Husker Football Release vs. Texas

Game #12 -- Big 12 Championship
The Matchup:
No. 3/3/3 (AP/Coaches/BCS) Nebraska (10-1, 7-1) vs. No. 12/12 Texas (9-3, 6-2)

Game Date:
Saturday, Dec. 4 Kickoff Time: 2:36 p.m. Central

Site:
San Antonio, Texas

Stadium/Capacity/Surface:
The Alamodome (65,201), AstroTurf

The Coaches:
Nebraska–Frank Solich (Nebraska, ‘66), 19-5, 2nd year career/at Nebraska;
Texas--Mack Brown (Florida State, ‘74), 104-80-1 in 16 years career/18-6 two years at Texas

TV:
ABC National (PBP–Brent Musburger, Color–Gary Danielson; Sideline–Jack Arute)

Radio:
Pinnacle Sports Productions (Play-by-Play–Warren Swain; Color–Adrian Fiala)

Live Internet Radio Broadcast:
http://huskerwebcast.com (KLIN-AM in Lincoln, KKAR-AM in Omaha, Dallas, KSKY-AM-660)

 No. 3/3 Nebraska (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) vs. No. 12/12 Texas (9-3, 6-2)
Lincoln -- The No. 3 Nebraska Cornhuskers survived a furious fourth-quarter comeback attempt by Colorado the day after Thanksgiving and posted their second victory in overtime on the road to advance to the Big 12 Championship game. Nebraska (10-1, 7-1, North Division Champion) is set for a rematch with No. 12/12 Texas (9-3, 6-2, South Division Champion) in the fourth annual Big 12 Championship Game. This year’s edition will be played in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. It is Nebraska’s third attempt and Texas’ second for the conference crown, with both teams winning one. The Huskers lost to Texas in St. Louis in 1996 (37-27); NU defeated Texas A&M in San Antonio in 1997 (54-15) and A&M defeated Kansas State in overtime last year in St. Louis. Nebraska (7-1) and Kansas State (7-1) each finished the Big 12 Conference schedule with one loss, but Nebraska will represent the North in the Big 12 Championship game by virtue of its 41-15 win over KSU. The NU-UT rematch in San Antonio marks the first time in the four years of the Big 12 that the championship game features two teams that have already played in the regular season. It is the first time Nebraska will play the same team twice in a season since playing Oklahoma twice in 1978.

The Huskers have arguably had the toughest five games to close the season in college football this season. Texas defeated the Huskers 24-20 on Oct. 23, and NU had to find a way to regroup and defeat Kansas on the road the following week (24-17). Then the Huskers defeated back-to-back ranked teams, shutting out No. 21/18 Texas A&M, 37-0, and defeating No. 5/5 Kansas State, 41-15, on Nov. 6 and 13, respectively). At Colorado on Nov. 26, NU jumped out to a 27-3 lead, but allowed Colorado to score 24 points to bring the game into overtime. Nebraska answered Colorado’s field goal with a five-play touchdown drive for the 33-30 overtime win. Since defeating Nebraska, Texas won at Iowa State (44-41), at Oklahoma State (34-21), defeated Texas Tech at home (58-7), then lost on Nov. 26 to No. 24/-- Texas A&M (20-16). Texas has won the last three games against the Huskers and leads the series 4-3.

The No. 3 Huskers still hold hopes of passing Virginia Tech in the BCS poll with a win over a fourth ranked opponent this season and hope to get the bid to play Florida State in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4. Regardless, the Huskers will go bowling for the 31st consecutive year (longest NCAA streak), and the winner of the Big 12 Championship game would be selected to play in the Jan. 2 Fiesta Bowl, if not in the BCS championship game. The Huskers have defeated three teams ranked in the top 25 polls this season, with wins over Southern Miss (20-13), Texas A&M (37-0) and Kansas State (41-15). For the sixth time this season and the fourth consecutive week, Nebraska’s game will be aired on ABC. The Nebraska-Texas game is set to kick off at 2:36 p.m. (Central). The Huskers have already secured their 38th consecutive winning season (a streak which leads the nation and ties Alabama for second-longest all time behind Notre Dame’s 42), their 31st consecutive nine-win season (best in nation), their sixth 10-win season in the 90s, and look forward to their 31st consecutive bowl bid. A Husker win would give Coach Frank Solich 20 wins in his first two years at the helm of the Huskers, the only coach to do so at NU.

