2008 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

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2008 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
Logo of the Nebraska athletic teams 2004-
Gator Bowl Champions
Big 12 North Co-Champions
Gator Bowl, W 26–21 vs. Clemson
Conference Big 12 Conference
North Division
2008 record 9–4 (5–3 Big 12)
Head coach Bo Pelini (1st year)
Offensive coordinator Shawn Watson (2nd year)
Offensive scheme Spread offense
Defensive coordinator Carl Pelini (1st year)
Base defense 4–3 defense
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 81,067)
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »
2008 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
#19 Missouri xy   5 3         10 4  
Nebraska x   5 3         9 4  
Kansas   4 4         8 5  
Colorado   2 6         5 7  
Kansas State   2 6         5 7  
Iowa State   0 8         2 10  
South
#5 Oklahoma xy   7 1         12 2  
#4 Texas x   7 1         12 1  
#12 Texas Tech x   7 1         11 2  
#16 Oklahoma State   5 3         9 4  
Baylor   2 6         4 8  
Texas A&M   2 6         4 8  

Championship: Oklahoma 62, Missouri 21
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Bo Pelini and played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Before the season[edit]

Pelini returned to Nebraska as Head Coach after a previous one-year stint as Defensive Coordinator for Nebraska in 2003.[1] At the conclusion of the 2003 season, Pelini was appointed as Interim Head Coach,[2] following the firing of Frank Solich, for Nebraska's appearance in the Alamo Bowl against the Michigan State Spartans, a contest in which Nebraska triumphed 17–3,[3] leaving Nebraska with a final AP Poll ranking of 19 and Coaches Poll ranking of 18. Despite this performance and significant fan support, Pelini was passed over as Solich's permanent replacement in favor of Bill Callahan. During Pelini's absence from Nebraska, he served as Co-Defensive Coordinator for the Oklahoma Sooners in 2004, and Defensive Coordinator for the LSU Tigers for 2005–2007[4] prior to his return to Nebraska following the dismissal of Callahan.

Schedule[edit]

[5]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 6:00 PM Western Michigan* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE FSN PPV W 47–24   84,485
September 6 11:30 AM San José State* Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE FSN PPV W 35–12   84,146
September 13 6:00 PM New Mexico State* Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE FSN PPV W 38–7   84,821
September 27 7:00 PM Virginia Tech* Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE ABC L 30–35   85,831
October 4 8:00 PM #4 Missouridagger Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE ESPN L 17–52   85,372
October 11 2:00 PM at #7 Texas Tech Jones AT&T StadiumLubbock, TX FSN L 31–37 OT  53,449
October 18 11:30 AM at Iowa State Jack Trice StadiumAmes, IA Versus W 35–7   48,794
October 25 11:30 AM Baylor Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE Versus W 32–20   85,104
November 1 7:00 PM at #4 Oklahoma Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK ESPN L 28–62   85,212
November 8 1:30 PM Kansas Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE FSN PPV W 45–35   85,486
November 15 2:35 PM at Kansas State Bill Snyder Family Football StadiumManhattan, KS FSN PPV W 56–28   48,444
November 28 2:30 PM Colorado Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE (Rivalry) ABC W 40–31   85,319
January 1 12:00 PM Clemson Jacksonville Municipal StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) CBS W 26–21   67,282
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Roster and coaching staff[edit]

