1997 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

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1997 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
Logo of the Nebraska athletic teams 1992-2003
Bowl Alliance/Coaches' National Champions
Orange Bowl Champions
Big 12 Champions
Big 12 North Division Champions
Orange Bowl, W 42–17 vs. Tennessee
Conference Big 12 Conference
North Division
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #2
1997 record 13–0 (8–0 Big 12)
Head coach Tom Osborne (25th year)
Offensive coordinator Tom Osborne (28th year)
Offensive scheme I formation
Defensive coordinator Charlie McBride (17th year)
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 72,700)
Seasons
« 1996 1998 »
1997 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
#2 Nebraska xy   8 0         13 0  
#8 Kansas State x   7 1         11 1  
#23 Missouri   5 3         7 5  
Colorado   3 5         5 6  
Kansas   3 5         6 5  
Iowa State   1 7         1 10  
South
#20 Texas A&M xy   6 2         9 4  
#24 Oklahoma State   5 3         8 4  
Texas Tech   5 3         6 5  
Texas   2 6         4 7  
Oklahoma   2 6         4 8  
Baylor   1 7         2 9  
Championship: Nebraska 54, Texas A&M 15
*† – Bowl Alliance representative as champion
‡ – Bowl Alliance at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1997 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Nebraska won their third national championship in four seasons, but this one was shared with Michigan, a member of Nebraska's current conference, the Big Ten Conference.

As well as winning a share of the national title, they won the Big 12 Championship Game for the first time. Overall it was their 42nd Big 12 title (sixth in the last seven years), including championships won when the conference was known as the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association and later the Big Eight Conference.

Schedule[edit]

[1]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 1:00 PM Akron* #6 Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE W 59–14   75,124
September 13 12:30 PM Central Florida* #6 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE W 38–24   75,327
September 20 2:30 PM at #2 Washington* #7 Husky StadiumSeattle, WA ABC W 27–14   74,023
October 4 6:00 PM #17 Kansas State #3 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE FX W 56–26   75,856
October 11 6:00 PM at Baylor #3 Floyd Casey StadiumWaco, TX W 49–21   38,175
October 18 12:30 PM Texas Techdagger #2 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE W 29–0   75,764
October 25 6:00 PM at Kansas #1 Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS FSN W 35–0   42,000
November 1 2:30 PM Oklahoma #1 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE (Rivalry) ABC W 69–7   75,926
November 8 2:30 PM at Missouri #1 Faurot FieldColumbia, MO (The "Flea Kicker" Game/Rivalry) ABC W 45–38 OT  66,846
November 15 11:30 AM Iowa State #3 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE FSN W 77–14   75,613
November 28 1:30 PM at Colorado #2 Folsom FieldBoulder, CO (Rivalry) ABC W 27–24   52,738
December 6 7:00 PM vs. #14 Texas A&M #2 AlamodomeSan Antonio, TX (Big 12 Championship Game) ABC W 54–15   64,824
January 2 7:00 PM vs. #3 Tennessee* #2 Pro Player StadiumMiami Gardens, FL (Orange Bowl) CBS W 42–17   72,385
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

Roster and coaching staff[edit]

