2001 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

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2001 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
Logo of the Nebraska athletic teams 1992-2003
Big 12 North Co-Champions
Conference Big 12 Conference
North Division
Ranking
Coaches #7
AP #8
2001 record 11–2 (7–1 Big 12)
Head coach Frank Solich (4th year)
Offensive coordinator Frank Solich (4th year)
Offensive scheme I formation
Defensive coordinator Craig Bohl (2nd year)
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 73,918)
Seasons
« 2000 2002 »
2001 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
#9 Colorado xy   7 1         10 3  
#8 Nebraska x   7 1         11 2  
Iowa State   4 4         7 5  
Kansas State   3 5         6 6  
Missouri   3 5         4 7  
Kansas   1 7         3 8  
South
#5 Texas xy   7 1         11 2  
#6 Oklahoma   6 2         11 2  
Texas A&M   4 4         8 4  
Texas Tech   4 4         7 5  
Oklahoma State   2 6         4 7  
Baylor   0 8         3 8  
Championship: Colorado 39, Texas 37
† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2001 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 2001 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Frank Solich and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 25 2:30 PM TCU* #4 Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE (Pigskin Classic) ABC W 21–7   77,473
September 1 11:30 AM Troy State* #4 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE FSN W 42–14   77,812
September 8 7:00 PM #17 Notre Dame* #5 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE ABC W 27–10   78,118
September 20 7:30 PM Rice* #4 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE W 48–3   77,344
September 29 11:30 AM at Missouri #4 Faurot FieldColumbia, MO (Rivalry) FSN W 36–3   64,204
October 6 6:00 PM Iowa State #4 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE FSN W 48–14   78,002
October 13 1:00 PM at Baylor #4 Floyd Casey StadiumWaco, TX W 48–7   38,102
October 20 6:00 PM Texas Techdagger #3 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE FSN W 41–31   77,838
October 27 11:00 AM #2 Oklahoma #3 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE (Rivalry) ABC W 20–10   78,031
November 3 6:00 PM at Kansas #2 Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS FSN W 51–7   50,750
November 10 2:30 PM Kansas State #2 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE ABC W 31–21   77,818
November 23 3:30 PM at #14 Colorado #2 Folsom FieldBoulder, CO (Rivalry) ABC L 36–62   53,790
January 3 7:00 PM vs. #1 Miami (FL)* #4 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) ABC L 14–37   93,781
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

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Roster and coaching staff[edit]

