1970 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

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1970 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
Nebraska Cornhuskers logo.svg
AP Poll national champion
Big Eight champion
Orange Bowl champion
Orange Bowl, W 17–12 vs. LSU
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 3
APNo. 1
1970 record11–0–1 (7–0 Big 8)
Head coachBob Devaney (9th season)
Offensive coordinatorTom Osborne (2nd season)
Offensive schemeI formation
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1969
1971 →
1970 Big 8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Nebraska $ 7 0 0     11 0 1
No. 20 Oklahoma 5 2 0     7 4 1
Kansas State 5 2 0     6 5 0
Colorado 3 4 0     6 5 0
Missouri 3 4 0     5 6 0
Kansas 2 5 0     5 6 0
Oklahoma State 2 5 0     4 7 0
Iowa State 1 6 0     5 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1970 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1970 college football season. The team was coached by Bob Devaney and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. The Huskers went 11–0–1 to win the first of two consecutive national championships.

Overview[edit]

The Huskers started the season at #9 and tied #3 USC in Los Angeles in the second game of the season. After winning their next nine games, including all seven in the Big 8, Nebraska was ranked third in the nation entering the 1971 Orange Bowl against #5 LSU of the SEC. Top-ranked Texas and #2 Ohio State both lost their bowl games earlier in the day and a 17-12 Nebraska victory that night in Miami gave the Huskers their first national title.

Through the 1973 season, the final UPI coaches poll was released in early December, before the bowl games. In 1970 it picked Texas as national champion on December 8, before the Longhorns' 24-11 loss to Notre Dame in the 1971 Cotton Bowl in Dallas on New Year's Day. Notre Dame (10-1) finished second to Nebraska (11-0-1) in the final AP writers poll, released after the bowls in early January.

The 1970 Cornhuskers championship season was notable for Devaney's rotation of two quarterbacks - Van Brownson and Jerry Tagge - in every game throughout the season.[1][2][3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 12 1:30 PM Wake Forest* No. 9 Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska W 36–12   66,103
September 19 10:00 PM at No. 3 USC* No. 9 L.A. Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, California T 21–21   73,768
September 26 1:30 PM Army* No. 8 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska W 28–0   66,928
October 3 1:30 PM at Minnesota* No. 6 Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, Minnesota W 35–10   52,287
October 10 1:30 PM No. 16 Missouri No. 6 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska W 21–7   67,538
October 17 1:30 PM at Kansas No. 5 Memorial StadiumLawrence, Kansas W 41–20   50,000
October 24 1:30 PM Oklahoma State No. 4 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska W 65–31   67,822
October 31 1:50 PM at Colorado No. 4 Folsom FieldBoulder, Colorado ABC W 29–13   50,881
November 7 1:30 PM at Iowa State No. 4 Clyde Williams FieldAmes, Iowa W 54–29   34,007
November 14 1:30 PM No. 20 Kansas Statedagger No. 4 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska W 51–13   67,894
November 21 1:30 PM Oklahoma No. 3 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska W 28–21   67,392
January 1, 1971 7:35 PM vs. No. 5 LSU* No. 3 Orange BowlMiami, Florida (Orange Bowl) NBC W 17–12   80,699
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

[4]

Roster[edit]

[5]

Adkins, John #57 (Jr.) DE
Anderson, Frosty #89 (So.) SE
Anderson, Jim #18 (Jr.) RCB
Austin, Al #78 (So.) OT
Beran, Mike #62 (So.) OG
Blahak, Joe #27 (So.) LCB
Bomberger, Bill #46 (Sr.) FB
Branch, Jim #51 (So.) LB
Brownson, Van #12 (Jr.) QB
Butts, Randy #36 (So.) HB
Carstens, Jim #47 (So.) FB
Cox, Woody #83 (Jr.) SE
Decker, John #21 (Sr.) LCB
Deyke, Tom #92 (So.) DE
Didur, Dale #84 (Sr.) SE
Duffy, Joe #52 (So.) MG
Dumler, Doug #54 (So.) C
Dutton, John #90 (So.) DT
Glover, Rich #79 (So.) DT
Goeller, Dave #28 (So.) HB
Grenfell, Bob #59 (Sr.) OG
Harper, Willie #81 (So.) DE
Harvey, Phil #82 (Jr.) TE
Hauge, Bruce #48 (So.) LB
Henderson, Joe #73 (So.) OT
Hollstein, Gary #29 (Jr.) S
Hughes, Dennis #63 (So.) OG
Hughes, Jeff #26 (Jr.) HB
Hyland, John #58 (So.) DE

