1977 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

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1977 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
Nebraska Cornhuskers logo.svg
Liberty Bowl champion
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 10
APNo. 12
1977 record9–3 (5–2 Big 8)
Head coachTom Osborne (5th season)
Offensive coordinatorTom Osborne (9th season)
Offensive schemeI formation
Defensive coordinatorLance Van Zandt (1st season)
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1976
1978 →
1977 Big 8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 7 Oklahoma $ 7 0 0     10 2 0
Iowa State 5 2 0     8 4 0
No. 12 Nebraska 5 2 0     9 3 0
Colorado 3 3 1     7 3 1
Missouri 3 4 0     4 7 0
Kansas 2 4 1     4 6 1
Oklahoma State 2 5 0     4 7 0
Kansas State 0 7 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1977 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1977 NCAA Division I football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Schedule[edit]

[1]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 101:30 PMWashington State*No. 15L 10-1975,922
September 1712:45PMNo. 4 Alabama*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
ABCW 31-2475,899
September 241:30 PMBaylor*No. 14
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
W 31-1076,231
October 11:30 PMIndiana*No. 11
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
W 31-1376,034
October 81:30 PMat Kansas StateNo. 9W 26-941,100
October 151:30 PMIowa StateNo. 9
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
L 21-2476,090
October 221:30 PMNo. 7 ColoradodaggerNo. 18
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
W 33-1576,486
October 2912:45 PMat Oklahoma StateNo. 12ABCW 31-1449,100
November 51:30 PMat MissouriNo. 11W 21-1067,000
November 121:30 PMKansasNo. 12
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
W 52-776,392
November 251:25 PMat No. 3 OklahomaNo. 11ABCL 7-3871,184
December 198:05 PMvs. No. 14 North Carolina*No. 12ABCW 21-1749,456
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Roster[edit]

[2][3]

Anderson, Rene #2 (Sr.) DB
Andrews, George #96 (Jr.) DE
Anthony, Monte #49 (Sr.) IB
Barnett, Bill #97 (So.) DT
Berns, Richard #35 (Jr.) IB
Bishop, Keith #53 (Jr.) C
Bloom, Jeff #50 (So.) C
Brown, Kenny #22 (Jr.) WB
Bruce, Mike #76 (So.) OT
Bryant, Bill #95 (Jr.) DT
Burns, Ed #17 (Sr.) QB
Carpenter, Jeff #37 (Sr.) LB
Cass, Dan #8 (So.) DB
Clark, Kelvin #73 (Jr.) OT
Cole, Lawrence #81 (So.) DE
Cooley, Lawrence #67 (Jr.) OG
Cotton, Barney #54 (Jr.) C
Craig, Curtis #33 (Sr.) WB
Davis, Tom #52 (Sr.) C
Dixon, Rod #5 (Jr.) PK
Donnell, Dodie #45 (Sr.) FB
Dufresne, Mark #88 (Sr.) TE
Dunning, Bruce #40 (So.) LB
England, Gary #91 (So.) DT
Everett, Earl #9 (Sr.) WB
Fischer, Tim #16 (Jr.) DB
Franklin, Andra (So.) FB
Frei, Steve #27 (So.) DB
Garcia, Randy #18 (Sr.) QB
Gast, Reg #82 (Sr.) DE
Gemar, Scott #1 (So.) PK
Glenn, Steve #71 (Jr.) OT

 

Goodspeed, Mark #72 (So.) OT
Hager, Tim #10 (So.) QB
Hansen, Jeff #48 (Jr.) DB
Harvey, Ted #31 (Sr.) DB
Havekost, John #69 (So.) OG
Hedrick, Brian #43 (So.) DT
Henson, Zac #79(Sr.) OGK
Hipp, I.M. #32 (So.) IB
Horn, Rod #55 (So.) DT
Ingram, John #19 (So.) DB
Jorgensen, Greg #63 (Sr.) OG
Keith, Percy #21 (So.) DB
Keuten, John #64 (So.) OG
Kunz, Lee #38 (Jr.) LB
Lee, Jeff #26 (Jr.) SE
Lee, Oudious #65 (So.) MG
Lehigh, Pat #6 (Jr.) DB
Lindquist, Steve #68 (Jr.) OG
Lockett, Frank #80 (Jr.) SE
Loken, Rocke #87 (Sr.) SE
Markus, Steve #56 (Sr.) LB
Matthies, Tom #77 (So.) OT
McCrady, Tim #24 (So.) WB
McQuitter, Greg #41 (Jr.) DB
Means, Andy #34 (So.) DB
Miller, Junior #89 (So.) TE
Moritz, Brett #70 (Sr.) OG
Nelson, Derrie #92 (So.) DE
O'Doherty, Dave #78 (So.) OT
Ohrt, Tom #74 (Jr.) OT
Payne, Dennis #13 (Jr.) DB
Pensick, Dan #93 (So.) DT
Pillen, Jim #29 (Jr.) DB

 