The Last Game...Nebraska 33, Colorado 30 (OT)
The No. 3/3/3 Nebraska Cornhuskers defeated Colorado, 33-30, in overtime in Boulder, to improve to 10-1 on the season and 7-1 in the Big 12. Nebraska received the Big 12 North Division trophy in the locker room after the game and will play Texas in the Big 12 Championship game in San Antonio on Dec. 4. The win gave Coach Frank Solich his 10th this season, matching the 10 wins Bob Devaney earned in his second year and gave Solich a career 19-5 record in two years, matching the 19 wins Devaney earned his first two years at the helm, Husker career bests. Nebraska has now had 10 wins in a season six times in the 90s and 20 times since 1963 in the Devaney/Osborne/Solich era. The win was Nebraska’s eighth straight over Colorado and second under Solich.

The Huskers scored three touchdowns in the first half, all by Dan Alexander, and a field goal to take a 24-3 lead into the locker room. Alexander scored on runs of 50, 1, and 80 yards, while Alexander and Eric Crouch combined to give the Huskers two 100-yard rushers in the same game for the third time this season. In the second half, freshman place-kicker Josh Brown hit his second field goal to give NU a 24-point lead with 2:31 remaining in the third quarter. Colorado got on the board a second time with 14:17 remaining in the fourth quarter on a 49-yard Jeremy Aldrich field goal (long field goal vs. NU this year). Then the Buffaloes made a remarkable comeback.

Colorado scored a touchdown with nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter (Mike Moschetti to John Minardi) after a Husker turnover to bring the score to 27-13, then scored again (Moschetti to Daniel Graham) with 3:51 remaining to pull within seven. Colorado recovered the on-side kick at their own 44 yard line, and scored their third TD of the fourth quarter (Moschetti to Javon Green). After the ensuing extra-point kick, the score was tied at 27 all with 2:59 remaining. CU kicked into the end zone and NU began its drive with 2:54 remaining at its own 20-yard line, but punted. Colorado began their drive on their own 5-yard line after a Dan Hadenfeldt 60-yard punt. NU’s Mike Brown forced a CU turnover that Keyuo Craver recovered on the CU 16 yard line, but NU fumbled it right back on the next play. CU drove to the NU 16-yard line but Jeremy Aldrich missed on a 37-yard field goal attempt with no time remaining.

In Nebraska’s first overtime game this season and second all-time (in Nebraska’s only other overtime game, NU defeated Missouri, 45-38, at Columbia in 1997), the Huskers won the toss and elected to play defense first. CU was stopped short of a first down gaining nine yards, then Aldrich hit a 33-yard field goal. On Nebraska’s drive, Crouch completed a 4-yard pass to Matt Davison, Alexander gained three, FB Willie Miller gained six and a first down, Alexander moved the Huskers to the 1-yard line with an 11-yard gain and a first down, then Crouch punched it in for the score. NU is now 2-0 in overtime, CU is 1-1. Each of the last four games between Colorado and Nebraska have been five points or less, and NU has won all four by a total margin of 13 points.

