2001 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

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2001 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
Nebraska Cornhuskers logo, 1992–2003.svg
Big 12 North co-champion
Rose Bowl (BCS NCG), L 14–37 vs. Miami (FL)
Conference Big 12 Conference
Division North Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 7
AP No. 8
2001 record 11–2 (7–1 Big 12)
Head coach Frank Solich (4th season)
Offensive coordinator Frank Solich (4th season)
Offensive scheme I formation
Defensive coordinator Craig Bohl (2nd season)
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 73,918)
Seasons
← 2000
2002 →
2001 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Northern Division
No. 9 Colorado xy$   7 1         10 3  
No. 8 Nebraska x%   7 1         11 2  
Iowa State   4 4         7 5  
Kansas State   3 5         6 6  
Missouri   3 5         4 7  
Kansas   1 7         3 8  
Southern Division
No. 5 Texas xy   7 1         11 2  
No. 6 Oklahoma   6 2         11 2  
Texas A&M   4 4         8 4  
Texas Tech   4 4         7 5  
Oklahoma State   2 6         4 7  
Baylor   0 8         3 8  
Championship: Colorado 39, Texas 37
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2001 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 2001 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]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 25 2:30 PM TCU* No. 4 Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE (Pigskin Classic) ABC W 21–7   77,473
September 1 11:30 AM Troy State* No. 4 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE FSN W 42–14   77,812
September 8 7:00 PM No. 17 Notre Dame* No. 5 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE ABC W 27–10   78,118
September 20 7:30 PM Rice* No. 4 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE W 48–3   77,344
September 29 11:30 AM at Missouri No. 4 Faurot FieldColumbia, MO (Rivalry) FSN W 36–3   64,204
October 6 6:00 PM Iowa State No. 4 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE FSN W 48–14   78,002
October 13 1:00 PM at Baylor No. 4 Floyd Casey StadiumWaco, TX W 48–7   38,102
October 20 6:00 PM Texas Techdagger No. 3 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE FSN W 41–31   77,838
October 27 11:00 AM No. 2 Oklahoma No. 3 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE (Rivalry) ABC W 20–10   78,031
November 3 6:00 PM at Kansas No. 2 Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS FSN W 51–7   50,750
November 10 2:30 PM Kansas State No. 2 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE ABC W 31–21   77,818
November 23 2:30 PM at No. 14 Colorado No. 2 Folsom FieldBoulder, CO (Rivalry) ABC L 36–62   53,790
January 3 7:00 PM vs. No. 1 Miami (FL)* No. 4 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) ABC L 14–37   93,781
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

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Roster and coaching staff[edit]

