1998 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

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1998 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
Nebraska Cornhuskers logo, 1992–2003.svg
Holiday Bowl, L 20–23 vs. Arizona
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
DivisionNorth Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 20
APNo. 19
1998 record9–4 (5–3 Big 12)
Head coachFrank Solich (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorFrank Solich (1st season)
Offensive schemeI formation
Defensive coordinatorCharlie McBride (18th season)
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
(Capacity: 72,700)
Seasons
← 1997
1999 →
1998 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Northern Division
No. 10 Kansas State x   8 0         11 2  
No. 19 Nebraska   5 3         9 4  
No. 21 Missouri   5 3         8 4  
Colorado   4 4         8 4  
Kansas   1 7         4 7  
Iowa State   1 7         3 8  
Southern Division
No. 11 Texas A&M x$   7 1         11 3  
No. 15 Texas   6 2         9 3  
Texas Tech   4 4         7 5  
Oklahoma State   3 5         5 6  
Oklahoma   3 5         5 6  
Baylor   1 7         2 9  
Championship: Texas A&M 36, Kansas State 33 
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1998 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1998 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Frank Solich and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Schedule[edit]

[1]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 293:00 PMLouisiana Tech*No. 4FSNW 56–2776,021
September 512:30 PMUAB*No. 4
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
W 38–775,921
September 126:00 PMat California*No. 4FSNW 24–367,000
September 262:30 PMNo. 9 Washington*No. 2
ABCW 55–776,372
October 36:00 PMvs. Oklahoma StateNo. 2FSNW 24–1779,555
October 102:30 PMat No. 18 Texas A&MNo. 2ABCL 21–2860,798
October 176:00 PMKansasdaggerNo. 8
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
FSNW 41–076,174
October 2411:30 AMNo. 19 MissouriNo. 7
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska (rivalry)
FSNW 20–1376,425
October 312:30 PMTexasNo. 7
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
ABCL 16–2076,434
November 71:00 PMat Iowa StateNo. 14W 42–745,817
November 142:30 PMat No. 2 Kansas StateNo. 11ABCL 30–4044,298
November 271:30 PMColoradoNo. 14
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska (rivalry)
ABCW 16–1475,958
December 307:30 PMvs. No. 5 Arizona*No. 14ESPNL 20–2365,354
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Roster and coaching staff[edit]