* Junior I-back Dan Alexander...Dan Alexander scored on Nebraska’s first drive of the game, marking the fourth time in the last six games played in Boulder that Nebraska has scored on its first play from scrimmage. Alexander scored on a then-career-best TD run of 50 yards after NU’s Julius Jackson recovered an on-side kick by CU’s Jeremy Aldrich at midfield. Alexander carried CU defensive back Rashidi Barnes with him the last 10 yards into the end zone. Others who scored for NU on first plays vs. the Buffaloes include Ahman Green (run in 1995); Calvin Jones (run in 1993) and Gerry Gdowski to Bryan Carpenter (pass in 1989). Alexander’s previous career-long TD was a 9-yard run vs. Iowa State last year, while his long rush was 54 yards vs. Iowa State earlier this season. On Nebraska’s second drive, Alexander scored on the fourth play of the series on a 1-yard play which was set up by a 35-yard run by QB Eric Crouch on the first play of the series. On that play, Newcombe set up as an I-back, went in motion and Alexander threw a great block. A 10-yard penalty for a CU late hit was tacked on to the play. The three TDs marked just the second time that Alexander has had a multiple TD rushing day (career-best three vs. Iowa State in 1998). Alexander tied his career best for touchdowns in a game with his third score of the game with 8:04 remaining in the first half. On the second play of the drive, Alexander scored on a career-best 80 yard run, the longest by a Husker this season, longest under Solich, and longest since Jay Sims scored on an 80-yard run vs. Michigan State in 1995. The 82 yards gave him 151 yards on eight carries. Alexander had 71 yards in the first quarter, 151 at halftime and 180 in the game on 17 carries (10.6 yards per carry), marking the fifth time he has totaled more than 100 yards in his career, fourth time this year. He had 14 of NU’s 25 yards in overtime, including an 11-yard tackle-breaking first-down run that moved the Huskers from the 12 to the 1-yard line, giving Nebraska a first and 10 opportunity. Crouch scored the game-winning TD on the next play. Alexander had 110 vs. ISU last year, 135 vs. ISU, 136 vs. Texas, 135 vs. A&M in 1999. Alexander’s 180 yards rushing were the most by a Husker this season and the most by a Husker I-back since Ahman Green had 206 vs. Tennessee in the 1998 Orange Bowl (after 1997 season). He now has 852 rushing yards on the season with eight TDs. Alexander was the ABC/Chevrolet Player of the Game and the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week.

 * For the fourth time this season, Dan Hadenfeldt is Nebraska’s nominee for Big 12 Specialty Teams Player of the Week, for the first time this year, Hadenfeldt won the league award. In the Colorado game, Hadenfeldt had seven punts for 403 yards, breaking a 38-year old school record for average (57.6, school record for best average in a game, previous best was 57.33, Dennis Claridge vs. Syracuse, Oct. 14, 1961, minimum three punts, 3-172). Five of his punts pinned CU inside the 20-yard line, including the first two (17, 5, 13, 18 and 5 yard line). All seven of his punts were 49 yards or more (49, 54, 59, 67, 50, 64 and 60 yards). Coach Solich said, “Dan has had a great season and probably saved his best for last. He had a great game which enabled us to win the field position battle.” Hadenfeldt also kicked off for the Huskers, and after kickoffs, CU started at their own 16, 26, 20, 20, 26, and 38. Colorado had four punt returns for 16 yards (4.0 average, 3-15 by Ben Kelly) and four kickoff returns for 57 yards (14.3 average, 1-16 by Kelly). NU had an eight-yard field position advantage on Colorado (NU 33 compared to CU 25). On the season, Hadenfeldt improved his average from 44.22 to 45.89 and he is set to break Bill Lafleur’s season punting average of 44.94 set last season.

 * QB Eric Crouch...Crouch posted his fifth career 100-yard rushing game and had his 100 yards with two and a half minutes remaining in the first half. Crouch finished the game with 19 carries for 123 yards (6.5 yards per carry). This marks the third straight game Crouch has rushed for more than 100 yards (Crouch had 137 vs. Texas A&M and a career-best 158 vs. Kansas State) and the fifth time in his career. Crouch scored the game winning TD in OT on a 1-yard run, marking the eighth straight game and 10th this year when he has scored at least one rushing TD. Crouch now has 817 rushing yards this season (second behind Alexander’s 852) and 13 TDs. He completed just 4-12 passes for 44 yards with no interceptions or touchdowns. He has 1,214 yards passing with another 7 TDs. He has 2,031 yards in total offense this season to rank eighth on the NU season chart (ahead of Tommie Frazier’s 1,966 in 1995). In his career, Crouch has 1,276 career rushing yards to rank 35th overall and fifth among Husker quarterbacks. He now has 1,815 career passing yards to rank 11th and 3,091 career total offense yards and is 62 yards short of the NU career top 10 list.

