1975 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

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1975 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
Nebraska Cornhuskers logo.svg
Big Eight co-champion
Fiesta Bowl, L 14–17 vs. Arizona State
Conference Big Eight Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 9
APNo. 9
1975 record10–2 (6–1 Big 8)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorTom Osborne (7th season)
Offensive scheme I formation
Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin (3rd season)
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
  1974
1976  
1975 Big Eight Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 1 Oklahoma +610  1110
No. 9 Nebraska +610  1020
No. 16 Colorado 520  930
Kansas 430  750
Missouri 340  650
Oklahoma State 340  740
Iowa State 160  470
Kansas State 070  380
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1975 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1975 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

[1]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 131:30 pm LSU *No. 6W 10-776,259
September 201:30 pm Indiana *No. 6
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
W 45-076,022
September 271:30 pm TCU *No. 4
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
W 56-1475,931
October 41:30 pm Miami *No. 4
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
W 31-1676,231
October 111:30 pm Kansas Dagger-14-plain.pngNo. 4
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
W 16-076,285
October 181:30 pmat Oklahoma State No. 4W 28-2048,500
October 251:30 pm Colorado No. 4
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
W 63-2176,509
November 112:00 pmat No. 12 Missouri No. 3 ABC W 30-768,195
November 81:30 pmat Kansas State No. 3W 12-041,300
November 151:30 pm Iowa State No. 2
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
W 52-076,131
November 221:30 pmat No. 7 Oklahoma No. 2L 10-3571,952
December 262:00 pmat No. 7 Arizona State *No. 6CBSL 14-1751,396
  • *Non-conference game
  • Dagger-14-plain.pngHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Roster

[2] [3]

Andrews, George #96 (So.) DE
Anthony, Monte #49 (So.) IB
Avery, Scott #57 (Jr.) DT
Belka, Jim #47 (Jr.) LB

Block, King #55 (So.) LB
Bonness, Bob(So.) DE
Bonness, Rik #54 (Sr.) C
Borg, Tim #19 (So.) DB
Brock, Dan #94 (Jr.) DT
Brown, Kenny(So.) WB
Burns, Ed #17 (Jr.) QB
Burrow, Jim #2 (Sr.) DB
Butterfield, Dave #34 (Jr.) DB
Cabell, Jake #24 (Jr.) DB
Carpenter, Jeff #37 (So.) LB
Clark, Kelvin #73 (So.) OT
Clark, Mike(So.) OT
Coccia, Tom #90 (Sr.) DE
Cooley, Lawrence(So.) OG
Costanzo, Rich #77 (Sr.) OT
Coyle, Mike #42 (Sr.) PK
Craig, Curtis #33 (So.) WB
Davis, Tom #52 (So.) C
Davis, Tony #25 (Sr.) FB
Dervin, Joe(So.) LB
Donnell, Dodie #45 (So.) FB
Eichelberger, Percy #44 (Jr.) LB
Eveland, Al #43 (Jr.) PK
Everett, Earl #9 (Jr.) WB
Ferragamo, Vince #15 (Jr.) QB
Fischer, Tim #10 (So.) DB
Folsom, Bob(Jr.) FB
Fultz, Mike #72 (Jr.) DT
Gade, Steve #56 (So.) C
Galano, Bobby #59 (So.) OG
Garcia, Randy #18 (So.) QB
Gast, Reg #82 (So.) DE
Gillespie, Dave #28 (Jr.) IB

 

Gissler, Dean #97 (Sr.) DT
Glenn, Steve #71 (So.) OT
Hansen, Jeff #48 (So.) LB
Harvey, Ted #31 (So.) DB
Hayes, Bob #76 (So.) OT
Heiser, Tom #27 (Sr.) WB
Higgs, Gary(Jr.) FB
Hunter, Ken #78 (Jr.) OT
Jenkins, Brad #92 (Sr.) TE
Jones, Chuck #35 (Sr.) DB
Jorgensen, Greg #63 (So.) OG
Justice, Jason #38 (So.) FB
Kane, John(Unk) LB
Kraft, Bill #83 (So.) SE
Kroneberger, Jon #64 (So.) OT
Lee, John #69 (Sr.) MG
Lehigh, Pat #6 (So.) DB
Lessman, Randy #39 (Jr.) P
Lindquist, Steve #68 (So.) OG
Lingenfelter, Bob #70 (Jr.) OT
Loken, Rocke #16 (So.) SE
Luck, Terry #11 (Sr.) QB
Malito, Chuck #89 (Jr.) SE
Markley, Paul(So.) DB
Markus, Steve(So.) LB
Martin, Bob #87 (Sr.) DE
Miller, Dan #58 (So.) OG
Mills, George #75 (Sr.) DT
Monds, Wonder #26 (Sr.) DB
Mushinskie, Larry #88 (Sr.) TE
Nitzel, Ron #85 (Jr.) SE
Ohrt, Tom #74 (So.) OT
O'Leary, John #14 (Sr.) IB
Panneton, Rick #95 (Sr.) TE
Payne, Dennis #13 (So.) DB
Phillips, Ray #80 (Jr.) DE
Pillen, Clete #61 (Jr.) LB
Pittman, Randy #1 (So.) WB

