1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

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1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
Nebraska Cornhuskers logo, 1992-2003.svg
Consensus national champion
Big Eight champion
Fiesta Bowl champion
Fiesta Bowl, W 62–24 vs. Florida
Conference Big Eight Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 1
1995 record12–0 (7–0 Big 8)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorTom Osborne (26th season)
Offensive scheme I formation
Defensive coordinatorCharlie McBride (15th season)
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 72,700)
Seasons
  1994
1996  
1995 Big Eight Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 1 Nebraska $700  1200
No. 5 Colorado 520  1020
No. 7 Kansas State 520  1020
No. 9 Kansas 520  1020
Oklahoma 250  551
Oklahoma State 250  480
Missouri 160  380
Iowa State 160  380
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and was the national champion of the 1995 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Cornhuskers scored 638 points (53.2 per game) while only allowing 174 (14.5 per game). Their average margin of victory was 38.6 points, and their lowest margin of victory, against Washington State, was 14 points. The Cornhuskers successfully defended their 1994 national championship by defeating 2nd ranked Florida 62–24 in the Fiesta Bowl, at the time the second largest margin of victory ever between a No. 1 and No. 2 school (behind 1945 Army 48–0 over Notre Dame) [1]

Contents

They are regarded by many as the greatest college football team of all time. [2] [3] [4] [5]

Before the season

Following the success of the 1994 season, in which Tommie Frazier and Brook Berringer led Nebraska to its first national championship in over 20 years, the 1995 team was an improvement in nearly every facet. With a powerful rushing offense and a dominating defense, Nebraska captured its second consecutive national title. The 1995 season was the second of a record-breaking three national championships in four years, as the Cornhuskers won Tom Osborne's third title in 1997.

Schedule

[6]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 317:00 pmat Oklahoma State No. 2 ESPN W 64–2142,100
September 911:00 amat Michigan State *No. 2 ABC W 50–1073,891
September 161:00 pm Arizona State *No. 2
W 77–2875,418
September 231:00 pm Pacific *No. 2
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
W 49–775,630
September 301:00 pm Washington State *No. 2
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
W 35–2175,777
October 141:00 pm Missouri No. 2
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska (rivalry)
W 57–075,552
October 212:30 pmNo. 8 Kansas State Dagger-14-plain.pngNo. 2
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
ABCW 49–2576,072
October 282:30 pmat No. 7 Colorado No. 2ABCW 44–2154,063
November 41:00 pm Iowa State No. 1
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
W 73–1475,505
November 112:30 pmat No. 10 Kansas No. 1ABCW 41–347,880
November 241:30 pm Oklahoma 1No. 1
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska (rivalry)
ABCW 37–075,662
January 27:00 pmvs. No. 2 Florida *No. 1 CBS W 62–2479,864
  • *Non-conference game
  • Dagger-14-plain.pngHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

1 Final Big 8 Conference football game. The Big 8 absorbed four teams from the dissolving Southwest Conference after the 1995 season and became the Big 12 Conference.