 * Despite being ill with the flu, Steve Warren doubled his career best and had 10 tackles against Colorado, including a career-best seven solo stops. He had a 14-yard sack of Mike Moschetti and had a second one-yard tackle for loss in the game. Warren’s sack was on Colorado’s second play of their its first drive in the fourth quarter, helping NU stop CU on three and out on that drive. Warren virtually played the whole game and helped the Huskers hold Colorado to nine yards in the overtime to force a field goal, and allow Nebraska a go-ahead touchdown opportunity. Warren had one tackle on CU’s three overtime plays, stopping Cortlen Johnson for a 2-yard gain on 2nd and three. Warren’s 10 tackles were second only to Mike Brown’s team-leading 14 (Carlos Polk also had 10 tackles). Warren leads the team in both tackles for loss (13-82) and in sacks (7-65).

 * Quick Scoring...The Huskers struck quickly against Colorado, scoring four times on drives of five plays or less. NU scored on the first drive of the game (Alexander 50-yard run); scored on the fourth play of their second drive of the game (Alexander 1-yard run), scored on the second play of their sixth drive (Alexander 80-yard run) and scored on the fifth play in overtime. On the season, Nebraska has had 30 drives of five plays or less (compared to opponent’s 12), and six one-play drives (one vs. CU, opponents have one).

 * Husker All-Americans Perform Well...Rover Mike Brown...With a season-best 14 tackles in the game, Mike Brown now has 279 in his four-year career and moved up from fifth to second on the NU career tackle list, passing Steve Damkroger (269 from 1979-82), Clete Pillen (273 from 1974-76) and Lee Kunz (276 from 1976-78). Brown leads the team this season with 88 tackles. Brown led all Huskers while Carlos Polk and Steve Warren each had 10 tackles. All-American Right Cornerback Ralph Brown had six tackles (five solo) and one breakup to extend his career school record for PBU’s to 46.

 * Sacking the Quarterback...For the ninth time this season, the Husker defense tacked on at least three sacks. Sacks were recorded by Joe Walker (1-9), Carlos Polk (1-4), Jason Lohr (1-5), Julius Jackson (1-6), Steve Warren (1-14) for a total of five for 38 . On the season, Warren leads the team in sacks with 7-65, while Polk is second with 6.5 sacks for 47 yards. On the season, NU has 46-355, three sacks and 38 yards away from the school record of 49-393 in 1985.

* It’s a Rush...Nebraska outrushed Colorado 356 to 166 in the game. After the first quarter, NU held a 181-13 advantage, led by Crouch’s 90 yards and Alexander’s 71. At halftime, NU held a 288-57 advantage (Alexander-151, Crouch-107). In the first half this season, every opponent has been held to 73 yards or less rushing (KSU had 73). Last year, NU had just 131 rushing yards in the game against CU. Only four opponents have rushed for 100 yards or more in the game vs. the Huskers this season (188 by OSU, 146 by ISU, 116 by KU and 166 by CU). NU had two 100-yard rushers in the same game for the third time this season. Alexander had 180 and Crouch had 123. Against Iowa State, Alexander and Buckhalter both had 100-plus yards (135, 127, respectively) and vs. A&M, Alexander and Crouch (135, 137) each had 100 plus yards. CU out-totaled NU in total offense yards by 104 (504 by CU to NU’s 400) and had 293 of its yards after the third quarter.

 * Turnovers...Nebraska - 5 (5 fumbles, CU converted to 14 points); Colorado - 2 (2 fumbles, NU did not convert); Nebraska fullback Tyrone Uhlir fumbled the pitch in the first quarter, which was recovered by Colorado at the Nebraska 47, but the Husker defense held, forced three and out. Colorado’s Cortlen Johnson fumbled its first play of the second half, NU’s Tony Ortiz recovered on the CU 30, but NU did not convert as Dan Alexander fumbled it back. Colorado did not convert. In the fourth quarter, Bobby Newcombe apparently fumbled and CU recovered on the N47. The Buffaloes converted into a Mike Moschetti to John Minardi 14-yard TD pass to pull up to 27-13 with 8:47 remaining in the game. After CU scored to pull within seven, Aldrich kicked an on-side kick which was bobbled by NU and recovered by Damen Wheeler. CU went on to score and tie the game four plays later. Mike Brown forced a CU fumble in the last minute of the game which Keyuo Craver recovered on the CU16-yard line, but Crouch fumbled it right back. CU drove to the NU 16-yard line but with no time remaining, Jeremy Aldrich was wide right on a 37-yard field goal attempt.

