2012 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

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2012 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
Nebraska Cornhuskers logo.svg
Big Ten Legends Division champion
Capital One Bowl, L 31–45 vs. Georgia
Conference Big Ten Conference
DivisionLegends Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 23
APNo. 25
2012 record10–4 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coach
Offensive coordinator Tim Beck (2nd season)
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator John Papuchis (1st season)
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 81,091)
Seasons
  2011
2013  
2012 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Legends Division
No. 25 Nebraska x 71    104 
No. 24 Michigan  62    85 
No. 17 Northwestern  53    103 
Michigan State  35    76 
Iowa  26    48 
Minnesota  26    67 
Leaders Division
No. 3 Ohio State* x 80    120 
Penn State* 62    84 
Wisconsin $ 44    86 
Purdue  35    67 
Indiana  26    48 
Illinois  08    210 
Championship: Wisconsin 70, Nebraska 31
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • * Ohio State and Penn State ineligible for conference championship game and post-season bowl games due to NCAA sanctions.
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Bo Pelini and played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Cornhuskers finished with 10–4 overall, 7–1 Legends, to become Big Ten Legends Division champions. In the postseason, the team was invited to their first 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game, where they lost to Wisconsin, and lost to Georgia in the 2013 Capital One Bowl.

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The Cornhuskers became known for their comebacks this year, as they came back after trailing by double digits during four conference games. These wins included a 30–27 victory over Wisconsin (Nebraska down 27–10 early in 3rd quarter), Northwestern (down 28–16 with 5 minutes to go), Michigan State (down 24–14 early in 4th quarter), and Penn State (down 20–6 at halftime).

No spring scrimmage game was played prior to the season, canceled due to weather concerns and player conflicts. [1] It was the first year that Nebraska did not hold a spring scrimmage since they started playing them in 1950.

Schedule

[2]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 12:30 p.m. Southern Miss *No. 17 ABC/ESPN2 W 49–2085,425
September 86:30 p.m.at UCLA *No. 16 FOX L 30–3671,530
September 1511:00 a.m. Arkansas State *
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, NE
ESPN2W 42–1385,290
September 222:30 p.m. Idaho State *No. 25
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, NE
BTN W 73–784,923
September 297:00 p.m. Wisconsin Dagger-14-plain.pngNo. 22
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, NE
ABC W 30–2785,962
October 67:00 p.m.at No. 12 Ohio State No. 21ABCL 38–63106,102
October 202:30 p.m.at Northwestern ABC/ESPN2W 29–2847,330
October 277:00 p.m.No. 20 Michigan
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, NE
ESPN2 W 23–986,160
November 32:30 p.m.at Michigan State No. 21ABC/ESPN2W 28–2473,522
November 102:30 p.m. Penn State No. 18
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, NE
ABC/ESPN2W 32–2385,527
November 172:30 p.m. Minnesota No. 16
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, NE
BTNW 38–1485,330
November 2311:00 a.m.at Iowa No. 17ABC [3] W 13–769,805
December 17:17 p.m.vs. Wisconsin No. 14FOXL 31–7041,260
January 1, 201312:00 p.m.vs. No. 6 Georgia *No. 23ABCL 31–4559,712
  • *Non-conference game
  • Dagger-14-plain.pngHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Roster and coaching staff

