1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

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1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
Nebraska Cornhuskers logo, 1992–2003.svg
Unanimous national champion
(18 of 18 official selectors)
Big Eight champion
Fiesta Bowl champion
Fiesta Bowl, W 62–24 vs. Florida
Conference Big Eight Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 1
1995 record 12–0 (7–0 Big 8)
Head coach Tom Osborne (23rd season)
Offensive coordinator Tom Osborne (26th season)
Offensive scheme I formation
Defensive coordinator Charlie McBride (15th season)
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 72,700)
Seasons
← 1994
1996 →
1995 Big 8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Nebraska $ 7 0 0     12 0 0
No. 5 Colorado 5 2 0     10 2 0
No. 7 Kansas State 5 2 0     10 2 0
No. 9 Kansas 5 2 0     10 2 0
Oklahoma 2 5 0     5 5 1
Oklahoma State 2 5 0     4 8 0
Iowa State 1 6 0     3 8 0
Missouri 1 6 0     3 8 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and was the national champion of the 1995 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Cornhuskers scored 638 points (53.2 per game) while only allowing 174 (14.5 per game). Their average margin of victory was 38.6 points, and their lowest margin of victory, against Washington State, was 14 points.

Nebraska won the final Big Eight Conference football championship in 1995, as the league expanded to form the Big 12 Conference the following season. The Cornhuskers successfully defended their national championship by beating Florida in the Fiesta Bowl 62–24.

Before the season[edit]

Following the success of the 1994 season, in which Tommie Frazier and Brook Berringer led Nebraska to its first national championship in over 20 years, the 1995 team was an improvement in nearly every facet. With a powerful rushing offense and a dominating defense, Nebraska captured its second consecutive national title. The 1995 season was the second of a record-breaking three national championships in four years, as the Cornhuskers won Tom Osborne's third title in 1997.

Schedule[edit]

[1]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 7:00 PM at Oklahoma State No. 2 Lewis FieldStillwater, Oklahoma ESPN W 64–21   42,100
September 9 11:00 AM at Michigan State* No. 2 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, Michigan ABC W 50–10   73,891
September 16 1:00 PM Arizona State* No. 2 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska W 77–28   75,418
September 23 1:00 PM Pacific* No. 2 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska W 49–7   75,630
September 30 1:00 PM Washington State* No. 2 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska W 35–21   75,777
October 14 1:00 PM Missouri No. 2 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska (Rivalry) W 57–0   75,552
October 21 2:30 PM No. 8 Kansas Statedagger No. 2 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska ABC W 49–25   76,072
October 28 2:30 PM at No. 7 Colorado No. 2 Folsom FieldBoulder, Colorado (Rivalry) ABC W 44–21   54,063
November 4 1:00 PM Iowa State No. 1 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska W 73–14   75,505
November 11 2:30 PM at No. 10 Kansas No. 1 Memorial StadiumLawrence, Kansas ABC W 41–3   47,880
November 24 1:30 PM Oklahoma 1 No. 1 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska (Rivalry) ABC W 37–0   75,662
January 2 7:00 PM vs. No. 2 Florida* No. 1 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, Arizona (Fiesta Bowl) CBS W 62–24   79,864
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

1 Final Big 8 Conference football game. The Big 8 absorbed four teams from the dissolving Southwest Conference after the 1995 season and became the Big 12 Conference.

Roster and coaching staff[edit]