2008 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
OL 66 Barrett, CruzCruz Barrett So
TE 83 Bechtold, DamonDamon Bechtold Fr
WR 1 Brooks, ChrisChris Brooks Jr
WR 82 Cammack, WesWes Cammack Jr
OL 58 Caputo, MikeMike Caputo RFr
IB 19 Castille, QuentinQuentin Castille So
OL 77 Choi, Seung HoonSeung Hoon Choi Fr
OL 62 Christensen, AndyAndy Christensen Sr
WR 6 Cooper, KhiryKhiry Cooper Fr
TE 81 Cotton, BenBen Cotton Fr
QB 15 Davis, BeauBeau Davis Sr
WR 46 Dixon, TaylorTaylor Dixon Fr
QB 16 Ebke, JimJim Ebke So
QB 12 Ganz, JoeJoe Ganz (C) Sr
FB 41 Gillaspie, AaronAaron Gillaspie So
WR 11 Gilleylen, CurenskiCurenski Gilleylen RFr
FB 30 Hays, MikeMike Hays RFr
IB 10 Helu Jr., RoyRoy Helu Jr. So
OL 74 Henry, RickyRicky Henry Jr
WR 8 Henry, WillWill Henry So
TE 47 Hetzer, TysonTyson Hetzer Jr
OL 67 Hickman, JacobJacob Hickman Jr
TE 80 Hill, RyanRyan Hill RFr
WR 18 Holt, MenelikMenelik Holt Jr
OL 61 Huff, MikeMike Huff Sr
WR 85 Hyland, KCKC Hyland Fr
OL 69 Iske, CoryCory Iske Fr
IB 28 Jones, AustinAustin Jones RFr
OL 73 Jones, D.J.D.J. Jones So
OL 78 Jones, MarcelMarcel Jones RFr
FB 36 Lawson, ThomasThomas Lawson Sr
QB 3 Lee, ZacZac Lee So
FB 48 Legate, TylerTyler Legate RFr
WR 9 Lester, BenBen Lester RFr
IB 5 Lucky, MarlonMarlon Lucky Sr
WR 21 Marlowe, TimTim Marlowe Fr
TE 88 Martin, JayJay Martin RFr
OL 71 Masin, MikeMike Masin RFr
TE 44 McNeill, MikeMike McNeill So
OL 54 McShane, MaxMax McShane Fr
IB 32 Mendoza, MarcusMarcus Mendoza RFr
OL 63 Meyer, DerekDerek Meyer Sr
OL 76 Murtha, LydonLydon Murtha Sr
IB 29 Okafor, CollinsCollins Okafor Fr
WR 26 Osborne, StevenSteven Osborne Fr
WR 24 Paul, NilesNiles Paul So
WR 17 Peterson, ToddTodd Peterson Sr
TE 25 Reed, KylerKyler Reed Fr
QB 18 Ruiz, ZachZach Ruiz Fr
OL 70 Slauson, MattMatt Slauson Sr
OL 65 Smith, MikeMike Smith So
QB 7 Spano, KodyKody Spano Fr
WR 87 Swift, NateNate Swift (C) Sr
TE 89 Teafatiller, HunterHunter Teafatiller Sr
OL 79 Thompson, BrandonBrandon Thompson Fr
FB 37 Thomsen, KevinKevin Thomsen RFr
OL 59 Thorson, BrianBrian Thorson Fr
RB 25 Wallace, JeremyJeremy Wallace Fr
IB 14 Ward, LesterLester Ward Fr
OL 68 Williams, KeithKeith Williams So
QB 2 Witt, PatrickPatrick Witt RFr
TE 49 Young, DreuDreu Young So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 95 Allen, PierrePierre Allen So
CB 21 Amukamara, PrincePrince Amukamara So
DE 70 Anderson, KennyKenny Anderson Fr
S 4 Asante, LarryLarry Asante Jr
DT 56 Barfield, ShukreeShukree Barfield Sr
DB 39 Blatchford, JustinJustin Blatchford Fr
CB 14 Blue, AnthonyAnthony Blue So
LB Brandenburgh, LanceLance Brandenburgh Sr
LB 42 Camarata, JosephJoseph Camarata Fr
S 8 Cassidy, AustinAustin Cassidy RFr
LB 51 Compton, WillWill Compton Fr
DE 31 Covey, NickNick Covey Jr
DT 94 Crick, JaredJared Crick RFr
S 2 Culbert, MajorMajor Culbert Jr
DB 20 Dean, JaseJase Dean Fr
DB 15 Dennard, AlfonzoAlfonzo Dennard Fr
LB 52 Dillard, PhillipPhillip Dillard Jr
DE 92 Fahie, TyroneTyrone Fahie So
LB 42 Fisher, SeanSean Fisher Fr
LB 49 Foxhoven, TannerTanner Foxhoven Fr
DE 39 Glassman, DanDan Glassman So
LB 34 Glenn, CodyCody Glenn Sr
LB 41 Grove, ThomasThomas Grove So
CB 28 Hagg, EricEric Hagg So
DE 80 Harvey, DavidDavid Harvey Jr
LB 35 Holt, MattMatt Holt Fr
DL 58 Jackson, JustinJustin Jackson Fr
DE 85 Klingelhoefer, FaronFaron Klingelhoefer Fr
LB 54 Koehler, ColtonColton Koehler Jr
LB 44 Kreikemeier, MicahMicah Kreikemeier Fr
LB 40 Lawrence, BlakeBlake Lawrence So