Roster and coaching staff

1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team roster
PlayersCoaches
Offense
Pos.#NameClass
WB 27Jacques AllenSr
OT 70Eric AndersonSo
RB Erick ArensFr
OL Matt BaldwinFr
SE 7Reggie BaulSr
IB 21Damon BenningJr
QB 18 Brook Berringer Sr
WB 14Lance BrownSo
OT 74Jerry BuettnerFr
TE 90Tim CarpenterSo
SE 6Kenny CheathamSo
IB 26Clinton ChildsSr
QB 9Monte ChristoSo
OL Jeff ClausenFr
FB 49Josh CobbSo
OT 75 Chris Dishman Jr
IB 37Chad EicherSo
OL Korey EvansFr
WB Demond FinisterFr
QB 15 Tommie Frazier Sr
RB Nate FroeschlFr
QB 16 Scott Frost So
OL Lonnie FultonFr
OT 72Ben GessfordFr
TE 87Mark GilmanSr
C 54 Aaron Graham Sr
IB 30 Ahman Green Fr
TE 82Trent GummFr
SE 29Billy HaafkeSo
C Aaron HavlovicFr
QB 10 Ryan Held So
C 59Josh HeskewSo
SE 5Brendan HolbeinJr
TE 85Joe HorstSo
OG 62Matt HoskinsonSo
TE 88 Sheldon Jackson Fr
TE 34Vershan JacksonSo
OT Kevin JamesFr
WB 33Clester JohnsonSr
OL Marcus JohnsonFr
OL Adam JulchFr
FB Ben KingstonFr
SE 89Jeff (Robert) LakeSo
C 53Troy LanganJr
FB 36Billy LegateFr
OG 65Mike LesserSo
QB Gregg ListFr
QB 1Frankie LondonFr
FB 22Jeff MakovickaSr
FB 45 Joel Makovicka Fr
RB Alex McClymontFr
RB Corey McIntyreFr
OT 78Kory MikosJr
WB 12Andy MillerFr
FB 38Chris NorrisSr
OT 63Brian NunnsSr
OG 69Steve OttSr
QB Jeff PerinoFr
TE 84Brent PetersenFr
IB 1 Lawrence Phillips Jr
OT 73Fred PollackSo
RB Steve RaymondFr
WB 32David ReddickFr
TE 86Dorrick RoyFr
OG 66Anthony SchmodeFr
FB 28Brian SchusterJr
C 57Doug SeamanSo
OL James ShermanFr
IB 31James SimsSo
RB Jeff SmallFr
FB 35Mike SmithJr
OT Jim TanseyFr
OG 67Aaron TaylorSo
OT 77 Adam Treu Jr
C Theron TroxelFr
OT 76Kyle TullyFr
QB 11Matt TurmanJr
IB 24Todd UhlirSo
OG 71Mike Van CleaveSo
WB 25Jon VedralJr
OG 68Steve VolinSr
C 51Matt VrzalJr
OG 61Brandt WadeFr
WB 3Riley WashingtonJr
WB Jeff WellsFr
WB 17Sean WietingSo
WB Shevin WigginsSo
OG 64Jon ZatechkaSo
Defense
Pos.#NameClass
WLB 47Matt AdenSo
FS 2Dave AldermanJr
DL Derek AllenFr
OLB Travis AntholzFr
SLB 23Larry ArnoldJr
FS 14Dennis BaileySo
OLB 27Jason BenesSo
RCB 17Chad BlahakJr
LCB 20 Michael Booker Jr
LB Ryan BrauerFr
OLB 89Darren BrummondFr
LB Ben BuettenbackFr
MLB 46 Doug Colman Sr
MLB 45Steve CookFr
LB Rance CooleyFr
FS 12Tray CraytonFr
LB T.J. DeBatesFr
DL 48John DiLibertoFr
DL Brandon DrumFr
MLB 41Phil EllisSr
LB 43Terrell FarleyJr
SLB 56 Jay Foreman So
SLB 40Russell FroehlichFr
RCB 12Mike FullmanJr
OLB 88Sean GardSo
OLB 58Luther HardinSr
ROV 19Chris HerronFr
OLB 44 Jon Hesse Jr
DT 57Michael HoffmanSo
WLB 49Quint HogrefeFr
WLB 38Matt HuntingSo
LCB 24Jai JacksonFr
LB Julius JacksonFr
DT 96Jason JenkinsSr
LB Chad KelsayFr
DE Chad KobusFr
LB Josh KohlFr
WLB 51Charlie LeeceFr
WLB 59Casey MackenFr
DB Karnell MatthewsFr
ROV 4Octavious McFarlinSo
DB Greg McGrawFr
DT Tom MiliusFr
OLB 83Bryce MillerJr
ROV 10 Mike Minter Jr
DT 76Erik NelsonFr
DT 97Jeff OgardJr
DB Jason OlnesFr
LB Tony OrtizFr
WLB 52Aaron PenlandSr
DT 55 Christian Peter Sr
DT 95 Jason Peter So
DB Jerome PetersonFr
DB Chris RaineyFr
ROV 39Mike RobertsJr
OLB 84 Mike Rucker Fr
DT 74Scott SaltsmanJr
ROV Nick SassamanJr
LCB 37Darren SchmadekeSr
DT Jason SchwabFr
LB Kareem SearsFr
LB Brian ShawFr
MLB 35Adam SkodaFr
LCB 16 Eric Stokes Jr
DL Chris TaylorFr
WLB 91Ryan TerwilligerJr
DT 53Ross TessendorfFr
OLB 92Travis TolineFr
OLB 93 Jared Tomich Sr
DT 94Larry TownsendJr
FS 9Tony VelandSr
RCB 6Eric WaltherFr
DB Eric Warfield So
WLB 28 Jamel Williams Jr
RCB 8 Tyrone Williams Sr
OLB Aaron WillsFr
DT 99Jason WiltzFr
OLB 82Shalis WinderJr
OLB 98 Grant Wistrom So
SLB 34Ramone WorthySo
FS Chad YoungSr
OLB 80Brendan ZahlSo
Special teams
Pos.#NameClass
P Andy BilanzichFr
PK Kris Brown Fr
P/PK Dan HadenfeldtFr
P 19Jesse KoschSo
P/PK 30 Bill Lafleur Fr
P 10Brian MorroFr
P 9Jeff NoltingSo
PK 13Ted RetzlaffSo
PK Tom RoyceJr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Charlie McBride
       15th season as DC/LB coach
       19th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Colorado
  • Turner Gill
       4th season as QB coach
       4th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Craig Bohl
       1st season as LB coach
       4th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Ron Brown
       9th season as WR/TE coach
       9th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Brown
  • Dan Young
       13th season as OL/K coach
       13th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Reed
  • Milt Tenopir
       22nd season as OL coach
       22nd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Sterling
  • Tony Samuel
       10th season as OLB coach
       10th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • George Darlington
       DB coach
       23rd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Rutgers
  • Frank Solich
       13th season as RB coach
       17th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Boyd Epley
       27th season as S&C coach
       27th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

