1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

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1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
Logo of the Nebraska athletic teams 1992-2003
Consensus National Champions
Fiesta Bowl Champions
Big 8 Champions
Fiesta Bowl vs. #2 Florida, W 62–24
Conference Big Eight Conference
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #1
1995 record 12–0–0 (7–0–0 Big 8)
Head coach Tom Osborne (23rd year)
Offensive coordinator Tom Osborne (26th year)
Offensive scheme I formation
Defensive coordinator Charlie McBride (15th year)
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 72,700)
Seasons
« 1994 1996 »
1995 Big 8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Nebraska 7 0 0     12 0 0
#5 Colorado 5 2 0     10 2 0
#7 Kansas State 5 2 0     10 2 0
#9 Kansas 5 2 0     10 2 0
Oklahoma 2 5 0     5 5 1
Oklahoma State 2 5 0     4 8 0
Iowa State 1 6 0     3 8 0
Missouri 1 6 0     3 8 0
*† – Bowl Alliance representative as champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 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).

The Cornhuskers successfully defended their national championship by beating Florida in the Fiesta Bowl 62-24. Nebraska also won the final Big Eight Conference football championship in the long-time round-robin format before the conference added four members of the disbanded Southwest Conference to become the Big 12 Conference the following season, splitting into two divisions and launching a conference championship game.

Before the season[edit]

Following the success of the 1994 season, in which Tommie Frazier and Brook Berringer led the team to Tom Osborne's first national championship, the 1995 version improved in every facet. With the powerful rushing offense and a dominating defense, Nebraska captured its second consecutive national title. The 1995–1996 season set up a record-breaking three championships in four years, as the 1994 and 1995 seasons were followed by Tom Osborne's third title in 1997.

Schedule[edit]

[1]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 7:00 PM at Oklahoma State #2 Lewis FieldStillwater, OK ESPN W 64–21   42,100
September 9 2:30 PM at Michigan State* #2 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ABC W 50–10   73,891
September 16 1:00 PM Arizona State* #2 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE W 77–28   75,418
September 23 1:00 PM Pacific* #2 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE W 49–7   75,630
September 30 1:00 PM Washington State* #2 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE W 35–21   75,777
October 14 1:00 PM Missouri #2 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE (Rivalry) W 57–0   75,552
October 21 2:30 PM #8 Kansas Statedagger #2 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE ABC W 49–25   76,072
October 28 2:30 PM at #7 Colorado #2 Folsom FieldBoulder, CO (Rivalry) ABC W 44–21   54,063
November 4 1:00 PM Iowa State #1 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE W 73–14   75,505
November 11 2:30 PM at #10 Kansas #1 Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS ABC W 41–3   47,880
November 24 2:30 PM Oklahoma 1 #1 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE (Rivalry) ABC W 37–0   75,662
January 2 7:00 PM vs. #2 Florida* #1 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ (Fiesta Bowl) CBS W 62–24   79,864
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to 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[edit]

