1984 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team
|1984 Nebraska Cornhuskers football|
Big 8 Co-Champions
Sugar Bowl Champions
|Conference||Big Eight Conference|
|1984 record||10-2-0 (6-1-0 Big 8)|
|Head coach||Tom Osborne (12th year)|
|Offensive coordinator||Tom Osborne (15th year)|
|Offensive scheme||I formation|
|Defensive coordinator||Charlie McBride (4th year)|
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|1984 Big 8 football standings|
|#4 Nebraska §||6||–||1||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
|#6 Oklahoma §||6||–||1||–||0||9||–||2||–||1|
|#7 Oklahoma State||5||–||2||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
|§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1984 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.
|September 8||Wyoming*||#2||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska||W 42-7||76,125|
|September 15||Minnesota*||#1||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska||W 38-7||76,077|
|September 22||at #8 UCLA*||#1||Rose Bowl • Pasadena, California||CBS||W 42-3||71,355|
|September 29||at Syracuse*||#1||Carrier Dome • Syracuse, New York||Katz Sports||L 9-17||47,280|
|October 6||#9 Oklahoma State||#8||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska||W 17-3||76,368|
|October 13||Missouri||#6||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska||W 33-23||76,319|
|October 20||at Colorado||#5||Folsom Field • Boulder, Colorado||W 24-7||52,124|
|October 27||Kansas State||#4||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska||W 62-14||76,068|
|November 3||at Iowa State||#3||Cyclone Stadium • Ames, Iowa||W 44-0||52,919|
|November 10||at Kansas||#2||Memorial Stadium • Lawrence, Kansas||W 41-7||50,653|
|November 17||#6 Oklahoma||#1||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska||L 7-17||76,323|
|January 1||vs. #12 LSU*||#4||Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, Louisiana (Sugar Bowl)||W 28-10||75,608|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.|
Anderson, Paul (So.) FB
Holscher, Jim (So.) WB
Rogers, Phil (Jr.) MG
in this position
|Years at Nebraska||Alma Mater|
|Tom Osborne||Head Coach
|Charlie McBride||Defensive Coordinator||1981||1977-1999||Colorado|
|Cletus Fischer||Offensive Line||1960-1985||Nebraska|
|John Melton||Tight Ends
|Boyd Epley||Head Strength Coach||1969||1969-2003||Nebraska|
|George Darlington||Defensive Backs||1973-2002||Rutgers|
|Milt Tenopir||Offensive Line||1974||1974-2002||Sterling|
|Frank Solich||Running Backs||1983||1979-2003||Nebraska|
|Dan Young||Offensive Line
Nebraska was forced to put extra effort in for the win after losing three of four first-half fumbles and giving up an interception, as Wyoming won the turnover battle 4-1.
'Fumble-itis' continued to plague Nebraska, after the ball was put on the ground eight times, half of them lost to Minnesota. Still, the newly minted #1 Cornhuskers easily put away the turnover-free Golden Gophers with the help of 405 yards on the ground.
Nebraska dominated UCLA in the new Rose Bowl home of the Bruins, handing them their worst loss in 14 years. The Cornhuskers recorded eight sacks while running up 42 points, while the offensive output of the Bruins netted only a 3rd quarter field goal.
Unranked Syracuse, coming off a 0-19 shutout loss against Rutgers at home the week prior, severely embarrassed the #1 Cornhuskers, who may have been guilty of overlooking the team they had defeated 63-7 the year before. Nebraska's regular season winning streak was ended at 23. Coach Osborne stated it simply; "They were more physical today".
It was another season of disappointment for Oklahoma State's record against Nebraska. The Cowboys came to Lincoln with a better record than the Cornhuskers for the first time ever, with high hopes after Nebraska fell to Syracuse the week before, and OSU indeed led the game for three quarters. A 4th quarter, 49 yard punt return swung the momentum to Nebraska, and Oklahoma State's 22 year-long drought against Nebraska was extended yet another year.