2001 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
IB 41 Matt Albertson Jr
OG Steve Altstadt Sr
OG 71 Jake Andersen RFr
SE 38 Brandon Biodrowski Fr
TE 84 Jon Bowling Jr
SE Clifford Brye Jr
QB 11 Joe Chrisman Jr
OG 59 Wes Cody Jr
IB 1 Thunder Collins Jr
SE 32 Kelly Cook So
WB 81 Ben Cornelsen Jr
QB 7 Eric Crouch Sr
TE 80 Will Dabbert Jr
FB 4 Judd Davies So
IB 25 Josh Davis So
OG 50 Jon Dawson So
IB 30 Dahrran Diedrick Jr
WB 29 Andrew Dunn RFr
OG 78 Mike Erickson RFr
OT 65 M.J. Flaum RFr
OG 77 Toniu Fonoti Jr
C 52 John Garrison Jr
WB 8 John Gibson Sr
TE 99 Aaron Golliday Jr
FB 49 Nick Gragert Sr
OT 72 Tim Green So
IB 6 DeAntae Grixby So
SE 89 Troy Hassebroek Jr
C Richie Incognito Fr
SE 80 Jason Jisa RFr
FB 37 Paul Kastl Jr
TE 41 Dusty Keiser RFr
SE 19 John Klem Jr
OT 73 Scott Koethe Jr
OT 75 Kyle Kollmorgen Sr
C 74 David Kolowski Jr
OT 67 Nate Kolterman Jr
FB 45 Steve Kriewald RFr
SE 28 Tim Liley So
C 63 Jack Limbaugh So
QB 15 Brett Lindstrom So
WB 12 DeWayne Long RFr
OT 76 Chris Loos So
QB 10 Jammal Lord So
QB Mike McLaughlin So
SE 14 Ryan Mikluscak RFr
IB 21 Robin Miller So
OG 61 Brian Nelson So
WB 24 Jack O'Holleran RFr
SE 23 Ryan Ommert So
TE 82 Phil Peetz So
OT Gary Pike Fr
WB 27 Matt Plooster So
OT 69 Nick Povendo RFr
IB 36 Tim Reese So
TE 86 Kyle Ringenberg Jr
IB Cory Ross Fr
OG 66 Jon Rutherford Sr
TE 83 Chris Septak RFr
OG 79 Josh Sewell So
TE 42 Alex Shada RFr
C 53 Matt Shook Jr
QB 13 Scott Siefken RFr
IB Marques Simmons Fr
QB 16 Mike Stuntz Fr
OG 55 Junior Tagoa'i So
SE 9 Wilson Thomas Jr
WB 31 Fred Thorne So
FB 35 Curt Tomasevicz RFr
OT 68 Dan Vili Waldrop So
OT 57 Cody Volk So
OT 58 Dave Volk Sr
SE 20 Kiffin Wigert RFr
FB 25 Andy Wingender So
TE 87 Tracey Wistrom Sr
WB 5 Ben Zajicek RFr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
RE 98 Demoine Adams Jr
NT Titus Adams Fr
FS 27 Willie Amos So
DT 59 Ryon Bingham So
ROV 21 Philip Bland Fr
ROV 29 Mic Boettner Sr
FS 14 Dion Booker Sr
NT 91 Manaia Brown RFr
WLB 39 Chad Buller So
FS Daniel Bullocks Fr
ROV Josh Bullocks Fr
CB Rodney Burgess Jr
FS 36 Dan Burrow RFr
MLB 48 Jamie Burrow Sr
ROV 4 Terrell Butler So
NT 55 Jon Clanton Jr
MLB 47 Ira Cooper RFr
LCB 3 Keyuo Craver Sr
ROV 32 Tim Demerath Sr
NT Seppo Evwaraye Fr
SLB 51 Gabe Fries Jr
RCB 5 DeJuan Groce Jr
LCB 26 Kevin Guse So
NT Jared Helming Fr
RCB 18 Jeff Hemje Sr
WLB 46 Anthony Hoke So
MLB 17 T.J. Hollowell So
ROV 40 Lannie Hopkins RFr
RCB 15 Kellen Huston RFr
RCB 24 Matt Ickes Sr
LCB 30 Joel Jackson RFr
WLB 23 Blanchard Johnson So
RE 88 Trevor Johnson So
DT 94 Patrick Kabongo So
RE 57 Chris Kelsay Jr
CB Randy Landingham Fr
NT 70 Jason Lohr Sr
MLB 53 Mike Makris So
CB Danieal Manning Fr
DT 79 Stephen Manning Jr
RE 76 Jeff McBride RFr
LCB 6 Lornell McPherson RFr
WLB 58 Tim Miller So
DT 85 Casey Nelson Sr
LCB 13 Jamie Otto RFr
FS 31 Jerrell Pippens So
WLB 44 Jason Richenberger RFr
LCB 13 Pat Ricketts So
MLB Barrett Ruud Fr
MLB 47 Steve Safranek So
FS 35 Carl Scholting So
SLB 43 Scott Shanle Jr
RE 97 Matt Shrader Fr
LB Chad Sievers So
DT 56 Jeremy Slechta Sr
SLB 45 Jemond Smith Jr
RE 92 Justin Smith Jr
DT Le Kevin Smith Fr
WLB 34 Randy Stella Jr
RCB 16 Erwin Swiney Sr
MLB 90 Tony Tata Jr
ROV 2 Aaron Terpening Jr
RE 10 Benard Thomas So
RE 93 Tyler Toline RFr
WLB 9 Mark Vedral Sr
RE 97 Adrian Warrior Jr
LCB 29 Jay White Jr
LCB 33 Seth White So
RE 95 J.P. (John Paul) Wichmann Sr
ROV 20 Wes Woodward Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 26 Josh Brown Jr
PK 22 Sandro DeAngelis RFr
P 19 Kyle Larson So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Craig Bohl
       2nd season as DC/LB coach
       10th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Turner Gill
       10th season as QB coach
       10th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Ron Brown
       15th season as WR/TE coach
       15th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Brown
  • Jeff Jamrog
       2nd season as DL coach
       4th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Dan Young
       19th season as OL/K coach
       19th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Reed
  • Milt Tenopir
       28th season as OL coach
       28th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Sterling
  • Nelson Barnes
       5th season as RE coach
       5th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: North Texas
  • George Darlington
       DB coach
       29th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Rutgers
  • Dave Gillespie
       4th season as RB coach
       13th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska-Omaha
  • Boyd Epley
       33rd season as S&C coach
       33rd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska

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

Roster
Last update: January 16, 2011

Game summaries[edit]

TCU[edit]

TCU at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
TCU 7 000 7
Nebraska 13 080 21

Troy State[edit]

Troy State at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Troy State 7 700 14
Nebraska 14 1477 42

Notre Dame[edit]

Notre Dame at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Notre Dame 0 307 10
Nebraska 17 1000 27

Rice[edit]

Rice at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Rice 0 003 3
Nebraska 21 7200 48

Rice at Nebraska, on September 20, 2001 was the first NCAA College Football game following the infamous Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.

