1996 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

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1996 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
Logo of the Nebraska athletic teams 1992-2003
Big 12 North Division Champions
Orange Bowl Champions
Orange Bowl, W 41–21 vs. Virginia Tech
Conference Big 12 Conference
North Division
Ranking
Coaches #6
AP #6
1996 record 11–2 (8–0 Big 12)
Head coach Tom Osborne (24th year)
Offensive coordinator Tom Osborne (27th year)
Offensive scheme I formation
Defensive coordinator Charlie McBride (16th year)
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 72,700)
Seasons
« 1995 1997 »
1996 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
#6 Nebraska x   8 0         11 2  
#8 Colorado   7 1         11 2  
#17 Kansas State   6 2         9 3  
Missouri   3 5         5 6  
Kansas   2 6         4 7  
Iowa State   1 7         2 9  
South
#23 Texas x   6 2         8 5  
Texas Tech   5 3         6 5  
Texas A&M   4 4         6 6  
Oklahoma   3 5         3 8  
Oklahoma State   2 6         5 6  
Baylor   1 7         4 7  
Championship: Texas 37, Nebraska 27
*† – Bowl Alliance representative as champion
‡ – Bowl Alliance at-large representative
x – Division champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1996 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

This was the first season for Nebraska in the Big 12 Conference, which took on that name after adding four schools from the disbanded Southwest Conference; the conference had been known as the Big Eight Conference since 1964, and was the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association before that. Nebraska was placed in the North Division with the four other Midwest schools in the conference, plus Colorado, all of which were in the conference prior to 1996; the Oklahoma schools joined with the former SWC members (all of which were in Texas) to form the South Division.

Nebraska participated in the very first Big 12 Championship Game by winning the North Division. They were upset by the unranked winners of the South Division, Texas. They still played in an Alliance bowl, the Orange Bowl, where they beat Virginia Tech.

Schedule[edit]

[1]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 7 11:00 AM Michigan State* #1 Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE ABC W 55–14   75,590
September 21 9:15 PM at #17 Arizona State* #1 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ FSN L 0–19   74,089
September 28 11:30 AM Colorado State* #8 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE ABC W 65–9   75,575
October 5 11:30 AM at #16 Kansas State #7 KSU StadiumManhattan, KS ABC W 39–3   43,916
October 12 1:00 PM Baylordagger #5 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE W 49–0   75,478
October 19 2:30 PM at Texas Tech #5 Jones StadiumLubbock, TX ABC W 24–10   51,344
October 26 6:00 PM Kansas #5 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE FSN W 63–7   75,158
November 2 11:00 AM at Oklahoma #5 Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK (Rivalry) ABC W 73–21   75,004
November 9 1:00 PM Missouri #5 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE (Rivalry) W 51–7   75,133
November 16 1:00 PM at Iowa State #5 Cyclone StadiumAmes, IA W 49–14   47,850
November 29 1:30 PM #5 Colorado #4 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE (Rivalry) ABC W 17–12   75,695
December 7 7:00 PM vs. Texas #3 Trans World DomeSt. Louis, MO (Big 12 Championship Game) ABC L 27–37   63,109
December 31 7:00 PM vs. #10 Virginia Tech* #6 Pro Player StadiumMiami Gardens, FL (Orange Bowl) ABC W 41–21   51,212
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

Roster and coaching staff[edit]