 

Ingles, Guy #88 (Sr.) SE
Jacobson, Larry #75 (Jr.) DT
Jamail, Doug #50 (So.) C
Janssen, Bill #55 (Jr.) C
Jennings, Henry #38 (Jr.) MON
Johnson, Carl #71 (Jr.) OT
Johnson, Doug #64 (So.) DE
Johnson, Monte #37 (So.) DE
Jones, Bob #15 (So.) QB
Kinney, Jeff #35 (Jr.) HB
Kinsel, John #54 (So.) C
Kosch, Bill #24 (Jr.) S
Linder, Max #11 (So.) QB
List, Jerry #85 (So.) TE
Longwell, Brent #91 (So.) P
Lowe, Rex #83 (Sr.) SE
Malone, Dan (Unk) DT
Mason, Dave #25 (Jr.) MON
McClelland, Tom #16 (Jr.) S
McFarland, Bob #10 (So.) LCB
McGhee, Donnie #70 (Sr.) OT
Miller, Jim (Unk) DE
Morell, Pat #40 (Jr.) LB
Morock, David #43 (Sr.) MON
Murtaugh, Jerry #42 (Sr.) LB
Newton, Bob #74 (Sr.) OT
Newton, Clint #13 (Jr.) RCB
Norberg, Bill #32 (So.) HB
O'Connell, John #34 (So.) S

 

Olds, Bill #44 (So.) FB
Orduna, Joe #31 (Sr.) HB
Pabis, Bob #66 (So.) MG
Peetz, Mike #33 (So.) MON
Periard, Ed #56 (Sr.) MG
Pitts, John #80 (So.) DE
Pogge, Bill #17 (So.) DE
Powell, Ralph #41 (So.) FB
Robinson, Tom #68 (So.) DT
Rodgers, Johnny #20 (So.) HB
Rogers, Paul #30 (Sr.) CB
Rupert, Dick #77 (Jr.) OT
Schloff, Merle #69 (So.) DT
Schmit, Bob #23 (So.) HB
Schneiss, Dan #22 (Sr.) FB
Schultz, Kelly #87 (So.) TE
Strong, Jon #49 (So.) LB
Tagge, Jerry #14 (Jr.) QB
Terrio, Bob #45 (Jr.) FB
Vactor, Frank #19 (Sr.) HB
Walline, Dave #76 (Sr.) DT
Weber, Bruce #61 (Jr.) OG
White, Daryl #72 (So.) OT
Winter, Wally #67 (Sr.) OT
Wolfe, Bob #86 (So.) TE
Wortman, Keith #65 (Jr.) OG
Yanda, Steve #39 (So.) LB

     

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Title First year
in this position
Years at
Nebraska
Alma Mater
Bob Devaney Head Coach 1962 1962-72 Alma
Tom Osborne Offensive Coordinator 1969 1964-97 Hastings
Cletus Fischer Offensive Line 1960-85 Nebraska
Carl Selmer Offensive Line 1962-72
Jim Ross 1962-76
John Melton Tight Ends, Wingbacks 1973 1962-88 Wyoming
Mike Corgan Running Backs 1962 1962-82 Notre Dame
Monte Kiffin 1967-76 Nebraska
Warren Powers Defensive Backs 1969-76 Nebraska
Boyd Epley Head Strength Coach 1969 1969-2003 Nebraska
Bill Thornton 1970-71 Nebraska

Game summaries[edit]

Wake Forest[edit]

Wake Forest at #9 Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Wake Forest 3 207 12
#9 Nebraska 14 1480 36

Wake Forest hit first with a field goal thanks to a Nebraska fumble, but by the half it was the Cornhuskers 28-5. The Demon Deacons would go on to win the ACC title.