1998 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
SE 17 Scott Aguglia Fr
IB 38 Dan Alexander So
OG 64 Steve Altstadt Fr
WB 82 Sean Applegate Jr
C 51 Matt Baldwin Jr
TE 94 Damien Bauman Jr
TE 33 Sasho Becvarovski So
SE 20 Tom Beveridge So
TE Jon Bowling Fr
WB 14 Lance Brown Sr
IB 36 Correll Buckhalter So
IB Chris Butler Fr
SE 6 Kenny Cheatham Sr
QB Joe Chrisman Fr
QB 9 Monte Christo Sr
FB 31 Chris Cielocha Fr
OT 68 Jeff Clausen Jr
OL Wes Cody Fr
SE Danny Cork Fr
WB 81 Ben Cornelsen Fr
QB 7 Eric Crouch Fr
TE Will Dabbert Fr
SE 3 Matt Davison So
TE 85 T.J. DeBates Jr
IB 31 Dahrran Diedrick Fr
OT 76 Billy Diekmann So
SE Chad Duryea Fr
OL Kyle Eisenhauer Fr
IB 4 DeAngelo Evans So
WB 2 Demond Finister Jr
SE 83 Craig Fischer Jr
WB Austin Forster Fr
OL Joe Freeman Fr
SE 29 Pat Friesen Fr
WB 30 Paul Fujan Fr
OT 74 Lonnie Fulton Jr
OG 72 Ben Gessford Sr
WB 8 John Gibson So
TE Aaron Golliday Fr
FB 46 Nick Gragert Fr
OT 74 Mike Green Fr
RB DeAntae Grixby Fr
QB Sam Gutz Fr
SE Seth Gutz Jr
OL Andy Gwennap Fr
SE 80 Billy Haafke Sr
SE Troy Hassebroek Fr
C 78 Aaron Havlovic Jr
C 78 Aaron Havolovic Jr
WB Dan Hennings Fr
C 59 Josh Heskew Sr
OG 55 Russ Hochstein So
FB Casey Hughes Fr
TE 88 Sheldon Jackson Sr
OT 69 Adam Julch Jr
FB Paul Kastl Fr
FB 33 Ben Kingston Jr
SE John Klem Fr
OL Scott Koethe Fr
OT 75 Kyle Kollmorgen Fr
OL David Kolowski Fr
OL Nate Kolterman Fr
FB 40 Billy Legate Sr
QB 1 Frankie London Jr
SE Josh Lyman Fr
FB 45 Joel Makovicka Sr
WB Shawn McGann Fr
TE 87 Jake McKee So
FB 15 Willie Miller So
TE 43 John Murphy So
QB 12 Bobby Newcombe So
FB 37 Hank Piening So
C 54 Dominic Raiola Fr
IB Tyler Rauenzahn Fr
QB 16 Jay Runty So
OG 66 Jon Rutherford RFr
OG 79 Chris Saalfeld So
OT 65 Jason Schwab Jr
OG 63 James Sherman Jr
OL Matt Shook Fr
OL Leif Sidwell Fr
IB 32 Travis Soucie So
FB 48 Jeremy Stanislav So
OT 73 Jim Tansey Jr
SE Wilson Thomas Fr
IB 24 Alik Tillery Fr
FB Tyrone Uhlir Fr
OL Justin Valencia Fr
WB 26 Casey Vanderhoef So
OT 58 Dave Volk Fr
OG 61 Brandt Wade Sr
IB 34 Dan White Fr
WB 5 Shevin Wiggins Sr
OL Mike Wilford Fr
TE 90 Tracey Wistrom Fr
OL Steve Ziemba Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
RE Demoine Adams Fr
NT 89 Luis Almanzar So
RCB 28 Josh Anderson So
WLB 41 Rod Baker So
ROV 4 Mic Boettner Fr
FS 14 Dion Booker Fr
ROV 21 Mike Brown Jr
RCB 22 Ralph Brown Jr
MLB 39 Ben Buettenback Jr
MLB 48 Jamie Burrow Fr
DL Jon Clanton Fr
MLB 52 Jon Coyne Fr
CB 3 Keyuo Craver Fr
DB Mike Demps Fr
LB Mason Dutton Fr
FS 33 Mitch Ebke So
ROV John Eisenberg So
FS 19 Clint Finley So
ROV 38 Eric Fischer So
MLB 44 Jay Foreman Sr
LB Gabe Fries Fr
SLB 43 Russell Froehlich Sr
NT 77 Bobby Gill So
DB DeJuan Groce Fr
RE 97 Matt Grummert So
SLB 53 Chris Gustafson Fr
FS 45 Brad Hamik So
LCB 18 Jeff Hemje Fr
SLB 49 Quint Hogrefe Sr
DL Richard Hughes Fr
RCB 24 Matt Ickes Fr
WLB 50 Julius Jackson Jr
WLB 1 Eric Johnson Sr
DT 91 Loran Kaiser So
RE 57 Chad Kelsay Sr
RE Chris Kelsay Fr
WLB 47 Josh Kohl Jr
DB Paul Kosch Fr
DB Adam Lechtenberg Fr
ROV 29 Gregg List Jr
DL Jason Lohr Fr
RE Jeremy Lyman Fr
DL Stephen Manning Fr
DT 70 Matt McGinn Fr
FS 27 Greg McGraw Jr
SLB 32 Levi Mehl Fr
RE 93 Brandon Mooberry So
DB Christopher Moran Jr
DT 90 Casey Nelson Fr
DL Jeff Nelson Fr
DL Andrew Offner Fr
SLB 37 Tony Ortiz Jr
MLB 42 Jon Penny Fr
RCB 11 Jerome Peterson Jr
MLB 13 Carlos Polk So
ROV 10 Brandon Quindt So
SLB 23 Steve Raymond Jr
LCB 9 Khari Reynolds So
RE Kyle Ringenberg Fr
MLB 34 Brandon Roth Fr
RE 84 Mike Rucker Sr
RE 80 Eric Ryan Jr
LB Scott Shanle Fr
SLB 46 Brian Shaw Jr
RE 98 Scott Siebenborn So
DT Jeremy Slechta Fr
WLB Jemond Smith Fr
RE Justin Smith Fr
LB Luke Smith Fr
LB Randy Stella Fr
LCB 16 Erwin Swiney So
LB Tony Tata Fr
DB Aaron Terpening Fr
RE 92 Travis Toline Sr
RCB 12 Arion Turner Fr
MLB 48 Chad Tuttle So
RE 83 Kyle Vanden Bosch So
WLB 26 Mark Vedral Fr
ROV 25 Joe Walker So
RE 94 Brandon Wardyn So
NT 96 Steve Warren Jr
FS 42 Troy Watchorn So
RE 95 J.P. (John Paul) Wichmann Fr
RE 81 Aaron Wills Jr
RE Colin Wills Fr
DT 99 Jason Wiltz Sr
LCB 20 Wes Woodward Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK Josh Brown Fr
PK 35 Kris Brown Sr
PK 17 Dan Hadenfeldt Jr
P 23 Bill Lafleur Sr
PK 28 Chace Long So
P 8 Brian Morro Sr
P/PK 17 Chuck Tack Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Charlie McBride
       18th season as DC/LB coach
       22nd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Colorado
  • Turner Gill
       7th season as QB coach
       7th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Craig Bohl
       4th season as LB coach
       7th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Ron Brown
       12th season as WR/TE coach
       12th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Brown
  • Dan Young
       16th season as OL/K coach
       16th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Reed
  • Milt Tenopir
       25th season as OL coach
       25th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Sterling
  • Nelson Barnes
       2nd season as RE coach
       2nd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: North Texas
  • George Darlington
       DB coach
       26th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Rutgers
  • Dave Gillespie
       1st season as RB coach
       10th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska-Omaha
  • Boyd Epley
       30th season as S&C coach
       30th 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]

