1974 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

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1974 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
Nebraska Cornhuskers logo.svg
Sugar Bowl champion
Sugar Bowl, W 13–10 vs. Florida
Conference Big Eight Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 8
APNo. 9
1974 record9–3 (5–2 Big 8)
Head coach Tom Osborne (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorTom Osborne (6th season)
Offensive scheme I formation
Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin (2nd season)
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
  1973
1975  
1974 Big Eight Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 1 Oklahoma $700  1100
Missouri 520  740
No. 9 Nebraska 520  930
Oklahoma State 430  750
Colorado 340  560
Iowa State 250  470
Kansas 160  470
Kansas State 160  470
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1974 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1974 NCAA Division I football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 141:30 pm Oregon *No. 7W 61–776,053
September 2112:50 pmat Wisconsin *No. 4 ABC L 20–2173,381
September 281:30 pm Northwestern *No. 10
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
W 49–776,101
October 51:30 pm Minnesota *No. 6
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
W 54–076,408
October 121:30 pm Missouri No. 5
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
L 10–2176,526
October 191:30 pmat No. 13 Kansas No. 12W 56–050,523
October 261:30 pm Oklahoma State Dagger-14-plain.pngNo. 9
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
W 7–376,426
November 21:00 pmat Colorado No. 9ABCW 31–1552,949
November 91:30 pmat Iowa State No. 9W 23–1334,341
November 161:30 pm Kansas State No. 6
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
W 35–776,188
November 231:30 pmNo. 1 Oklahoma No. 6
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska (rivalry)
L 14–2876,636
December 317:00 pmvs. No. 18 Florida *No. 8ABCW 13–1067,850
  • *Non-conference game
  • Dagger-14-plain.pngHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time
Source: [1]

Roster

[2] [3]

Alward, Tom #63 (Sr.) G
Anthony, Monte #49 (So.) IB
Bahe, Ritch #24 (Sr.) WB
Belka, Jim #47 (So.) FB
Block, King(So.) LB
Bonness, Rik #54 (Jr.) C
Borg, Tim #19 (So.) DB
Brock, Dan #94 (So.) DT
Bunkers, Bill(So.) DB
Burns, Burton #49 (So.) FB
Burns, Ed #17 (So.) QB
Burrow, Jim #2 (Jr.) DB
Butterfield, Dave #34 (So.) DB
Cabell, Jake #13 (Jr.) DB
Carpenter, Jeff #37 (So.) LB
Clark, Dennis(So.) DT
Clark, Mike(So.) OT
Coccia, Tom #90 (Jr.) DE
Collura, Joe #7 (So.) MG
Costanzo, Rich #77 (Jr.) OT
Coyle, Mike #42 (Jr.) PK
Crenshaw, Marvin #73 (Sr.) OT
Davis, Tom #52 (So.) C
Davis, Tony #25 (Jr.) FB
Dervin, Joe(So.) LB
Doak, Mark #71 (Sr.) OT
Duda, Rich #50 (Sr.) C
Eichelberger, Percy #44 (So.) LB
Eveland, Al #43 (So.) PK
Everett, Earl #9 (So.) QB
Folsom, Bob(So.) WB
Fultz, Mike #72 (So.) DT
Garcia, Randy #15 (So.) QB
Gast, Reg(So.) DE
Gillespie, Dave #28 (So.) IB
Gissler, Dean #97 (Jr.) DT
Hanchera, Gary #5 (So.) PK
Hayes, Bob #76 (So.) OT
Hegener, Stan #64 (Sr.) G
Heiser, Tom #27 (Jr.) WB

 

