1996 Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Team
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1996 Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Team
1996 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
Nebraska Cornhuskers logo, 1992-2003.svg
Big 12 North Division champion
Orange Bowl champion
Orange Bowl, W 41–21 vs. Virginia Tech
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
DivisionNorth Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 6
APNo. 6
1996 record11–2 (8–0 Big 12)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorTom Osborne (27th season)
Offensive schemeI formation
Defensive coordinatorCharlie McBride (16th season)
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
(Capacity: 72,700)
Seasons
← 1995
1997 →
1996 Big 12 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Northern Division
No. 6 Nebraska x%   8 0         11 2  
No. 8 Colorado   7 1         10 2  
No. 17 Kansas State   6 2         9 3  
Missouri   3 5         5 6  
Kansas   2 6         4 7  
Iowa State   1 7         2 9  
Southern Division
No. 23 Texas x$   6 2         8 5  
Texas Tech   5 3         7 5  
Texas A&M   4 4         6 6  
Oklahoma   3 5         3 8  
Oklahoma State   2 6         5 6  
Baylor   1 7         4 7  
Championship: Texas 37, Nebraska 27
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • $ - Bowl Alliance representative as champion
    % - Bowl Alliance at-large representative
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1996 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

This was the first season for Nebraska in the Big 12 Conference, which took on that name after adding four schools from the disbanded Southwest Conference; the conference had been known as the Big Eight Conference since 1964, and was the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association before that. Nebraska was placed in the North Division with the four other Midwest schools in the conference, plus Colorado, all of which were in the conference prior to 1996; the Oklahoma schools joined with the former SWC members (all of which were in Texas) to form the South Division.

Nebraska participated in the very first Big 12 Championship Game by winning the North Division. They were upset by the unranked winners of the South Division, Texas. They still played in an Alliance bowl, the Orange Bowl, where they beat Virginia Tech.

Schedule

[1]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 711:00 amMichigan State*No. 1ABCW 55-1475,590
September 219:15 pmat No. 17 Arizona State*No. 1FSNL 0-1974,089
September 2811:30 amColorado State*No. 8
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
ABCW 65-975,575
October 511:30 amat No. 16 Kansas StateNo. 7ABCW 39-343,916
October 121:00 pmBaylordaggerNo. 5
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
W 49-075,478
October 192:30 pmat Texas TechNo. 5ABCW 24-1051,344
October 266:00 pmKansasNo. 5
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
FSNW 63-775,158
November 211:00 amat OklahomaNo. 5ABCW 73-2175,004
November 91:00 pmMissouriNo. 5
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska (rivalry)
W 51-775,133
November 161:00 pmat Iowa StateNo. 5W 49-1447,850
November 291:30 pmNo. 5 ColoradoNo. 4
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, Nebraska (rivalry)
ABCW 17-1275,695
December 712:00 pmvs. TexasNo. 3ABCL 27-3763,109
December 317:00 pmvs. No. 10 Virginia Tech*No. 6CBSW 41-2151,212
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Roster and coaching staff

Depth chart

Game summaries

Michigan State

Michigan State at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Michigan State 0 077 14
Nebraska 7 20217 55

Arizona State

Nebraska at Arizona State [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 0 000 0
Arizona State 9 802 19

Colorado State

Colorado State at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Colorado State 0 603 9
Nebraska 7 172021 65

Kansas State

Nebraska at Kansas State [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 6 12147 39
Kansas State 0 300 3

Baylor

Baylor at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Baylor 0 000 0
Nebraska 7 21147 49

Texas Tech

Nebraska at Texas Tech [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 7 377 24
Texas Tech 7 300 10

Kansas

Kansas at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Kansas 0 700 7
Nebraska 7 35147 63

Oklahoma

Nebraska at Oklahoma [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 0 172828 73
Oklahoma 0 0021 21

Missouri

Missouri at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Missouri 0 007 7
Nebraska 7 16280 51

Iowa State

Nebraska at Iowa State [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 20 8147 49
Iowa State 0 077 14

Colorado

Colorado at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Colorado 6 033 12
Nebraska 7 1000 17

Texas

Nebraska vs Texas [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 7 1073 27
Texas 7 13314 37

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech vs Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Virginia Tech 7 770 21
Nebraska 0 171410 41

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 1 1 1 1 1 8 7 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 3 6 6
Coaches 6

Awards

[2]

Award Name(s)
All-America 1st team Aaron Taylor, Jared Tomich, Grant Wistrom
All-America 2nd team Chris Dishman
Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Grant Wistrom
All-America Freshman 1st team Ralph Brown
All-Big 12 1st team Chris Dishman, Jon Hesse, Jared Tomich, Mike Minter, Jason Peter, Aaron Taylor, Grant Wistrom
All-Big 12 2nd team Eric Anderson, Michael Booker, Kris Brown, Jeff Ogard, Jamel Williams
All-Big 12 3rd team Scott Frost, Terrell Farley, Ahman Green
All-Big 12 honorable mention Ralph Brown, DeAngelo Evans, Brendan Holbein, Vershan Jackson, Jesse Kosch, Brian Schuster, Eric Stokes, Jon Vedral, Jamel Williams
Big 12 Coach of the Year Tom Osborne

NFL and pro players

The following Nebraska players who participated in the 1996 season later moved on to the next level and joined a professional or semi-pro team as draftees or free agents.[3]

References

  1. ^ "Football - 1996 Schedule/Results". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletics Department. Retrieved 2009.
  2. ^ 1996 Husker Honors
  3. ^ "All Time NFL Huskers". Archived from the original on May 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009.

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