Louisiana Tech[edit]

Louisiana Tech at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Louisiana Tech 0 6156 27
Nebraska 14 21714 56

UAB[edit]

UAB at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
UAB 0 700 7
Nebraska 7 14017 38

California[edit]

Nebraska at California [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 7 7010 24
California 0 030 3

Washington[edit]

Washington at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Washington 0 700 7
Nebraska 21 14200 55

Oklahoma State[edit]

Nebraska vs Oklahoma State [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 0 3147 24
Oklahoma State 0 377 17

Texas A&M[edit]

Nebraska at Texas A&M [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 0 7014 21
Texas A&M 7 777 28

Kansas[edit]

Kansas at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Kansas 0 000 0
Nebraska 10 71410 41

Missouri[edit]

Missouri at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Missouri 0 1300 13
Nebraska 3 377 20

Texas[edit]

Texas at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Texas 7 3010 20
Nebraska 0 3103 16

Iowa State[edit]

Nebraska at Iowa State [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 7 14714 42
Iowa State 0 007 7

Kansas State[edit]

Nebraska at Kansas State [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 7 1076 30
Kansas State 7 71016 40

Colorado[edit]

Colorado at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Colorado 7 070 14
Nebraska 7 333 16

Arizona[edit]

Nebraska vs Arizona [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 0 1307 20
Arizona 6 3014 23

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 4 4 3 2 2 2 8 7 7 14 11 17 14 13 14 19
Coaches 20
BCS Not released 6 12 11 14 12 11 11 N/A

After the season[edit]

First-year Head Coach Solich was new to the job title but still in his element, after having served as an assistant in varying capacities with Nebraska since 1975. Solich completed his inaugural season with a final record of 9–4 (5–3), after having lost much of the 1997 national championship team's talent to graduation. Nonetheless, Nebraska finished tied for 2nd place in the Big 12 North Division, and tied for 4th conference-wide.

The season was concluded by #14 Nebraska falling to #5 Arizona 20–23 at the Holiday Bowl.

Awards[edit]

[2]

Award Name(s)
All-American 2nd Team Sheldon Jackson
All-American 3rd Team Ralph Brown
All-Big 12 1st team Ralph Brown, Josh Heskew, Sheldon Jackson, Jay Foreman, Mike Brown, Chad Kelsay
All-Big 12 2nd team Kris Brown, Mike Rucker, Joe Walker, Bill Lafleur
All-Big 12 3rd team Shevin Wiggins
All-Big 12 honorable mention Kenny Cheatham, Matt Davison, Russ Hochstein, Joel Makovicka, Jason Schwab

NFL and pro players[edit]

The following Nebraska players who participated in the 1998 season later moved on to the next level and joined a professional or semi-pro team as draftees or free agents.[3]

Name Team
Demoine Adams Edmonton Eskimos
Dan Alexander Tennessee Titans
Josh Brown Seattle Seahawks
Kris Brown Pittsburgh Steelers
Mike Brown Chicago Bears
Ralph Brown New York Giants
Correll Buckhalter Philadelphia Eagles
Keyuo Craver New Orleans Saints
Eric Crouch St. Louis Rams
Clint Finley Kansas City Chiefs
Jay Foreman Buffalo Bills
Aaron Golliday Scottish Claymores
DeJuan Groce St. Louis Rams
Russ Hochstein Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sheldon Jackson Buffalo Bills
Eric Johnson Oakland Raiders
Chad Kelsay Pittsburgh Steelers
Chris Kelsay Buffalo Bills
Bill Lafleur Barcelona Dragons
Joel Makovicka Arizona Cardinals
Bobby Newcombe Montreal Alouettes
Tony Ortiz Scottish Claymores
Carlos Polk San Diego Chargers
Dominic Raiola Detroit Lions
Mike Rucker Carolina Panthers
Scott Shanle St. Louis Rams
Jeremy Slechta Philadelphia Eagles
Erwin Swiney Green Bay Packers
Kyle Vanden Bosch Arizona Cardinals
Joe Walker Tennessee Titans
Steve Warren Green Bay Packers
Jason Wiltz New York Jets

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football - 1998 Schedule/Results". University of Nebraska–Lincoln Athletics Department. Retrieved May 15, 2009.
  2. ^ 1998 Husker Honors
  3. ^ "All Time NFL Huskers". Archived from the original on May 16, 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2009.