2012 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team roster
PlayersCoaches
Offense
Pos.#NameClass
IB 8 Ameer Abdullah So
WR 7Taariq AllenRFr
QB 4 Tommy Armstrong Jr. Fr
OL 70Nick AshJr
WR 80 Kenny Bell So
TE 83Jared BlumFr
QB 9Tyson BroekemeierRFr
IB 22 Rex Burkhead  (C)Sr
WR 46Sam BurtchRFr
QB 15Brion CarnesSo
OL 51Brandon ChapekJr
OL 77Seung Hoon ChoiSr
WR 43Cole ChvatalFr
FB 34Carson CollinsFr
TE 81Ben CottonSr
OL 68Jake CottonSo
TE 84Sam CottonFr
OL 67Scott CrissJr
IB 32Imani CrossFr
WR 87Taylor DixonSr
WR 18Quincy EnunwaJr
WR 88Tyler EvansSo
WR 27Sam FoltzFr
TE 42Trey FosterFr
IB 23King FrazierFr
QB 17Ryker FyfeFr
IB/CB 5Braylon HeardSo
WR 45Lane HoveyFr
WR 85KC HylandSr
OL 72Justin JacksonSr
FB 35Andy JanovichFr
OL 50Garret JohnsFr
QB 12Ron Kellogg IIIJr
OL 53Adam KuceraRFr
IB 24Murat KuzuRFr
OL 75Chris LongRFr
TE 41Jake LongJr
OL 61Spencer LongJr
WR 6Tim MarloweSr
FB 19Mike MarrowJr
QB 14Bronson MarshRFr
QB 3 Taylor Martinez  (C)Jr
TE 89Conor McDermottSr
OL 74Mike MoudySo
IB 29Graham NabityFr
IB 39Jordan NelsonFr
OL 69Brodrick NickensJr
WR 21Steven OsborneSr
OL 54Robby PainterFr
OL 56Mark PeliniSo
OL 62Cole PensickJr
OL 78Givens PriceRFr
OL 76 Brent Qvale Jr
TE 25Kyler ReedSr
OL 65Ryne ReevesRFr
WR 44Brandon ReillyFr
TE 36Eddie RidderRFr
OL 63Andrew RodriguezJr
OL 59Will SailorsRFr
OL 71Jeremiah SirlesJr
OL 57Zach SterupRFr
FB 38Graham StoddardSr
TE 86David SuttonRFr
OL 79Brandon ThompsonSr
OL 55Paul ThurstonFr
WR 10Jamal TurnerSo
OL 66Dylan UtterFr
WR 1Jordan WesterkampFr
OL 58Corey WhitakerFr
QB 16Evan WilliamsFr
WR 82Tyler WullenwaberSo
WR 30Richard Wynne Jr.RFr
FB 31C.J. ZimmererJr
Defense
Pos.#NameClass
LB 33Jared AfalavaFr
DB 18LeRoy AlexanderFr
DT 70Kenny AndersonSr
LB 8Zaire AndersonJr
DE 9 Jason Ankrah Jr
DE 47Walker AshburnSo
CB 2Antonio BellSr
S 39Justin BlatchfordSr
LB 28Thomas BrownFr
DE 7Joseph CarterSr
LB 51Will Compton (C)Sr
S 6Corey CooperSo
DT 96Aaron CurryFr
CB 23Daniel DavieRFr
CB 31Jase DeanSr
DE 88Ross DzurisFr
CB 17Ciante EvansJr
CB 25Joey FeliciSo
LB 42Sean FisherSr
CB 30Derek FosterSo
LB 38Aaron GabrielFr
LB 95Jack GangwishRFr
CB 11Andrew GreenJr
DT 99Jay GuySo
CB 21Charles JacksonFr
S 1Harvey JacksonSo
CB 29Seth JamesonJr
CB 16Stanley Jean-BaptisteJr
LB 44Micah KreikemeierSr
LB 49Matt ManningerSr
DE 46Eric MartinSr
LB 54Mitch McCannFr
DE 90Greg McMullenFr
DE 34Cameron MeredithSr
CB 32Greg MillikenFr
CB 10Josh MitchellSo
DB 2Alonzo MooreFr
DE 94 Avery Moss Fr
DT 48Tobi OkuyemiSo
S 12Courtney OsborneSr
DT 57Todd Peat Jr.RFr
LB 40Max PirmanRFr
DT 53Thad RandleJr
S 19Wil RichardsJr
CB 26Anthony RidderRFr
LB 43 Trevor Roach So
DT 97Chase RomeSo
CB 14 Jonathan Rose So
LB 15Michael RoseFr
LB 41David SantosRFr
CB 4Mohammed SeisayJr
LB 56Brad SimpsonFr
S 13P.J. SmithSr
S 3Daimion StaffordSr
LB 59Colby StarkebaumJr
DT 55Baker Steinkuhler (C)Sr
DT 61Jeff UherSo
DT 98Vincent ValentineFr
DE 91Donovan VestalSo
CB 26Yusef WadeSo
LB 45Alonzo WhaleySr
DB 24Austin WilliamsSo
DT 92Kevin WilliamsRFr
Special teams
Pos.#NameClass
PK 37Mauro BondiSo
PK 91Colin ClareFr
PK 95Spencer LindsayFr
P/PK 96Brett Maher (C)Sr
LS 92P.J. MangieriSr
LS 97Joseph RotherhamRFr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Tim Beck
       2nd season as OC/QB coach
       5th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: UCF
  • John Papuchis
       1st season as DC coach
       5th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Virginia Tech
  • Ron Brown
       2nd season as RB coach
       22nd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Brown
  • Barney Cotton
       5th season as AHC/OL coach
       6th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Ross Els
       2nd season as LB coach
       2nd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska-Omaha
  • Rich Fisher
       2nd season as WR coach
       2nd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Colorado
  • John Garrison
       2nd season as OL/TE coach
       2nd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Terry Joseph
       1st season as Sec coach
       1st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Northwestern State
  • Rick Kaczenski
       1st season as DL coach
       1st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Notre Dame
  • James Dobson
       5th season as S&C coach
       5th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Wisconsin