1996 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
FB 38 Alexander, DanDan Alexander Fr
OT 70 Anderson, EricEric Anderson Jr
WB 35 Applegate, SeanSean Applegate Fr
RB Baker, RodRod Baker Fr
C 57 Baldwin, MattMatt Baldwin Fr
OL Becvarovski, SashoSasho Becvarovski Fr
IB 21 Benning, DamonDamon Benning Sr
SE Beveridge, TomTom Beveridge Fr
WB 14 Brown, LanceLance Brown So
TE 90 Carpenter, TimTim Carpenter Jr
SE 6 Cheatham, KennyKenny Cheatham So
QB 9 Christo, MonteMonte Christo So
OT 68 Clausen, JeffJeff Clausen Fr
FB 42 Cobb, JoshJosh Cobb So
TE 83 DeBates, T.J.T.J. DeBates Fr
C Deitloff, ChrisChris Deitloff Fr
OL Diekmann, BillyBilly Diekmann Fr
OG 75 Dishman, ChrisChris Dishman Sr
OL Douglas, TrentonTrenton Douglas Fr
SE Edwards, J.R.J.R. Edwards Fr
IB 22 Eicher, ChadChad Eicher Jr
IB 4 Evans, DeAngeloDeAngelo Evans Fr
OL Ferrell, JustinJustin Ferrell Fr
SE 87 Finister, DemondDemond Finister Fr
QB Finley, ClintClint Finley Fr
SE 88 Fischer, CraigCraig Fischer Fr
SE Frame, TimTim Frame Fr
QB 7 Frost, ScottScott Frost Jr
OT 53 Fulton, LonnieLonnie Fulton Fr
WB Gentile, MikeMike Gentile Fr
OT 72 Gessford, BenBen Gessford So
WB Gibson, JohnJohn Gibson Fr
IB 30 Green, AhmanAhman Green So
SE 80 Haafke, BillyBilly Haafke So
TE Hastings, ChrisChris Hastings Fr
C 54 Havlovic, AaronAaron Havlovic Fr
SE 82 Held, RyanRyan Held Jr
OT 74 Henson, KyleKyle Henson So
C 59 Heskew, JoshJosh Heskew Jr
OL Hochstein, RussRuss Hochstein Fr
SE 5 Holbein, BrendanBrendan Holbein Sr
OG 66 Horst, JoeJoe Horst Jr
OG 62 Hoskinson, MattMatt Hoskinson Jr
TE 88 Jackson, SheldonSheldon Jackson So
TE 34 Jackson, VershanVershan Jackson Jr
OG 52 Johnson, MarcusMarcus Johnson Fr
OT 69 Julch, AdamAdam Julch Fr
FB 22 Kingston, BenBen Kingston So
TE 83 Kobus, ChadChad Kobus Fr
SE 89 Lake, Jeff (Robert)Jeff (Robert) Lake Jr
FB 40 Legate, BillyBilly Legate So
QB 1 London, FrankieFrankie London Fr
FB 45 Makovicka, JoelJoel Makovicka So
TE McKee, JakeJake McKee Fr
OT 78 Mikos, KoryKory Mikos Sr
WB 17 Miller, AndyAndy Miller So
FB Miller, WillieWillie Miller Fr
IB 24 Olnes, JasonJason Olnes Fr
QB 12 Perino, JeffJeff Perino Fr
RB Piening, HankHank Piening Fr
OT 73 Pollack, FredFred Pollack Jr
IB 27 Raymond, SteveSteve Raymond Fr
TE 86 Roy, DorrickDorrick Roy So
QB Runty, JayJay Runty Fr
OL Saalfeld, ChrisChris Saalfeld Fr
FB Schoening, MattMatt Schoening Fr
FB 28 Schuster, BrianBrian Schuster Sr
OG 65 Schwab, JasonJason Schwab Fr
C 56 Seaman, DougDoug Seaman Jr
OG 63 Sherman, JamesJames Sherman Fr
IB 31 Sims, JamesJames Sims Jr
RB Soucie, TravisTravis Soucie Fr
FB Stanislav, JeremyJeremy Stanislav Fr
OT 69 Tansey, JimJim Tansey Fr
C 67 Taylor, AaronAaron Taylor Jr
FB Todd, ArbyArby Todd Fr
OT 77 Treu, AdamAdam Treu Sr
QB 11 Turman, MattMatt Turman Sr
OG 71 Van Cleave, MikeMike Van Cleave Jr
WB 25 Vedral, JonJon Vedral Sr
C 51 Vrzal, MattMatt Vrzal Sr
OG 61 Wade, BrandtBrandt Wade So
OL Walters, BrianBrian Walters Fr
TE Wardyn, BrandonBrandon Wardyn Fr
OL Webber, DavidDavid Webber Fr
WB 33 Wieting, SeanSean Wieting Jr
WB 29 Wiggins, ShevinShevin Wiggins So
QB Wiles, ChadChad Wiles Fr
TE 85 Wills, AaronAaron Wills Fr
OG 64 Zatechka, JonJon Zatechka Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 48 Alderman, DaveDave Alderman Sr
DT 90 Allen, DerekDerek Allen Fr
DT 94 Almanzar, LuisLuis Almanzar Fr
DB Anderson, JoshJosh Anderson Fr
RE 96 Antholz, TravisTravis Antholz Fr
WLB 40 Arens, ErickErick Arens Fr
SLB 81 Arnold, LarryLarry Arnold Sr
RE 87 Bassett, ChrisChris Bassett Jr
FS 24 Benes, JasonJason Benes Jr
RCB 17 Blahak, ChadChad Blahak Sr
LB Boellstorff, BlaineBlaine Boellstorff Fr
LCB 20 Booker, MichaelMichael Booker Sr
DB 21 Brown, MikeMike Brown Fr
DB 22 Brown, RalphRalph Brown Fr
MLB 47 Buettenback, BenBen Buettenback Fr
RCB 2 Dennis, LeslieLeslie Dennis Jr
ROV 20 Dittrick, GeorgeGeorge Dittrick Fr
DT 74 Drum, BrandonBrandon Drum So
DL Dush, JasonJason Dush Fr
