2005 Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Team
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2005 Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Team
2005 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
Logo of the Nebraska athletic teams 2004-
Alamo Bowl champion
Alamo Bowl, W 32–28 vs. Michigan
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
DivisionNorth Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 24
APNo. 24
2005 record8–4 (4–4 Big 12)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorJay Norvell (2nd season)
Offensive schemeWest Coast offense
Defensive coordinatorKevin Cosgrove (2nd season)
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
(Capacity: 73,918)
Seasons
← 2004
2006 →
2005 Big 12 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Northern Division
Colorado x   5 3         7 6  
Missouri   4 4         7 5  
No. 24 Nebraska   4 4         8 4  
Iowa State   4 4         7 5  
Kansas   3 5         7 5  
Kansas State   2 6         5 6  
Southern Division
No. 1 Texas x$#   8 0         13 0  
No. 20 Texas Tech   6 2         9 3  
No. 22 Oklahoma   6 2         8 4  
Texas A&M   3 5         5 6  
Baylor   2 6         5 6  
Oklahoma State   1 7         4 7  
Championship: Texas 70, Colorado 3
    1. – BCS National Champion
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2005 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Bill Callahan and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Before the season

Nebraska experienced many changes to their team's roster; not only did key wide receiver Ross Pilkington leave the team after he gave up football, but after the spring game, new junior college transfer Zac Taylor replaced the 2004 starter Joe Dailey at the key position of quarterback. Shortly thereafter Joe Dailey transferred to North Carolina.

Schedule

[1]

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 36:10 pmMaine*FSN PPVW 25-777,469
September 106:10 pmWake Forest*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, NE
TBSW 31-377,380
September 172:30 pmPittsburgh*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, NE
ABCW 7-677,336
October 12:30 pmNo. 23 Iowa State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, NE
ABCW 27-20 OT77,433
October 83:00 pmNo. 15 Texas Techdagger
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, NE
TBSL 31-3477,580
October 156:05 pmat BaylorFSN PPVW 23-1440,857
October 2211:30 amat MissouriFSNL 24-4160,641
October 2911:00 amOklahoma
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, NE (rivalry)
ABCL 24-3177,438
November 512:00 pmat KansasL 15-4051,750
November 121:05 pmKansas State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, NE
W 27-2577,761
November 252:30 pmat ColoradoABCW 30-354,831
December 287:00 pmvs. No. 20 Michigan*ESPNW 32-2862,016
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Roster and coaching staff

Game summaries

Maine

Maine at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Maine 0 007 7
Nebraska 0 9610 25

Speculation that the 2005 season could perhaps be worse than the 2004 season began when Nebraska struggled to defeat the severe underdog Maine team 25-7.

Wake Forest

Wake Forest at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Wake Forest 0 300 3
Nebraska 14 0107 31

The team went on to crush the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (Zac Taylor's former four year college) 31-3. The win was unusual in that Nebraska's defense scored more points than either team's offense (Nebraska's defense scored 18 points, their offense 6, their special teams 7).

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Pittsburgh 0 060 6
Nebraska 0 700 7

Their next game is arguably one of the most climactic in the history of all of football. The score was Nebraska 7 and the Pittsburgh Panthers 6. With 7 seconds remaining, the Panthers were going to attempt a game-winning field goal from 36 yards. The ball was snapped with the holder unprepared for the play. The ball rebounded off the holder's helmet. Pittsburgh's kicker recovered the ball and threw it incomplete to preserve time. One second remained on the clock as Pittsburgh prepared for the final play. Pittsburgh attempted the kick again, the holder prepared this time. Pittsburgh's kicker looked as though he would have made the field goal had it not been blocked by Nebraska's Adam Ickes.

Iowa State

Iowa State at Nebraska [box score]
1 234OTTotal
Iowa State 0 31007 20
Nebraska 3 07314 27

Nebraska's next game was equally exciting as unranked and undefeated Nebraska took on the #23 Iowa State Cyclones. They won in a hard fought match that went into 2 overtimes by a score of 27-20. The game marked the first time that overtime had occurred in Memorial Stadium. Regardless of the quality win, Nebraska remained unranked.

Texas Tech

Texas Tech at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Texas Tech 7 1467 34
Nebraska 0 14710 31

Nebraska was the only team that was unranked and had no losses going into their next game against the 15th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders. After trailing 21-0 in the first half, Nebraska fought back and eventually gained a 31-27 foothold over Texas Tech. In the final minutes of the game, Nebraska seemingly sealed their victory and a top 25 ranking when lineman LeKevin Smith intercepted a Texas Tech pass only to fumble it seconds later to return possession to Texas Tech. The Red Raiders were given a second-chance and with time winding down threw the game-winning touchdown pass to defeat Nebraska.