1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WB 27 Allen, JacquesJacques Allen Sr
OT 70 Anderson, EricEric Anderson So
RB    Arens, ErickErick Arens Fr
OL    Baldwin, MattMatt Baldwin Fr
SE Baul, ReggieReggie Baul Sr
IB 21 Benning, DamonDamon Benning Jr
QB 18 Berringer, BrookBrook Berringer Sr
WB 14 Brown, LanceLance Brown So
OT 74 Buettner, JerryJerry Buettner Fr
TE 90 Carpenter, TimTim Carpenter So
SE Cheatham, KennyKenny Cheatham So
IB 26 Childs, ClintonClinton Childs Sr
QB Christo, MonteMonte Christo So
OL    Clausen, JeffJeff Clausen Fr
FB 49 Cobb, JoshJosh Cobb So
OT 75 Dishman, ChrisChris Dishman Jr
IB 37 Eicher, ChadChad Eicher So
OL    Evans, KoreyKorey Evans Fr
WB    Finister, DemondDemond Finister Fr
QB 15 Frazier, TommieTommie Frazier Sr
RB    Froeschl, NateNate Froeschl Fr
QB 16 Frost, ScottScott Frost So
OL    Fulton, LonnieLonnie Fulton Fr
OT 72 Gessford, BenBen Gessford Fr
TE 87 Gilman, MarkMark Gilman Sr
C 54 Graham, AaronAaron Graham Sr
IB 30 Green, AhmanAhman Green Fr
TE 82 Gumm, TrentTrent Gumm Fr
SE 29 Haafke, BillyBilly Haafke So
C    Havlovic, AaronAaron Havlovic Fr
QB 10 Held, RyanRyan Held So
C 59 Heskew, JoshJosh Heskew So
SE Holbein, BrendanBrendan Holbein Jr
TE 85 Horst, JoeJoe Horst So
OG 62 Hoskinson, MattMatt Hoskinson So
TE 88 Jackson, SheldonSheldon Jackson Fr
TE 34 Jackson, VershanVershan Jackson So
OT    James, KevinKevin James Fr
WB 33 Johnson, ClesterClester Johnson Sr
OL    Johnson, MarcusMarcus Johnson Fr
OL    Julch, AdamAdam Julch Fr
FB    Kingston, BenBen Kingston Fr
SE 89 Lake, Jeff (Robert)Jeff (Robert) Lake So
C 53 Langan, TroyTroy Langan Jr
FB 36 Legate, BillyBilly Legate Fr
OG 65 Lesser, MikeMike Lesser So
QB    List, GreggGregg List Fr
QB London, FrankieFrankie London Fr
FB 22 Makovicka, JeffJeff Makovicka Sr
FB 32 Makovicka, JoelJoel Makovicka Fr
RB    McClymont, AlexAlex McClymont Fr
RB    McIntyre, CoreyCorey McIntyre Fr
OT 78 Mikos, KoryKory Mikos Jr
WB 12 Miller, AndyAndy Miller Fr
FB 38 Norris, ChrisChris Norris Sr
OT 63 Nunns, BrianBrian Nunns Sr
OG 69 Ott, SteveSteve Ott Sr
QB    Perino, JeffJeff Perino Fr
TE 84 Petersen, BrentBrent Petersen Fr
IB Phillips, LawrenceLawrence Phillips Jr
OT 73 Pollack, FredFred Pollack So
RB    Raymond, SteveSteve Raymond Fr
WB 32 Reddick, DavidDavid Reddick Fr
TE 86 Roy, DorrickDorrick Roy Fr
OG 66 Schmode, AnthonyAnthony Schmode Fr
FB 28 Schuster, BrianBrian Schuster Jr
C 57 Seaman, DougDoug Seaman So
OL    Sherman, JamesJames Sherman Fr
IB 31 Sims, JamesJames Sims So
RB    Small, JeffJeff Small Fr
FB 35 Smith, MikeMike Smith Jr
OT    Tansey, JimJim Tansey Fr
OG 67 Taylor, AaronAaron Taylor So
OT 77 Treu, AdamAdam Treu Jr
C    Troxel, TheronTheron Troxel Fr
OT 76 Tully, KyleKyle Tully Fr
QB 11 Turman, MattMatt Turman Jr
IB 24 Uhlir, ToddTodd Uhlir So
OG 71 Van Cleave, MikeMike Van Cleave So
WB 25 Vedral, JonJon Vedral Jr
OG 68 Volin, SteveSteve Volin Sr
C 51 Vrzal, MattMatt Vrzal Jr
OG 61 Wade, BrandtBrandt Wade Fr
WB Washington, RileyRiley Washington Jr
WB    Wells, JeffJeff Wells Fr
WB 17 Wieting, SeanSean Wieting So
WB    Wiggins, ShevinShevin Wiggins So
OG 64 Zatechka, JonJon Zatechka So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
WLB 47 Aden, MattMatt Aden So
FS 2 Alderman, DaveDave Alderman Jr
DL    Allen, DerekDerek Allen Fr