WLB 43 Farley, TerrellTerrell Farley Sr
DB Fischer, EricEric Fischer Fr
MLB 56 Foreman, JayJay Foreman So
SLB 37 Froehlich, RussellRussell Froehlich So
RCB 12 Fullman, MikeMike Fullman Sr
RE 85 Gard, SeanSean Gard Jr
DL Gill, BobbyBobby Gill Fr
DE Guidry, GeorgeGeorge Guidry Fr
SLB 86 Gumm, TrentTrent Gumm So
DB Hamik, BradBrad Hamik Fr
LB 44 Hesse, JonJon Hesse Sr
WLB 49 Hogrefe, QuintQuint Hogrefe So
WLB 53 Hunting, MattMatt Hunting Jr
MLB 50 Jackson, JuliusJulius Jackson Fr
RCB Jeffrey, TomTom Jeffrey Fr
DB Johnson, EricEric Johnson So
RE Jones, DaveDave Jones So
DE Kaiser, LoranLoran Kaiser Fr
RE 57 Kelsay, ChadChad Kelsay So
WLB 43 Kohl, JoshJosh Kohl Fr
RE 80 Lenners, CurtCurt Lenners Jr
ROV 14 List, GreggGregg List Fr
WLB 35 Macken, CaseyCasey Macken So
ROV 21 Makaiwi, KalinKalin Makaiwi So
RCB 2 McClymont, AlexAlex McClymont So
ROV 4 McFarlin, OctaviousOctavious McFarlin Jr
FS 29 McGraw, GregGreg McGraw Fr
DT 72 Milius, TomTom Milius Fr
RE 83 Miller, BryceBryce Miller Sr
ROV 10 Minter, MikeMike Minter Sr
RE Mooberry, BrandonBrandon Mooberry Fr
RE Murphy, JohnJohn Murphy Fr
DT 97 Ogard, JeffJeff Ogard Sr
SLB 37 Ortiz, TonyTony Ortiz Fr
DT 95 Peter, JasonJason Peter Jr
RCB 26 Peterson, JeromeJerome Peterson Fr
LB Polk, CarlosCarlos Polk Fr
DB Quindt, BrandonBrandon Quindt Fr
CB Reynolds, KhariKhari Reynolds Fr
ROV 39 Roberts, MikeMike Roberts Sr
DL Rooks, LaronLaron Rooks Fr
RE 84 Rucker, MikeMike Rucker So
RE 86 Ryan, EricEric Ryan Fr
DT 74 Saltsman, ScottScott Saltsman Sr
RE Schwager, MattMatt Schwager Fr
RE 15 Sears, KareemKareem Sears Fr
SLB 46 Shaw, BrianBrian Shaw Fr
DL Siebenborn, ScottScott Siebenborn Fr
FS 16 Stokes, EricEric Stokes Sr
WLB 91 Terwilliger, RyanRyan Terwilliger Sr
DT 79 Tessendorf, RossRoss Tessendorf So
LCB 27 Thompson, AndyAndy Thompson So
RE 92 Toline, TravisTravis Toline So
RE 93 Tomich, JaredJared Tomich Sr
DT 94 Townsend, LarryLarry Townsend Sr
DT 65 Troxel, TheronTheron Troxel Fr
LB Tuttle, ChadChad Tuttle Fr
LB Urban, NolandNoland Urban Fr
DB Vanderhoef, CaseyCasey Vanderhoef Fr
FS 32 Walther, EricEric Walther So
FS 3 Warfield, EricEric Warfield Jr
DT Warren, SteveSteve Warren Fr
DB Watchorn, TroyTroy Watchorn Fr
WLB 52 Watson, KeelyKeely Watson Jr
FS 25 Wells, JeffJeff Wells Fr
SLB 28 Williams, JamelJamel Williams Sr
DT 99 Wiltz, JasonJason Wiltz So
DL Winston, TerryTerry Winston Fr
RE 98 Wistrom, GrantGrant Wistrom Jr
RE 87 Zahl, BrendanBrendan Zahl Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 35 Brown, KrisKris Brown So
P/PK 17 Hadenfeldt, DanDan Hadenfeldt Fr
P 19 Kosch, JesseJesse Kosch Jr
P 23 Lafleur, BillBill Lafleur So
PK Long, ChaceChace Long Fr
P 8 Morro, BrianBrian Morro So
PK 13 Retzlaff, TedTed Retzlaff Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Charlie McBride
       16th season as DC/LB coach
       20th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Colorado
  • Turner Gill
       5th season as QB coach
       5th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Craig Bohl
       2nd season as LB coach
       5th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Ron Brown
       10th season as WR/TE coach
       10th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Brown
  • Dan Young
       14th season as OL/K coach
       14th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Reed
  • Milt Tenopir
       23rd season as OL coach
       23rd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Sterling
  • Tony Samuel
       11th season as OLB coach
       11th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • George Darlington
       DB coach
       24th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Rutgers
  • Frank Solich
       14th season as RB coach
       18th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Boyd Epley
       28th season as S&C coach
       28th 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]