Baylor

Nebraska at Baylor [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 3 1073 23
Baylor 7 070 14

Missouri

Nebraska at Missouri [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 10 1400 24
Missouri 21 3710 41

Oklahoma

Oklahoma at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Oklahoma 7 1437 31
Nebraska 0 3714 24

Kansas

Nebraska at Kansas [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 2 760 15
Kansas 14 3716 40

The Huskers lost 3 of their next 4 games, including losses to their rival Missouri Tigers, who defeated them 41-24, a crushing 40-15 defeat to the Kansas Jayhawks (which snapped a 36-year winning streak over Kansas), and rival Oklahoma Sooners, the latter being lost in the final minutes of the game. (This victory was vacated by an NCAA disciplinary panel in July 2007 and then conversely overruled in February 2008.) The only win in this slump was a victory over a sub-par Baylor team.

Kansas State

Kansas State at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Kansas State 6 6103 25
Nebraska 7 1073 27

In a particularly windy game against Kansas State, Nebraska trailed 25-24 with 4:18 remaining in the game. Zac Taylor was on the receiving end of a hard hit that landed him with a mild concussion, removing him from the game. Zac remained on the ground for a couple of minutes with Callahan and KSU's Bill Snyder towering over him. The sold out crowd began to chant his name, as Taylor tried to recompose himself. Backup quarterback, freshman Harrison Beck, burned his redshirt in order to record his first action in a college football game. After throwing an interception in his first drive, he threw a key reception in Nebraska's final drive. Freshman kicker Jordan Congdon came in to make the go-ahead field goal. This was a risky move as the wind was swirling and was so strong that it ripped the stadium's mammoth U.S. flag off a crane that was suspending it, seemingly as a testament to its power. Regardless, Congdon made the 40-yard field goal to give Nebraska the win.

Colorado

Nebraska at Colorado [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 3 1773 30
Colorado 3 000 3

Nebraska's final regular season game of 2005 was at Colorado. Colorado, who was leading the Big 12 North division in the race to the Big 12 championship game, was the heavy favorite, as Nebraska was cold after 3 straight losses followed by a near miss against a struggling Kansas State team. Tension built up between the rivals as a verbal skirmish involving every player erupted in the center of the field between the two teams when Nebraska mistook Colorado players walking toward their half of the field as an insult. Colorado was stunned, however, when Nebraska dominated Colorado in every aspect of the game. Wearing motivational T-shirts reading "RESTORE THE ORDER" underneath their jerseys, Nebraska beat Colorado 30-3 with breakout performances from nearly every player, particularly Zac Taylor and Colorado native Cory Ross.

Alamo Bowl vs Michigan

Nebraska vs Michigan [box score]
1 234Total
Michigan 7 777 28
Nebraska 7 7315 32

The team finished with 7 wins and 4 losses in the regular season. Nebraska would play their bowl game against the Michigan Wolverines in the 2005 Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. With 2 seconds left in the game the Wolverines trailed the Cornhuskers 32-28 and set up the hook & lateral play for a miracle touchdown. In one of the wildest finishes ever, Michigan lateraled the football 9 times, fumbling once on their way to a 59-yard gain. In the midst of all this the entire Nebraska sideline stormed the field in celebration thinking the game was over when Michigan fumbled the ball (from their point of view they could not see that the ball was loose and assumed the Michigan player to be down). Many players thinking the play was over stopped playing entirely. This allowed the Michigan ball carrier to run by them, In all the confusion some Michigan players did not block for their carrier. Before the play was over the Cornhuskers, several Michigan players and coaches, and several other individuals along with the awards podium were on the field, and the game officials had left to submit their votes for the award winners. The Michigan ball carrier had been pushed out of bounds inside of the red zone. No penalties were awarded to either team because the officials had already left. When all was said and done, Nebraska came off with a victory and ended their season with an 8-4 record.

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 Final
AP NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 24
Coaches NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 24
Harris Not released NR NR 25 NR 24 NR NR NR NR NR NR N/A
BCS Not released 23 NR NR NR NR NR NR NR N/A

After the season

Bill Callahan's second season as coach concluded with his Huskers finishing the season with an 8-4 record, an improvement over the 5-6 record of 2004.

Awards

[2]

Award Name(s)
Freshman All American 1st team Jordan Congdon, Barry Turner
All-Big 12 1st team Adam Carriker, Sam Koch, Terrence Nunn
All-Big 12 2nd team Daniel Bullocks, Jordan Congdon, Kurt Mann, Corey McKeon, Cory Ross
All-Big 12 honorable mention Titus Adams, Seppo Evwaraye, Cortney Grixby, Brandon Koch, Jay Moore, Bo Ruud, Nate Swift
Freshman All-Big 12 1st team Jordan Congdon, Nate Swift, Barry Turner

NFL and pro players

The following Nebraska players who participated in the 2005 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 - 2005 Schedule/Results". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletics Department. Retrieved 2009.
  2. ^ 2005 Husker Honors
  3. ^ "All Time NFL Huskers". nflhuskers.com. Archived from the original on May 16, 2009. Retrieved 2009.

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