Roster
Last update: January 17, 2011

Depth chart

Game summaries

Oklahoma State

Nebraska at Oklahoma State [box score]
1234Total
Nebraska630141464
Oklahoma State 077721

No. 2 Nebraska started the year with a 64–21 win at Oklahoma State in the season opener for both schools. The Cornhuskers piled up 671 total yards and 513 rushing yards while allowing 282 total yards to the Cowboys. After fumbling on its first possession, Nebraska scored on the next eight. An explosive second quarter saw Nebraska take a 16–0 lead following a 29-yard interception return for a touchdown by reserve weakside linebacker Terrell Farley, a JUCO transfer who went on to become Big 8 Defensive Newcomer of the Year. Oklahoma State, which netted -15 yards on its first three drives, responded by taking advantage of one of the young Husker defense's early mistakes, as a draw play by running back David Thompson on third and 10 went 79 yards to the Husker 2-yard line. After a 2-yard touchdown run by Oklahoma State running back Andre Richardson, Nebraska scored on its next offensive play, an 80-yard touchdown from I-back Lawrence Phillips. Phillips later scored on a 27-yard run in the second quarter as the Huskers took a 36–7 halftime lead. Phillips finished the game with 153 yards on 12 carries. Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier made his first regular-season start since the previous September and played sharply, carrying 10 times for 64 yards and a touchdown while also completing 6 of 10 passes for 120 yards and another score. Early in the third quarter, Frazier hit wide receiver Reggie Baul down the sideline for a 76-yard touchdown. Early in the fourth quarter, touted freshman Ahman Green scored his first career touchdown on a 14-yard run. Nebraska had seven players rush for at least 30 yards, including five who rushed for at least 50. The game marked twenty-two straight wins for the Huskers over the Cowboys.