1997 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
FB 38 Alexander, DanDan Alexander Fr
OL Altstadt, SteveSteve Altstadt Fr
OT 70 Anderson, EricEric Anderson Sr
TE 94 Antholz, TravisTravis Antholz So
WB 82 Applegate, SeanSean Applegate So
C 52 Baldwin, MattMatt Baldwin So
OG 76 Becvarovski, SashoSasho Becvarovski Fr
SE 20 Beveridge, TomTom Beveridge Fr
WB 14 Brown, LanceLance Brown Jr
IB 36 Buckhalter, CorrellCorrell Buckhalter Fr
TE 90 Carpenter, TimTim Carpenter Sr
SE 6 Cheatham, KennyKenny Cheatham Jr
QB 9 Christo, MonteMonte Christo Jr
OT 68 Clausen, JeffJeff Clausen So
FB 42 Cobb, JoshJosh Cobb Jr
WB Cornelsen, BenBen Cornelsen Fr
WB Cotten, TylerTyler Cotten Fr
QB Crouch, EricEric Crouch Fr
SE 3 Davison, MattMatt Davison Fr
TE 85 DeBates, T.J.T.J. DeBates So
SE Denney, LukeLuke Denney Fr
OT 77 Diekmann, BillyBilly Diekmann Fr
SE 2 Edwards, J.R.J.R. Edwards So
IB 4 Evans, DeAngeloDeAngelo Evans So
WB 12 Finister, DemondDemond Finister So
SE 83 Fischer, CraigCraig Fischer So
SE Friesen, PatPat Friesen Fr
QB 7 Frost, ScottScott Frost Sr
WB Fujan, PaulPaul Fujan Fr
OT 74 Fulton, LonnieLonnie Fulton So
SE 10 Gentile, MikeMike Gentile Fr
OG 72 Gessford, BenBen Gessford Jr
WB 27 Gibson, JohnJohn Gibson Fr
IB Giles, MarcusMarcus Giles Fr
FB Gragert, NickNick Gragert Fr
IB 30 Green, AhmanAhman Green Jr
OL Green, MikeMike Green Fr
SE 80 Haafke, BillyBilly Haafke Jr
OG 53 Havlovic, AaronAaron Havlovic So
OT 51 Henson, KyleKyle Henson Jr
C 59 Heskew, JoshJosh Heskew Jr
OG 55 Hochstein, RussRuss Hochstein Fr
OG 62 Hoskinson, MattMatt Hoskinson Sr
TE 88 Jackson, SheldonSheldon Jackson Jr
TE 34 Jackson, VershanVershan Jackson Sr
OG 56 Johnson, MarcusMarcus Johnson So
SE Johnson, NateNate Johnson Fr
WB Jones, JordanJordan Jones Fr
OT 69 Julch, AdamAdam Julch So
FB 22 Kingston, BenBen Kingston So
TE 87 Kobus, ChadChad Kobus So
OL Kollmorgen, KyleKyle Kollmorgen Fr
SE 89 Lake, Jeff (Robert)Jeff (Robert) Lake Sr
FB 40 Legate, BillyBilly Legate Jr
QB 1 London, FrankieFrankie London So
FB 45 Makovicka, JoelJoel Makovicka Jr
TE 41 McKee, JakeJake McKee Fr
FB 32 Miller, WillieWillie Miller Fr
TE 81 Murphy, JohnJohn Murphy Fr
QB 12 Newcombe, BobbyBobby Newcombe Fr
IB 37 Olnes, JasonJason Olnes So
IB 36 Piening, HankHank Piening Fr
OT 73 Pollack, FredFred Pollack Sr
OT 57 Preister, RyanRyan Preister Fr
C Raiola, DominicDominic Raiola Fr
OL Rasmussen, BuckBuck Rasmussen Fr
TE 86 Roy, DorrickDorrick Roy Jr
QB 16 Runty, JayJay Runty Fr
OG Rutherford, JonJon Rutherford Fr
OG 79 Saalfeld, ChrisChris Saalfeld Fr
FB 21 Schoening, MattMatt Schoening Fr
OT 65 Schwab, JasonJason Schwab So
C 54 Seaman, DougDoug Seaman Sr
OG 63 Sherman, JamesJames Sherman So
IB 31 Sims, JayJay Sims Sr
IB 25 Soucie, TravisTravis Soucie Fr
FB 43 Stanislav, JeremyJeremy Stanislav Fr
OT 95 Tansey, JimJim Tansey So
OG 67 Taylor, AaronAaron Taylor Sr
OT 71 Van Cleave, MikeMike Van Cleave Sr
WB 26 Vanderhoef, CaseyCasey Vanderhoef Fr
OL Volk, DaveDave Volk Fr
OG 61 Wade, BrandtBrandt Wade Jr
RB White, DanDan White Fr
WB 33 Wieting, SeanSean Wieting Sr
WB 5 Wiggins, ShevinShevin Wiggins Jr
QB 3 Wiles, ChadChad Wiles Fr
FB 24 Winkler, AndyAndy Winkler So
TE Wistrom, TraceyTracey Wistrom Fr
OG 64 Zatechka, JonJon Zatechka Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 95 Allen, DerekDerek Allen So
DT 89 Almanzar, LuisLuis Almanzar Fr
LCB 28 Anderson, JoshJosh Anderson Fr
WLB 40 Arens, ErickErick Arens So
WLB 36 Baker, RodRod Baker Fr
RE 87 Bassett, ChrisChris Bassett Sr
LCB 24 Benes, JasonJason Benes Sr
DB Boettner, MicMic Boettner Fr
DB Booker, DionDion Booker Fr
ROV 21 Brown, MikeMike Brown So
RCB 22 Brown, RalphRalph Brown So
MLB 39 Buettenback, BenBen Buettenback So
LB Bunton, GrantGrant Bunton Fr
LB Burrow, JamieJamie Burrow Fr
LB Coyne, JonJon Coyne Fr
SLB 54 Deitloff, ChrisChris Deitloff Fr
DB Demps, DamianDamian Demps Fr
RCB 2 Dennis, LeslieLeslie Dennis Sr
ROV 17 Dittrick, GeorgeGeorge Dittrick Fr
DT 58 Drum, BrandonBrandon Drum Jr