DB 16 Levorson, JohnJohn Levorson Fr
DE 75 Lingenfelter, LukeLuke Lingenfelter RFr
LB 61 Manninger, MattMatt Manninger Fr
DT 63 Martin, BenBen Martin So
S 36 May, MathewMathew May RFr
LB 62 McClure, MychaelMychael McClure Fr
LB 65 McDermott, ColinColin McDermott Fr
DE 66 McDermott, ConorConor McDermott Fr
LB 67 Meginnis, SamSam Meginnis Fr
DE 96 Meredith, CameronCameron Meredith Fr
DL 68 Molek, JoshJosh Molek Fr
DT 90 Moore, TerrenceTerrence Moore RFr
FS 43 Moravec, BrentBrent Moravec Fr
CB 6 Murillo, ArmandoArmando Murillo Sr
S 33 O'Hanlon, MattMatt O'Hanlon Jr
DB 12 Osborne, CourtneyCourtney Osborne Fr
DE 98 Potter, ZachZach Potter (C) Sr
DB 11 Rogers, JustinJustin Rogers Fr
DE 89 Santin, JonathonJonathon Santin RFr
DE 88 Sievers, ClaytonClayton Sievers Sr
LB 48 Smith, MarcusMarcus Smith Fr
DB 13 Smith, P.J.P.J. Smith Fr
LB 9 Stafford, AustinAustin Stafford RFr
DL 55 Steinkuhler, BakerBaker Steinkuhler Fr
DT 43 Steinkuhler, TyTy Steinkuhler (C) Sr
LB 71 Stoddard, GrahamGraham Stoddard Fr
DT 93 Suh, NdamukongNdamukong Suh Jr
CB 18 Sullivan, ShawnShawn Sullivan RFr
S 3 Thenarse, RickeyRickey Thenarse Jr
CB 23 Thorell, LanceLance Thorell RFr
DL 50 Toailoa, QuentinQuentin Toailoa Fr
DE 99 Turner, BarryBarry Turner Sr
DB 22 Wald, MasonMason Wald Fr
LB 7 Washington, LatravisLatravis Washington So
S 24 Watson, AdamAdam Watson So
CB 5 West, AnthonyAnthony West So
LB 45 Whaley, AlonzoAlonzo Whaley Fr
DE 17 Williams, JoshJosh Williams Fr
LB 53 Wortman, TylerTyler Wortman Sr
DE 47 Yancy, WilliamWilliam Yancy RFr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
LS 56 Baumgartner, JustinJustin Baumgartner Sr
P/PK 27 Damkroger, JonJon Damkroger So
PK 90 Henery, AlexAlex Henery So
PK 20 Kunalic, AdiAdi Kunalic So
P/PK 96 Maher, BrettBrett Maher Fr
LS 82 O'Leary, T.J.T.J. O'Leary Sr
LS 33 Pillen, DavidDavid Pillen Fr
P 97 Titchener, DanDan Titchener Sr
PK 37 Wesch, JakeJake Wesch Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Shawn Watson
       2nd season as OC/QB coach
       3rd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Southern Illinois
  • Carl Pelini
       1st season as DC/DL coach
       1st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Youngstown State
  • Tim Beck
       1st season as RB coach
       1st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Central Florida
  • Ron Brown
       1st season as TE coach
       18th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Brown
  • Barney Cotton
       1st season as AHC/OL coach
       2nd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Mike Ekeler
       1st season as LB coach
       1st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Kansas State
  • Ted Gilmore
       1st season as AHC/Rec coach
       4th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Wyoming
  • John Papuchis
       1st season as DE/ST coach
       1st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Virginia Tech
  • Marvin Sanders
       1st season as Sec coach
       2nd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • James Dobson
       1st season as S&C coach
       1st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Wisconsin
  • Curt Baldus
       1st season as GA coach
       2nd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: St. Cloud State
  • Ross Watson
       1st season as GA coach
       1st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Mount Union