Hertenstein, Scott #98 (So.) DT
Heydorff, Mark #22 (Sr.) DB
Higgs, Gary #46 (So.) FB
Hoins, Steve #78 (So.) OT
Homola, Ken(So.) TE
Houser, Mike(So.) PK
Humm, Dave #12 (Sr.) QB
Hunter, Ken #78 (Jr.) MG
Jenkins, Brad #92 (So.) TE
Johnson, Ardell #29 (Sr.) DB
Jones, Chuck #35 (Jr.) DB
Jorgensen, Greg(So.) OG
Justice, Jason #38 (So.) FB
Kucera, Lindsay #41 (So.) FB
Kyros, George #18 (Sr.) DB
Lackovic, Tim #80 (Sr.) SE
Lee, John #69 (Jr.) MG
Leonardi, Chad #61 (Sr.) OG
Lessman, Randy #39 (So.) DE
Lingenfelter, Bob #70 (So.) OT
Lloyd, Jerry(So.) DT
Luck, Terry #11 (Jr.) QB
Malito, Chuck #89 (So.) SE
Markley, Paul(So.) DB
Markus, Steve #36 (So.) OG
Martin, Bob #87 (Jr.) DE
Mazon, Frank #31 (Jr.) DB
McGuire, Tim #55 (Jr.) OG
McWhorter, Mike(So.) WB
Miller, Dan #58 (So.) OG
Mills, George #75 (Jr.) DT
Monds, Wonder #26 (Jr.) DB
Moran, Jeff #30 (Sr.) IB
Mushinskie, Larry #88 (Jr.) TE
Nelson, Bob #57 (Sr.) LB
Nitzel, Ron #81 (Jr.) SE
Offner, Mike #95 (Jr.) DE
O'Leary, John #14 (Jr.) IB
Panneton, Rick(Jr.) TE
Pate, Tom #68 (Sr.) DE
Pavelka, Dennis #74 (Sr.) OT

 

Peterson, Matt #82 (Jr.) TE
Phillips, Ray #96 (Jr.) DE
Pillen, Clete #33 (So.) LB
Plucknett, John(So.) DT
Pruitt, Ron #91 (Jr.) DT
Pullen, Jeff #67 (So.) MG
Ray, Glen #10 (So.) QB
Redding, Dave #84 (Jr.) DE
Reilly, Tim #56 (Jr.) OG
Rogers, Terry #40 (Sr.) DB
Ruud, Tom #45 (Sr.) LB
Samuel, Tony #99 (So.) DE
Schmidt, Dan #51 (So.) OG
Schneider, Jeff #1 (Jr.) DB
Seeton, Jim #16 (Jr.) DB
Senkbeil, Rocky(So.) DB
Shamblin, Dave #85 (Jr.) SE
Smith, Kent #23 (So.) DB
Spaeth, Ken #86 (So.) TE
Stacey, Kurt #3 (So.) DB
Starkebaum, John #48 (Sr.) LB
Stovall, Rod(So.) DB
Stuberg, Wayne #59 (So.) C
Talley, Chester #32 (So.) IB
Tangeman, Steve(So.) TE
Thomas, Bobby #8 (So.) WB
Thomas, Tom #53 (Jr.) C
Thornton, Willie #65 (Jr.) MG
Valasek, Larry #4 (So.) DB
Varner, Rich #6 (So.) C
Waldemore, Stan #62 (So.) DT
Westbrook, Don #21 (Sr.) WB
Wied, Jerry #93 (Jr.) DT
Wieser, Steve #83 (Sr.) DE
Wightman, Jim(So.) DE
Yaralian, Zaven(Sr.) DB
Zabrocki, Dale(So.) WB
Zanetich, Nick #66 (So.) OG

     

Coaching staff

NameTitleFirst year
in this position
Years at NebraskaAlma Mater
Tom Osborne Head Coach
Offensive Coordinator
19731964–1997 Hastings College
Monte Kiffin Defensive Coordinator19731967–1976 Nebraska
Cletus FischerOffensive Line1960–1985 Nebraska
Jim Ross1962–1976
John MeltonTight Ends
Wingbacks
19731962–1988 Wyoming
Mike CorganRunning Backs19621962–1982 Notre Dame
Warren Powers Defensive Backs1969–1976 Nebraska
Boyd EpleyHead Strength Coach19691969–2003 Nebraska
Bill MylesOffensive Line19721972–1976
Jerry Moore Wide Receivers19731973–1978 Baylor
George Darlington1973–2002 Rutgers
Rick DuvalLinebackers
Recruiting Coordinator
19731973–1974 Worcester
Milt TenopirOffensive Line19741974–2002 Sterling