Michigan State

Nebraska at Michigan State [box score]
1234Total
Nebraska1010161450
Michigan State 703010

No. 2 Nebraska lost quarterback Tommie Frazier early in the second quarter with a bruised thigh, but still dominated Michigan State in East Lansing. The Cornhuskers outrushed the Spartans 552 to 45 and piled up 666 total yards to the Spartans' 335. Lawrence Phillips led all rushers with 206 yards and four touchdowns (three 1-yard scores and one 50-yard score off a direct snap play) on 22 carries. The Huskers also received strong rushing performances from Clinton Childs (eight carries, 83 yards), Ahman Green (four carries, 74 yards, one touchdown), and Jay Sims (one carry, 80 yards, one touchdown). Backup quarterback Brook Berringer replaced Frazier and completed 6 of 11 passes for 106 yards, including a 51-yard bomb to a diving Reggie Baul. The Nebraska defense recorded three sacks, two fumble recoveries, and one interception.

The game marked Michigan State's worst margin of defeat since a 42–0 loss to Michigan in 1983. It remains the most one-sided defeat in the coaching career of Nick Saban, who was in his first season at East Lansing.

Arizona State

Arizona State at Nebraska [box score]
1234Total
Arizona State 7147028
Nebraska352801477

Nebraska set a school record with 63 first-half points en route to a 77–28 victory over Arizona State. Back-up I-back Clinton Childs, starting in place of the suspended Lawrence Phillips, ran 65 yards for a touchdown on the game's first play from scrimmage. The Huskers gained 508 yards in the first half and finished with 686 for the game – 394 rushing and 292 passing. Arizona State added to the first half offensive fireworks as quarterback Jake Plummer found wide receiver Keith Poole for three touchdown passes. For the game, Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier completed 7 of 10 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 35 yards and two more scores. Childs ran for 143 yards and two touchdowns before leaving the game in the second quarter with a sprained knee. Back-up Husker I-back Ahman Green ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Nebraska pulled in the reins on its offense in the second half but managed to get a defensive touchdown when linebacker Terrell Farley returned an interception 21 yards. The game was a source of a minor controversy as Sun Devils coach Bruce Snyder accused Nebraska coach Tom Osborne of running up the score after third-string Husker quarterback Matt Turman threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to wide-open reserve receiver Lance Brown in the game's final moments.

Pacific

Pacific at Nebraska [box score]
1234Total
Pacific 00707
Nebraska211414049

Nebraska totaled 731 yards, the fifth-highest total in school history, on its way to a 49–7 win over Pacific. The Husker defense held the Tigers to 197 total yards and forced 11 punts. I-back Damon Benning, starting in place of the injured Clinton Childs, rushed for 173 and three touchdowns on 10 carries before leaving in the third quarter with a sprained ankle. I-back Ahman Green added 112 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. In all, seven Huskers rushed for at least 29 yards. Nebraska began substituting in the second quarter and eventually used 102 players. The Huskers had three drives stall inside the Pacific 30-yard line, including one that ended with Kris Brown missing a 30-yard field goal.

Washington State

Washington State at Nebraska [box score]
1234Total
Washington State 7001421
Nebraska0208735

Nebraska overcame an early deficit – in what ultimately proved to be the only time the Huskers would trail during the entire regular season – to beat Washington State 35–21. The Huskers took the opening drive inside the Cougar 10-yard line but fumbled away the scoring threat. Moments later, Cougar tailback Frank Madu ran past a Husker blitz for an 87-yard touchdown. Nebraska fumbled on its next drive as well but took a 20–7 halftime lead with two Tommie Frazier touchdown runs and two Kris Brown field goals. A 35-yard touchdown pass from Frazier to Mark Gilman extended the Husker lead to 35–14 before Washington State quarterback Chad Davis accounted for the final margin with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Shawn Tims. As the game ended, Nebraska's offense, by this point composed of reserves, fumbled the ball away for a third time inside the Washington State 5-yard line. Despite the early touchdown run by Madu and a stout Washington State rush defense that ranked fourth nationally entering the game, the Cornhuskers outrushed the Cougars 428–72. Tommie Frazier rushed for 70 yards and threw for 99, and Nebraska ended the game with 527. Reserve I-back Ahman Green finished the game with 176 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Husker sophomore defensive end Grant Wistrom had a breakout game, tallying four tackles for loss to lead the Blackshirt defense.