 

Plucknett, John #50 (Jr.) MG
Poeschl, Randy(So.) DT
Porter, G.M. (Budge)(So.) DB
Pruitt, Ron #91 (Sr.) DT
Pullen, Jeff #36 (Jr.) MG
Redding, Dave #84 (Sr.) DE
Rick, Randy #22 (Jr.) DE
Ridder, Tom(So.) DE
Samuel, Tony #98 (So.) DE
Schmidt, Dan #51 (Jr.) OG
Schroeder, John(So.) OG
Shamblin, Dave #81 (Jr.) SE
Smith, Kent #23 (So.) DB
Sorley, Tom #12 (So.) QB
Spaeth, Ken #86 (So.) TE
Stacey, Kurt #3 (So.) DB
Stewart, Byron #30 (So.) IB
Stovall, Rod #5 (So.) DB
Talley, Chester #32 (Jr.) DE
Thomas, Bobby #8 (Jr.) SE
Thomas, Tom #53 (Sr.) C
Thompson, Mike(So.) SE
Thornton, Willie #65 (Sr.) MG
Valasek, Larry #4 (So.) DB
Vanous, Russ(So.) P
Varner, Rich #67 (Jr.) OG
Vernon, Kirby(So.) DB
Waldemore, Stan #62 (So.) OG
Walton, Darrell #7 (So.) WB
Webb, Mitchell #99 (So.) MG
Wied, Jerry #93 (Sr.) DT
Wightman, Jim #46 (So.) LB
Wilkins, Roger(So.) OT
Williquette, Jim #41 (So.) DB
Young, Larry #40 (So.) LB
Zabrocki, Dale #21 (So.) IB
Zanetich, Nick #66 (Jr.) 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
Milt TenopirOffensive Line19741974–2002 Sterling

Game summaries

LSU

LSU at #6 Nebraska [box score]
1234Total
LSU 00707
#6 Nebraska073010

For the first time ever, the Cornhuskers were not able to suit up all players due to a new NCAA rule limiting the number of suited players to 60. Also, four players were ruled ineligible by the NCAA, further limiting the resources available to Nebraska. Still, the Tigers were unable to score until after the half, and their only touchdown was not sufficient to overcome the 10 Cornhusker points already on the board, and Nebraska started the season with a win.

Indiana

Indiana at #6 Nebraska [box score]
1234Total
Indiana 00000
#6 Nebraska101414745

Nebraska intercepted an Indiana pass on the first play to set the tone as the Cornhuskers rolled with ease over the Hoosiers in Lincoln. A total of twelve Nebraska runners added ground yards to their career totals in this game as the team collected 300 yards rushing, while the Blackshirts obtained a shutout.

TCU

TCU at #4 Nebraska [box score]
1234Total
TCU 070714
#4 Nebraska1414141456

After Nebraska punched in two 1st-quarter touchdowns, TCU never got closer to the lead again, scoring only 14 of their own the entire game while the Cornhuskers put 14 more in each quarter. Another dominating performance was turned in by the Blackshirts, who allowed only one touchdown and held the Horned Frogs to just 16 yards on the ground.

Miami

Miami at #4 Nebraska [box score]
1234Total
Miami 630716
#4 Nebraska07101431

Someone forget to tell Miami to give up before the game started, and the Hurricanes came out intending to make it a game as they jump started the scoring with two field goals to lead 6-0 and another to lead 9–7 at the half, and Nebraska first 7 points were set up by a turnover instead of any serious offensive production. Halftime adjustments and superior conditioning took over for the rest of the game, however, as Nebraska ran off 24 unanswered points, making Miami's final touchdown with just over two minutes remaining too little, too late.

Kansas

Kansas at #4 Nebraska [box score]
1234Total
Kansas 00000
#4 Nebraska333716

Nebraska prevented a 1st half Kansas field goal on their way to posting a second shutout, closing their long five-game opening home stand with a 5–0 record. Although the Cornhuskers did not score big nor often, it made no difference as the scoreless Jayhawks watched the game slip farther from their reach as time ticked away. Kansas completed only 2 of 10 passes, and obtained only 7 first downs, while the Cornhuskers had double the Jayhawks yards by both ground and air.

Oklahoma State

#4 Nebraska at Oklahoma State [box score]
1234Total
#4 Nebraska1477028
Oklahoma State 0713020

Nebraska's first road game of 1975 was not an easy win, despite the strong 14–0 start. Oklahoma State pulled within 14 by the end of the half and within 7 in the 3rd quarter. After another set of touchdowns, the Cowboys were still down by just 8 in the 4th when they capitalized on a bad Cornhusker punt snap and took over inside the Nebraska 25. The Blackshirts made a stand when Oklahoma State got inside the Nebraska 5, and forced the Cowboys to go 3-and-out on three scoring attempts to preserve the win.