Huskers Scoop Up National and Conference Honors
A pair of Husker defensive backs were honored with first-team All-America honors last week. Right cornerback Ralph Brown earned first-team honors by Walter Camp and Football News, while rover Mike Brown was chosen first team by the Football Writers of America (FWAA). Nebraska had multiple All-Americans for the 26th time since 1914 and the 15th time since 1980. Although they were not honored by the same teams, 1999 marks the first time Nebraska has had two defensive backs earn All-America honors in the same year. The Browns (no relation) are the first Husker defensive backs to earn first-team All-America honors since safety Bret Clark was honored in 1984. They are the fifth and sixth secondary players overall to earn first-team honors, joining Larry Wachholtz (1966), Wonder Monds (1975), Dave Butterfield (1976) and Clark (1984).

Eric Crouch and Coach Frank Solich were honored by the league coaches. Crouch was named the co-Big 12 quarterback and Co-Offensive Player of the Year while Solich was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year. It is the first time since the Big 12 came into existence in 1996 that NU has won coach of the year or offensive player of the year honors. NU rush end Grant Wistrom was a two-time defensive player of the year (1996, 1997) and quarterback Scott Frost won the offensive newcomer of the year honor in 1996. All-time, NU has won the conference offensive player of the year honor eight times, counting Crouch in 1999. Crouch joins Gerrry Gdowski (1989, Coaches) and Tommie Frazier (1995, AP, Coaches) as the three quarterbacks to have earned the honor. Nebraska had seven first-team All-Big 12 honorees as named by the coaches, including Crouch, Ralph Brown and Mike Brown, Mike linebacker Carlos Polk, center Dominic Raiola, nose tackle Steve Warren and tight end Tracey Wistrom. Dan Hadenfeldt (P), Russ Hochstein (OG) and Bobby Newcombe (punt returner) earned second-team honors and Keyuo Craver (CB), Matt Davison (SE), Kyle Vanden Bosch (RE) and Dave Volk (OT) earned honorable mention. Ralph Brown became the 20th Husker all-time (first defensive back) to earn first-team status three consecutive years.

In addition, 32 Huskers earned academic All-Big 12 honors, led by four-time first-team honoree Brian Shaw, who posts a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA in animal science. Three-time honor winners include Mike Brown, T.J. DeBates and Adam Julch. Ben Buettenback is a four-time second-team honoree. Other Big 12 academic first-team honorees include Demoine Adams, Sean Applegate, Rod Baker, Matt Baldwin, Jamie Burrow, Matt Davison, Jeff Hemje, Julius Jackson, Chris Kelsay, Ben Kingston, Greg McGraw, Willie Miller, Chris Moran, Dominic Raiola, Eric Ryan, James Sherman, Justin Smith, Kyle Vanden Bosch Dave Volk and Tracey Wistrom. Second-team honorees in addition to Buettenback include Dan Alexander, Tom Beveridge, Keyuo Craver, Aaron Havlovic, Gregg List, Jeff Perino and Wes Woodward. Nebraska led the conference with 24 first-team winners and eight second-teamers.

The Husker Defense...One of Nation’s Best
The Nebraska defense continues to rank as one of the best in school history and one of the best in the nation, despite one bad quarter at Colorado. The Huskers have allowed just 144 points in 11 games, in fact, only two teams have scored 18 or more points against the Huskers this year (24 by Texas and 30 by Colorado). Nebraska ranks in the top seven nationally in all four categories, holding its opponents to averages of 13.1 points (ranks third nationally), 83.5 yards rushing (seventh), 92.0 pass efficiency rating (third) and 259.0 total yards (fourth). The 1999 Husker Blackshirts, led by first-team All-American DBs Ralph Brown and Mike Brown, and first-team All-Big 12 honorees Carlos Polk (LB) and Steve Warren (NT) combined with senior linebackers Tony Ortiz, Eric Johnson, Julius Jackson and Brian Shaw, the Huskers hope to make their mark as one of the best defensive units in Husker history, consider...

The 1999 Husker Blackshirts...
* NU ranks in the top seven in all four defensive categories. The Huskers have ranked in the top 10 in all four defensive categories at season’s end two times this decade, including 1994 and 1996. Only four teams this season rank among the top 10 in all four defensive categories, including Nebraska (top seven), Mississippi State (top six), Marshall (top 10), and Virginia Tech (top seven).