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

Roster
Last update: September 4, 2012

Depth chart

Game summaries

Southern Miss

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The Huskers started the 2012 football season off with a home win against Southern Miss. The Huskers are now 3–1 against the Golden Eagles with the only loss being from the last time these teams faced each other in 2004. This game started a three game home-away-home series with additional meetings in 2013 and 2015. The 2013 meeting was scheduled to be played at Southern Miss, but the game was moved to Lincoln as an attempt to earn more money. Southern Miss also thought about scheduling the game in New Orleans or Kansas City before deciding to give Nebraska an eighth home game in 2013.

UCLA

#16 Nebraska Cornhuskers at UCLA Bruins
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The Huskers went on the road for the first time in their second game of the season to face UCLA in Pasadena, California. The two teams have faced each other previously ten times, with the Huskers having six wins to UCLA’s four coming into the game. The last time these teams faced each other was in Lincoln in 1994 where the Huskers defeated UCLA 49–21. This game started a home and home series that will be concluded during the 2013 season. With this win UCLA is 4–2 at home against the Cornhuskers.

Arkansas State

Arkansas State Red Wolves at Nebraska Cornhuskers
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  • Date: September 15
  • Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE
  • Game start: 11:01 a.m. CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:13
  • Game attendance: 85,920
  • Game weather: Sunny, 67°F, Wind S@5mph
  • Referee: Mike Cannon
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway, Lewis Johnson

The third game of the season brought the Huskers home to Lincoln to face Arkansas State, led by head coach Gus Malzahn, for the second time in history. The Huskers defeated the Red Wolves in 2009 with a score of 38–9. During the first half of the game Pelini began feeling ill. At halftime he was sent to a local hospital for a series of precautionary tests that ultimately revealed no major health concerns. Defensive coordinator John Papuchis took over head coaching duties in the second half in Pelini's absence. [7]

Idaho State

Idaho State Bengals at #25 Nebraska Corhuskers
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  • Date: September 22
  • Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE
  • Game start: 2:42 p.m. CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:17
  • Game attendance: 84,923
  • Game weather: Sunny, 59°F, Wind NE@8mph
  • Referee: Dave Witvoet
  • TV announcers (BTN): Tom Werme, Kelly Stouffer, Damon Benning

The fourth and final game before conference play paired the Huskers against Idaho St. for their first meeting in history. The Bengals are from the Big Sky Conference.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Badgers at Nebraska Cornhuskers
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#22 Nebraska3717330
  • Date: September 29
  • Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE
  • Game start: 7:12 p.m. CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:28
  • Game attendance: 85,962
  • Game weather: Clear, 73°F, Wind SSE@0-9mph
  • Referee: Bill LeMonnier
  • TV announcers (ABC): Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
WisconsinatNebraska2012.jpg

Nebraska began its second season of Big Ten conference play with a home game against Wisconsin, the team that defeated them 48–17 in their first Big Ten conference game in 2011. The all-time series coming into the game was tied 3–3 with Nebraska having last hosted Wisconsin in 1973. This game also was marked as "The Quick and The Red" as both schools went against tradition and wore alternate uniforms created by Adidas. Nebraska wore a black helmet, normally white, an all red uniform with black stripes on both shoulders and down the side of the leg, and a black "N" on the front instead of the number. Wisconsin wore a red helmet, normally white, with a traditional "W" on it, all white uniform, shoulders covered in red, red stripes down side of legs with a red "W" where the numbers normally are. [10]