Poeschl, Randy #75 (Jr.) DT
Powers, Dana #28 (So.) DB
Pullen, Jeff #66 (Sr.) MG
Quinn, Jeff #11 (So.) QB
Rick, Randy #90 (Sr.) DE
Roehrs, Kelvin #99 (Jr.) MG
Ruud, John #46 (So.) LB
Saalfeld, Kelly #57 (Jr.) C
Samuel, Tony #98 (Sr.) DE
Schleusener, Randy #61 (So.) OG
Selko, John #83 (Jr.) TE
Smith, Kent #23 (Sr.) DB
Smith, Tim #84 (So.) SE
Sorley, Tom #12 (Jr.) QB
Spaeth, Ken #86 (Sr.) TE
Steiner, Dan #58 (So.) OG
Steward, Keith #44 (Jr.) FB
Stewart, Byron #30 (Jr.) IB
Stroh, Mark #85 (So.) DE
Sukup, Dean #3 (So.) PK
Todd, Billy #14 (Jr.) PK
Valasek, Larry #4 (Sr.) DB
Vering, Tom #47 (Jr.) LB
Waldemore, Stan #62 (Sr.) OT
Walton, Darrell #7 (Jr.) DB
Washington, Mike #36 (So.) FB
Weinmaster, Kerry #51 (So.) MG
Wightman, Jim #59 (Sr.) LB
Wurth, Tim #25 (So.) IB
Young, Larry #94 (Jr.) DE
Young, Willie #39 (So.) LB

     

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Title First year
in this position
Years at Nebraska Alma Mater
Tom Osborne Head Coach
Offensive Coordinator
1973 1964–1997 Hastings College
Lance Van Zandt Defensive Coordinator
Defensive backs
1977 1977–1980 Lamar
Cletus Fischer Offensive Line 1960–1985 Nebraska
John Melton Tight Ends
Wingbacks
1973 1962–1988 Wyoming
Mike Corgan Running Backs 1962 1962–1982 Notre Dame
Boyd Epley Head Strength Coach 1969 1969–2003 Nebraska
Jerry Moore Wide Receivers 1973 1973–1978 Baylor
George Darlington Defensive Backs 1973–2002 Rutgers
Milt Tenopir Offensive Line 1974 1974–2002 Sterling
Guy Ingles Freshman Head Coach 1976–1978 Nebraska
Gene Huey Receivers 1977 1977–1986 Wyoming
Charlie McBride Defensive Line 1977 1977–1999 Colorado

Game summaries[edit]

Washington State[edit]

Washington State at #15 Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Washington State 0 775 19
#15 Nebraska 0 703 10

Nebraska convincingly dominated Washington State on the field and statistically, but fumbled repeatedly, including three times inside the Cougar 10-yard line and once on a punt. Despite the miscues, Nebraska still held onto a 7-7 tie at halftime. As the game progressed and Washington State began to pull away, Nebraska kept piling up the statistics but failed to get any closer than 10-14 before the Cougars iced the game with a field goal and a safety in the 4th quarter. The numbers defied the scoreboard, as Nebraska led in first downs 24-14, on the ground 247-120 and in the air 223-174, but the number that mattered was 0-1 to start the season.

Alabama[edit]

#4 Alabama at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
#4 Alabama 7 1007 24
Nebraska 10 777 31

Alabama came into Lincoln ranked #2 as Nebraska was still feeling the sting of the loss to Washington State and a rare absence from the polls. While the Crimson Tide slightly exceeded the Cornhuskers on offensive production, the 5-1 interception ratio and 25-17 first down edge each helped give Nebraska the edge to pull off the stunning upset.

Baylor[edit]

Baylor at #14 Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Baylor 3 070 10
#14 Nebraska 10 1308 31

Baylor was behind 10-3 by the end of the 1st quarter, and their only other score was a 3rd-quarter touchdown made possible in part by a lost Nebraska fumble. It was the offensive production that told the story of the day, as Nebraska rolled up 414 yards compared to the 182 produced by Baylor.

Indiana[edit]

Indiana at #11 Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Indiana 7 330 13
#11 Nebraska 10 7014 31

Nebraska IB I.M. Hipp, starting place of injured IB Rick Berns, set a new single game rushing record of 254 yards, besting the previous record of 211 set the previous year by Berns. Despite that performance, the game actually was in doubt entering the 4th quarter as the Hoosiers trailed 13-17, but the Cornhuskers added two more touchdowns soon after and came away with their 3rd consecutive 31-point score and win to close out the non-conference slate.

Kansas State[edit]

#9 Nebraska at Kansas State [box score]
1 234Total
#9 Nebraska 0 1079 26
Kansas State 3 006 9

Two long touchdown runs by Nebraska IB I.M. Hipp created the gap between Kansas State and Nebraska, but the three interceptions suffered by the Wildcats also hurt any hopes that Kansas State may have had to put up a fight. Though Nebraska started out behind 0-3 in the 1st quarter, they scored the next touchdown and never looked back.

Iowa State[edit]

Iowa State at #9 Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Iowa State 7 1430 24
#9 Nebraska 14 070 21

Nebraska struck first and still held the 14-7 lead by the end of the 1st quarter, but two more Iowa State scores before the half put the Cyclones ahead for the rest of the game. Both offenses ground to a halt in the 4th quarter as the Cornhuskers failed to overcome the 21-24 deficit and were handed their second loss of the season.