OLB    Antholz, TravisTravis Antholz Fr
SLB 23 Arnold, LarryLarry Arnold Jr
FS 14 Bailey, DennisDennis Bailey So
OLB 27 Benes, JasonJason Benes So
RCB 17 Blahak, ChadChad Blahak Jr
LCB 20 Booker, MichaelMichael Booker Jr
LB    Brauer, RyanRyan Brauer Fr
OLB 89 Brummond, DarrenDarren Brummond Fr
LB    Buettenback, BenBen Buettenback Fr
MLB 46 Colman, DougDoug Colman Sr
MLB 45 Cook, SteveSteve Cook Fr
LB    Cooley, RanceRance Cooley Fr
FS 12 Crayton, TrayTray Crayton Fr
LB    DeBates, T.J.T.J. DeBates Fr
DL 48 DiLiberto, JohnJohn DiLiberto Fr
DL    Drum, BrandonBrandon Drum Fr
MLB 41 Ellis, PhilPhil Ellis Sr
LB 43 Farley, TerrellTerrell Farley Jr
SLB 56 Foreman, JayJay Foreman So
SLB 40 Froehlich, RussellRussell Froehlich Fr
RCB 12 Fullman, MikeMike Fullman Jr
OLB 88 Gard, SeanSean Gard So
OLB 58 Hardin, LutherLuther Hardin Sr
ROV 19 Herron, ChrisChris Herron Fr
OLB 44 Hesse, JonJon Hesse Jr
DT 57 Hoffman, MichaelMichael Hoffman So
WLB 49 Hogrefe, QuintQuint Hogrefe Fr
WLB 38 Hunting, MattMatt Hunting So
LCB 24 Jackson, JaiJai Jackson Fr
LB    Jackson, JuliusJulius Jackson Fr
DT 96 Jenkins, JasonJason Jenkins Sr
LB    Kelsay, ChadChad Kelsay Fr
DE    Kobus, ChadChad Kobus Fr
LB    Kohl, JoshJosh Kohl Fr
WLB 51 Leece, CharlieCharlie Leece Fr
WLB 59 Macken, CaseyCasey Macken Fr
DB    Matthews, KarnellKarnell Matthews Fr
ROV McFarlin, OctaviousOctavious McFarlin So
DB    McGraw, GregGreg McGraw Fr
DT    Milius, TomTom Milius Fr
OLB 85 Miller, BryceBryce Miller Jr
ROV 10 Minter, MikeMike Minter Jr
DT 76 Nelson, ErikErik Nelson Fr
DT 97 Ogard, JeffJeff Ogard Jr
DB    Olnes, JasonJason Olnes Fr
LB    Ortiz, TonyTony Ortiz Fr
WLB 52 Penland, AaronAaron Penland Sr
DT 55 Peter, ChristianChristian Peter Sr
DT 95 Peter, JasonJason Peter So
DB    Peterson, JeromeJerome Peterson Fr
DB    Rainey, ChrisChris Rainey Fr
ROV 39 Roberts, MikeMike Roberts Jr
OLB 84 Rucker, MikeMike Rucker Fr
DT 74 Saltsman, ScottScott Saltsman Jr
ROV    Sassaman, NickNick Sassaman Jr
LCB 37 Schmadeke, DarrenDarren Schmadeke Sr
DT    Schwab, JasonJason Schwab Fr
LB    Sears, KareemKareem Sears Fr
LB    Shaw, BrianBrian Shaw Fr
MLB 35 Skoda, AdamAdam Skoda Fr
LCB 16 Stokes, EricEric Stokes Jr
DL    Taylor, ChrisChris Taylor Fr
WLB 91 Terwilliger, RyanRyan Terwilliger Jr
DT 53 Tessendorf, RossRoss Tessendorf Fr
OLB 92 Toline, TravisTravis Toline Fr
OLB 93 Tomich, JaredJared Tomich Sr
DT 94 Townsend, LarryLarry Townsend Jr
FS Veland, TonyTony Veland Sr
RCB Walther, EricEric Walther Fr
DB    Warfield, EricEric Warfield So
WLB 28 Williams, JamelJamel Williams Jr
RCB Williams, TyroneTyrone Williams Sr
OLB    Wills, AaronAaron Wills Fr
DT 99 Wiltz, JasonJason Wiltz Fr
OLB 82 Winder, ShalisShalis Winder Jr
OLB 98 Wistrom, GrantGrant Wistrom So
SLB 34 Worthy, RamoneRamone Worthy So
FS    Young, ChadChad Young Sr
OLB 80 Zahl, BrendanBrendan Zahl So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P    Bilanzich, AndyAndy Bilanzich Fr
PK    Brown, KrisKris Brown Fr
P/PK    Hadenfeldt, DanDan Hadenfeldt Fr
P 19 Kosch, JesseJesse Kosch So
P/PK 30 Lafleur, BillBill Lafleur Fr
P 10 Morro, BrianBrian Morro Fr
P Nolting, JeffJeff Nolting So
PK 13 Retzlaff, TedTed Retzlaff So
PK    Royce, TomTom Royce Jr
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
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: January 17, 2011

