1972 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team
|1972 Nebraska Cornhuskers football|
Orange Bowl Champions
Big 8 Champions
|Conference||Big Eight Conference|
|1972 record||9-2-1 (5-1-1 Big 8)|
|Head coach||Bob Devaney (11th year)|
|Offensive coordinator||Tom Osborne (4th year)|
|Offensive scheme||I formation|
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium
|1972 Big 8 football standings|
|#2 Oklahoma †||6||–||1||–||0||11||–||1||–||0|
|#4 Nebraska †||5||–||1||–||1||9||–||2||–||1|
|† – Conference champion
The 1972 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska in the 1972 college football season. The team was coached by Bob Devaney, in his eleventh and final season with the Huskers, and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.
- 1 Schedule
- 2 Roster
- 3 Coaching staff
- 4 Game notes
- 5 Rankings
- 6 1972 Team Players in the NFL
- 7 References
|September 9||at UCLA*||#1||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA||L 17-20||67,702|
|September 16||Texas A&M*||#10||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE||W 37-7||76,042|
|September 23||at Army*||#9||Michie Stadium • West Point, NY||ABC||W 77-7||42,239|
|September 30||Minnesota*||#7||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE||W 49-0||76,217|
|October 14||Missouri||#6||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE||W 62-0||76,511|
|October 21||at Kansas||#5||Memorial Stadium • Lawrence, KS||W 56-0||50,523|
|October 28||Oklahoma State||#3||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE||W 34-0||76,432|
|November 4||at #15 Colorado||#3||Folsom Field • Boulder, CO||ABC||W 33-10||52,128|
|November 11||at #17 Iowa State||#3||Clyde Williams Field • Ames, IA||T 23-23||36,690|
|November 18||Kansas State||#5||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE||W 59-7||75,079|
|November 23||#4 Oklahoma||#5||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE||ABC||L 14-17||76,587|
|January 1||vs. #12 Notre Dame*||#9||Orange Bowl • Miami, FL (1973 Orange Bowl)||W 40-6||80,010|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.|
Alward, Tom #63 (So.) LG
Heydorff, Mark #2 (Jr.) S
O'Holleran, Mike #38 (So.) FB
in this position
|Years at Nebraska||Alma Mater|
|Bob Devaney||Head Coach||1962||1962-72||Alma|
|Tom Osborne||Offensive Coordinator||1969||1964-97||Hastings|
|Cletus Fischer||Offensive Line||1960-85||Nebraska|
|Carl Selmer||Offensive Line||1962-72|
|John Melton||Tight Ends, Wingbacks||1973||1962-88||Wyoming|
|Mike Corgan||Running Backs||1962||1962-82||Notre Dame|
|Warren Powers||Defensive Backs||1969-76||Nebraska|
|Boyd Epley||Head Strength Coach||1969||1969–2003||Nebraska|
|Bill Myles||Offensive Line||1972||1972-76|
Unranked UCLA, sporting their new wishbone offense led by junior college transfer Mark Harmon, handed #1 Nebraska its first loss in 33 games, and broke Nebraska's 23-game winning streak, both at that time active NCAA records. The Cornhuskers were upset in Los Angeles after suffering four fumbles and giving up two interceptions, though the game was not decided until UCLA's Efren Herrera kicked a field goal to break the tie with just 22 seconds remaining.
Nebraska owned the game and had little difficulty with Texas A&M, whose sole touchdown came late in the 4th quarter against Cornhusker reserves.
Nebraska entirely stomped Army, with the Cornhusker reserves taking over in the 3rd quarter behind a very comfortable lead, and the Black Knights' lone score to prevent the shutout came on a 10-yard pass reception with just 35 seconds left to play.
For the third straight week, Nebraska dominated the game in every way, shutting out Minnesota while piling up 542 yards of offense.
Nebraska was not affected by the week off, and thoroughly pounded Missouri 62-0. Although the scoreboard and statistics might suggest Missouri was out of their league against Nebraska, the Tigers went on after this painful shutout to upset Notre Dame and Colorado in their next two games.
The shutouts and domination continued, as Nebraska scored at will against Kansas in Lawrence, and held the Jayhawks to just 63 total yards of offense and only 4 1st downs.
Nebraska tied a 1937 NCAA record of 4 straight shutouts, and although Oklahoma State was not as easy to push around as the previous three opponents, the Cornhuskers still had little trouble getting the win.
Colorado attempted to put some more challenge into the event than Nebraska had been seeing in recent games, and was even able to draw back from a 0-19 deficit to get within 9 by halftime and end Nebraska's shutout streak, but it was all Cornhusker points the rest of the way. Still, the Blackshirts mourned the end of their touchdown-free stretch at 17 quarters.
Iowa State pretty much ended any Nebraska hopes for another national title, as the Cornhuskers gave up two interceptions and six fumbles to help the Cyclones stay in the game. Nebraska came back from behind to pull ahead 20-17 in the 4th, and padded the lead with a field goal when the clock was down to just 1:03, but Iowa State stormed back down the field to score again with 0:23 remaining, and would have won the game outright if the subsequent PAT had not failed and ended the game tied at 23.
Nebraska put up Coach Devaney's 100th career win as the Cornhuskers easily trampled Kansas State in Lincoln and had reserves in the game for playing time while cruising behind a comfortable 38-0 lead even prior to the half. The Wildcats finally put up a touchdown with just over 6 minutes remaining to play.
