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1997 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

1997 [[Template:Infobox NCAA team season/team]]
Logo of the Nebraska athletic teams 1992-2003
Bowl Alliance/Coaches' National Champions
Orange Bowl Champions
Big 12 Champions
Big 12 North Division Champions
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Orange Bowl, W 42–17 vs. Tennessee
Conference Big 12 Conference
North Division
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #2
1997 record 13–0 (8–0 Big 12)
Head coach Tom Osborne (25th year)
Offensive coordinator Tom Osborne (28th year)
Offensive scheme I formation
Defensive coordinator Charlie McBride (17th year)
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 72,700)
Seasons
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Rankings from AP Poll

The 1997 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Nebraska won their third national championship in four seasons, but this one was shared with Michigan, a member of Nebraska's current conference, the Big Ten Conference.

As well as winning a share of the national title, they won the Big 12 Championship Game for the first time. Overall it was their 42nd Big 12 title (sixth in the last seven years), including championships won when the conference was known as the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association and later the Big Eight Conference.

Schedule

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August 30

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Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE

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September 13

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Central Florida*

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Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE

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September 20

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at #2 Washington*

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October 4

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#17 Kansas State

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Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE

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W 56–26  

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October 11

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at Baylor

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Floyd Casey StadiumWaco, TX

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W 49–21  

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October 18

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Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE

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W 29–0  

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October 25

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at Kansas

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November 1

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Oklahoma

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November 8

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at Missouri

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November 15

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November 28

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at Colorado

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December 6

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vs. #14 Texas A&M

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vs. #3 Tennessee*

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Roster and coaching staff

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  • Tom Osborne
       25th season
       34th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: [Hastings College 1956-1959]

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  • Charlie McBride
       17th season as DC/LB coach
       21st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Colorado
  • Turner Gill
       6th season as QB coach
       6th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Craig Bohl
       3rd season as LB coach
       6th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Ron Brown
       11th season as WR/TE coach
       11th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Brown
  • Dan Young
       15th season as OL/K coach
       15th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Reed
  • Milt Tenopir
       24th season as OL coach
       24th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Sterling
  • Nelson Barnes
       1st season as RE coach
       1st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: North Texas
  • George Darlington
       DB coach
       25th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Rutgers
  • Frank Solich
       15th season as RB coach
       19th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Boyd Epley
       29th season as S&C coach
       29th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska

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Game notes

Akron

Akron at Nebraska [box score]
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0 077 14
Nebraska 14 24147 59


Central Florida

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Central Florida 7 1007 24
Nebraska 0 14177 38


Washington

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Nebraska 14 706 27
Washington 0 770 14


Kansas State

Kansas State at Nebraska [box score]
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Kansas State 6 0614 26
Nebraska 10 102115 56


Baylor

Nebraska at Baylor [box score]
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Nebraska 14 2870 49
Baylor 7 0014 21


Texas Tech

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Texas Tech 0 000 0
Nebraska 3 1097 29


Kansas

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Nebraska 7 14014 35
Kansas 0 000 0


Oklahoma

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Oklahoma 0 070 7
Nebraska 20 142114 69


Missouri

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Nebraska 14 77107 45
Missouri 7 17770 38


Iowa State

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Iowa State 7 007 14
Nebraska 35 2877 77


Colorado

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Nebraska 3 7170 27
Colorado 0 3714 24


Texas A&M

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Texas A&M 0 3012 15
Nebraska 16 21314 54


Tennessee

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Tennessee 0 368 17
Nebraska 7 7217 42


Statistics

  • QB Scott Frost: 88/159 (55.3%) for 1,237 yards (7.80) with 5 TD vs. 4 INT (2.52%). 176 carries for 1,095 yards (6.22) and 19 TD.
  • RB Ahman Green: 278 carries for 1,877 yards (6.75) with 22 TD. 16 catches for 151 yards and 0 TD.
  • FB Joel Makovicka: 105 carries for 685 yards (6.52) and 9 TD.
  • RB Correll Buckhalter: 54 carries for 311 yards (5.76) and 6 TD.
  • WR Lance Brown: 12 catches for 226 yards (18.83) and 0 TD.
  • WR Matt Davison: 10 catches for 219 yards (21.90) and 1 TD.

Rankings

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 Wk 16 Final
AP 6 6 6 6 7 3 3 3 2 1 1 1 3 3 2 2 2 2
Coaches 1

After the season

Nebraska Head Coach Tom Osborne announced his retirement just prior to the 1998 Orange bowl, capping a remarkable career of success. The #2 Cornhuskers handily defeated the #3 Tennessee Volunteers 42–17, while #1 Michigan defeated #7 Washington State team 21–16. The 1997 Huskers set an NCAA record that still stands by scoring an average of 5.5 rushing touchdowns per game (66 rushing touchdowns in twelve games, not including the six scored in the Orange Bowl).[2]

Awards

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Award Name(s)
Lombardi Award Grant Wistrom
Outland Trophy Aaron Taylor
Big 12 Male Athlete of the Year Grant Wistrom
All-America 1st team Jason Peter, Aaron Taylor, Grant Wistrom
All-America 2nd team Ahman Green
All-America 3rd team Eric Anderson
All-Big 12 1st team Eric Anderson, Mike Brown, Ralph Brown, Scott Frost, Ahman Green, Jason Peter, Aaron Taylor, Grant Wistrom
All-Big 12 2nd team Jay Foreman
All-Big 12 3rd team Josh Heskew, Chad Kelsay, Eric Warfield, Jon Zatechka
All-Big 12 honorable mention Kris Brown, Jesse Kosch, Joel Makovicka, Fred Pollack, Mike Rucker, Jason Wiltz

NFL and Pro Players

The following Nebraska players who participated in the 1997 season later moved on to the next level and joined a professional or semi-pro team as draftees or free agents.[4]

Name Team
Dan Alexander Tennessee Titans
Eric Anderson Amsterdam Admirals
Kris Brown Pittsburgh Steelers
Mike Brown Chicago Bears
Ralph Brown New York Giants
Correll Buckhalter Philadelphia Eagles
Eric Crouch St. Louis Rams
Clint Finley Kansas City Chiefs
Jay Foreman Buffalo Bills
Scott Frost New York Jets
Ahman Green Seattle Seahawks
Russ Hochstein Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sheldon Jackson Buffalo Bills
Vershan Jackson Kansas City Chiefs
Eric Johnson Oakland Raiders
Chad Kelsay Pittsburgh Steelers
Bill Lafleur Barcelona Dragons
Joel Makovicka Arizona Cardinals
Bobby Newcombe Montreal Alouettes
Tony Ortiz Scottish Claymores
Jason Peter Carolina Panthers
Carlos Polk San Diego Chargers
Dominic Raiola Detroit Lions
Mike Rucker Carolina Panthers
Erwin Swiney Green Bay Packers
Larry Townsend Berlin Thunder
Kyle Vanden Bosch Arizona Cardinals
Joe Walker Tennessee Titans
Eric Warfield Kansas City Chiefs
Steve Warren Green Bay Packers
Jason Wiltz New York Jets
Grant Wistrom St. Louis Rams
Jon Zatechka Berlin Thunder

References

  1. ^ "Football - 1997 Schedule/Results". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletics Department. Retrieved May 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ http://web1.ncaa.org/web_files/stats/football_records/DI/2010/2010FBS.pdf
  3. ^ 1997 Husker Honors
  4. ^ "All Time NFL Huskers". Archived from the original on May 27, 2009. Retrieved May 21, 2009.