Michigan State[edit]

Michigan State at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan State 0 0 7 7 14
Nebraska 7 20 21 7 55


Arizona State[edit]

Nebraska at Arizona State [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 0 0 0 0 0
Arizona State 9 8 0 2 19


Colorado State[edit]

Colorado State at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Colorado State 0 6 0 3 9
Nebraska 7 17 20 21 65


Kansas State[edit]

Nebraska at Kansas State [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 6 12 14 7 39
Kansas State 0 3 0 0 3


Baylor[edit]

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


Texas Tech[edit]

Nebraska at Texas Tech [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 7 3 7 7 24
Texas Tech 7 3 0 0 10


Kansas[edit]

Kansas at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Kansas 0 7 0 0 7
Nebraska 7 35 14 7 63


Oklahoma[edit]

Nebraska at Oklahoma [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 0 17 28 28 73
Oklahoma 0 0 0 21 21


Missouri[edit]

Missouri at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Missouri 0 0 0 7 7
Nebraska 7 16 28 0 51


Iowa State[edit]

Nebraska at Iowa State [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 20 8 14 7 49
Iowa State 0 0 7 7 14


Colorado[edit]

Colorado at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Colorado 6 0 3 3 12
Nebraska 7 10 0 0 17


Texas[edit]

Nebraska vs Texas [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 7 10 7 3 27
Texas 7 13 3 14 37


Virginia Tech[edit]

Virginia Tech vs Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Virginia Tech 7 7 7 0 21
Nebraska 0 17 14 10 41


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 Wk 16 Final
AP 1 1 1 1 1 8 7 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 3 6 6
Coaches 6

Awards[edit]

[2]

Award Name(s)
All-America 1st team Aaron Taylor, Jared Tomich, Grant Wistrom
All-America 2nd team Chris Dishman
Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Grant Wistrom
All-America Freshman 1st team Ralph Brown
All-Big 12 1st team Chris Dishman, Jon Hesse, Jared Tomich, Mike Minter, Jason Peter, Aaron Taylor, Grant Wistrom
All-Big 12 2nd team Eric Anderson, Michael Booker, Kris Brown, Jeff Ogard, Jamel Williams
All-Big 12 3rd team Scott Frost, Terrell Farley, Ahman Green
All-Big 12 honorable mention Ralph Brown, DeAngelo Evans, Brendan Holbein, Vershan Jackson, Jesse Kosch, Brian Schuster, Eric Stokes, Jon Vedral, Jamel Williams
Big 12 Coach of the Year Tom Osborne

NFL and Pro Players[edit]

The following Nebraska players who participated in the 1996 season later moved on to the next level and joined a professional or semi-pro team as draftees or free agents.[3]

Name Team
Dan Alexander Tennessee Titans
Eric Anderson Amsterdam Admirals
Michael Booker Atlanta Falcons
Kris Brown Pittsburgh Steelers
Mike Brown Chicago Bears
Ralph Brown New York Giants
Chris Dishman Arizona Cardinals
Clint Finley Kansas City Chiefs
Jay Foreman Buffalo Bills
Scott Frost New York Jets
Ahman Green Seattle Seahawks
Jon Hesse Green Bay Packers
Russ Hochstein Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sheldon Jackson Buffalo Bills
Vershan Jackson Kansas City Chiefs
Eric Johnson Oakland Raiders
Chad Kelsay Pittsburgh Steelers
Bill Lafleur Barcelona Dragons
Joel Makovicka Arizona Cardinals
Mike Minter Carolina Panthers
Tony Ortiz Scottish Claymores
Jason Peter Carolina Panthers
Carlos Polk San Diego Chargers
Mike Rucker Carolina Panthers
Eric Stokes Seattle Seahawks
Jared Tomich New Orleans Saints
Larry Townsend Berlin Thunder
Adam Treu Oakland Raiders
Eric Warfield Kansas City Chiefs
Steve Warren Green Bay Packers
Jamel Williams Washington Redskins
Jason Wiltz New York Jets
Grant Wistrom St. Louis Rams
Jon Zatechka Berlin Thunder

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football - 1996 Schedule/Results". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletics Department. Retrieved May 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ 1996 Husker Honors
  3. ^ "All Time NFL Huskers". Archived from the original on May 27, 2009. Retrieved May 21, 2009.