Game summaries

Oregon

Oregon at #7 Nebraska [box score]
1234Total
Oregon 00077
#7 Nebraska2310141461

Oregon's only score came in the 4th quarter against Nebraska reserves, as the Cornhuskers entirely demolished the Webfoots in Lincoln to open the season 1-0.

Wisconsin

#4 Nebraska at Wisconsin [box score]
1234Total
#4 Nebraska773320
Wisconsin 0701421

Wisconsin's air attack provided the Badgers with a 242-47 passing margin, while Nebraska's ground attack rolled up a 258-77 yard advantage on the ground, and the Cornhuskers led Wisconsin for all but six minutes of the game and were still in front by 6 when the Badgers pulled out a 77-yard touchdown pass and successful PAT with 3:29 in the 4th to pull ahead by 1 point, sending the Cornhuskers home with an early-season loss.

Northwestern

Northwestern at #10 Nebraska [box score]
1234Total
Northwestern 00077
#10 Nebraska14217749

Nebraska RB Monte Anthony set a new freshman record with his 111 yards on 14 carries as Nebraska rolled up 563 total offensive yards on the way to exacting some revenge on the Big 10 conference following the previous week's loss to Wisconsin.

Minnesota

Minnesota at #6 Nebraska [box score]
1234Total
Minnesota 00000
#6 Nebraska620151354

Nebraska's wrath toward the Big 10 was not completed yet, as the Cornhuskers steamrolled Minnesota 54-0 in a dominating defeat of the Golden Gophers.

Missouri

Missouri at #5 Nebraska [box score]
1234Total
Missouri 0002121
#5 Nebraska030710

Missouri, while unable to come up with any points of their own early on, still managed to hold Nebraska to a 10-0 lead well into the 4th quarter before suddenly coming to life and putting up 21 unanswered points in a stunning upset that left Nebraska winless at the outset of their conference schedule.

Kansas

#12 Nebraska at #13 Kansas [box score]
1234Total
#12 Nebraska014142856
#13 Kansas 00000

For the second time this season, #12 Nebraska came off of a loss with a vengeance, smashing #13 Kansas in a 56-0 rout at Lawrence. Nebraska QB Dave Humm set a new Nebraska and Big 8 completion percentage record, a new team and conference season touchdowns record, and a new team/conference/national record of 15 consecutive pass completions, going 23 of 27 with no interceptions for the day, an especially remarkable event considering that the Cornhusker offense was known for its land-based attack. More than half of the sellout crowd were Nebraska fans who made the short drive south.

Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State at #9 Nebraska [box score]
1234Total
Oklahoma State 00033
#9 Nebraska00707

Oklahoma State outrushed Nebraska 204-167 but was able to produce only a 4th-quarter field goal, as Nebraska was also stymied offensively yet was able to survive the game by riding a single 3rd-quarter touchdown for the win. The Blackshirts saved the day, recovering a Cowboy fumble, reeling in an interception, and blocking a field goal attempt to help preserve the win.

Colorado

#9 Nebraska at Colorado [box score]
1234Total
#9 Nebraska61114031
Colorado 0001515

Looking at the statistics might suggest this game was close, but Nebraska was comfortably leading 31-0 in the 4th when Cornhusker reserves took over and allowed Colorado to put up some numbers of their own to make it not look so bad. Despite nearly matched final offensive yardage and first down totals, the Buffaloes were unable to overcome a painful 1-5 turnover deficit.

