Nebraska Huskers Football History

Nebraska Huskers Football History, Tickets, Schedules, & Apparel

Husker football began play in 1890, with a 10–0 victory over the Omaha YMCA on Thanksgiving Day, November 27.[5] During the early years of the program, the team had a number of nicknames: “Bugeaters”, “Tree Planters”, “Nebraskans”, “The Rattlesnake Boys”, “Antelopes”, “Old Gold Knights” and “Cornhuskers”. The name Cornhuskers first appeared in the school newspaper as “We Have Met The Cornhuskers And They Are Ours” referring to a 20–18 upset victory over Iowa in 1893. The name would be used again, this time to refer to Nebraska by Charles “Cy” Sherman in The Nebraska State Journal during the 1899 season and would replace all other names by 1900.[6]

Nebraska has claimed 43 conference championships and part or all of five national championships: 1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, and 1997. The titles in the 1990s marked the first time since Notre Dame in 1946–49 when a team won three national championships in four seasons. The 1994 and 1995 seasons still stand as the only consensus back-to-back national titles by any Division 1-A school since Oklahoma in 1956-57. Nebraska posted a 60–3–0 record between the 1993-97 JasminLive seasons. has named the 1995 Nebraska Cornhusker team the greatest team of all time.[7] Fan voting has consistently pegged the 1995 Cornhuskers as the greatest college football team in history.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers also have five undefeated seasons when they were not the national champions; 1902, 1903, 1913, 1914, and 1915. Between 1912 and 1916, a 34-game unbeaten streak was recorded by then head coach Ewald O. Stiehm.[8]

Famous former Huskers include Heisman Trophy winners Johnny Rodgers, Mike Rozier, and Eric Crouch. Rodgers was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and for the new millennium he was voted the team’s “Player of the Century”; his Cornhusker jersey Joyourself (No. 20) was retired. Rozier was likewise inducted into the hall in 2006. Other Husker players and coaches who are members of the College Football Hall of Fame include: Forrest Behm, Bob Brown, Guy Chamberlin, Sam Francis, Rich Glover, Wayne Meylan, Bobby Reynolds, Dave Rimington, George Sauer, Clarence Swanson, Ed Weir, Grant Wistrom, and coaches Gomer Jones, Pete Elliott, Francis Schmidt, Dana X. Bible, Bob Devaney, Biff Jones, Tom Osborne, Eddie “Robbie” Robinson, and Fielding H. Yost.[9]

Historically, the rivalry between Nebraska and Oklahoma often carried league championship and occasional national championship implications. The teams regularly battled for the Big Eight Conference title until 1996, when the conference was absorbed by the new Big 12 Conference. Out of the Big Eight’s 89 year history, Nebraska or Oklahoma won or shared the conference championship 71 times.[10] The Cornhuskers and Sooners also played several games during the 1970s and 1980s that decided the national championship.[11]