Game notes[edit]

Oklahoma State[edit]

Nebraska at Oklahoma State [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 6 30 14 14 64
Oklahoma State 0 7 7 7 21

No. 2 Nebraska started the year with a 64–21 win at Oklahoma State in the season and conference 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 its next eight straight possessions. 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 the very next play after the kickoff, as Nebraska running back Lawrence Phillips cut inside, dodged several defenders and raced for an 80-yard touchdown. 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, making his first regular-season start since the previous September, 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 Husker freshman running back Ahman Green scored his first career touchdown on a 14-yard run. Nebraska had seven players who rushed 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[edit]

Nebraska at Michigan State [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 10 10 16 14 50
Michigan State 7 0 3 0 10

No. 2 Nebraska lost quarterback Tommie Frazier early in the second quarter with a bruised thigh but still dominated Michigan State in a 50–10 rout at 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) and Ahman Green (4 carries for 74 yards, including one 57-yard touchdown), as well as Jay Sims, who had one carry for an 80-yard touchdown late in the game. Backup quarterback Brook Berringer, stepping in place of Frazier, threw for 106 yards on 6 of 11 passing, 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 MSU's worst margin of defeat since a 42–0 loss against 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[edit]

Arizona State at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Arizona State 7 14 7 0 28
Nebraska 35 28 0 14 77

Nebraska set a modern school record with 63 points in the first half 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 reigns 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 ASU 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[edit]

Pacific at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Pacific 0 0 7 0 7
Nebraska 21 14 14 0 49

Nebraska totaled 731 yards, the fifth-highest total in school history, on its way to a 49–7 win over Pacific. Meanwhile, 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[edit]

Washington State at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Washington State 7 0 0 14 21
Nebraska 0 20 8 7 35

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 Tommie 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. Nebraska played sloppy at times, losing three fumbles on the day and missing a 20-yard field goal. The Huskers ended the game with second- and third-team players on offense, who fumbled the ball away inside the Washington State 5-yard line. Despite the early long touchdown run by Madu, Nebraska went on to outrush the Cougars 428–72. Washington State had entered the game with the nation's fourth-ranked rush defense, having allowed just 69.7 rushing yards per game through its first three games. Tommie Frazier, in leading his team to 527 total yards, personally rushed for 70 yards and threw for 99. Reserve Husker 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[edit]

Missouri at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Missouri 0 0 0 0 0
Nebraska 7 21 22 7 57

Nebraska's Blackshirt defense forced five fumbles and recovered two of them, intercepted two passes, held Missouri to 122 total yards, and notched the Huskers' first shutout of the season in a 57–0 win over the Tigers. Missouri managed 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 accounting for 71 yards rushing (and three rushing touchdowns) and 133 passing (and two touchdown passes). Husker I-back Ahman Green, making his first start, rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

Kansas State[edit]

Kansas State at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Kansas State 6 0 0 19 25
Nebraska 14 21 7 7 49