1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WB 27 Jacques Allen Sr
OT 70 Eric Anderson So
RB Erick Arens Fr
OL Matt Baldwin Fr
SE 7 Reggie Baul Sr
IB 21 Damon Benning Jr
QB 18 Brook Berringer Sr
WB 14 Lance Brown So
OT 74 Jerry Buettner Fr
TE 90 Tim Carpenter So
SE 6 Kenny Cheatham So
IB 26 Clinton Childs Sr
QB 9 Monte Christo So
OL Jeff Clausen Fr
FB 49 Josh Cobb So
OT 75 Chris Dishman Jr
IB 37 Chad Eicher So
OL Korey Evans Fr
WB Demond Finister Fr
QB 15 Tommie Frazier Sr
RB Nate Froeschl Fr
QB 16 Scott Frost So
OL Lonnie Fulton Fr
OT 72 Ben Gessford Fr
TE 87 Mark Gilman Sr
C 54 Aaron Graham Sr
IB 30 Ahman Green Fr
TE 82 Trent Gumm Fr
SE 29 Billy Haafke So
C Aaron Havlovic Fr
QB 10 Ryan Held So
C 59 Josh Heskew So
SE 5 Brendan Holbein Jr
TE 85 Joe Horst So
OG 62 Matt Hoskinson So
TE 88 Sheldon Jackson Fr
TE 34 Vershan Jackson So
OT Kevin James Fr
WB 33 Clester Johnson Sr
OL Marcus Johnson Fr
OL Adam Julch Fr
FB Ben Kingston Fr
SE 89 Jeff (Robert) Lake So
C 53 Troy Langan Jr
FB 36 Billy Legate Fr
OG 65 Mike Lesser So
QB Gregg List Fr
QB 1 Frankie London Fr
FB 22 Jeff Makovicka Sr
FB 32 Joel Makovicka Fr
RB Alex McClymont Fr
RB Corey McIntyre Fr
OT 78 Kory Mikos Jr
WB 12 Andy Miller Fr
FB 38 Chris Norris Sr
OT 63 Brian Nunns Sr
OG 69 Steve Ott Sr
QB Jeff Perino Fr
TE 84 Brent Petersen Fr
IB 1 Lawrence Phillips Jr
OT 73 Fred Pollack So
RB Steve Raymond Fr
WB 32 David Reddick Fr
TE 86 Dorrick Roy Fr
OG 66 Anthony Schmode Fr
FB 28 Brian Schuster Jr
C 57 Doug Seaman So
OL James Sherman Fr
IB 31 James Sims So
RB Jeff Small Fr
FB 35 Mike Smith Jr
OT Jim Tansey Fr
OG 67 Aaron Taylor So
OT 77 Adam Treu Jr
C Theron Troxel Fr
OT 76 Kyle Tully Fr
QB 11 Matt Turman Jr
IB 24 Todd Uhlir So
OG 71 Mike Van Cleave So
WB 25 Jon Vedral Jr
OG 68 Steve Volin Sr
C 51 Matt Vrzal Jr
OG 61 Brandt Wade Fr
WB 3 Riley Washington Jr
WB Jeff Wells Fr
WB 17 Sean Wieting So
WB Shevin Wiggins So
OG 64 Jon Zatechka So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
WLB 47 Matt Aden So
FS 2 Dave Alderman Jr
DL Derek Allen Fr
OLB Travis Antholz Fr
SLB 23 Larry Arnold Jr
FS 14 Dennis Bailey So
OLB 27 Jason Benes So
RCB 17 Chad Blahak Jr
LCB 20 Michael Booker Jr
LB Ryan Brauer Fr
OLB 89 Darren Brummond Fr
LB Ben Buettenback Fr
MLB 46 Doug Colman Sr
MLB 45 Steve Cook Fr
LB Rance Cooley Fr
FS 12 Tray Crayton Fr
LB T.J. DeBates Fr
DL 48 John DiLiberto Fr
DL Brandon Drum Fr
MLB 41 Phil Ellis Sr
LB 43 Terrell Farley Jr
SLB 56 Jay Foreman So
SLB 40 Russell Froehlich Fr
RCB 12 Mike Fullman Jr
OLB 88 Sean Gard So
OLB 58 Luther Hardin Sr
ROV 19 Chris Herron Fr
OLB 44 Jon Hesse Jr
DT 57 Michael Hoffman So
WLB 49 Quint Hogrefe Fr
WLB 38 Matt Hunting So
LCB 24 Jai Jackson Fr
LB Julius Jackson Fr
DT 96 Jason Jenkins Sr
LB Chad Kelsay Fr
DE Chad Kobus Fr
LB Josh Kohl Fr
WLB 51 Charlie Leece Fr
WLB 59 Casey Macken Fr
DB Karnell Matthews Fr
ROV 4 Octavious McFarlin So
DB Greg McGraw Fr
DT Tom Milius Fr
OLB 83 Bryce Miller Jr
ROV 10 Mike Minter Jr
DT 76 Erik Nelson Fr
DT 97 Jeff Ogard Jr
DB Jason Olnes Fr
LB Tony Ortiz Fr
WLB 52 Aaron Penland Sr
DT 55 Christian Peter Sr
DT 95 Jason Peter So
DB Jerome Peterson Fr
DB Chris Rainey Fr
ROV 39 Mike Roberts Jr
OLB 84 Mike Rucker Fr
DT 74 Scott Saltsman Jr
ROV Nick Sassaman Jr
LCB 37 Darren Schmadeke Sr
DT Jason Schwab Fr
LB Kareem Sears Fr
LB Brian Shaw Fr
MLB 35 Adam Skoda Fr
LCB 16 Eric Stokes Jr
DL Chris Taylor Fr
WLB 91 Ryan Terwilliger Jr
DT 53 Ross Tessendorf Fr
OLB 92 Travis Toline Fr
OLB 93 Jared Tomich Sr
DT 94 Larry Townsend Jr
FS 9 Tony Veland Sr
RCB 6 Eric Walther Fr
DB Eric Warfield So
WLB 28 Jamel Williams Jr
RCB 8 Tyrone Williams Sr
OLB Aaron Wills Fr
DT 99 Jason Wiltz Fr
OLB 82 Shalis Winder Jr
OLB 98 Grant Wistrom So
SLB 34 Ramone Worthy So
FS Chad Young Sr
OLB 80 Brendan Zahl So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P Andy Bilanzich Fr
PK Kris Brown Fr
P/PK Dan Hadenfeldt Fr
P 19 Jesse Kosch So
P/PK 30 Bill Lafleur Fr
P 10 Brian Morro Fr
P 9 Jeff Nolting So
PK 13 Ted Retzlaff So
PK Tom Royce Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Charlie McBride
       15th season as DC/LB coach
       19th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Colorado
  • Turner Gill
       4th season as QB coach
       4th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Craig Bohl
       1st season as LB coach
       4th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Ron Brown
       9th season as WR/TE coach
       9th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Brown
  • Dan Young
       13th season as OL/K coach
       13th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Reed
  • Milt Tenopir
       22nd season as OL coach
       22nd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Sterling
  • Tony Samuel
       10th season as OLB coach
       10th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • George Darlington
       DB coach
       23rd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Rutgers
  • Frank Solich
       13th season as RB coach
       17th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Boyd Epley
       27th season as S&C coach
       27th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska

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

Roster
Last update: January 17, 2011

Game summaries[edit]

Oklahoma State[edit]

Nebraska at Oklahoma State [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 6 301414 64
Oklahoma State 0 777 21

no. 2 Nebraska started the year with a 64–21 win at Oklahoma State in the season opener for both schools. The Cornhuskers piled up 671 total yards and 513 rushing yards while allowing 282 total yards to the Cowboys. After fumbling on its first possession, Nebraska scored on the next eight. An explosive second quarter saw Nebraska take a 16–0 lead following a 29-yard interception return for a touchdown by reserve weakside linebacker Terrell Farley, a JUCO transfer who went on to become Big 8 Defensive Newcomer of the Year. Oklahoma State, which netted -15 yards on its first three drives, responded by taking advantage of one of the young Husker defense's early mistakes, as a draw play by running back David Thompson on third and 10 went 79 yards to the Husker 2-yard line. After a 2-yard touchdown run by Oklahoma State running back Andre Richardson, Nebraska scored on its next offensive play, an 80-yard touchdown from I-back Lawrence Phillips. Phillips later scored on a 27-yard run in the second quarter as the Huskers took a 36–7 halftime lead. Phillips finished the game with 153 yards on 12 carries. Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier made his first regular-season start since the previous September and played sharply, carrying 10 times for 64 yards and a touchdown while also completing 6 of 10 passes for 120 yards and another score. Early in the third quarter, Frazier hit wide receiver Reggie Baul down the sideline for a 76-yard touchdown. Early in the fourth quarter, touted freshman Ahman Green scored his first career touchdown on a 14-yard run. Nebraska had seven players rush for at least 30 yards, including five who rushed for at least 50. The game marked twenty-two straight wins for the Huskers over the Cowboys.