USC[edit]

#9 Nebraska at #3 USC [box score]
1 234Total
#9 Nebraska 0 1470 21
#3 USC 0 777 21

Nebraska entered the game as a two-touchdown underdog to a USC squad fresh off a 42-21 whipping of Alabama in Birmingham, but never trailed the Trojans during the course of the game. Each team traded touchdowns, and each team missed opportunities for the win, right up to USC's incomplete 50-yard pass on the last play of the game.

Army[edit]

Army at #8 Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Army 0 000 0
#8 Nebraska 0 7147 28

Nebraska owned the day, shutting out Army 28-0 in an otherwise unremarkable game.

Minnesota[edit]

#6 Nebraska at Minnesota [box score]
1 234Total
#6 Nebraska 21 707 35
Minnesota 7 300 10

Bob Devaney's record against the Big 10 was extended to 9-0 as the Cornhuskers had little trouble with Minnesota after running ahead 28-10 before the half.

Missouri[edit]

#16 Missouri at #6 Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
#16 Missouri 0 700 7
#6 Nebraska 7 0014 21

Nebraska scored only 7 points in the first half, and Missouri matched it before the half. The subsequent defensive battle continued through into the 4th quarter before the Cornhuskers broke away with an additional 14 points, one from a 48-yard punt return touchdown.

Kansas[edit]

#5 Nebraska at Kansas [box score]
1 234Total
#5 Nebraska 10 14710 41
Kansas 6 1400 20

Nebraska was surprised to find themselves behind 10-20 with 10 minutes left in the 1st half, but battled back to take the lead with two more touchdowns before the break, and never let Kansas score again as they cruised to a 41-20 final.

Oklahoma State[edit]

Oklahoma State at #4 Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Oklahoma State 7 0618 31
#4 Nebraska 14 271014 65

Nebraska piled up 65 points, its highest total since 1922, and held Oklahoma State to just 64 ground yards as the Cornhuskers made short work of the Cowboys.

Colorado[edit]

#4 Nebraska at Colorado [box score]
1 234Total
#4 Nebraska 12 0314 29
Colorado 0 706 13

Nebraska pulled out in front right away with a 12-0 1st quarter lead, but stubborn Colorado fought back and trailed the Cornhuskers by only 13-15 in the 4th quarter - after missing a 2-point conversion that would have tied the game - before Nebraska decided to stop the uprising with two touchdowns in the last 10 minutes to pull away.

Iowa State[edit]

#4 Nebraska at Iowa State [box score]
1 234Total
#4 Nebraska 12 14217 54
Iowa State 0 11612 29
  • Date: 1970-11-07
  • Location: Clyde Williams Field, Ames, Iowa
  • Game attendance: 36,000

The game was not as close as the score indicates, as Iowa State put up two late touchdowns against Nebraska reserves in the 4th quarter after the Cornhuskers had run up a 54-17 lead with 5 minutes remaining to play.

Kansas State[edit]

#20 Kansas State at #4 Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
#20 Kansas State 0 706 13
#4 Nebraska 14 71614 51

Kansas State came to Lincoln with hopes of a Big 8 title opportunity, but they were not prepared for the domination that Nebraska would show them in a convincing defeat. The Wildcats managed only two touchdowns, one of which came with 5 minutes remaining in the 4th against the Nebraska reserves. At one point in the game, the Cornhuskers exploded for 27 points in less than 4 minutes, pushing their lead out to 51-7.

Oklahoma[edit]

Oklahoma at #3 Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Oklahoma 0 1407 21
#3 Nebraska 0 1477 28

Nebraska locked up their first unbeaten regular season since 1965 by coming from behind twice to get the win over stubborn Oklahoma. It wasn't until 7:42 remainined in the 4th quarter that Nebraska pulled ahead by a touchdown to settle the final score.