Missouri

Missouri at Nebraska [box score]
1234Total
Missouri 00000
Nebraska72122757

Nebraska's Blackshirt defense forced five fumbles and recovered two of them, intercepted two passes, and held Missouri to 122 total yards in the Huskers' first shutout of the season. Missouri managed only 39 rushing yards on 39 carries. Husker linebacker Terrell Farley blocked a punt that led to a Husker safety. Meanwhile, the Husker offense tallied 475 total yards, with quarterback Tommie Frazier rushing for 71 yards and three touchdowns and passing for 133 and two touchdowns. Husker I-back Ahman Green, making his first start, rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

Kansas State

Kansas State at Nebraska [box score]
1234Total
Kansas State 6001925
Nebraska14217749

Using a combination of stifling defense, surprising passing, and strong special teams, no. 2 Nebraska jumped out to a 35–6 halftime lead over no. 8 Kansas State en route to a 49–25 victory. Sprung by a block by freshman defensive end Mike Rucker, Husker return man Mike Fullman took a punt back 79 yards in the first quarter to open the scoring. Nebraska later scored on a fumble recovery in the end zone by Jon Vedral, an interception return by backup lineman Luther Hardin, and two touchdown passes by quarterback Tommie Frazier. Frazier threw two more touchdowns in the second half, including a 32-yarder to a wide-open Vedral in the third quarter to give the Huskers a 42–6 lead. After three quarters, Kansas State had minus-4-yards rushing and only 128 total. Nebraska began substituting reserve players shortly thereafter, and the Wildcats rallied to put 19 fourth quarter points and pull within 42–25. Nebraska's starters re-emerged and drove for another touchdown, the final score of the game. Despite the strong fourth quarter, the Wildcats finished with just 256 total yards and minus-19 rushing yards, while the Nebraska defense recorded eight sacks and two interceptions. Frazier was 10 of 16 through the air for 148 yards and four touchdowns. Ahman Green ran for 109 yards on 22 carries and caught two touchdowns.

Kansas State went on to finish second nationally in scoring defense; more than a third of the 145 points that the Wildcats allowed during the regular season were scored by the Huskers.

Colorado

Nebraska at Colorado [box score]
1234Total
Nebraska211031044
Colorado 777021

Nebraska scored on a 57-yard run by I-back Ahman Green on its first play from scrimmage, committed no turnovers or penalties, and never trailed during a 44–21 win at no. 7 Colorado. Quarterback Tommie Frazier threw for a career-high 241 yards on 14 of 23 passing with two touchdowns (a 52-yarder to Clester Johnson in the first quarter and a 7-yarder to Jon Vedral in the second) and ran for 40 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Colorado quarterback John Hessler was 21 of 43 for 276 yards but threw two interceptions that led to 10 Husker points, and the Buffaloes were flagged 12 times for 92 yards. After Nebraska took a 31–14 halftime lead, Colorado scored on a 49-yard pass from Hessler to James Kidd on 4th and 2 to pull within 31–21. But the Buffaloes came no closer, as two field goals by Kris Brown and Frazier's touchdown run put the game away. Green finished the game with 97 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. One of the game's most memorable plays came when Colorado defensive end Greg Jones hit Frazier in the backfield. Frazier, who famously was not sacked during the entire 1995 season, absorbed the blow and completed a 35-yard pass down the sideline to Ahman Green on a drive that ended in a Husker field goal. On the day, Nebraska outgained the Buffaloes 467 to 382 and outrushed them 226 to 106.

Iowa State

Iowa State at Nebraska [box score]
1234Total
Iowa State 070714
Nebraska201828773

No. 1 Nebraska scored on its first ten possessions and posted 624 rushing yards (second-most in school history) and 776 total yards (fifth-most in school history) in a 73–14 win over the Cyclones. Freshman I-back Ahman Green led the way with 176 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries and added a touchdown reception. A 64-yard touchdown run by Green in the third quarter marked the team's sixth one-play touchdown drive of the season. The game marked the return of Lawrence Phillips, who gained 68 yards on 12 carries. Tommie Frazier rushed for 62 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries and threw for 118 yards and two more touchdowns on 10 of 15 passing. Nebraska's defense limited Iowa State to 254 total yards, which included 121 yards on 28 carries by Heisman Trophy candidate Troy Davis. The Blackshirts also recorded two interceptions and forced two fumbles, recovering one.