DT 61 Dush, JasonJason Dush Fr
FS 33 Ebke, MitchMitch Ebke Fr
DB Eisenberg, JohnJohn Eisenberg Fr
FS 19 Finley, ClintClint Finley Fr
FS 5 Fischer, EricEric Fischer Fr
MLB 44 Foreman, JayJay Foreman Jr
SLB 34 Froehlich, RussellRussell Froehlich Jr
RCB 18 Gates, JayJay Gates Sr
DT 77 Gill, BobbyBobby Gill So
RE 75 Grummert, MattMatt Grummert Fr
RE 9 Guidry, GeorgeGeorge Guidry Fr
LB Gustafson, ChrisChris Gustafson Fr
FS 45 Hamik, BradBrad Hamik Fr
CB Harrison, BrandonBrandon Harrison Jr
SLB 49 Hogrefe, QuintQuint Hogrefe Jr
DB Ickes, MattMatt Ickes Fr
WLB 50 Jackson, JuliusJulius Jackson So
WLB 1 Johnson, EricEric Johnson Jr
DT 88 Jones, DaveDave Jones Sr
DT 91 Kaiser, LoranLoran Kaiser Fr
RE 57 Kelsay, ChadChad Kelsay Jr
WLB 47 Kohl, JoshJosh Kohl So
RE 82 Lenners, CurtCurt Lenners Sr
ROV 29 List, GreggGregg List So
ROV 6 Makaiwi, KalinKalin Makaiwi Jr
DT 97 Matthews, GlenGlen Matthews Jr
DT 85 McCullough, JasonJason McCullough Jr
WLB 4 McFarlin, OctaviousOctavious McFarlin Sr
DL McGinn, MattMatt McGinn Fr
FS 25 McGraw, GregGreg McGraw So
LB Mehl, LeviLevi Mehl Fr
DT 78 Milius, TomTom Milius So
RE 93 Mooberry, BrandonBrandon Mooberry Fr
SLB 37 Ortiz, TonyTony Ortiz So
LB Penny, JonJon Penny Fr
DT 55 Peter, JasonJason Peter Sr
LCB 11 Peterson, JeromeJerome Peterson So
MLB 13 Polk, CarlosCarlos Polk Fr
ROV 14 Quindt, BrandonBrandon Quindt Fr
SLB 23 Raymond, SteveSteve Raymond So
RCB 10 Reynolds, KhariKhari Reynolds Fr
LB Roth, BrandonBrandon Roth Fr
RE 84 Rucker, MikeMike Rucker Jr
RE 80 Ryan, EricEric Ryan So
SLB 46 Shaw, BrianBrian Shaw So
RE 76 Siebenborn, ScottScott Siebenborn Fr
LB Svoboda, RyanRyan Svoboda Fr
DB 16 Swiney, ErwinErwin Swiney Fr
LB Terrio, NickNick Terrio Fr
DT 79 Tessendorf, RossRoss Tessendorf Jr
DB Tillery, AlikAlik Tillery Fr
RE 92 Toline, TravisTravis Toline Jr
DB Turner, ArionArion Turner Fr
MLB 48 Tuttle, ChadChad Tuttle Fr
MLB 56 Urban, NolandNoland Urban Fr
LB Van Boening, SimonSimon Van Boening Fr
RE Vanden Bosch, KyleKyle Vanden Bosch Fr
LB Vedral, MarkMark Vedral Fr
CB 27 Walker, JoeJoe Walker Fr
DT 94 Walters, BrianBrian Walters Fr
FS 32 Walther, EricEric Walther Jr
RE 90 Wardyn, BrandonBrandon Wardyn Fr
FS 3 Warfield, EricEric Warfield Sr
DT 96 Warren, SteveSteve Warren So
ROV 42 Watchorn, TroyTroy Watchorn Fr
LB Wichmann, J.P. (John Paul)J.P. (John Paul) Wichmann Fr
RE 81 Wills, AaronAaron Wills So
DT 99 Wiltz, JasonJason Wiltz Jr
RE 98 Wistrom, GrantGrant Wistrom Sr
DB Woodward, WesWes Woodward Fr
RE 38 Zahl, BrendanBrendan Zahl Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 35 Brown, KrisKris Brown Jr
PK 12 Hadenfeldt, DanDan Hadenfeldt So
P 19 Kosch, JesseJesse Kosch Sr
P 23 Lafleur, BillBill Lafleur Jr
PK 28 Long, ChaceChace Long Fr
P 8 Morro, BrianBrian Morro Jr
PK 13 Retzlaff, TedTed Retzlaff Sr
P/PK Tack, ChuckChuck Tack Fr
asst_coach=
  • Charlie McBride
       17th season as DC/LB coach
       21st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Colorado
  • Turner Gill
       6th season as QB coach
       6th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Craig Bohl
       3rd season as LB coach
       6th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Ron Brown
       11th season as WR/TE coach
       11th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Brown
  • Dan Young
       15th season as OL/K coach
       15th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Reed
  • Milt Tenopir
       24th season as OL coach
       24th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Sterling
  • Nelson Barnes
       1st season as RE coach
       1st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: North Texas
  • George Darlington
       DB coach
       25th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Rutgers
  • Frank Solich
       15th season as RB coach
       19th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Boyd Epley
       29th season as S&C coach
       29th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
Head coach

