1948 2 19 6–13 .316
Bernie Masterson 1946–1947 2 18 5–13 .278
Bill Glassford 1949–1955 7 69 31–35–3 .471
Pete Elliott 1956 1 10 4–6 .400
Bill Jennings 1957–1961 5 50 15–34–1 .310
Bob Devaney 1962–1972 11 123 101–20–2 .829
Tom Osborne 1973–1997, 2007† 25 307 255–49–3 .836
Frank Solich 1998–2003 6 77 58–19 .753
Bill Callahan 2004–2007 4 49 27–22 .551
Bo Pelini 2003†, 2008–2014 7 94 67–27 .713
Barney Cotton 2014† 1 1 0–1 .000
Mike Riley 2015–2017 3 38 19–19 .500
Scott Frost 2018–present 2 6 2–6 .250

† Interim Head Coach

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


National championships

Nebraska has won five consensus national championships from NCAA-designated major selectors.:113–114

Year Coach Selectors Record Bowl Result
1970 Bob Devaney Associated PressBillingsley, DeVold, DunkelFACT, Football News, Football Research, FWHelmsNational Championship FoundationSagarin (ELO-Chess) 11–0–1 Orange W 17–12
1971 Bob Devaney AP, Berryman, Billingsley, DeVold, Dunkel, FACT, Football News, Football Research, FW, Helms, Litkenhous, Matthews, National Championship Foundation, NFFPoling, Sagarin, Sagarin (ELO-Chess), Coaches (UPI) 13–0 Orange W 38–6
1994 Tom Osborne Alderson, AP, Berryman, Billingsley, FACT, FB News, FW, National Championship Foundation, Sagarin (ELO-Chess), Sporting News, UPI, USA/CNN (Coaches), USA/NFF 13–0 Orange W 24–17
1995 Tom Osborne Alderson, AP, Berryman, Billingsley, DeVold, Dunkel, Eck, FACT, Football News, FW, Matthews, National Championship Foundation, NFF, NY Times, Sagarin, Sagarin (ELO-Chess), Sporting News, UPI, USA/CNN (Coaches) 12–0 Fiesta W 62–24
1997 Tom Osborne Alderson, Berryman, Billingsley MOV, DeVold, Dunkel, Eck, FACT, Matthews, National Championship Foundation, 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.[29]

Conference championships

Nebraska has won 46 conference championships through the 2017 season.[30][23]:2

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

† Co-champions

‡ Both Nebraska :206 and Oklahoma claim the 1972 championship due to a dispute over Oklahoma forfeiting games.

Division championships

Nebraska claims 10 division championships in two conferences through the 2017 season.

Year Conference Division Coach Record
1996 Big 12 Conference North Tom Osborne 11–2
1997 Big 12 Conference North Tom Osborne 13–0
1999 Big 12 Conference North Frank Solich 12–1
2000 Big 12 Conference North Frank Solich 10–2
2001 Big 12 Conference North Frank Solich 11–2
2006 Big 12 Conference North Bill Callahan 9–5
2008 Big 12 Conference North Bo Pelini 9–4
2009 Big 12 Conference North Bo Pelini 10–4
2010 Big 12 Conference North Bo Pelini 10–4
2012 Big Ten Conference Legends Bo Pelini 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.[32][33]

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


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


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 jersey numbers

Nebraska has retired the jersey number of three players

No. Player Position Career
20 Johnny Rodgers WB 1970–72
60 Tom Novak C 1946–49
64 Bob Brown OT 1961–63

† Rodgers permitted his no. 20 jersey number to be worn by his son Terry, who played for Nebraska from 1986–90. Marlon Lucky also wore this number before changing to no. 5. Michael Booker wore no. 20 for his entire career.

Retired player jerseys


Tommie Frazier

Nebraska has retired the jerseys of 17 players.

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


Since 1914, Nebraska has produced 96 players who have collected a total of 110 First-Team All-American awards. Nebraska claims 47 consensus All-Americans who have won a total of 56 consensus All-American honors and 20 unanimous All-Americans who have won 21 unanimous awards.