The 73 points were the most ever scored by Nebraska against Iowa State until the Cornhuskers scored 77 against the Cyclones in 1997.

Kansas

Nebraska at Kansas [box score]
1234Total
Nebraska140141341
Kansas 03003

No. 10 Kansas, unbeaten at home on the season and featuring its best team since it last beat the Cornhuskers in 1968, outplayed Nebraska for much of the first half. By the end of the first half, Kansas had outgained Nebraska 199–110 in yards, had 10 more first downs, and had run 23 more plays. However, Nebraska led 14–3 at intermission after recovering a muffed punt in the end zone for one touchdown and recovering a fumble near the Jayhawks' red zone for another. Kansas repeatedly drove deep into Nebraska territory but committed five turnovers. The Jayhawks' only points came on a field goal after an 86-yard drive stalled at the 2-yard line. Nebraska took over in the second half, and an 86-yard interception return by reserve defensive back Mike Fullman closed the scoring at 41–3. Tommie Frazier led all rushers with 99 yards on 10 carries; Kansas as a team ran for 72 yards on 32 rushing attempts. The Nebraska offense had three uncharacteristic turnovers, the first of which – a fumble by backup quarterback Brook Berringer – snapped a streak of 18 straight quarters without a turnover.

The game marked Nebraska's third win over a top ten team in less than a month, with an average victory margin of 45–16. With the win, Nebraska clinched the final Big 8 football championship, its fifth in a row.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma at Nebraska [box score]
1234Total
Oklahoma 00000
Nebraska103101437

Nebraska entered favored by more than 30 points, one of the largest point spreads in the history of the series. But the Sooners played tough defensively, as Nebraska failed to score a first-half touchdown on offense for the first time all season. The Huskers nonetheless led 13–0 at halftime, thanks to a pair of field goals by Kris Brown and a 36-yard interception return for a score by linebacker Jamel Williams. A 57-yard fumble return by free safety Tony Veland pushed the score to 20–0 early in the third quarter. Frazier went 12 of 25 for 136 passing yards with one touchdown and one interception; the unspectacular performance likely factored into his finishing second in the Heisman Trophy voting behind Ohio State running back Eddie George. Late in the game, backup quarterback Brook Berringer scrambled to convert a long fourth down; during the same drive, reserve fullback Joel Mackovicka scored the game's final touchdown. The Husker offense finished with 271 rushing yards and 407 total. The Husker defense, meanwhile, limited the Sooners to 241 total yards and forced three turnovers. The game marked Nebraska's first shutout of Oklahoma since 1942. At the time, the game was also the second-largest victory ever by the Huskers over the Sooners (44–6, 1928).

The game stretched the Huskers' conference unbeaten streak to 23 games and completed three straight undefeated regular seasons. Nebraska ended the regular season averaging 52.4 points per game, which set an all-time school record and a modern-era college football record. It was the final conference football game for the Big Eight Conference, whose members would join with four members of the Southwest Conference to form the Big 12 the next season.

Florida

Florida vs Nebraska [box score]
1234Total
Florida 1008624
Nebraska629141362

Entering the 1996 Fiesta Bowl, Nebraska had won 24 consecutive games, but some (including Sports Illustrated in their 12/26/1995 issue) still picked Florida to win the game due to the no. 2 Gators' overwhelming speed on both sides of the ball, even though oddsmakers had made Nebraska a substantial favorite. [7] Florida coach Steve Spurrier's "Fun 'n' Gun" offense, led by future Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, provided a stark contrast Tom Osborne's I-form power option.