2001 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
IB 41 Albertson, MattMatt Albertson Jr
OG Altstadt, SteveSteve Altstadt Sr
OG 71 Andersen, JakeJake Andersen RFr
SE 38 Biodrowski, BrandonBrandon Biodrowski Fr
TE 84 Bowling, JonJon Bowling Jr
SE Brye, CliffordClifford Brye Jr
QB 11 Chrisman, JoeJoe Chrisman Jr
OG 59 Cody, WesWes Cody Jr
IB 1 Collins, ThunderThunder Collins Jr
SE 32 Cook, KellyKelly Cook So
WB 81 Cornelsen, BenBen Cornelsen Jr
QB 7 Crouch, EricEric Crouch Sr
TE 80 Dabbert, WillWill Dabbert Jr
FB 4 Davies, JuddJudd Davies So
IB 25 Davis, JoshJosh Davis So
OG 50 Dawson, JonJon Dawson So
IB 30 Diedrick, DahrranDahrran Diedrick Jr
WB 29 Dunn, AndrewAndrew Dunn RFr
OG 78 Erickson, MikeMike Erickson RFr
OT 65 Flaum, M.J.M.J. Flaum RFr
OG 77 Fonoti, ToniuToniu Fonoti Jr
C 52 Garrison, JohnJohn Garrison Jr
WB 8 Gibson, JohnJohn Gibson Sr
TE 99 Golliday, AaronAaron Golliday Jr
FB 49 Gragert, NickNick Gragert Sr
OT 72 Green, TimTim Green So
IB 6 Grixby, DeAntaeDeAntae Grixby So
SE 89 Hassebroek, TroyTroy Hassebroek Jr
C Incognito, RichieRichie Incognito Fr
SE 80 Jisa, JasonJason Jisa RFr
FB 37 Kastl, PaulPaul Kastl Jr
TE 41 Keiser, DustyDusty Keiser RFr
SE 19 Klem, JohnJohn Klem Jr
OT 73 Koethe, ScottScott Koethe Jr
OT 75 Kollmorgen, KyleKyle Kollmorgen Sr
C 74 Kolowski, DavidDavid Kolowski Jr
OT 67 Kolterman, NateNate Kolterman Jr
FB 45 Kriewald, SteveSteve Kriewald RFr
SE 28 Liley, TimTim Liley So
C 63 Limbaugh, JackJack Limbaugh So
QB 15 Lindstrom, BrettBrett Lindstrom So
WB 12 Long, DeWayneDeWayne Long RFr
OT 76 Loos, ChrisChris Loos So
QB 10 Lord, JammalJammal Lord So
QB McLaughlin, MikeMike McLaughlin So
SE 14 Mikluscak, RyanRyan Mikluscak RFr
IB 21 Miller, RobinRobin Miller So
OG 61 Nelson, BrianBrian Nelson So
WB 24 O'Holleran, JackJack O'Holleran RFr
SE 23 Ommert, RyanRyan Ommert So
TE 82 Peetz, PhilPhil Peetz So
OT Pike, GaryGary Pike Fr
WB 27 Plooster, MattMatt Plooster So
OT 69 Povendo, NickNick Povendo RFr
IB 36 Reese, TimTim Reese So
TE 86 Ringenberg, KyleKyle Ringenberg Jr
IB Ross, CoryCory Ross Fr
OG 66 Rutherford, JonJon Rutherford Sr
TE 83 Septak, ChrisChris Septak RFr
OG 79 Sewell, JoshJosh Sewell So
TE 42 Shada, AlexAlex Shada RFr
C 53 Shook, MattMatt Shook Jr
QB 13 Siefken, ScottScott Siefken RFr
IB Simmons, MarquesMarques Simmons Fr
QB 16 Stuntz, MikeMike Stuntz Fr
OG 55 Tagoa'i, JuniorJunior Tagoa'i So
SE 9 Thomas, WilsonWilson Thomas Jr
WB 31 Thorne, FredFred Thorne So
FB 35 Tomasevicz, CurtCurt Tomasevicz RFr
OT 68 Vili Waldrop, DanDan Vili Waldrop So
OT 57 Volk, CodyCody Volk So
OT 58 Volk, DaveDave Volk Sr
SE 20 Wigert, KiffinKiffin Wigert RFr
FB 25 Wingender, AndyAndy Wingender So
TE 87 Wistrom, TraceyTracey Wistrom Sr
WB 5 Zajicek, BenBen Zajicek RFr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
RE 98 Adams, DemoineDemoine Adams Jr
NT Adams, TitusTitus Adams Fr
FS 27 Amos, WillieWillie Amos So
DT 59 Bingham, RyonRyon Bingham So
ROV 21 Bland, PhilipPhilip Bland Fr
ROV 29 Boettner, MicMic Boettner Sr
FS 14 Booker, DionDion Booker Sr
NT 91 Brown, ManaiaManaia Brown RFr
WLB 39 Buller, ChadChad Buller So
FS Bullocks, DanielDaniel Bullocks Fr
ROV Bullocks, JoshJosh Bullocks Fr
CB Burgess, RodneyRodney Burgess Jr
FS 36 Burrow, DanDan Burrow RFr
MLB 48 Burrow, JamieJamie Burrow Sr
ROV 4 Butler, TerrellTerrell Butler So
NT 55 Clanton, JonJon Clanton Jr