Year Player Position Notes
1914 Claire Jaunken Tackle
1915 Guy Chamberlain End Consensus
1924 Ed Weir Tackle Consensus
1925 Ed Weir Tackle Consensus, unanimous
1926 Lonnie Stiner Tackle
1928 Dan McMullen Guard
1929 Ray Richards Tackle
1930 Hugh Rhea Tackle
1932 Lawrence Ely Center
1933 George Sauer Fullback Consensus
1936 Sam Francis Fullback Consensus
1937 Fred Shirey Tackle
Charles Brock Center
1940 Warren Alfson Guard
Forrest Behm Tackle
1949 Tom Novak Center
1950 Bobby Reynolds Halfback
1952 Jerry Minnick Tackle
1963 Bob Brown Guard Consensus, unanimous
1964 Larry Kramer Tackle Consensus, unanimous
1965 Freeman White End Consensus
Walter Barnes Tackle Consensus
Tony Jeter End
1966 LaVerne Allers Guard Consensus
Larry Wachholtz Defensive Back
Wayne Meylan Middle Guard Consensus
1967 Wayne Meylan Middle Guard Consensus
1968 Joe Armstrong Guard
1970 Jerry Murtaugh Linebacker
Bob Newton Tackle Consensus
1971 Jeff Kinney Running Back
Larry Jacobson Defensive Tackle Consensus
Jerry Tagge Quarterback
Rich Glover Middle Guard Consensus, unanimous
Willie Harper Defensive End Consensus
Johnny Rodgers Wingback Consensus
1972 Rich Glover Middle Guard
Willie Harper Defensive End Consensus
Johnny Rodgers Wingback Consensus, unanimous
Daryl White Offensive Tackle
1973 John Dutton Defensive Tackle Consensus, unanimous
1974 Rik Bonness Center
Marvin Crenshaw Offensive Tackle Consensus
Dave Humm Quarterback
1975 Rik Bonness Center Consensus, unanimous
Bob Martin Defensive End
Wonder Monds Defensive Back
1976 Dave Butterfield Defensive Back Consensus
Vince Ferragamo Quarterback
Mike Fultz Defensive Tackle
1977 Tom Davis Center
1978 Kelvin Clark Offensive Tackle Consensus
George Andrews Defensive End
1979 Junior Miller Tight End Consensus, unanimous
1980 Derrie Nelson Defensive End
Jarvis Redwine I-Back Consensus
Randy Schleusener Offensive Guard Consensus


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

Nebraska’s all-time team

As selected by Athlon Sports in 2010.

WR – Johnny Rodgers (1970–72)
E – Guy Chamberlin (1914–15)
TE – Tracey Wistrom (1998–2001)
OL – Bob Brown (1961–63)
OL – Zach Wiegert (1991–94)
OL – Dave Rimington (1979–82)
OL – Dean Steinkuhler (1981–83)
OL – Will Shields (1989–91)
OL – Aaron Taylor (1994–97)
QB – Tommie Frazier (1992–95)
RB – Mike Rozier (1981–83)
RB – Bobby Reynolds (1950–52)
FB – George Sauer (1931–33)
PK – Alex Henery (2007–10)
DL – Willie Harper (1970–72)
DL – Ed Weir (1923–25)
DL – Larry Jacobson (1969–71)
DL – Rich Glover (1970–72)
DL – Wayne Meylan (1965–67)
DL – Grant Wistrom (1994–97)
DL – Ndamukong Suh (2005–09)
LB – Tom Novak (1946–49)
LB – Jerry Murtaugh (1968–70)
LB – Trev Alberts (1990–93)
DB – Dana Stephenson (1967–69)
DB – Larry Wachholtz (1964–66)
DB – Pat Fischer (1958–60)
DB – Dave Butterfield (1974–76)
DB – Ralph Brown (1996–99)
P – Alex Henery (2007–10)

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

There are 27 Huskers currently on NFL rosters as of September 25, 2018.

(PS) – Practice Squad

(IR) – Injury Reserve

(RES/SUS) – Reserve/Suspended

(TC) – Team Captain


Future non-conference opponents

Announced schedules as of December 13, 2017


2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031
vs South Alabama vs Cincinnati vs Northern Illinois vs Oklahoma at Colorado vs Colorado at Cincinnati vs Tennessee at Tennessee vs Arizona at Oklahoma vs Oklahoma at Arizona
at Colorado vs Central Michigan at Oklahoma(Rivalry) vs North Dakota vs Northern Illinois vs South Dakota State vs North Dakota vs South Dakota State
vs Northern Illinois vs South Dakota State vs Buffalo vs Georgia Southern


Future conference non-division opponents

Announced schedules as of August 29, 2018.

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
vs Ohio State at Rutgers at Michigan State at Rutgers vs Michigan vs Ohio state vs Michigan
vs Indiana at Ohio State vs Ohio State vs Indiana vs Maryland at Penn State at Indiana
at Maryland vs Penn State vs Michigan at Michigan at Michigan State at Michigan vs Rutgers