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

Roster
Last update: January 16, 2011

Game notes[edit]

Western Michigan[edit]

Western Michigan at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Western Michigan 0 10 7 7 24
Nebraska 14 20 10 3 47

Nebraska opened the season with expectations below average after finishing 5–7 in 2007. However, there was a buzz in the air as first year head coach Bo Pelini returned to Lincoln to improve a maligned defense and to re-energize the program. Nebraska played very well as the defense seemed much improved from 2007. LB Cody Glenn was the bright spot on defense and seemed to be in on almost every play. The offense continued to be as productive as usual with Joe Ganz at quarterback, en route to a 47–24 win.

San José State[edit]

San José State at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
San Jose State 6 3 0 3 12
Nebraska 14 0 0 21 35
The Husker spirit groups on the field.

Nebraska came into its second game of the year with a little more certainty. San Jose State quickly put a stop to that. The Spartans marched all over Nebraska's defense on the first drive with Kyle Reed scoring on a 12-yard run. Nebraska scored two touchdowns to recapture the lead going into the second quarter. The game turned mostly defensive with SJSU scoring field goals in the second and fourth quarters. After SJSU's field goal in the fourth, Niles Paul returned the kickoff 85 yards for a Nebraska touchdown. The return sparked the Huskers as they scored three more touchdowns sealing the game.

New Mexico State[edit]

New Mexico State at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
New Mexico State 0 0 0 7 7
Nebraska 7 14 14 3 38

Nebraska, entering the game 2–0, felt confident going against the Aggies who were playing their first game of the season. The Aggies, on the second drive, went down the field with relative ease only to have their field goal kick blocked by Zach Potter. Nebraska's offense finally looked like it came together scoring 35 points. The scoring included Marlon Lucky taking a toss and throwing it downfield to quarterback Joe Ganz and then Ganz running 33 yards on an option play.

Virginia Tech[edit]

Virginia Tech at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Virginia Tech 9 9 10 7 35
Nebraska 7 3 7 13 30

Nebraska, 3–0, headed into the Virginia Tech game looking for a signature win in the first year of Bo Pelini's first year. It would not be on this night, though. Virginia Tech got on the board first, blocking a Dan Titchner punt for a safety. The Hokies controlled the game for most of the night, until senior Nate Swift returned a punt 88 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Huskers needed a big defensive stop and seemed to have got it on a 3rd down run by Tyrod Taylor. Taylor was tackled out of bounds, but Nebraska defense tackle Ndamukong Suh appeared to have leaped on top of Taylor, prompting an official to throw a flag for a late hit. Bo Pelini, obviously upset, berated the official about the call until the official threw another flag for an unsportmanslike conduct on Coach Pelini. The penalties put Tech near the endzone and continued the Hokies drive, eventually having Taylor score and ice the game.

Missouri[edit]

Missouri at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Missouri 14 17 21 0 52
Nebraska 7 3 0 7 17

Missouri came into this game having not won in Lincoln since 1978. That streak was broken as the Tigers romped over Nebraska scoring in bunches to roll all over Nebraska. Penalties were the biggest killers of NU as the Huskers had 14 of them for 101 yards.

Texas Tech[edit]

Nebraska at Texas Tech [box score]
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Nebraska 0 7 3 21 0 31
Texas Tech 7 10 7 7 6 37

After being routed by Missouri, Nebraska was expecting more of the same against Texas Tech. Instead, they found themselves in the midst of a battle. Nebraska went punch for punch with the Red Raiders. Todd Peterson caught a touchdown pass with :29 left to tie the game at 31 forcing it into overtime. In overtime, the Red Raiders scored a touchdown but had their extra point blocked, opening the door for Nebraska to win. However, on 2nd down, Joe Ganz threw an interception to cornerback Jamar Wall, ending the game. This was Nebraska's first loss in overtime in school history.

Iowa State[edit]

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

Playing Iowa State may have been the trick for Nebraska, having lost their last three games. Nebraska roared to a 21–0 lead at halftime. Iowa State stifled Nebraska offense for the third quarter and scored a touchdown of their own, but going into the fourth, Nebraska took back momentum scoring twice to finish off the Cyclones.

Baylor[edit]

Baylor at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Baylor 14 6 0 0 20
Nebraska 7 10 7 8 32

Nebraska might have been sleeping in the first half as they let Baylor jump on them 20–17 going into the half. Nebraska came back from a halftime deficit for the first time since 2003, scoring 15 points in the third and fourth quarters including a safety and a 9-yard touchdown catch by Nate Swift, a catch that broke Johnny Rodgers' record for career catches.

Oklahoma[edit]

Nebraska at Oklahoma [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 0 14 7 7 28
Oklahoma 35 14 13 0 62

Nebraska ran into an offensive explosion in Norman and in a matter of minutes was down 35–0. Three first-quarter turnovers doomed the Huskers as Oklahoma capitalized on all of them. Nebraska however did not lay down and fought through the circumstances to put up a respectable 28 as the Huskers looked to regroup.

