1968 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team
|1968 Nebraska Cornhuskers football|
|Conference||Big Eight Conference|
|1968 record||6–4 (3–4 Big 8)|
|Head coach||Bob Devaney (7th year)|
|Defensive coordinator||George Kelly|
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|1968 Big 8 football standings|
|#7 Kansas +||6||–||1||–||0||9||–||2||–||0|
|#11 Oklahoma +||6||–||1||–||0||7||–||4||–||0|
The 1968 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska in the 1968 college football season. The team was coached by Bob Devaney and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.
The Huskers were 6–4, but had a losing record in conference at 3–4. They lost three Big 8 games at home and were shut out 47–0 at Oklahoma in the season finale. Nebraska did not play in a bowl game for the second consecutive year; the next season without a bowl was 36 years later in 2004. The home shut out against Kansas State was the last time they have been shut out at home as of 2017 season.
Following 1968, Tom Osborne was promoted to offensive coordinator and installed the I formation offense. This led to a 9–2 record in 1969 and consecutive undefeated national championship seasons in 1970 and 1971.
|September 14||2:00 PM||Wyoming*||No. 14||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska||W 13-10||66,922|
|September 21||2:00 PM||Utah*||No. 14||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska||W 31-0||66,198|
|September 28||1:30 PM||at No. 17 Minnesota*||No. 9||Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis||W 17-14||53,362|
|October 12||2:00 PM||No. 6 Kansas||No. 9||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska||L 13-23||68,128|
|October 19||2:00 PM||No. 20 Missouri||No. 13||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska||L 14-16||66,818|
|October 26||1:30 PM||at Oklahoma State||Lewis Field • Stillwater, Oklahoma||W 21-20||35,000|
|November 2||2:00 PM||at Iowa State||Clyde Williams Field • Ames, Iowa||W 24-13||30,463|
|November 9||2:00 PM||Kansas State||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska||L 0-12||67,466|
|November 16||2:30 PM||at Colorado||Folsom Field • Boulder, Colorado||W 22-6||48,327|
|November 23||2:05 PM||at No. 14 Oklahoma||Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, Oklahoma||ABC||L 0-47||46,011|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.|
Ahlmann, Harold #21 (So.) LB
Haskell, Charles #93 (So.) DE
Orduna, Joe #31 (Jr.) HB
in this position
|Years at Nebraska||Alma Mater|
|Bob Devaney||Head Coach||1962||1962-72||Alma|
|Tom Osborne||Offensive assistant||1964-97||Hastings|
|George Kelly||Defensive Coordinator||1960||1960-68||Notre Dame|
|Cletus Fischer||Offensive Line||1960-85||Nebraska|
|Carl Selmer||Offensive Line||1962-72|
|John Melton||Tight Ends, Wingbacks||1973||1962-88||Wyoming|
|Mike Corgan||Running Backs||1962||1962-82||Notre Dame|
At the end of the 1st quarter, Nebraska was trailing 3-10, and struggled to catch up for much of the game. Finally, five minutes into the 4th quarter, with the assistance of the Blackshirts who had held off any further scores from the Cowboys, the Cornhuskers managed to get another touchdown to tie the game. Then, as time was running out and the Nebraska offensive effort was stalling, Nebraska PK Paul Rogers launched a 51-yard field goal through the uprights and into the stands for the win, leading to an exuberant mob of fans rushing the field in celebration.
The Cornhuskers tallied 518 yards of total offense while holding the Utes to just 138, 46 of which were on the ground, and had little trouble with Utah, holding them scoreless in Memorial Stadium.
It seemed like a repeat of the first game of the year, as once again Nebraska started out behind and wasn't able to catch up again until the 4th quarter, and once again Nebraska PK Paul Rogers booted the game winning field goal at the end of the 4th quarter with just 1:32 remaining on the clock to secure the win against national co-champion Minnesota.
The highly regarded Kansas Jayhawks had been averaging 51 points per game, yet the Blackshirts managed to bottle them up to just 23 points, though Nebraska's 13 points were not enough to get the conference-opening win. Kansas managed to escape Lincoln with a victory only by scrambling to put up two touchdowns in the final 4 minutes.
