2001 Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Team
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2001 Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Team
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)
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
DivisionNorth Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 7
APNo. 8
2001 record11–2 (7–1 Big 12)
Head coachFrank Solich (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorFrank Solich (4th season)
Offensive schemeI formation
Defensive coordinatorCraig Bohl (2nd season)
Home stadiumMemorial 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 Tech   4 4         7 5  
Texas A&M   4 4         8 4  
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

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 252:30 PMTCU*No. 4ABCW 21-777,473
September 111:30 AMTroy State*No. 4
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, NE
FSNW 42-1477,812
September 87:00 PMNo. 17 Notre Dame*No. 5
ABCW 27-1078,118
September 207:30 PMRice*No. 4
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, NE
W 48-377,344
September 2911:30 AMat MissouriNo. 4FSNW 36-364,204
October 66:00 PMIowa StateNo. 4
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, NE
FSNW 48-1478,002
October 131:00 PMat BaylorNo. 4W 48-738,102
October 206:00 PMTexas TechdaggerNo. 3
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, NE
FSNW 41-3177,838
October 2711:00 AMNo. 2 OklahomaNo. 3
ABCW 20-1078,031
November 36:00 PMat KansasNo. 2FSNW 51-750,750
November 102:30 PMKansas StateNo. 2
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, NE
ABCW 31-2177,818
November 232:30 PMat No. 14 ColoradoNo. 2ABCL 36-6253,790
January 37:00 PMvs. No. 1 Miami (FL)*No. 4ABCL 14-3793,781
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

[1]

Roster and coaching staff

Game summaries

TCU

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

Troy State

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

Notre Dame

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

Rice

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

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

Iowa State

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

Baylor

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

Texas Tech

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

Oklahoma

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

Kansas

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

Kansas State

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

Colorado

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

Miami (FL)

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

Rankings

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

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

[2]

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

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]

References

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

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