Kansas[edit]

Kansas at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Kansas 7 7 7 14 35
Nebraska 7 7 10 21 45

Nebraska vowed the start of a new season heading into this game, one that consisted of three games. Needing only one win to become bowl eligible, Nebraska played exceptional on a frigid day in Lincoln. Nebraska and Kansas went blow for blow until the fourth quarter when a 52-yard touchdown run by Roy Helu Jr. and a 2-yard touchdown catch by Ndamukong Suh opened up the game for Nebraska.

Kansas State[edit]

Nebraska at Kansas State [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 14 21 0 21 56
Kansas State 7 7 7 7 28

Nebraska felt confident heading into Manhattan as lame-duck coach Ron Prince had never beaten them, nor had former Nebraska commit, Josh Freeman. Also, Nebraska's defense got their blackshirts back for the first time this season. NU made a crucial mistake early allowing a 57-yard interception return for a touchdown. Barring that play and a long touchdown pass by Freeman, NU played sparkling defense in the first half. KSU scored only twice more one on a methodical drive by backup Carson Coffmann and a kickoff return by Brandon Banks.

Colorado[edit]

Colorado at Nebraska [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Colorado 14 10 7 0 31
Nebraska 14 10 3 13 40

Colorado came into this game fighting for bowl eligibility at 5–6. Nebraska had already secured a spot in a bowl game, but a win would help improve where they would be headed. Colorado would have none of it, taking an early 14–0 lead. Nebraska came back taking a 24–17 lead and was looking to add on going into the half. On a fake field goal play, holder Jake Wesch was to flip it over his head and kicker Alex Henery was supposed to catch it and throw it, a play that was made against Kansas. This time, Colorado's Jimmy Smith picked off the flip in mid-air and returned it 58 yards to tie the game. Late in the fourth quarter, Nebraska trailed 31–30. NU had the ball deep into Buff's territory when Patrick Mahnke sacked Joe Ganz for a 15-yard loss, setting up a 4th & 25. It looked like Nebraska was out of Alex Henery's field goal range with the kick being 57 yards. Bo Pelini sent his kicker out anyway after Henery told him he could do it. Henery came onto the field and with 1:55 left, kicked the 57 yarder, giving Nebraska the 33–31 lead. On Colorado's next drive, Cody Hawkins pass was deflected by Zach Potter and intercepted by Ndamukong Suh who rumbled 30 yards for a touchdown, icing the game at 40–31 and sending Colorado home with no bowl. Nebraska finished the regular season 8–4 and Big 12 North Co-Division Champions with Missouri.

Clemson[edit]

Nebraska vs Clemson [box score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 0 3 20 3 26
Clemson 0 14 7 0 21
The 2009 Gator Bowl in the fourth quarter.

Nebraska defeated Clemson in a come-from-behind 26–21 finish at the 2009 Gator Bowl on January 1, 2009. All 21 of Clemson's points came following Nebraska turnovers. The game remained in doubt until the very end, as Clemson marched from their own 23 to the Nebraska 10. With 1st and goal to go and about two minutes remaining on the clock, the Blackshirts made their stand, resulting in a 16 yard sack and three Clemson incompletions to seal the outcome of the game. The game was played only days after Head Coach Bo Pelini and Defensive Coordinator Carl Pelini returned from their father's funeral in Ohio.

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 Final
AP NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
Coaches NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
Harris Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
BCS Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR N/A

Statistics[edit]

Team[edit]