MLB 47 Cooper, IraIra Cooper RFr
LCB 3 Craver, KeyuoKeyuo Craver Sr
ROV 32 Demerath, TimTim Demerath Sr
NT Evwaraye, SeppoSeppo Evwaraye Fr
SLB 51 Fries, GabeGabe Fries Jr
RCB 5 Groce, DeJuanDeJuan Groce Jr
LCB 26 Guse, KevinKevin Guse So
NT Helming, JaredJared Helming Fr
RCB 18 Hemje, JeffJeff Hemje Sr
WLB 46 Hoke, AnthonyAnthony Hoke So
MLB 17 Hollowell, T.J.T.J. Hollowell So
ROV 40 Hopkins, LannieLannie Hopkins RFr
RCB 15 Huston, KellenKellen Huston RFr
RCB 24 Ickes, MattMatt Ickes Sr
LCB 30 Jackson, JoelJoel Jackson RFr
WLB 23 Johnson, BlanchardBlanchard Johnson So
RE 88 Johnson, TrevorTrevor Johnson So
DT 94 Kabongo, PatrickPatrick Kabongo So
RE 57 Kelsay, ChrisChris Kelsay Jr
CB Landingham, RandyRandy Landingham Fr
NT 70 Lohr, JasonJason Lohr Sr
MLB 53 Makris, MikeMike Makris So
CB Manning, DaniealDanieal Manning Fr
DT 79 Manning, StephenStephen Manning Jr
RE 76 McBride, JeffJeff McBride RFr
LCB 6 McPherson, LornellLornell McPherson RFr
WLB 58 Miller, TimTim Miller So
DT 85 Nelson, CaseyCasey Nelson Sr
LCB 13 Otto, JamieJamie Otto RFr
FS 31 Pippens, JerrellJerrell Pippens So
WLB 44 Richenberger, JasonJason Richenberger RFr
LCB 13 Ricketts, PatPat Ricketts So
MLB Ruud, BarrettBarrett Ruud Fr
MLB 47 Safranek, SteveSteve Safranek So
FS 35 Scholting, CarlCarl Scholting So
SLB 43 Shanle, ScottScott Shanle Jr
RE 97 Shrader, MattMatt Shrader Fr
LB Sievers, ChadChad Sievers So
DT 56 Slechta, JeremyJeremy Slechta Sr
SLB 45 Smith, JemondJemond Smith Jr
RE 92 Smith, JustinJustin Smith Jr
DT Smith, Le KevinLe Kevin Smith Fr
WLB 34 Stella, RandyRandy Stella Jr
RCB 16 Swiney, ErwinErwin Swiney Sr
MLB 90 Tata, TonyTony Tata Jr
ROV 2 Terpening, AaronAaron Terpening Jr
RE 10 Thomas, BenardBenard Thomas So
RE 93 Toline, TylerTyler Toline RFr
WLB 9 Vedral, MarkMark Vedral Sr
RE 97 Warrior, AdrianAdrian Warrior Jr
LCB 29 White, JayJay White Jr
LCB 33 White, SethSeth White So
RE 95 Wichmann, J.P. (John Paul)J.P. (John Paul) Wichmann Sr
ROV 20 Woodward, WesWes Woodward Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 26 Brown, JoshJosh Brown Jr
PK 22 DeAngelis, SandroSandro DeAngelis RFr
P 19 Larson, KyleKyle Larson So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Craig Bohl
       2nd season as DC/LB coach
       10th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Turner Gill
       10th season as QB coach
       10th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Ron Brown
       15th season as WR/TE coach
       15th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Brown
  • Jeff Jamrog
       2nd season as DL coach
       4th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Dan Young
       19th season as OL/K coach
       19th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Reed
  • Milt Tenopir
       28th season as OL coach
       28th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Sterling
  • Nelson Barnes
       5th season as RE coach
       5th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: North Texas
  • George Darlington
       DB coach
       29th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Rutgers
  • Dave Gillespie
       4th season as RB coach
       13th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska-Omaha
  • Boyd Epley
       33rd season as S&C coach
       33rd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska

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

Roster
Last update: January 16, 2011

Game notes[edit]

TCU[edit]

TCU at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
TCU 7 0 0 0 7
Nebraska 13 0 8 0 21


Troy State[edit]

Troy State at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Troy State 7 7 0 0 14
Nebraska 14 14 7 7 42


Notre Dame[edit]

Notre Dame at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Notre Dame 0 3 0 7 10
Nebraska 17 10 0 0 27


Rice[edit]

Rice at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Rice 0 0 0 3 3
Nebraska 21 7 20 0 48


Missouri[edit]

Nebraska at Missouri [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 0 13 9 14 36
Missouri 3 0 0 0 3


Iowa State[edit]

Iowa State at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Iowa State 0 0 14 0 14
Nebraska 20 21 0 7 48


Baylor[edit]

Nebraska at Baylor [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 7 7 7 27 48
Baylor 0 7 0 0 7


Texas Tech[edit]

Texas Tech at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Texas Tech 13 15 3 0 31
Nebraska 21 7 10 3 41


Oklahoma[edit]

Oklahoma at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Oklahoma 0 10 0 0 10
Nebraska 0 10 3 7 20


Kansas[edit]

Nebraska at Kansas [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 0 20 7 24 51
Kansas 0 0 0 7 7


Kansas State[edit]

Kansas State at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Kansas State 0 14 0 7 21
Nebraska 0 13 15 3 31


Colorado[edit]

Nebraska at Colorado [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 3 20 7 6 36
Colorado 28 14 0 20 62


Miami (FL)[edit]

Nebraska vs Miami (FL) [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 0 0 7 7 14
Miami (FL) 7 27 0 3 37


Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP 4 4 5 4 4 4 4 3 3 2 2 2 2 6 5 4 8 
Coaches' 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 2 2 2 6 4 4 7 
Harris Not released N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Not released 
BCS Not released 2 1 1 1 1 4 3 2 Not released


After the season[edit]

Nebraska finished in a tie for 1st place in the Big 12 North Division and also tied for 1st conference-wide, with a final record of 11–2 (7–1).

The events which took place at the end of the season put a strain on the system of college rankings and polls. The Cornhuskers lost their final regular season game to Colorado 36–62, leaving both tied for 1st place in the Big 12 North Division. As Colorado won the head-to-head contest, Colorado then participated in the Big 12 Championship and defeated Texas 39–37. Despite Colorado's accomplishments, Nebraska's strength-of-schedule component in the Bowl Championship Series selection system resulted in the Cornhuskers being selected to play in the 2002 Rose Bowl for the BCS National Championship Game against Miami, despite the fact that Nebraska had not played in its own conference championship game and technically had not even won its own division.

Nebraska then fell to Miami 14–37 in the Rose Bowl, but the controversy of these events led to more modifications to the BCS formula, which followed a pattern of seasonal tweaks dating back nearly to when the BCS system was implemented.

Senior Cornhusker quarterback Eric Crouch was the 2001 recipient of the Walter Camp Award, the Davey O'Brien Award, and the Heisman Trophy. Coach Solich was also selected Big 12 Football Coach of the Year.

Awards[edit]

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Award Name(s)
Heisman Trophy Eric Crouch
Walter Camp Award Eric Crouch
Davey O'Brien Award Eric Crouch
Sporting News Player of the Year Eric Crouch
ABC/Chevrolet Player of the Year Eric Crouch
Big 12 Coach of the Year Frank Solich
All-American 1st Team Toniu Fonoti, Keyuo Craver, Eric Crouch
All-American 2nd Team Chris Kelsay
All-American 3rd Team Tracey Wistrom
All-Big 12 1st team Toniu Fonoti, Eric Crouch, Keyuo Craver, Dahrran Diedrick
All-Big 12 2nd team Dave Volk, Chris Kelsay, Jamie Burrow
All-Big 12 3rd team Tracey Wistrom, Jeremy Slechta, DeJuan Groce, Kyle Larson

NFL and Pro Players[edit]

The following Nebraska players who participated in the 2001 season later moved on to the next level and joined a professional or semi-pro team as draftees or free agents.[3]

Name Team
Demoine Adams Edmonton Eskimos
Titus Adams New York Jets
Ryon Bingham San Diego Chargers
Josh Brown Seattle Seahawks
Daniel Bullocks Detroit Lions
Josh Bullocks New Orleans Saints
Eric Crouch St. Louis Rams
Keyuo Craver New Orleans Saints
Josh Davis New York Jets
Clint Finley Kansas City Chiefs
Toniu Fonoti San Diego Chargers
Aaron Golliday Scottish Claymores
DeJuan Groce St. Louis Rams
T. J. Hollowell New York Giants
Richie Incognito St. Louis Rams
Trevor Johnson New York Jets
Patrick Kabongo Detroit Lions
Chris Kelsay Buffalo Bills
Kyle Larson Cincinnati Bengals
Jammal Lord Houston Texans
Bobby Newcombe Montreal Alouettes
Jerrell Pippens Chicago Bears
Cory Ross Baltimore Ravens
Barrett Ruud Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Scott Shanle St. Louis Rams
Jeremy Slechta Philadelphia Eagles
Le Kevin Smith New England Patriots
Erwin Swiney Green Bay Packers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football - 2001 Schedule/Results". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Athletics. Retrieved May 14, 2009. 
  2. ^ 2001 Husker Honors
  3. ^ "All Time NFL Huskers". Archived from the original on May 16, 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2009.