Colorado

Colorado at #4 Nebraska [box score]
1234Total
Colorado 7014021
#4 Nebraska212121063

Statistically, the game was close save for Nebraska's 350-268 rushing edge and 2-0 interception margin, but the scoreboard told another story. Even though Colorado scored first at the start of the game, the Cornhuskers unleashed a scoring onslaught that put the Buffaloes behind 42–7 at the half, putting the game far out of reach long before Nebraska backups entered the game in the 4th quarter.

Missouri

#3 Nebraska at #12 Missouri [box score]
1234Total
#3 Nebraska1067730
#12 Missouri 07007

Nebraska Head Coach Tom Osborne notched his first career win against 12th-ranked Missouri, in Columbia, with style and a little help from well-executed trickery. The 'Bummeroosky" play worked flawlessly, even fooling the TV cameras, as Nebraska lined up in punt formation and snapped to FB Tony Davis, who immediately passed the ball back through the legs of IB John O'Leary and then faked a pass to a bait receiver. As the entire Cornhusker unit moved to simulate the punt fake play, the Tigers chomped on the bait and took off to the right in pursuit while O'Leary remained motionless with the ball hidden until no one remained before jaunting 40 yards untouched for the touchdown.

Kansas State

#3 Nebraska at Kansas State [box score]
1234Total
#3 Nebraska903012
Kansas State 00000

It was a battle of the defenses as the Blackshirts rang up their 3rd shutout on the season, while Kansas State managed to hold Nebraska to just 12 points.

Iowa State

Iowa State at #2 Nebraska [box score]
1234Total
Iowa State 00000
#2 Nebraska141771452

Iowa State probably knew they were going to have a bad day when they fumbled the opening kickoff, allowing Nebraska to convert that turnover into 7 points. Iowa State never saw the scoreboard as Nebraska put up yet another shutout for the season, their 4th, on the way to dismantling Iowa State 52–0.

Oklahoma

#2 Nebraska at #7 Oklahoma [box score]
1234Total
#2 Nebraska307010
#7 Oklahoma 0772135

Nebraska scored first on a field goal, but scoring production fizzled as Oklahoma led 7–3 at the half. The Cornhuskers took advantage of a Sooner fumble in the 3rd quarter to go up 10–7, but Nebraska soon committed its own turnover to help Oklahoma get back up front, and it didn't stop there. Two more subsequent, painful Cornhusker turnovers sealed the game as Oklahoma converted each for points and handed Nebraska their first loss of the year and forced them to share the Big 8 title.

Arizona State

#6 Nebraska at #7 Arizona State [box score]
1234Total
#6 Nebraska077014
#7 Arizona State 3301117

Nebraska led the Sun Devils through the entire game until the 4th quarter, when a fierce Arizona State Rally brought the score to a 14–14 tie and then 17–14 on a Sun Devil field goal with 4:50 remaining in the game. The Cornhuskers were driving again and progressed to the Arizona State 21 with 2 minutes to go when the Cornhuskers lost an ill-timed fumble to end their hopes for the win. As it turned out, Nebraska's only two losses for the season ended up being to the teams ranked #1 and #2 in the season's final polls.

Rankings

Ranking Movement
PollPreWk 1Wk 2Wk 3Wk 4Wk 5Wk 6Wk 7Wk 8Wk 9Wk 10Wk 11Wk 12Wk 13Final
AP766444443322769
Coaches9

Awards

[5]

AwardName(s)
All-America 1st team Rik Bonness, Bob Martin, Wonder Monds
Big 8 Offensive Newcomer of the Year Vince Ferragamo
All-Big 8 1st teamRik Bonness, Dave Butterfield, Mike Fultz, Bob Martin, Wonder Monds
All-Big 8 2nd teamJimmy Burrow, Mike Coyle, Tony Davis, Steve Hoins, John Lee, Bob Lingenfelter, Clete Pillen, Dan Schmidt, Bobby Thomas

NFL and Pro Players

The following Nebraska players who participated in the 1975 season later moved on to the next level and joined a professional or semi-pro team as draftees or free agents. [6]

NameTeam
George Andrews Los Angeles Rams
Monte Anthony Baltimore Colts
Rik Bonness Oakland Raiders
Ed Burns New Orleans Saints
Jim Burrow Green Bay Packers
Kelvin Clark Denver Broncos
Tom Davis Toronto Argonauts
Tony Davis Cincinnati Bengals
Vince Ferragamo Los Angeles Rams
Mike Fultz New Orleans Saints
John Lee San Diego Chargers
Bob Lingenfelter Cleveland Browns
Terry Luck Cleveland Browns
Bob Martin New York Jets
Wonder Monds Ottawa Rough Riders
John O'Leary Montreal Alouettes
Ray Phillips Cincinnati Bengals
Stan Waldemore New York Jets

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