Nebraska defeated Florida 62–24, marking the largest margin of victory and highest score in a national championship game in history. Included among several NCAA bowl records the Huskers set was a rushing total of 524 yards (out of an offensive output of 629 yards). I-back Lawrence Phillips carried 25 times for 165 yards and two touchdowns and caught a 16-yard touchdown. Quarterback Tommie Frazier finished the game with 199 yards on 16 carries. The game also included one of the most famous plays in college football history: a 75-yard touchdown run in the third quarter by Frazier in which he broke no fewer than seven tackles. Florida had won every one of their first 12 games by double digits and the Gator offense averaged over 44 points, 360 passing yards, and 534 yards of total offense per game. The Nebraska defense limited the Gators to 269 yards of offense and -28 rushing yards while registering a safety, seven quarterback sacks, and three interceptions, including one returned 42 yards for a touchdown by Michael Booker. The Huskers' 29 points in the second quarter set a Fiesta Bowl record.

Rankings

Ranking Movement
PollPreWk 1Wk 2Wk 3Wk 4Wk 5Wk 6Wk 7Wk 8Wk 9Wk 10Wk 11Wk 12Wk 13Wk 14Wk 15Final
AP2222222222111111 (50)1 (62)
Coaches2 22222222111111 (55)1 (62)

Legacy

Due to their performance against Florida, victories over four teams that finished in the top 10 (by an average score of 49–18), consistent dominance (smallest margin of victory was 14 points, trailed only once all season, rushed for 51 touchdowns and 400 yards per game while allowing only 6 rushing touchdowns all season and 78 rushing yards per game), their record-setting offensive performance, and their statistically impressive defense throughout the season, the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers are widely regarded as the greatest team in college football history. The team set Division I-A records by averaging 7.0 yards per rushing attempt, allowing zero quarterback sacks, and allowing five punt returns (for 12 yards) over the entire season. The Cornhuskers average margin of victory was over 38 points, the largest of any Division I-A team since World War II, despite regularly resting starters after halftime. Analysts often make comparisons to other recent highly regarded champions, such as the 2001 Miami Hurricanes and the 2004 USC Trojans. [8] Such comparisons, as noted by the experts themselves, are nearly impossible to make, as rankings vary from evaluation to evaluation. The 1994 and 1995 Nebraska teams, which went a combined 25–0, remain the only undefeated and untied back-to-back national champions since Oklahoma in 1955 and 1956. In 2011, the 1995 Cornhuskers were named by Playboy Magazine as the greatest college football team of the Playboy era (since 1957). [9] Nebraska won the final Big Eight Conference football championship in 1995, as the league expanded to form the Big 12 Conference the following season.

Awards

[10]

AwardName(s)
Sporting News Player of the Year Tommie Frazier
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Tommie Frazier
UPI Player-of-the-YearTommie Frazier
Maxwell Award Tommie Frazier
All-America 1st teamTommie Frazier, Aaron Graham, Jared Tomich
All-America 2nd teamTerrell Farley
All-America 3rd team Grant Wistrom, Aaron Taylor
All-America honorable mention Chris Dishman, Ahman Green, Christian Peter
Big 8 Offensive Player of the YearTommie Frazier
Big 8 Defensive Newcomer of the YearTerrell Farley
Big 8 Freshman of the YearAhman Green
Big 8 Offensive Newcomer of the YearAhman Green
All-Big 8 1st teamEric Anderson, Chris Dishman, Terrell Farley, Tommie Frazier, Aaron Graham, Ahman Green, Christian Peter, Aaron Taylor, Jared Tomich, Tyrone Williams, Grant Wistrom
All-Big 8 2nd teamReggie Baul, Mike Minter, Tony Veland
All-Big 8 honorable mention Kris Brown, Phil Ellis, Brendan Holbein, Clester Johnson, Jeff Makovicka, Jason Peter

NFL and pro players

The following Nebraska players who participated in the 1995 season later moved on to the next level and joined a professional or semi-pro team as draftees or free agents. [11]