Michigan State[edit]

Nebraska at Michigan State [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 10 101614 50
Michigan State 7 030 10

no. 2 Nebraska lost quarterback Tommie Frazier early in the second quarter with a bruised thigh, but still dominated Michigan State in East Lansing. The Cornhuskers outrushed the Spartans 552 to 45 and piled up 666 total yards to the Spartans' 335. Lawrence Phillips led all rushers with 206 yards and four touchdowns (three 1-yard scores and one 50-yard score off a direct snap play) on 22 carries. The Huskers also received strong rushing performances from Clinton Childs (eight carries, 83 yards), Ahman Green (four carries, 74 yards, one touchdown), and Jay Sims (one carry, 80 yards, one touchdown). Backup quarterback Brook Berringer replaced Frazier and completed 6 of 11 passes for 106 yards, including a 51-yard bomb to a diving Reggie Baul. The Nebraska defense recorded three sacks, two fumble recoveries, and one interception.

The game marked Michigan State's worst margin of defeat since a 42–0 loss to Michigan in 1983. It remains the most one-sided defeat in the coaching career of Nick Saban, who was in his first season at East Lansing.

Arizona State[edit]

Arizona State at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Arizona State 7 1470 28
Nebraska 35 28014 77

Nebraska set a school record with 63 first-half points en route to a 77–28 victory over Arizona State. Back-up I-back Clinton Childs, starting in place of the suspended Lawrence Phillips, ran 65 yards for a touchdown on the game's first play from scrimmage. The Huskers gained 508 yards in the first half and finished with 686 for the game – 394 rushing and 292 passing. Arizona State added to the first half offensive fireworks as quarterback Jake Plummer found wide receiver Keith Poole for three touchdown passes. For the game, Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier completed 7 of 10 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 35 yards and two more scores. Childs ran for 143 yards and two touchdowns before leaving the game in the second quarter with a sprained knee. Back-up Husker I-back Ahman Green ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Nebraska pulled in the reins on its offense in the second half but managed to get a defensive touchdown when linebacker Terrell Farley returned an interception 21 yards. The game was a source of a minor controversy as Sun Devils coach Bruce Snyder accused Nebraska coach Tom Osborne of running up the score after third-string Husker quarterback Matt Turman threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to wide-open reserve receiver Lance Brown in the game's final moments.

Pacific[edit]

Pacific at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Pacific 0 070 7
Nebraska 21 14140 49

Nebraska totaled 731 yards, the fifth-highest total in school history, on its way to a 49–7 win over Pacific. The Husker defense held the Tigers to 197 total yards and forced 11 punts. I-back Damon Benning, starting in place of the injured Clinton Childs, rushed for 173 and three touchdowns on 10 carries before leaving in the third quarter with a sprained ankle. I-back Ahman Green added 112 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. In all, seven Huskers rushed for at least 29 yards. Nebraska began substituting in the second quarter and eventually used 102 players. The Huskers had three drives stall inside the Pacific 30-yard line, including one that ended with Kris Brown missing a 30-yard field goal.

Washington State[edit]

Washington State at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Washington State 7 0014 21
Nebraska 0 2087 35

Nebraska overcame an early deficit – in what ultimately proved to be the only time the Huskers would trail during the entire regular season – to beat Washington State 35–21. The Huskers took the opening drive inside the Cougar 10-yard line but fumbled away the scoring threat. Moments later, Cougar tailback Frank Madu ran past a Husker blitz for an 87-yard touchdown. Nebraska fumbled on its next drive as well but took a 20–7 halftime lead with two Tommie Frazier touchdown runs and two Kris Brown field goals. A 35-yard touchdown pass from Frazier to Mark Gilman extended the Husker lead to 35–14 before Washington State quarterback Chad Davis accounted for the final margin with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Shawn Tims. As the game ended, Nebraska's offense, by this point composed of reserves, fumbled the ball away for a third time inside the Washington State 5-yard line. Despite the early touchdown run by Madu and a stout Washington State rush defense that ranked fourth nationally entering the game, the Cornhuskers outrushed the Cougars 428–72. Tommie Frazier rushed for 70 yards and threw for 99, and Nebraska ended the game with 527. Reserve I-back Ahman Green finished the game with 176 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Husker sophomore defensive end Grant Wistrom had a breakout game, tallying four tackles for loss to lead the Blackshirt defense.