Nebraska was severely hampered by a day of mistakes, losing four fumbles, an interception, and suffering two punt receptions muffed and recovered by Missouri. Despite the tall odds presented by these burdens, the Cornhuskers dropped the game to the Tigers by only 2 points.
The first half was scoreless as both teams struggled unsuccessfully for an edge, but Oklahoma State found a way through and scored the first 14 in the 3rd. Nebraska fought back, and once again Cornhusker PK Paul Rogers scored the game-winner off his foot with PAT in the final minute to put Nebraska ahead by 1.
Iowa State helped to spot Nebraska with an early 14-0 lead by losing an early fumble and never recovered from the setback. The Cyclones made a feeble late attempt, coming within 8 points before the Cornhuskers put up another field goal to finish them off.
Nebraska was stunned at home, at their homecoming game, when Kansas State held the Cornhuskers to just 146 total yards, 78 on the ground, and slapped Nebraska with only their second shutout under Head Coach Bob Devaney.
Nebraska flashed with some vengeance in response to the previous week's shutout, running out ahead of Colorado in Boulder 22-0 with help from a 62-yard punt return touchdown, finally letting the Buffaloes on the board with just 2 minutes remaining to play.
Oklahoma denied Nebraska's bid for a post-season bowl game, as the Sooners scored five touchdowns to set a new Big 8 record and handed NU its worst defeat of the Devaney era with a painful 47-0 shutout in Norman.
|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||Final|
|Mel Brichacek, Ken Geddes,
|Joe Armstrong, Ken Geddes,
|Bob Best, Joe Orduna|
|Bob Best, Mel Brichacek, Dick Davis,
Adrian Fiala, Ed Hansen, Jim Hawkins,
Al Larson, Bob Liggett, Jerry Murtaugh,
Tom Penney, Paul Rogers, Mike Wynn
1968 Team Players in the NFL (& AFL)
|James Hawkins||DB||7||177||Los Angeles Rams|
|Dick Davis||RB||12||306||Cleveland Browns|
|Jim McFarland||TE||7||164||St. Louis Cardinals|
|Ken Geddes||LB||7||175||Detroit Lions|
|Dana Stephenson||DB||8||183||Chicago Bears|
|Mike Wynn||DE||8||206||Oakland Raiders|
|Frank Patrick||QB||10||251||Green Bay Packers|
|Bob Liggett||DT||15||390||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Mike Green||RB||16||406||San Diego Chargers|
|Glenn Patterson||C||17||439||Dallas Cowboys|
|Joe Orduna||RB||2||49||San Francisco 49ers|
|Bob Newton||T||3||71||Chicago Bears|
|Paul Rogers||K–DB||8||190||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Dan Schneiss||TE||11||261||Boston Patriots|
|Jerry Tagge||QB||1||11||Green Bay Packers|
|Jeff Kinney||RB||1||23||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Larry Jacobson||DT||1||24||New York Giants|
|Carl Johnson||T||5||112||New Orleans Saints|
|Van Brownson||QB||8||204||Baltimore Colts|
|Keith Wortman||G||10||242||Green Bay Packers|
NFL and Pro Players
The following 1968 Nebraska players joined a professional team as draftees or free agents.
|Dick Davis||Cleveland Browns|
|Ken Geddes||Los Angeles Rams|
|Sherwin Jarmon||Chicago Fire|
|Bob Liggett||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Jim McFarland||St. Louis Cardinals|
|Joe Orduna||New York Giants|
|Frank Patrick||Green Bay Packers|
|Frank Vactor||Washington Redskins|
- "Football - 1968 Schedule/Results". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletics Department. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
- Nebraska 1968 Roster
- 1968 Husker Honors
- Pro Football Reference.com – 1969 NFL Draft
- Pro Football Reference.com – 1970 NFL Draft
- Pro Football Reference.com – 1971 NFL Draft
- Pro Football Reference.com – 1972 NFL Draft
- "All Time NFL Huskers". Archived from the original on 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2009-06-16.