Missouri[edit]

Nebraska at Missouri [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 0 13914 36
Missouri 3 000 3

Iowa State[edit]

Iowa State at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Iowa State 0 0140 14
Nebraska 20 2107 48

Baylor[edit]

Nebraska at Baylor [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 7 7727 48
Baylor 0 700 7

Texas Tech[edit]

Texas Tech at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Texas Tech 13 1530 31
Nebraska 21 7103 41

Oklahoma[edit]

Oklahoma at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Oklahoma 0 1000 10
Nebraska 0 1037 20

Kansas[edit]

Nebraska at Kansas [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 0 20724 51
Kansas 0 007 7

Kansas State[edit]

Kansas State at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Kansas State 0 1407 21
Nebraska 0 13153 31

Colorado[edit]

Nebraska at Colorado [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 3 2076 36
Colorado 28 14020 62

Miami (FL)[edit]

Nebraska vs Miami (FL) [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 0 077 14
Miami (FL) 7 2703 37

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP 4 4 5 4 4 4 4 3 3 2 2 2 2 6 5 4 8 
Coaches' 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 2 2 2 6 4 4 7 
Harris Not released N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Not released 
BCS Not released 2 1 1 1 1 4 3 2 Not released

After the season[edit]

Nebraska finished in a tie for 1st place in the Big 12 North Division and also tied for 1st conference-wide, with a final record of 11–2 (7–1).

The events which took place at the end of the season put a strain on the system of college rankings and polls. The Cornhuskers lost their final regular season game to Colorado 36–62, leaving both tied for 1st place in the Big 12 North Division. As Colorado won the head-to-head contest, Colorado then participated in the Big 12 Championship and defeated Texas 39–37. Despite Colorado's accomplishments, Nebraska's strength-of-schedule component in the Bowl Championship Series selection system resulted in the Cornhuskers being selected to play in the 2002 Rose Bowl for the BCS National Championship Game against Miami, despite the fact that Nebraska had not played in its own conference championship game and technically had not even won its own division.

Nebraska then fell to Miami 14–37 in the Rose Bowl, but the controversy of these events led to more modifications to the BCS formula, which followed a pattern of seasonal tweaks dating back nearly to when the BCS system was implemented.

Senior Cornhusker quarterback Eric Crouch was the 2001 recipient of the Walter Camp Award, the Davey O'Brien Award, and the Heisman Trophy. Coach Solich was also selected Big 12 Football Coach of the Year.

Awards[edit]

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Award Name(s)
Heisman Trophy Eric Crouch
Walter Camp Award Eric Crouch
Davey O'Brien Award Eric Crouch
Sporting News Player of the Year Eric Crouch
ABC/Chevrolet Player of the Year Eric Crouch
Big 12 Coach of the Year Frank Solich
All-American 1st Team Toniu Fonoti, Keyuo Craver, Eric Crouch
All-American 2nd Team Chris Kelsay
All-American 3rd Team Tracey Wistrom
All-Big 12 1st team Toniu Fonoti, Eric Crouch, Keyuo Craver, Dahrran Diedrick
All-Big 12 2nd team Dave Volk, Chris Kelsay, Jamie Burrow
All-Big 12 3rd team Tracey Wistrom, Jeremy Slechta, DeJuan Groce, Kyle Larson

NFL and pro players[edit]

The following Nebraska players who participated in the 2001 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
Titus Adams New York Jets
Ryon Bingham San Diego Chargers
Josh Brown Seattle Seahawks
Daniel Bullocks Detroit Lions
Josh Bullocks New Orleans Saints
Eric Crouch St. Louis Rams
Keyuo Craver New Orleans Saints
Josh Davis New York Jets
Clint Finley Kansas City Chiefs
Toniu Fonoti San Diego Chargers
Aaron Golliday Scottish Claymores
DeJuan Groce St. Louis Rams
T. J. Hollowell New York Giants
Richie Incognito St. Louis Rams
Trevor Johnson New York Jets
Patrick Kabongo Detroit Lions
Chris Kelsay Buffalo Bills
Kyle Larson Cincinnati Bengals
Jammal Lord Houston Texans
Bobby Newcombe Montreal Alouettes
Jerrell Pippens Chicago Bears
Cory Ross Baltimore Ravens
Barrett Ruud Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Scott Shanle St. Louis Rams
Jeremy Slechta Philadelphia Eagles
Le Kevin Smith New England Patriots
Erwin Swiney Green Bay Packers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football - 2001 Schedule/Results". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Athletics. Retrieved May 14, 2009.
  2. ^ 2001 Husker Honors
  3. ^ "All Time NFL Huskers". Archived from the original on May 16, 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2009.