Colorado[edit]

#7 Colorado at #18 Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
#7 Colorado 7 800 15
#18 Nebraska 3 13314 33

The season of upsets for and against Nebraska continued, as the #7 Colorado team arrived in Lincoln to be dealt its first loss of the season. One of the two Colorado scores came on a 98-yard kickoff return, but after the half it was all Nebraska as the Cornhuskers piled up 390 yards on the ground and 480 in total.

Oklahoma State[edit]

#12 Nebraska at Oklahoma State [box score]
1 234Total
#12 Nebraska 0 14143 31
Oklahoma State 7 007 14

Nebraska owned the edge in all facets, leading 74-63 through the air and 318-196 on the ground. Although the Cornhuskers didn't see the scoreboard until the 2nd quarter, they quickly took the lead with help from the Blackshirts, as the Cowboys soon found themselves too far behind to pose any further threat to Nebraska.

Missouri[edit]

#11 Nebraska at Missouri [box score]
1 234Total
#11 Nebraska 9 066 21
Missouri 0 1000 10

Once again the Blackshirts helped carry the day to make up for repeated turnovers, along with help from Nebraska PK Billy Todd, who created some breathing room by accounting for 9 of the 11 points that separated the Cornhuskers from the Tigers at the final whistle.

Kansas[edit]

Kansas at #12 Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Kansas 0 007 7
#12 Nebraska 14 141014 52

Nebraska steamrolled Kansas in Lincoln to close out the home schedule, setting records all over in the process. Cornhusker PK Billy Todd set a new Nebraska record for field goals in a season with his 12th and tied a 55-yard longest Nebraska field goal record set in 1969, while the offense set a new single-game rushing record at 550 yards. The Jayhawks' only score came in the 4th quarter against reserves.

Oklahoma[edit]

#11 Nebraska at #3 Oklahoma [box score]
1 234Total
#11 Nebraska 0 700 7
#3 Oklahoma 0 21314 38

Both teams struggled to put points up to start out, but adjustments made by Oklahoma, with help from inopportune turnovers by Nebraska, led to a Sooner halftime lead of 21-7. The Cornhuskers never were able to get consistent production after that and never saw the scoreboard again as Oklahoma had little trouble padding their lead by an additional 17 points to secure their 6th straight win over Nebraska.

North Carolina[edit]

#12 Nebraska vs #14 North Carolina [box score]
1 234Total
#12 Nebraska 0 7014 21
#14 North Carolina 0 1430 17

Nebraska survived a scare when they came from behind, lagging North Carolina 7-17 at the start of the 4th quarter, to post two straight touchdowns for the lead and the win. Nebraska was the only team to score more than 14 against the Tar Heels all year, as North Carolina led the nation in scoring defense and had held opponents to an average of under 8 points per game. It was backup Nebraska QB Randy Garcia who provided the late spark for the Cornhuskers as he came off the bench and directed the two touchdown drives that put Nebraska ahead with just 3:16 left to play, putting away the game and closing the door on the Tar Heels' bid for an upset.

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 Final
AP 15 NR 14 11 9 9 18 12 11 12 11 11 12 12
Coaches 10

Awards[edit]

[4]

Award Name(s)
All-America 1st team Tom Davis
All-America 2nd team Greg Jorgensen, I.M. Hipp
All-America honorable mention Ken Spaeth, Kelvin Clark, Lee Kunz, Ted Harvey
All-Big 8 1st team Tom Davis, Greg Jorgensen, I.M. Hipp, Jim Pillen
All-Big 8 2nd team Rick Berns, Kelvin Clark, Ted Harvey, Lee Kunz, Steve Lindquist, Ken Spaeth, Stan Waldemore
All-Big 8 honorable mention George Andrews, Tony Samuel, Tom Sorley

NFL and Pro Players[edit]

The following Nebraska players who participated in the 1977 season later moved on to the next level and joined a professional or semi-pro team as draftees or free agents.[5]

Name Team
George Andrews Los Angeles Rams
Bill Barnett Miami Dolphins
Rick Berns Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ed Burns New Orleans Saints
Kelvin Clark Denver Broncos
Barney Cotton Cincinnati Bengals
Tom Davis Toronto Argonauts
Andra Franklin Miami Dolphins
Mark Goodspeed St. Louis Cardinals
Rod Horn Cincinnati Bengals
Lee Kunz Chicago Bears
Jeff Lee St. Louis Cardinals
Oudious Lee St. Louis Cardinals
Frank Lockett Boston Breakers
Junior Miller Atlanta Falcons
Brett Moritz Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Derrie Nelson San Diego Chargers
Jeff Quinn Pittsburgh Steelers
Stan Waldemore New York Jets

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football - 1977 Schedule/Results". University of Nebraska–Lincoln Athletics Department. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  2. ^ Nebraska 1977 Roster
  3. ^ "Nebraska 1977 Commitments". Archived from the original on 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  4. ^ 1977 Husker Honors
  5. ^ "All Time NFL Huskers". Archived from the original on 2009-06-11. Retrieved 2009-06-10.