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Coordinators/assistant coaches

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Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Game notes[edit]

Akron[edit]

Akron at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Akron 0 0 7 7 14
Nebraska 14 24 14 7 59


Central Florida[edit]

Central Florida at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Central Florida 7 10 0 7 24
Nebraska 0 14 17 7 38


Washington[edit]

Nebraska at Washington [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 14 7 0 6 27
Washington 0 7 7 0 14


Kansas State[edit]

Kansas State at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Kansas State 6 0 6 14 26
Nebraska 10 10 21 15 56


Baylor[edit]

Nebraska at Baylor [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 14 28 7 0 49
Baylor 7 0 0 14 21


Texas Tech[edit]

Texas Tech at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Texas Tech 0 0 0 0 0
Nebraska 3 10 9 7 29


Kansas[edit]

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


Oklahoma[edit]

Oklahoma at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Oklahoma 0 0 7 0 7
Nebraska 20 14 21 14 69


Missouri[edit]

Main article: Flea Kicker
Nebraska at Missouri [box score]
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Nebraska 14 7 7 10 7 45
Missouri 7 17 7 7 0 38


Iowa State[edit]

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


Colorado[edit]

Nebraska at Colorado [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 3 7 17 0 27
Colorado 0 3 7 14 24


Texas A&M[edit]