Ohio State

No. 21 Nebraska Cornhuskers at No. 12 Ohio State Buckeyes
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No. 21 Nebraska14107738
No. 12 Ohio State 728141463
  • Date: October 6
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
  • Game start: 7:13 p.m. CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:33
  • Game attendance: 106,102
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy, 52°F, wind NW at 9 mph
  • Referee: Todd Geerlings
  • TV announcers (ABC): Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe

The Huskers traveled to Columbus to face Ohio State, who were playing their first season under new head coach Urban Meyer. In 2011, Nebraska defeated the Buckeyes, 34–27, on the strength of a historic second-half comeback after being down 27–6. This game marked the Huskers' first visit to Columbus since 1956. There would be no comeback in this one, as the Buckeyes, after trailing 14-7 after the first quarter, pulled away by halftime to win 63-38.

Northwestern

Nebraska Cornhuskers at Northwestern Wildcats
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Northwestern 777728

Nebraska came into the game leading the all time series 3 wins to 2 losses. This game was the Huskers first game in Evanston since 1931.

Michigan

#20 Michigan Wolverines at Nebraska Cornhuskers
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#20 Michigan 06309
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  • Date: October 27
  • Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE
  • Game start: 7:01 p.m. CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:15
  • Game attendance: 86,160
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 41°F, Wind SW@13mph
  • Referee: Dan Capron
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Mark Jones, Brock Huard, Jessica Mendoza

Michigan came into the game leading the all time series at 4–2–1. This was the Wolverine's first trip to Lincoln since a 6–6 tie in 1911.

Michigan State

#21 Nebraska Cornhuskers at Michigan State Spartans
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Nebraska came into the game having never lost to the Spartans, leading the all time series 6–0. This was the Huskers first visit to East Lansing since spoiling Nick Saban's first game, a 50–10 Nebraska win in 1995.

Penn State

Penn State Nittany Lions at #18 Nebraska Cornhuskers
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  • Date: November 10
  • Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE
  • Game start: 2:35 p.m. CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:33
  • Game attendance: 85,527
  • Game weather: Sunny, 76°F, Wind S@11-35mph
  • Referee: John O'Neill
  • TV announcers (ABC/ESPN2): Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, Quint Kessenich

This was Penn State's first trip to Lincoln since 2003 where the all time series between the two coming into the game was 7–6, with Nebraska having the advantage.

Minnesota

Minnesota Golden Gophers at #16 Nebraska Cornhuskers
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  • Date: November 17
  • Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE
  • Game start: 2:43 p.m. CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:14
  • Game attendance: 85,330
  • Game weather: Sunny, 62°F, Wind S@14-28mph
  • Referee: Alex Camp
  • TV announcers (BTN): Eric Collins, Derek Rackley
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Celebrating Tom Osborne during pre-game

The Golden Gophers lead the all time series 29–21–2, but have not won a game in Lincoln since 1960. The last Minnesota team to play at Nebraska was the victim of a 56–0 loss in 1990. The win ensured Nebraska's first unbeaten home season since 2001.

Iowa

#17 Nebraska Cornhuskers at Iowa Hawkeyes
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  • Date: November 23
  • Location: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Game start: 11:07 a.m. CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:05
  • Game attendance: 69,805
  • Game weather: Mostly Sunny, 31°F, Wind NW@26mph
  • Referee: Dan Capron
  • TV announcers (ABC): Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Jeannine Edwards

Nebraska leads the all-time series 27–12–3. The last Husker team to visit Iowa City opened the 1999 season with a 42–7 victory.

Wisconsin (Big Ten Championship Game)

#14 Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Wisconsin Badgers
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This game marked Nebraska's only appearance in the Big Ten Championship game. Nebraska's last appearance in a conference championship game was in 2010 their last season in the Big XII conference. Nebraska defeated Wisconsin 30–27 in the regular season. Wisconsin won the game and received the conference berth in the 2013 Rose Bowl.

Capital One Bowl

#23 Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. #6 Georgia Bulldogs
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Rankings

Ranking movements
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