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Nebraska Cornhuskers

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Big Ten

Division 1

Lincoln, Nebraska

Memorial Stadium at Tom Osborne Field 

Championships

  • National Championships: 5
  • Conference Titles: 46
  • Divisional Championships: None
  • Big 8
  • Big 12

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Team History

The Nebraska Cornhuskers began football in 1890 as the Nebraska Old Gold Knights. The Cornhuskers have a lengthy resume. It didn’t take the Nebraska football team much time to jump into prominence. Walker C. Booth became head coach in 1900.

 

During one stretch, the Cornhuskers won 24 straight games under him, and, in 1902, they shut out every opponent they played. Next up was coach Ewald O. Stiehm. The Cornhuskers didn’t slow down much with him at the helm. During his five years at Nebraska, the Cornhuskers won five conference championships

 

The 1940s-1960s were relatively quiet for the Cornhuskers. In 1962, they hired Bob Devaney, which would prove to be one of the best decisions in franchise history. He was especially successful in his first two seasons. In year one, he led the Cornhuskers to their first bowl win against Miami. In his second season, he led the team to its first Big Eight championship since the 30s.

Running back Johnny Rodgers won the Heisman in 1972, becoming the first Heisman winner from the school. He remained at the helm until 1972. 

He left Nebraska with eight conference championships, multiple All-Americans, and one of the best overall records in the history of college football at 136-30-7. He also led the Cornhuskers to two national championship wins. 

Championship Coaching

Tom Osborne filled the role after Devaney became athletic director. Osborne picked up right where Devaney left off. He coached the Cornhuskers from 1973-1997, where they won at least nine games each season.

 

With Osborne at the reins, the Cornhuskers won three championships: ’94, ’95, and ’97. Additionally, the team won 13 conference championships. The Cornhuskers appeared in 25 bowl games during his time and won 12 of them.

 

Osborne had a host of talented players that played under him, like Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier and quarterback and eventual Nebraska head coach Scott Frost. He finished with a ridiculous 255–49–3 overall record.

 

The 2000s were below average by Nebraska’s standards. Frank Solich was previously the running back coach, and he became the head coach in 1998. Solich had some success because he led the team to win Big 12 in 2001 and to the National Championship in 2001.

 

Eric Crouch won the Heisman under Solich in 2001. Crouch is one of the most electric players in college football history and has the fourth most rushing yards in school history and the most all-purpose yards in school history. 

 

The year 2009 was a solid year for the Nebraska team. They finished with a 9-4 record under coach Bo Pelini. In his first season, the team went 9-4. In 2010, the Cornhuskers boasted an elite defense anchored by Ndamukong Suh. 

 

In 2011, Nebraska announced it was leaving the Big 12 for the Big Ten

 Pelini had a solid career finishing 67-27, but they didn’t make any championships under him. The back half of the 2010s and early 2020s have been quiet for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Mickey Joseph took over as head coach in 2022 after the team started 1-2. Joseph has a 2-2 record and is the first black coach in school history. 

What is the highest win total in program history?

 1997 was easily the best season in program history. The Cornhuskers finished 13-0 and won the National Championship.

What was the worst season in program history?

The 2021 Cornhuskers finished with a 3-9 record. They only won one conference game while they lost eight. Their defense gave up nearly 150 rush yards per game.

How many bowl games have the Cornhuskers made?

The Cornhuskers have made a total of 53 bowl games. They currently have a 26-27 bowl record. 

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