* Scoring...The 13.1 points allowed per game is the lowest since NU ranked second in the nation in 1994 with a 12.4 average. Nebraska has given up just 34 first-half points (12 first-quarter points) including 15 first-half points in six home games.

* The Husker defense held its first two opponents out of the end zone and posted shutouts against Cal and A&M. The first-team defense has given up 109 points total and 41 of those were after NU turnovers or miscues–13 points to Southern Miss, 3 to Missouri, 3 to Texas, 2 to KU, 6 to KSU, 14 to CU. In fact, opponents have scored just 16 first-half points not off turnovers (Kansas’ second-quarter passing TD was the first score this season in the first half that was not after a turnover or miscue).

* Thirty-five of the opponents’ 144 points have come in the fourth quarter of lopsided NU wins. Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Iowa State (two) all scored late TDs, while trailing by 42, 37, 31 and 49 points, respectively (21 of the points were in the last three minutes). Iowa’s score was a blocked punt.

* The Husker defense has converted 17 of 31 turnovers gained to 107 points..

* The Blackshirts themselves have scored 38 points (two TDs by Julius Jackson vs. USM; safety vs. MU; TDs by Ralph Brown and Demoine Adams vs. ISU; TD by Eric Johnson and safety vs. KSU).

* Total Defense...NU ranks fourth nationally in total defense, giving up 259.0 ypg. The last time NU allowed less than 260 yards was in 1997, when NU allowed 257.3 ypg (ranked fifth). NU has held four opponents to less than 200 yards of total offense this season.

* Vs. the Rush...The No. 1 defense has given up just four rushing TDs (streak of 26 consecutive quarters ended by Texas) and only two individuals have rushed for more than 100 vs. NU.

* NU has allowed just six rushing plays from scrimmage of 25 yards or more (one in last four games).

* The longest rush against NU is 35 yards (OSU’s Terrance Richardson and ISU’s Darren Davis).

* Nebraska has held six of its 10 opponents to less than 70 yards rushing and all but four to less than 100. u At halftime, opponents average 37 yards rushing, all have been held to less than 75 yards (73 by KSU).

* Vs. the Pass...The Huskers have had at least one sack in every game this season and lead the Big 12 with a total of 46-355 yards. Nebraska is three sacks and 38 yards short of the school record (49-393 in 1985).

* NU has had at least one pickoff in eight games this year and a season-best four vs. USM and A&M.

* Other...Opponents average just 2.3 yards per rush and 3.8 yards per play; have converted just 46 of 177 third-down conversions (26 percent); and 6-12 on fourth-down tries.

* Opponents have been successful on 6-14 field goals (three blocked) and have a 32.5 net punt average.

* The Husker defense has given the offense the ball in opponent territory 39 times this year (9 vs. KSU).

Head Coach Frank Solich
Coach Frank Solich (Nebraska, 1966) is 19-5 in his second season at the helm of the Huskers. Solich was named Nebraska’s 26th head coach on Dec. 10, 1997, after serving as an NU assistant for 19 years. Solich, who was born in Johnstown, Pa., spent most of his childhood in Cleveland, Ohio, and came to Nebraska in 1962. He played for Hall of Fame Coach Bob Devaney, lettering in 1963-64-65, and was the first Husker running back to rush for 200 yards in a game. He also lettered for the Husker baseball team in 1965. After serving as a local high school football coach for 14 years, Solich took over the Nebraska freshman program and posted a 19-1 record from 1979 to 1982. He was elevated to NU’s running backs coach after four seasons, a position he held for 15 years (1983-97). He was promoted to assistant head coach in 1991.

Solich is 19-5 at the helm of the Huskers, 12-1 at home, 6-3 on the road, 1-1 at neutral sites); 4-4 vs. AP ranked teams (4-0 at home, 0-3 on the road, 0-1 at neutral sites); 2-2 vs. AP top 10 teams (2-0 at home, 0-1 on the road, 0-1 at neutral sites); 15-1 vs. unranked teams (8-1 at home, 7-0 on road); 12-4 vs. Big 12 Conference opponents (7-1 at home, 4-3 away, 1-0 at neutral site); 1-0 in August, 7-0 in September, 6-3 in October, 5-1 in November and 0-1 in December.