Iowa State

#9 Nebraska at Iowa State [box score]
1234Total
#9 Nebraska7313023
Iowa State 0001313
  • Date: 1974-11-09
  • Location: Clyde Williams Field, Ames, Iowa
  • Game attendance: 37,000

The story of the previous game repeated itself, as Nebraska was out in front with an adequate lead when Cornhusker reserves entered the game to mop things up, which allowed Iowa State to put up 13 points for their game total, merely tying Nebraska's 3rd quarter output.

Kansas State

Kansas State at #6 Nebraska [box score]
1234Total
Kansas State 00077
#6 Nebraska7714735

For the 8th straight game, the Blackshirts held their opponent scoreless for 3 of 4 quarters in a game, as Nebraska easily defeated Kansas State in Lincoln.

Oklahoma

#1 Oklahoma at #6 Nebraska [box score]
1234Total
#1 Oklahoma 0771428
#6 Nebraska077014

Nebraska had a chance to run with the momentum, after breaking a 7-7 halftime tie open a few minutes into the 3rd quarter and then recovering Oklahoma's fumble on the following kickoff, but the opportunity was wasted when the Cornhuskers could not convert the gift into points, and the game belonged to the Sooners from there on out as Oklahoma put up 21 unanswered points to take back the lead and win.

Unlike the previous three meetings, which were televised nationally to a Thanksgiving Day audience by ABC, this game could not air due to Oklahoma's NCAA probation, which banned the Sooners from television for the 1974 and 1975 regular seasons.

Florida

#18 Florida vs #8 Nebraska [box score]
1234Total
#18 Florida 730010
#8 Nebraska0001313

Florida drew first blood, scoring a relatively early touchdown, and followed it up with a 2nd-quarter field goal to send Nebraska into the locker room at half time down 0-10. As the third quarter drew to a close, Nebraska successfully held off the Gators in a goal line stand and then marched 99 yards to close the gap with Florida 7-10 at the start of the 4th, and was able to follow those points with two more field goals to pull ahead by 3, while Florida was unable to respond in kind to the comeback, giving up the game to Nebraska.

Rankings

Ranking Movement
PollPreWk 1Wk 2Wk 3Wk 4Wk 5Wk 6Wk 7Wk 8Wk 9Wk 10Wk 11Wk 12Wk 13Final
AP77410651299966989
Coaches8

Awards

[4]

AwardName(s)
All-America 1st team Rik Bonness, Marvin Crewnshaw, Dave Humm
All-America 3rd teamTom Alward
All-America honorable mentionBob Martin, Ron Pruitt
All-Big 8 1st teamRik Bonness, Marvin Crewnshaw, Dave Humm, Bob Martin, Tom Ruud
All-Big 8 2nd teamTom Alward, Wonder Monds, Bob Nelson, Don Westbrook
Big 8 Freshman Player of the YearMonte Anthony
Big 8 Defensive Sophomore of the YearMike Fultz

NFL and Pro Players

The following Nebraska players who participated in the 1974 season later moved on to the next level and joined a professional or semi-pro team as draftees or free agents. [5]

NameTeam
Tom Alward Birmingham Vulcans
Monte Anthony Baltimore Colts
Rik Bonness Oakland Raiders
Ed Burns New Orleans Saints
Jim Burrow Green Bay Packers
Tom Davis Toronto Argonauts
Tony Davis Cincinnati Bengals
Mark Doak Birmingham Vulcans
Mike Fultz New Orleans Saints
Dave Humm Oakland Raiders
John Lee San Diego Chargers
Bob Lingenfelter Cleveland Browns
Terry Luck Cleveland Browns
Bob Martin New York Jets
Wonder Monds Ottawa Rough Riders
Bob Nelson Buffalo Bills
John O'Leary Montreal Alouettes
Tom Pate Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Ray Phillips Cincinnati Bengals
Tom Ruud Buffalo Bills
John Starkebaum New Orleans Saints
Stan Waldemore New York Jets
Don Westbrook New England Patriots

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