NameTeam
Eric Anderson Amsterdam Admirals
Michael Booker Atlanta Falcons
Kris Brown Pittsburgh Steelers
Doug Colman New York Giants
Chris Dishman Arizona Cardinals
Jay Foreman Buffalo Bills
Tommie Frazier Montreal Alouettes
Scott Frost New York Jets
Aaron Graham Arizona Cardinals
Ahman Green Seattle Seahawks
Jon Hesse Green Bay Packers
Sheldon Jackson Buffalo Bills
Vershan Jackson Kansas City Chiefs
Chad Kelsay Pittsburgh Steelers
Bill Lafleur Barcelona Dragons
Joel Makovicka Arizona Cardinals
Mike Minter Carolina Panthers
Tony Ortiz Scottish Claymores
Christian Peter New York Giants
Jason Peter Carolina Panthers
Lawrence Phillips St. Louis Rams
Mike Rucker Carolina Panthers
Eric Stokes Seattle Seahawks
Jared Tomich New Orleans Saints
Larry Townsend Berlin Thunder
Adam Treu Oakland Raiders
Tony Veland Denver Broncos
Eric Warfield Kansas City Chiefs
Jamel Williams Washington Redskins
Tyrone Williams Green Bay Packers
Jason Wiltz New York Jets
Grant Wistrom St. Louis Rams
Jon Zatechka Berlin Thunder

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The 1994 Orange Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1994. The contest was the Bowl Coalition National Championship Game for the 1993 NCAA Division I-A football season. This 60th edition to the Orange Bowl featured the Nebraska Cornhuskers of the Big Eight Conference and the Florida State Seminoles of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The 1983 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1983 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nicknamed "The Scoring Explosion", the team was noted for its prolific offense, which is still widely considered one of the greatest in college football history. The team and some of its individual players set several NCAA statistical records, some of which still stand. Nebraska scored a total of 654 points on the season.

The 1986 Fiesta Bowl was the 15th edition of the Fiesta Bowl, a college football bowl game, played at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, on Wednesday, January 1. Part of the 1985–86 bowl game season, it matched the fifth-ranked Michigan Wolverines of the Big Ten Conference and the seventh-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers of the Big Eight Conference; both were runners-up in their respective conferences.

2009 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team American college football season

The 2009 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Cornhuskers played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska and were led by head coach Bo Pelini. The Cornhuskers finished the season 10–4, 6–3 in Big 12 and were Big 12 North Division champions and represented the division in the Big 12 Championship Game, where they lost to Texas 13–12. Nebraska was invited to the Holiday Bowl, where they defeated Arizona 33–0.

The 1996 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl game was a post-season college football bowl game which served as the Bowl Alliance's designated national championship game for the 1995 college football season. Played on January 2, 1996, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, the game matched the two top-ranked teams in the nation, No. 1 Nebraska of the Big Eight and No. 2 Florida of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Nebraska won the national championship by defeating Florida, 62–24.

The 1969 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska in the 1969 NCAA University Division football season. The team was led by eighth-year head coach Bob Devaney and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. In his first year as offensive coordinator, Tom Osborne instituted the I formation.

The 1982 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1982 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The 1981 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

1994 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team American college football season

The 1994 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and was the national champion of the 1994 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Cornhuskers offense scored 459 points while the defense allowed 162 points.

The 2010 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska in the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Bo Pelini and played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. They were members of the North Division of the Big 12 Conference. It was Nebraska's 102nd and last season in the Big 12 as they began competing in the Big Ten Conference in 2011.

The 1987 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The 1985 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1985 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. The season opener against Florida State was the last season opening loss until 2015.

The 1980 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1980 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The 1979 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The 1977 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1977 NCAA Division I football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The 2015 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by first-year head coach Mike Riley and played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. They were members of the West Division of the Big Ten Conference.

2017 Northern Illinois Huskies football team American college football season

The 2017 Northern Illinois Huskies football team represented Northern Illinois University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Huskies were led by fifth-year head coach Rod Carey. They competed in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference and played their home games at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois. The Huskies finished the season 8–5, 6–2 in MAC play to finish in a tie for second place in the West Division. The Huskies received an invitation to the Quick Lane Bowl, their 11th bowl game in the previous 14 years. There they lost to Duke 36–14.

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