Missouri[edit]

Missouri at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Missouri 0 000 0
Nebraska 7 21227 57

Nebraska's Blackshirt defense forced five fumbles and recovered two of them, intercepted two passes, and held Missouri to 122 total yards in the Huskers' first shutout of the season. Missouri managed only 39 rushing yards on 39 carries. Husker linebacker Terrell Farley blocked a punt that led to a Husker safety. Meanwhile, the Husker offense tallied 475 total yards, with quarterback Tommie Frazier rushing for 71 yards and three touchdowns and passing for 133 and two touchdowns. Husker I-back Ahman Green, making his first start, rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

Kansas State[edit]

Kansas State at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Kansas State 6 0019 25
Nebraska 14 2177 49

Using a combination of stifling defense, surprising passing, and strong special teams, no. 2 Nebraska jumped out to a 35–6 halftime lead over no. 8 Kansas State en route to a 49–25 victory. Sprung by a block by freshman defensive end Mike Rucker, Husker return man Mike Fullman took a punt back 79 yards in the first quarter to open the scoring. Nebraska later scored on a fumble recovery in the end zone by Jon Vedral, an interception return by backup lineman Luther Hardin, and two touchdown passes by quarterback Tommie Frazier. Frazier threw two more touchdowns in the second half, including a 32-yarder to a wide-open Vedral in the third quarter to give the Huskers a 42–6 lead. After three quarters, Kansas State had minus-4-yards rushing and only 128 total. Nebraska began substituting reserve players shortly thereafter, and the Wildcats rallied to put 19 fourth quarter points and pull within 42–25. Nebraska's starters re-emerged and drove for another touchdown, the final score of the game. Despite the strong fourth quarter, the Wildcats finished with just 256 total yards and minus-19 rushing yards, while the Nebraska defense recorded eight sacks and two interceptions. Frazier was 10 of 16 through the air for 148 yards and four touchdowns. Ahman Green ran for 109 yards on 22 carries and caught two touchdowns.

Kansas State went on to finish second nationally in scoring defense; more than a third of the 145 points that the Wildcats allowed during the regular season were scored by the Huskers.

Colorado[edit]

Nebraska at Colorado [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 21 10310 44
Colorado 7 770 21

Nebraska scored on a 57-yard run by I-back Ahman Green on its first play from scrimmage, committed no turnovers or penalties, and never trailed during a 44–21 win at no. 7 Colorado. Quarterback Tommie Frazier threw for a career-high 241 yards on 14 of 23 passing with two touchdowns (a 52-yarder to Clester Johnson in the first quarter and a 7-yarder to Jon Vedral in the second) and ran for 40 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Colorado quarterback John Hessler was 21 of 43 for 276 yards but threw two interceptions that led to 10 Husker points, and the Buffaloes were flagged 12 times for 92 yards. After Nebraska took a 31–14 halftime lead, Colorado scored on a 49-yard pass from Hessler to James Kidd on 4th and 2 to pull within 31–21. But the Buffaloes came no closer, as two field goals by Kris Brown and Frazier's touchdown run put the game away. Green finished the game with 97 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. One of the game's most memorable plays came when Colorado defensive end Greg Jones hit Frazier in the backfield. Frazier, who famously was not sacked during the entire 1995 season, absorbed the blow and completed a 35-yard pass down the sideline to Ahman Green on a drive that ended in a Husker field goal. On the day, Nebraska outgaine the Buffaloes 467 to 382 and outrushed them 226 to 106.

Iowa State[edit]

Iowa State at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Iowa State 0 707 14
Nebraska 20 18287 73

No. 1 Nebraska scored on its first ten possessions and posted 624 rushing yards (second-most in school history) and 776 total yards (fifth-most in school history) in a 73–14 win over the Cyclones. Freshman I-back Ahman Green led the way with 176 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries and added a touchdown reception. A 64-yard touchdown run by Green in the third quarter marked the team's sixth one-play touchdown drive of the season. The game marked the return of Lawrence Phillips, who gained 68 yards on 12 carries. Tommie Frazier rushed for 62 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries and threw for 118 yards and two more touchdowns on 10 of 15 passing. Nebraska's defense limited Iowa State to 254 total yards, which included 121 yards on 28 carries by Heisman Trophy candidate Troy Davis. The Blackshirts also recorded two interceptions and forced two fumbles, recovering one.

The 73 points were the most ever scored by Nebraska against Iowa State until the Cornhuskers scored 77 against the Cyclones in 1997.