Coach Solich became just the third first-year Nebraska head coach to record nine wins in his first season at the helm, joining a pair of Hall of Fame Coaches–Tom Osborne (9-2-1 in 1973) and Bob Devaney (9-2 in 1962). Solich’s 19 wins in his first two years at NU are tied for the most with Devaney (Osborne had 18). Only Devaney and Solich have won 10 games in either of their first two seasons, both accomplishing that feat the second year. Solich has led Nebraska to its 38th consecutive winning season, 31 consecutive nine-win seasons and in 1999 will lead NU to its 30th consecutive bowl bid. He was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year by his league peers.

Secondary to None
George Darlington’s Husker secondary continues to prove itself to be one of the best in the nation. The Huskers are led by Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalist Ralph Brown at right corner, and rover Mike Brown, who is on the Bronko Nagurski Watch list. Both Browns are top candidates for All-America honors. In 10 games, the starting four–Mike and Ralph plus right corner Keyuo Craver and free safety Dion Booker have picked off 10 passes with Craver recording two vs. USM and Mike Brown picking off two vs. Texas A&M. Mike Brown leads the team with five. Including rover/nickel back Joe Walker, and Clint Finley, the previous starter at free safety, the six have broken up 32 passes led by Craver and Ralph Brown’s 11, and totaled 232 tackles, led by Mike’s team-leading 88. The career numbers among the top six are incredible. The six veterans have 672 tackles in 124 starts and with 82 breakups and 32 interceptions and have put 49 points on the board. Craver and Booker are the only ones who haven’t scored.

First-Team All-American Corner Ralph Brown
Starting his first game as a true freshman (first Husker position player to start the NU season opener as a true freshman since WWII) and 50 straight games, right corner Ralph Brown owns the school records for pass breakups in a game (seven), season (14) and career (46). He has double the number of career breakups as Bret Clark (safety, 1982-84) who ranks second all time at NU with 21. Ralph is tied for sixth with 10 career interceptions (school record is 14). He earned first-team All-America honors this year by Walter Camp Foundation and Football News and became the 20th Husker (first defensive back) to earn three straight first-team All-Big 12 honors, the first since Aaron Taylor and Grant Wistrom from 1995-96-97. Opponents consistently pick on the other side, but Brown still has 34 tackles this season. He also has two interceptions (for 66 yards), is tied for the team lead with 11 pass breakups, has one forced fumble, two recoveries and two tackles for loss. He scored a touchdown on a blocked punt vs. Iowa State and returned a fumble 26 yards to the 1-yard line against Kansas State. Brown has 137 career tackles and serves as a co-captain in 1999.

First-Team All-American Rover Mike Brown
Rover Mike Brown led the team in tackles last season with 102. He had 77 tackles as a sophomore and has a team-leading 88 in 1999. He is now second on the NU all-time tackle chart with 279, 63 short of NU career record holder Jerry Murtaugh (LB, 1968-69-70). Brown could become just the third Husker (first defensive back) to lead NU in tackles for three straight years. Brown is two away from the Husker top 10 with 14 career pass breakups and is tied for seventh with nine career interceptions in his third year as a starter. This season, Brown leads the team in tackles (88), solo tackles (52), interceptions (5-40) and fumbles caused (six). He also has seven tackles for loss, five pass breakups, one fumble recovery, one sack and one on-side kickoff return for 11 yards. He has led the team in tackles four times this year, including a season-high 14 vs. CU (caused two fumbles). A co-captain, Brown has had an interception in three of the last four games, with one vs. Kansas, two vs. No. 21 Texas A&M and one vs. No. 5 Kansas State. He has been named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week three times this season (vs. Iowa, Texas A&M and Kansas State). Brown was named to the Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Year Watch List earlier this season, is a Football Writers First-Team All-American and earned first-team All-Big 12 honors. Brown was also named to the academic All-Big 12 team and is a GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District VII honoree, hoping for academic All-America honors.