Texas A&M vs Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Texas A&M 0 3 0 12 15
Nebraska 16 21 3 14 54


Tennessee[edit]

Tennessee vs Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Tennessee 0 3 6 8 17
Nebraska 7 7 21 7 42


Statistics[edit]

  • QB Scott Frost: 88/159 (55.3%) for 1,237 yards (7.80) with 5 TD vs. 4 INT (2.52%). 176 carries for 1,095 yards (6.22) and 19 TD.
  • RB Ahman Green: 278 carries for 1,877 yards (6.75) with 22 TD. 16 catches for 151 yards and 0 TD.
  • FB Joel Makovicka: 105 carries for 685 yards (6.52) and 9 TD.
  • RB Correll Buckhalter: 54 carries for 311 yards (5.76) and 6 TD.
  • WR Lance Brown: 12 catches for 226 yards (18.83) and 0 TD.
  • WR Matt Davison: 10 catches for 219 yards (21.90) and 1 TD.

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 6 6 6 6 7 3 3 3 2 1 1 1 3 3 2 2 2 2
Coaches 1

After the season[edit]

Nebraska Head Coach Tom Osborne announced his retirement just prior to the 1998 Orange bowl, capping a remarkable career of success. The #2 Cornhuskers handily defeated the #3 Tennessee Volunteers 42–17, while #1 Michigan defeated #7 Washington State team 21–16. The 1997 Huskers set an NCAA record that still stands by scoring an average of 5.5 rushing touchdowns per game (66 rushing touchdowns in twelve games, not including the six scored in the Orange Bowl).[2]

Awards[edit]

[3]

Award Name(s)
Lombardi Award Grant Wistrom
Outland Trophy Aaron Taylor
Big 12 Male Athlete of the Year Grant Wistrom
All-America 1st team Jason Peter, Aaron Taylor, Grant Wistrom
All-America 2nd team Ahman Green
All-America 3rd team Eric Anderson
All-Big 12 1st team Eric Anderson, Mike Brown, Ralph Brown, Scott Frost, Ahman Green, Jason Peter, Aaron Taylor, Grant Wistrom
All-Big 12 2nd team Jay Foreman
All-Big 12 3rd team Josh Heskew, Chad Kelsay, Eric Warfield, Jon Zatechka
All-Big 12 honorable mention Kris Brown, Jesse Kosch, Joel Makovicka, Fred Pollack, Mike Rucker, Jason Wiltz

NFL and Pro Players[edit]

The following Nebraska players who participated in the 1997 season later moved on to the next level and joined a professional or semi-pro team as draftees or free agents.[4]

Name Team
Dan Alexander Tennessee Titans
Eric Anderson Amsterdam Admirals
Kris Brown Pittsburgh Steelers
Mike Brown Chicago Bears
Ralph Brown New York Giants
Correll Buckhalter Philadelphia Eagles
Eric Crouch St. Louis Rams
Clint Finley Kansas City Chiefs
Jay Foreman Buffalo Bills
Scott Frost New York Jets
Ahman Green Seattle Seahawks
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
Bobby Newcombe Montreal Alouettes
Tony Ortiz Scottish Claymores
Jason Peter Carolina Panthers
Carlos Polk San Diego Chargers
Dominic Raiola Detroit Lions
Mike Rucker Carolina Panthers
Erwin Swiney Green Bay Packers
Larry Townsend Berlin Thunder
Kyle Vanden Bosch Arizona Cardinals
Joe Walker Tennessee Titans
Eric Warfield Kansas City Chiefs
Steve Warren Green Bay Packers
Jason Wiltz New York Jets
Grant Wistrom St. Louis Rams
Jon Zatechka Berlin Thunder

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football - 1997 Schedule/Results". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletics Department. Retrieved May 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ http://web1.ncaa.org/web_files/stats/football_records/DI/2010/2010FBS.pdf
  3. ^ 1997 Husker Honors
  4. ^ "All Time NFL Huskers". Archived from the original on May 27, 2009. Retrieved May 21, 2009.