Kansas[edit]

Nebraska at Kansas [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 14 01413 41
Kansas 0 300 3

No. 10 Kansas, unbeaten at home on the season and featuring its best team since it last beat the Cornhuskers in 1968, outplayed Nebraska for much of the first half. By the end of the first half, Kansas had outgained Nebraska 199–110 in yards, had 10 more first downs, and had run 23 more plays. However, Nebraska led 14–3 at intermission after recovering a muffed punt in the end zone for one touchdown and recovering a fumble near the Jayhawks' red zone for another. Kansas repeatedly drove deep into Nebraska territory but committed five turnovers. The Jayhawks' only points came on a field goal after an 86-yard drive stalled at the 2-yard line. Nebraska took over in the second half, and an 86-yard interception return by reserve defensive back Mike Fullman closed the scoring at 41–3. Tommie Frazier led all rushers with 99 yards on 10 carries; Kansas as a team ran for 72 yards on 32 rushing attempts. The Nebraska offense had three uncharacteristic turnovers, the first of which – a fumble by backup quarterback Brook Berringer – snapped a streak of 18 straight quarters without a turnover.

The game marked Nebraska's third win over a top ten team in less than a month, with an average victory margin of 45–16. With the win, Nebraska clinched the final Big 8 football championship, its fifth in a row.

Oklahoma[edit]

Oklahoma at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Oklahoma 0 000 0
Nebraska 10 31014 37

Nebraska entered favored by more than 30 points, one of the largest point spreads in the history of the series. But the Sooners played tough defensively, as Nebraska failed to score a first-half touchdown on offense for the first time all season. The Huskers nonetheless led 13–0 at halftime, thanks to a pair of field goals by Kris Brown and a 36-yard interception return for a score by linebacker Jamel Williams. A 57-yard fumble return by free safety Tony Veland pushed the score to 20–0 early in the third quarter. Frazier went 12 of 25 for 136 passing yards with one touchdown and one interception; the unspectacular performance likely factored into his finishing second in the Heisman Trophy voting behind Ohio State running back Eddie George. Late in the game, backup quarterback Brook Berringer scrambled to convert a long fourth down; during the same drive, reserve fullback Joel Mackovicka scored the game's final touchdown. The Husker offense finished with 271 rushing yards and 407 total. The Husker defense, meanwhile, limited the Sooners to 241 total yards and forced three turnovers. The game marked Nebraska's first shutout of Oklahoma since 1942. At the time, the game was also the second-largest victory ever by the Huskers over the Sooners (44–6, 1928).

The game stretched the Huskers' conference unbeaten streak to 23 games and completed three straight undefeated regular seasons. Nebraska ended the regular season averaging 52.4 points per game, which set an all-time school record and a modern-era college football record. It was the final conference football game for the Big Eight Conference, whose members would join with four members of the Southwest Conference to form the Big 12 the next season.

Florida[edit]

Florida vs Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Florida 10 086 24
Nebraska 6 291413 62

Entering the 1996 Fiesta Bowl, Nebraska had won 24 consecutive games, but some (including Sports Illustrated in their 12/26/1995 issue) still picked Florida to win the game due to the no. 2 Gators' overwhelming speed on both sides of the ball, even though oddsmakers had made Nebraska a substantial favorite.[2] Florida coach Steve Spurrier's "Fun 'n' Gun" offense, led by future Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, provided a stark contrast Tom Osborne's I-form power option.

Nebraska defeated Florida 62–24, marking the largest margin of victory and highest score in a national championship game in history. Included among several NCAA bowl records the Huskers set was a rushing total of 524 yards (out of an offensive output of 629 yards). I-back Lawrence Phillips carried 25 times for 165 yards and two touchdowns and caught a 16-yard touchdown. Quarterback Tommie Frazier finished the game with 199 yards on 16 carries. The game also included one of the most famous plays in college football history: a 75-yard touchdown run in the third quarter by Frazier in which he broke no fewer than seven tackles. Florida had won every one of their first 12 games by double digits and the Gator offense averaged over 44 points, 360 passing yards, and 534 yards of total offense per game. The Nebraska defense limited the Gators to 269 yards of offense and -28 rushing yards while registering a safety, seven quarterback sacks, and three interceptions, including one returned 42 yards for a touchdown by Michael Booker. The Huskers' 29 points in the second quarter set a Fiesta Bowl record.