Nebraska Opponent
Total Scoring 460 365
  Points per Game 35 28
  Total 1st Quarter Scoring 98 113
  Total 2nd Quarter Scoring 126 107
  Total 3rd Quarter Scoring 81 93
  Total 4th Quarter Scoring 155 52
  Total Overtime Scoring 0 6
First Downs 295 228
  Rushing First Downs 113 85
  Passing First Downs 171 115
  Penalty First Downs 11 28
Rushing Yards 2210 1540
Rushing Attempts 487 420
  Yards per Rush 5 4
Rushing Touchdowns 27 24
  Net Rushing Yards Gained 2512 1921
  Net Rushing Yards Lost 302 381
Passing Yards 3650 3008
  Passing Completions 294 220
  Passing Attempts 432 383
  Interceptions 11 12
  Yards per Pass Attempt 8 8
  Yards per Pass Completion 12 14
Passing Touchdowns 27 19
Total Yards Offense 5860 4548
Total Plays Offense 919 803
  Average Offensive Yards per Play 6 6
Fumbles - Lost 32 - 18 17 - 5
Penalties - Yards 94 - 800 64 - 477
Nebraska Opponent
Punts - Yards 48 - 1850 66 - 2544
  Average Yards per Punt 39 39
  Average Net Yards per Punt 32 32
  Punts inside 20 Yard Line 14 18
  Punts over 50 Yards 4 9
  Punt Touchbacks 5 4
  Punt Fair Catches 6 9
Kickoffs - Yards 88 - 5613 71 - 4435
  Average Yards per Kickoff 64 62
  Average Net Yards per Kickoff 42 42
  Kickoff Touchbacks 29 10
Punt Returns - Yards - TDs 31 - 376 - 1 22 - 208 - 0
  Average Net Punt Return Yards 12 9
Kickoff Returns - Yards - TDs 58 - 1245 - 1 58 - 1383 - 1
  Average Net Kickoff Return Yards 21 24
Interceptions - Yards - TDs 12 - 202 - 2 11 - 249 - 3
Fumble Recoveries - Yards - TDs 2 - 14 - 0 5 - 150 - 2
Average Total Time of Possession 34:01 25:59
  Average 1Q Time of Possession 08:49 06:11
  Average 2Q Time of Possession 08:40 06:20
  Average 3Q Time of Possession 08:35 06:25
  Average 4Q Time of Possession 07:57 07:03
3rd Down Conversions - Attempts 84 - 178 57 - 169
4th Down Conversions - Attempts 5 - 13 10 - 21
Scored from Red Zone - Attempts 54 - 62 37 - 49
Sacks - Yards 35 - 272 21 - 128
  Average Yards per Sack 8 6
PATs - Attempts 56 - 57 45 - 49
FGs - Attempts 18 - 21 10 - 17
Longest Rush 58 67
Longest Pass 69 68
Longest Punt 58 69
Longest Field Goal 57 48

After the season[edit]

The reputation of the Blackshirts, whose trademark black jerseys quietly disappeared during the disappointing 5–7 (2–6) 2007 season, was restored with emphasis during 2008 as the coveted black jerseys were once again distributed to defensive starters on November 11[6] following a key emotional win over the Kansas Jayhawks.

The season concluded January 1, 2009 with a come-from-behind 26–21[7] Nebraska victory over the Clemson Tigers in the 2009 Gator Bowl. Nebraska finished as co-division Champions of the Big 12 North Division, with a final record of 9–4 (5–3). Head Coach Bo Pelini's overall career record improved to 10–4 (.714), 5–3 in conference, and 2–0 in bowl games. Pelini's 2008 regular season record of 9–4 was the highest among all 28 Division 1A teams with new head coaches and staffs that year.[8]

Awards[edit]

[9]

Award Name(s)
All-American honorable mention Ndamukong Suh
All-Big 12 1st team Ndamukong Suh, Matt Slauson, Nate Swift
All-Big 12 2nd team Alex Henery
All-Big 12 honorable mention Larry Asante, Roy Helu Jr., Jacob Hickman, Lydon Murtha, Nate Swift, Zach Potter, Ty Steinkuhler
All-Bowl team Ndamukong Suh

Draft picks, signees, or other future professional players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Merrill, Elizabeth (January 13, 2003). "Huskers Show Off Staff". Omaha World Herald. Archived from the original on January 31, 2008. Retrieved January 6, 2008. 
  2. ^ Kaipust, Rich (December 1, 2003). "Pelini Is Interim Coach; 'Ready' for Challenge". Omaha World Herald. Archived from the original on January 24, 2008. Retrieved July 7, 2008. 
  3. ^ Nebraska vs. Michigan State 2003 - HuskerMax
  4. ^ Nebraska Football Coach Profile: Bo Pelini
  5. ^ "Football - 2008 Schedule/Results". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletics Department. Retrieved July 7, 2008. 
  6. ^ "The Blackshirts Are Back!". Archived from the original on May 28, 2009. Retrieved May 25, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Blackshirts help Nebraska beat Clemson". Archived from the original on May 28, 2009. Retrieved May 25, 2009. 
  8. ^ "The Red, White, Green and Vanilla Husker Spring Game". Archived from the original on May 28, 2009. Retrieved May 25, 2009. 
  9. ^ "2008 Husker Honors". Archived from the original on May 28, 2009. Retrieved May 25, 2009.