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 also scored in the first half on a fumble recovery in the end zone by Jon Vedral and on an interception return by backup defensive lineman Luther Hardin, as well as on 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 as the Huskers took a 42–6 lead. After three quarters, Nebraska's defense had held Kansas State to minus-4-yards rushing and 128 total. Nebraska began substituting reserve players shortly thereafter, however, and the Wildcats rallied to put 19 fourth quarter points on the board and pull within 42–25. Nebraska's starters re-emerged and drove for another touchdown to account for the game's final margin. Despite the rally, the Wildcats finished with just 256 total yards, minus-19 rushing yards, and the Nebraska defense recorded eight sacks and two interceptions. Frazier went 10 of 16 through the air for 148 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Ahman Green ran for 109 yards on 22 carries and had two touchdown receptions. Ultimately, 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[edit]

Nebraska at Colorado [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 21 10 3 10 44
Colorado 7 7 7 0 21

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 on the day but threw two interceptions that led to 10 Husker points, and the Buffaloes were flagged 12 times for 92 yards in penalties. 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 in the third quarter. 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 Tommie Frazier in the backfield. Frazier, who was not sacked during the entire 1995 season, managed to absorb the blow and get off a 35-yard pass down the sideline to Ahman Green on a drive that ended in a Husker field goal. On the day, Nebraska outyarded the Buffaloes 467 to 382 and outrushed them 226 to 106.

Iowa State[edit]

Iowa State at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Iowa State 0 7 0 7 14
Nebraska 20 18 28 7 73

New 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) en route to a 73–14 win over the Cyclones. Freshman I-back Ahman Green led the way with 176 rushing yards and three touchdowns on twelve carries and added a touchdown reception. A 64-yard touchdown run by Green in the third quarter marked the team's sixth one-play drive of the season. The game marked the return of Lawrence Phillips, who gained 68 yards on 12 carries. Tommie Frazier, who rushed for 62 yards and two touchdowns on 8 carries, threw for 118 yards and two more touchdowns on 10 of 15 passing. Nebraska's Blackshirt 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 with one fumble recovery. The 73 points were the most ever scored by Nebraska against Iowa State (the 1997 Cornhuskers broke that mark by scoring 77 against the Cyclones).

Kansas[edit]

Nebraska at Kansas [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 14 0 14 13 41
Kansas 0 3 0 0 3

The 10th-rated Jayhawks were 8–1 entering the game against No. 1 Nebraska. Kansas, unbeaten at home on the season and featuring its best team since its last victory over the Cornhuskers in 1968, outplayed Nebraska for much of the first half as the Cornhuskers had their sloppiest performance of the season. 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. Nonetheless, Nebraska still led 14–3 at intermission after recovering a fumbled punt in the end zone for a score and getting another touchdown after a short drive following another fumble recovery at the Kansas 30-yard line. Kansas repeatedly drove deep into Nebraska territory but suffered from five turnovers on the day. The Jayhawks' only points came on a field goal after an 86-yard drive stalled at the Nebraska 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 total rushing attempts. The Nebraska offense had three uncharacteristic turnovers of its own on the day, 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[edit]

Oklahoma at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Oklahoma 0 0 0 0 0
Nebraska 10 3 10 14 37

Nebraska entered the contest 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 offensive touchdown 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 eventually threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Jon Vedral. Frazier went 12 of 25 for 136 passing yards with one touchdown and one interception; the unspectacular performance eventually factored heavily into his finishing second in the Heisman Trophy voting. Late in the game, backup quarterback Brook Berringer scrambled to convert a 4th and 16 situation. Later during the same drive, reserve fullback Joel Mackovicka scored the game's final touchdown, giving the Huskers 37 points and therefore a 52.4-point-per-game scoring average, breaking the 1983 school record of 52. In all the Husker offense tallied 271 rushing yards and 407 total. The Husker defense, meanwhile, limited the Sooners to 241 total yards and forced three turnovers. The game marked the first shutout of Oklahoma by Nebraska 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' unbeaten streak in the conference to 23 games, marked three straight undefeated seasons in the Big 8, and also completed three straight undefeated regular seasons.