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 Wk 15 Final
AP 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Coaches 1

Legacy[edit]

Due to their performance against Florida, victories over four teams that finished in the top 10 (by an average score of 49–18), consistent dominance (smallest margin of victory was 14 points, trailed only once all season, rushed for 51 touchdowns and 400 yards per game while allowing only 6 rushing touchdowns all season and 78 rushing yards per game), their record-setting offensive performance, and their statistically impressive defense throughout the season, the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers are widely regarded as one of the greatest teams in college football history. The team set Division 1-A records by averaging 7.0 yards per rushing attempt, allowing zero quarterback sacks, and allowing five punt returns (for 12 yards) over the entire season. The Cornhuskers average margin of victory was over 38 points, the largest of any Division 1-A team since World War II, despite regularly resting starters after halftime. Analysts often make comparisons to other recent highly regarded champions, such as the 2001 Miami Hurricanes and the 2004 USC Trojans.[3] Such comparisons, as noted by the experts themselves, are nearly impossible to make, as rankings vary from evaluation to evaluation. The 1994 and 1995 Nebraska teams, which went a combined 25–0, remain the only undefeated and untied back-to-back national champions since Oklahoma in 1955 and 1956. In 2011, the 1995 Cornhuskers were named by Playboy Magazine as the greatest college football team of the Playboy era (since 1957).[4]

Awards[edit]

[5]

Award Name(s)
Sporting News Player of the Year Tommie Frazier
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Tommie Frazier
UPI Player-of-the-Year Tommie Frazier
Maxwell Award Tommie Frazier
All-America 1st team Tommie Frazier, Aaron Graham, Jared Tomich
All-America 2nd team Terrell Farley
All-America 3rd team Grant Wistrom, Aaron Taylor
All-America honorable mention Chris Dishman, Ahman Green, Christian Peter
Big 8 Offensive Player of the Year Tommie Frazier
Big 8 Defensive Newcomer of the Year Terrell Farley
Big 8 Freshman of the Year Ahman Green
Big 8 Offensive Newcomer of the Year Ahman Green
All-Big 8 1st team Eric Anderson, Chris Dishman, Terrell Farley, Tommie Frazier, Aaron Graham, Ahman Green, Christian Peter, Aaron Taylor, Jared Tomich, Tyrone Williams, Grant Wistrom
All-Big 8 2nd team Reggie Baul, Mike Minter, Tony Veland
All-Big 8 honorable mention Kris Brown, Phil Ellis, Brendan Holbein, Clester Johnson, Jeff Makovicka, Jason Peter

NFL and pro players[edit]

The following Nebraska players who participated in the 1995 season later moved on to the next level and joined a professional or semi-pro team as draftees or free agents.[6]

Name Team
Eric Anderson Amsterdam Admirals
Michael Booker Atlanta Falcons
Kris Brown Pittsburgh Steelers
Doug Colman New York Giants
Chris Dishman Arizona Cardinals
Jay Foreman Buffalo Bills
Tommie Frazier Montreal Alouettes
Scott Frost New York Jets
Aaron Graham Arizona Cardinals
Ahman Green Seattle Seahawks
Jon Hesse Green Bay Packers
Sheldon Jackson Buffalo Bills
Vershan Jackson Kansas City Chiefs
Chad Kelsay Pittsburgh Steelers
Bill Lafleur Barcelona Dragons
Joel Makovicka Arizona Cardinals
Mike Minter Carolina Panthers
Tony Ortiz Scottish Claymores
Christian Peter New York Giants
Jason Peter Carolina Panthers
Lawrence Phillips St. Louis Rams
Mike Rucker Carolina Panthers
Eric Stokes Seattle Seahawks
Jared Tomich New Orleans Saints
Larry Townsend Berlin Thunder
Adam Treu Oakland Raiders
Tony Veland Denver Broncos
Eric Warfield Kansas City Chiefs
Jamel Williams Washington Redskins
Tyrone Williams Green Bay Packers
Jason Wiltz New York Jets
Grant Wistrom St. Louis Rams
Jon Zatechka Berlin Thunder

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football - 1995 Schedule/Results". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletics Department. Retrieved May 23, 2009. 
  2. ^ http://www.goldsheet.com/historic/95cfblog.html#44
  3. ^ Top 10 Perfect Seasons SportsIllustrated
  4. ^ "Top 10 All-Time College Football Teams of the Playboy Era". Playboy.com. Archived from the original on 2011-11-23. Retrieved November 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ 1995 Husker Honors
  6. ^ "All Time NFL Huskers". Archived from the original on May 16, 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2009.