Louisiana State[edit]

#3 Nebraska vs #5 Louisiana State [box score]
1 234Total
#5 LSU 0 390 12
#3 Nebraska 10 007 17

Third-ranked Nebraska jumped to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and lead 10-3 at halftime, but #5 LSU fought back to make a game of it, pulling ahead on a field goal at the end of the 3rd quarter to get to 12-10. With over eight minutes remaining, Jerry Tagge jumped over the pile from the 1-yard line for the game's final points, and the Blackshirts held on the rest of the way to preserve the win. Top-ranked Texas and #2 Ohio State both lost their bowl games earlier in the day, which allowed the Huskers to claim their first national championship.

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 Final
AP 9 9 8 6 6 5 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 1
Coaches 3

Awards[edit]

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Award Name(s)
National
Coach of the Year
Bob Devaney
All-America
1st team
Jerry Murtaugh, Bob Newton
All-America
2nd team
Joe Orduna
All-America
honorable mention
Joe Blahak, Van Brownson, Willie Harper,
Guy Ingles, Donnie McGhee, Joe Orduna,
Johnny Rodgers, Jerry Tagge, Dave Walline
All-America
Sophomores
Joe Blahak, Doug Dumler,
Willie Harper, Johnny Rodgers
Big Eight
Player of the Year
Jerry Murtaugh
Big Eight Sophomore
Lineman of the Year
Willie Harper
All-Big Eight
1st team
Bill Kosch, Donnie McGhee, Jerry Murtaugh,
Bob Newton, Joe Orduna, Ed Periard,
Johnny Rodgers, Paul Rogers, Dave Walline
All-Big Eight
honorable mention
Van Brownson, Guy Ingles,
Jerry Tagge, Wally Winter

1970 Team Players in the NFL[edit]

The 1970 Nebraska Cornhuskers seniors selected in the 1971 NFL Draft: [7]

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
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

The 1970 Nebraska Cornhuskers juniors selected in the following year's 1972 NFL Draft:[8]

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
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

The 1970 Nebraska Cornhuskers sophomores selected in the 1973 NFL Draft:[9]

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Johnny Rodgers WR 1 25 San Diego Chargers
Willie Harper LB 2 41 San Francisco 49ers
Monte Johnson LB 2 49 Oakland Raiders
Bill Olds RB 3 61 Baltimore Colts
Rich Glover DT 3 69 New York Giants
Doug Dumler C 5 108 New England Patriots
Joe Blahak DB 8 183 Houston Oilers
Bill Janssen T 8 206 Pittsburgh Steelers
Dave Mason DB 10 246 Minnesota Vikings
Jerry List TE 11 283 Oakland Raiders

NFL and pro players[edit]

The following 1970 Nebraska players joined a professional team as draftees or free agents.[10]

Name Team
Joe Blahak Houston Oilers
Doug Dumler New England Patriots
John Dutton Baltimore Colts
Rich Glover New York Giants
Willie Harper San Francisco 49ers
Larry Jacobson New York Giants
Bill Janssen Charlotte Hornets
Carl Johnson New Orleans Saints
Monte Johnson Oakland Raiders
Jeff Kinney Kansas City Chiefs
Brent Longwell Memphis Southmen
Dave Mason New England Patriots
Jerry Murtaugh[11] New England Patriots
Bob Newton Chicago Bears
Bill Olds Baltimore Colts
Joe Orduna New York Giants
Johnny Rodgers Montreal Alouettes
Bob Schmit Portland Storm
Jerry Tagge Green Bay Packers
Frank Vactor Washington Redskins
Daryl White Detroit Lions
Bob Wolfe Birmingham Americans
Keith Wortman Green Bay Packers

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://newsok.com/article/2908342/famous-quarterback-rotations
  2. ^ https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/van-brownson-1.html
  3. ^ https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/jerry-tagge-1.html
  4. ^ "Football - 1970 Schedule/Results". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletics Department. Retrieved 2009-06-17.
  5. ^ Nebraska 1970 Roster
  6. ^ 1970 Husker Honors
  7. ^ Pro Football Reference.com - 1971 NFL Draft
  8. ^ Pro Football Reference.com - 1972 NFL Draft
  9. ^ Pro Football Reference.com - 1973 NFL Draft
  10. ^ All Time NFL Huskers
  11. ^ Huskerpedia.com - Jerry Murtaugh interview - 2004-07-27