It looked like Nebraska's day, as the Cornhuskers led at the half and were up 14-0 in the 3rd, but Oklahoma came back to score 17 points straight for the lead and the win, ending Nebraska's home winning streak dating to 1969.
Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers was shifted from WB to IB for the 1973 Orange Bowl, and flashed brilliance as he ran for three touchdowns, caught a touchdown pass, and also threw a fifth touchdown. The Cornhuskers scored with ease and often against the stunned Fighting Irish, who were unable to put any points up of their own until the 4th quarter. This was head coach Bob Devaney's final game, a third straight Orange Bowl victory, and second straight Orange Bowl rout.
|Poll||Pre||Wk 1||Wk 2||Wk 3||Wk 4||Wk 5||Wk 6||Wk 7||Wk 8||Wk 9||Wk 10||Wk 11||Wk 12||Wk 13||Final|
|Heisman Trophy||Johnny Rodgers|
|Walter Camp Award||Johnny Rodgers|
|Outland Trophy||Rich Glover|
|Lombardi Award||Rich Glover|
|Rich Glover, Willie Harper,
Johnny Rodgers, Daryl White
of the Year
of the Year
|Joe Blahak, Rich Glover, Willie Harper,
Johnny Rodgers, Daryl White
|Jim Branch, Doug Dumler, Dave Humm,
Bill Janssen, Steve Manstedt, Dave Mason,
1972 Team Players in the NFL
|Johnny Rodgers||WR||1||25||San Diego Chargers|
|Willie Harper||LB||2||41||San Francisco 49ers|
|Monte Johnson||LB||2||49||Oakland Raiders|
|Bill Olds||RB||3||61||Baltimore Colts|
|Rich Glover||DT||3||69||New York Giants|
|Doug Dumler||C||5||108||New England Patriots|
|Joe Blahak||DB||8||183||Houston Oilers|
|Bill Janssen||T||8||206||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Dave Mason||DB||10||246||Minnesota Vikings|
|Jerry List||TE||11||283||Oakland Raiders|
|John Dutton||DE||1||5||Baltimore Colts|
|Steve Manstedt||LB||4||79||Houston Oilers|
|Daryl White||G||4||98||Cincinnati Bengals|
|Bob Wolfe||T||6||156||Miami Dolphins|
|Maury Damkroger||LB||7||178||New England Patriots|
|Frosty Anderson||WR||10||235||New Orleans Saints|
|Tom Ruud||LB||1||19||Buffalo Bills|
|Bob Nelson||LB||2||42||Buffalo Bills|
|John Starkebaum||DB||4||92||New Orleans Saints|
|David Humm||QB||5||128||Oakland Raiders|
|Don Westbrook||WR||6||131||Baltimore Colts|
|Mark Doak||T||6||147||Washington Redskins|
|Ardell Johnson||DB||11||277||Washington Redskins|
|Ritch Bahe||WR||14||358||St. Louis Cardinals|
|Dennis Pavelka||G||16||412||Washington Redskins|
|Stan Hegener||G||17||442||Pittsburgh Steelers|
NFL and Pro Players
The following is a list of 1972 Nebraska players
who joined a professional team as draftees or free agents.
|Tom Alward||Birmingham Vulcans|
|Joe Blahak||Houston Oilers|
|Tony Davis||Cincinnati Bengals|
|Gary Dixon||Southern California Sun|
|Mark Doak||Birmingham Vulcans|
|Maury Damkroger||New England Patriots|
|Doug Dumler||New England Patriots|
|John Dutton||Baltimore Colts|
|Rich Glover||New York Giants|
|Willie Harper||San Francisco 49ers|
|Dave Humm||Oakland Raiders|
|Bill Janssen||Charlotte Hornets|
|Monte Johnson||Oakland Raiders|
|Brent Longwell||Memphis Southmen|
|Terry Luck||Cleveland Browns|
|Steve Manstedt||Birmingham Americans|
|Dave Mason||New England Patriots|
|Bob Nelson||Buffalo Bills|
|Bill Olds||Baltimore Colts|
|Tom Pate||Hamilton Tiger-Cats|
|Johnny Rodgers||Montreal Alouettes|
|Tom Ruud||Buffalo Bills|
|Bob Schmit||Portland Storm|
|Don Westbrook||New England Patriots|
|Daryl White||Detroit Lions|
|Bob Wolfe||Birmingham Americans|
|Zaven Yaralian||Philadelphia Bell|
- "Football - 1972 Schedule/Results". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletics Department. Retrieved 2009-06-17.
- Nebraska 1972 Roster
- "Nebraska 1972 Commitments". Archived from the original on 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2009-06-17.
- Jenkins, Dan (September 18, 1972). "Young Harmon Makes His Mark". Sports Illustrated: 32.
- "Bruins upend Cornhuskers on Herrera's field goal 20-17". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. September 10, 1972. p. 3C.
- "Nebraska bombards A&M, 37-7". Palm Beach Post. Associated Press. September 17, 1972. p. E3..
- 1972 Husker Honors
- Pro Football Reference.com - 1973 NFL Draft
- Pro Football Reference.com - 1974 NFL Draft
- Pro Football Reference.com - 1975 NFL Draft
- "All Time NFL Huskers". Archived from the original on 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2009-06-16.