Florida[edit]

Florida vs Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 10 0 8 6 24
Nebraska 6 29 14 13 62

Entering the 1996 Fiesta Bowl, Nebraska was thought of by some to be an underdog (including Sports Illustrated in their 12/26/1995 issue), even though it came into the game riding a long streak as the #1 team in the country. Their opponent, the 12–0 University of Florida Gators, were considered to possess a defense with overwhelming speed. Many favored the Florida defensive speed in contrast to the traditional run-first, power-option offense of Nebraska, even though oddsmakers had made Nebraska a 3.5-point favorite.[2] On January 2, 1996, 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 were a team rushing total of 524 yards (out of a total offensive output of 629 yards). I-back Lawrence Phillips carried 25 times for 165 yards and two touchdowns, and he also caught a 16-yard touchdown pass. Quarterback Tommie Frazier finished the game with 199 yards on 16 carries. The game also included one of the most famous plays in Nebraska history: a 75-yard touchdown run in the third quarter by Frazier in which he broke an estimated eight tackles. Florida had entered the contest by having won every game of its regular season by no fewer than 11 points, and the Gator offense had averaged more than 44 points per game, 360 passing yards per game, and 534 yards of total offense per game. The Nebraska defense limited the Gators to 269 yards of total 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[edit]

Ranking Movement
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 Wk 15 Final
AP 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Coaches 1

After the season[edit]

Due to their performance against Florida as well as beating 4 teams that finished in the top 10 by an average score of 49–18, their consistent dominance (smallest margin of victory was 14 points, trailed only once all season, averaging 400 yards rushing per game while allowing only 78, scoring 51 rushing touchdowns while allowing only 6), their record setting offensive performance, and their statistically impressive defense throughout the season, the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers are widely considered one of the greatest teams in college football history. The team set Division 1-A records by averaging 7.0 yards per rushing attempt and also by allowing zero quarterback sacks on the season. Noted for its strong special teams play, the team also connected on 13 of 16 field goal attempts, and it also tied an NCAA record by allowing only five punt returns (for a total of 12 yards) all season. The 1995 Huskers also averaged a victory margin of more than 38 points, the largest of any Division 1-A team since World War II, despite regularly resting their starters in the second halves of games. Averaging more than 53 points per game (including the bowl win), the team averaged 29.8 points per first half - a higher number than the per-game scoring average of many national champions, even including such modern champions as the 2006 Florida Gators, the 2002 Ohio State Buckeyes, and the 1992 Alabama Crimson Tide. Analysts often make comparisons to other recent highly regarded champions, such as the 2001 Miami Hurricanes and the 2004 USC Trojans.[3] 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. The 1995 Cornhuskers were also recently named by Playboy Magazine as the greatest college football team of the Playboy era (since 1957).[4]

Awards[edit]

[5]

Award Name(s)
Sporting News Player of the Year Tommie Frazier
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Tommie Frazier
UPI Player-of-the-Year Tommie Frazier
Maxwell Award Tommie Frazier
All-America 1st team Tommie Frazier, Aaron Graham, Jared Tomich
All-America 2nd team Terrell Farley
All-America 3rd team Grant Wistrom, Aaron Taylor
All-America honorable mention Chris Dishman, Tommie Frazier, Ahman Green, Christian Peter
Big 8 Offensive Player of the Year Tommie Frazier
Big 8 Defensive Newcomer of the Year Terrell Farley
Big 8 Freshman of the Year Ahman Green
Big 8 Offensive Newcomer of the Year Ahman Green
All-Big 8 1st team Eric 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 team Reggie 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[edit]

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.[6]

Name Team
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football - 1995 Schedule/Results". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletics Department. Retrieved May 23, 2009. 
  2. ^ http://www.goldsheet.com/historic/95cfblog.html#44
  3. ^ Top 10 Perfect Seasons SportsIllustrated
  4. ^ "Top 10 All-Time College Football Teams of the Playboy Era". Playboy.com. Retrieved November 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ 1995 Husker Honors
  6. ^ "All Time NFL Huskers". Archived from the original on May 16, 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2009.