Missouri fought a hard battle and barely won the time of possession battle, at one point drawing within 6 points, but a 57 yard interception return for a touchdown opened the game up a bit as Nebraska gained enough room to finish the game ahead by 10.
The Blackshirts carried Nebraska for three quarters as the offense sputtered and failed to produce a useful lead. Finally, in the 4th quarter, the Cornhuskers overcame their struggles and ran off 21 points for the win.
Nebraska recorded its 25th straight conference win as Kansas State rolled over and fell behind by 48-7 at the half. The lead allowed the Cornhuskers to rotate several players into the game, which resulted in no single player exceeding 100 rushing yards rushing for the first time in 20 games.
Nebraska held Iowa State's star receiver to two catches for 11 yards, and the Cyclones offense to just five first downs, as the Blackshirts posted their first shutout in two years. By the 4th quarter, Iowa State's own defense lost their effectiveness and could no longer keep up, as the Cornhuskers rolled up 28 more points to pull away.
The Cornhuskers held Kansas to just 12 first downs and 24 yards on the ground, clinching at least a share of the 1984 Big 8 Title.
Four painful turnovers were enough to overcome the statistical success Nebraska achieved, as Oklahoma ended Nebraska's 27 game conference win streak and 21 game win streak in Lincoln. The run-oriented Cornhuskers out-passed the Sooners 236-58, but two key stops by the Sooners in the 2nd half put down Nebraska's hopes for a shot the National Championship.
Nebraska overcame a 10 point deficit to come within 3 by halftime, and after that it was all Nebraska as the Cornhuskers won the turnover game's battle 6-3 and ran off 21 more points while shutting down all further attempts by LSU to score.
|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||Wk 14||Final|
|All-America 1st team||Bret Clark, Harry Grimminger, Mark Traynowicz|
|All-America 2nd team||Jeff Smith|
|All-America 3rd team||Mark Behning|
|All-America honorable mention||Doug DuBose, Scott Strasbuger, Bill Weber, Scott Livingston|
|All-Big 8 1st team||Mark Behning, Bret Clark, Doug DuBose, Harry Grimminger, Scott Livingston, Marc Munford, Greg Orton, Jeff Smith, Scott Strasburger, Mark Traynowicz, Bill Weber|
|All-Big 8 2nd team||David Burke, Mark Daum, Rob Stuckey|
|All-Big 8 honorable mention||Ken Graeber, Shane Swanson|
NFL and Pro Players
The following Nebraska players who participated in the 1984 season later moved on to the next level and joined a professional or semi-pro team as draftees or free agents.
|Mark Behning||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Brian Blankenship||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Bret Clark||Tampa Bay Bandits|
|Doug DuBose||San Francisco 49ers|
|Todd Frain||Washington Redskins|
|Keith Jones||Cleveland Browns|
|Mike Knox||Denver Broncos|
|Bill Lewis||Los Angeles Raiders|
|Scott Livingston||Dallas Cowboys|
|Paul Miles||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Marc Munford||Denver Broncos|
|Danny Noonan||Dallas Cowboys|
|Greg Orton||Detroit Lions|
|Tom Rathman||San Francisco 49ers|
|Tim Rother||Los Angeles Raiders|
|Jim Skow||Cincinnati Bengals|
|Jeff Smith||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Shane Swanson||Denver Broncos|
|Mark Traynowicz||Buffalo Bills|
|Brian Washington||Cleveland Browns|
|Dennis Watkins||Philadelphia Eagles|
|Tom Welter||St. Louis Cardinals|
- "Football - 1984 Schedule/Results". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletics Department. Retrieved 2009-06-01.
- Nebraska 1984 Roster
- "Nebraska 1984 Commitments". Archived from the original on 2009-06-06. Retrieved 2009-06-01.
- 1984 Husker Honors
- "All Time NFL Huskers". Archived from the original on 2009-06-02. Retrieved 2009-06-01.