Crouch Named Co-Big 12 Off. Player of the Year
One of 25 nominees for the Davey O'Brien Award, sophomore quarterback Eric Crouch was named the co-Big 12 quarterback and co-Big 12 offensive player of the year along with Texas quarterback Major Applewhite. Crouch did not start the first two games this season, but is now 12-3 as NU’s starting QB (8-1 this season). Rushing...Crouch is second on the team in rushing with 817 yards, just 35 yards behind I-back Dan Alexander’s 852 yards and has a team-best 14 rushing touchdowns. Crouch is looking to finish as the first Husker quarterback to lead the team in rushing since Rex Fischer led the team with 599 yards in 1955. His rushing yards lead the Big 12 QBS and rank among the top five QBs in the country. His 14 rushing touchdowns are tied with ISU’s Darren Davis for the conference lead and rank first among Division I quarterbacks. He has an outstanding 5.2 ypc and averages 74.3 ypg. He was named the Big 12 offensive player of the week two consecutive weeks (Nov. 7, Nov. 14) for his play in wins against two nationally ranked teams. He was the first Nebraska player since Mike Rozier in 1983, to win the conference offensive award in back-to-back weeks (and fourth overall in Big 12). Against No. 21/18 Texas A&M, he rushed for 137 yards, then against No. 5 and previously unbeaten Kansas State, he rushed for a career-high 158 yards. He totaled more than 100 in each of his last three games as he also had 123 vs. Colorado. He has had at least one rushing TD in 10 of 11 games this season, including each of the last eight, scoring the game winning touchdown on a 1-yard rush in overtime against Colorado. Crouch is 19 rushing attempts short of Scott Frost’s season record for a quarterback (176 in 1997) and 278 yards short of Frost’s rushing yards record (1,095 in 1997). His 1,276 career rushing yards rank 36th overall and sixth among Husker QBs. Passing ...On the season, Crouch has completed 52.7 percent of his passes (77-146) for 1,214 yards (seven TDs) with just three interceptions. Crouch has not thrown an interception since the first quarter vs. Missouri (seven games, 31 quarters, 116 attempts). His 1,214 passing yards this season are 221 yards short of the NU top 10, but his 1,815 career passing yards rank 11th. Total Offense...Crouch became the eighth Husker to record more than 2,000 yards of total offense in a season. In 11 games, he has 2,031 total offense yards to rank eighth, passing Tommie Frazier’s 1,966 yards in 1995. He has 3,091 career total offense yards, 62 yards short of NU’s career top 10 list. Scoring...Crouch leads the team in scoring with 90 points and ranks 25th in the nation, averaging 8.2 ppg.

Other First-Team All-Big 12 Huskers
* Nose Tackle Steve Warren...Defensive coordinator Charlie McBride said Steve Warren is playing as well as any nose tackle ever has at Nebraska. Warren earned first-team All-Big 12 honors by the league coaches and Football News. He is fifth on the team with 42 tackles and leads the team tackles for loss with 13 for 82 yards lost. Warren also leads the team in sacks with 7-65, has 10 quarterback hurries to lead the interior linemen and two pass breakups, extending his NU position record for PBUs in a career to 10. Warren had a career-best three sacks against No. 21 Texas A&M for 23 yards lost and a career-high 10 tackles (seven solo) against CU. He also broke up a two-point conversion pass attempt against Kansas State.

* Middle Linebacker Carlos Polk...Junior MLB Carlos Polk earned first-team All-Big 12 honors by the league coaches and Football News. Polk is the difference maker in the middle, and is second on the team with 80 tackles. He is second to Warren in both tackles for loss with 12-56 and sacks with 6.5 for 47 yards lost. He leads the team with 19 quarterback hurries, quite a feat from his middle backer position, has two breakups and one forced fumble. Polk has been a big factor in holding opponents to an average of 83.5 rushing yards per game. Polk had nine tackles in the KU game despite needing three stitches in his chin and had a career-high 10 vs. Texas A&M and Colorado. He has had at least one tackle for loss in all but two games this year and in each of the last five. He has led the team in tackles four times (seven vs. Cal and Iowa State, 10 vs. No. 21/18 A&M, eight vs. No. 5/5 KSU).

* Tight End Tracey Wistrom...A great receiver, sophomore Tracey Wistrom is third in receiving at NU behind Davison and Newcombe with 16 catches for 429 yards and leads the team with an outstanding 26.8 average. He leads the Big 12 tight ends in reception yards (429), leads all conference receivers with an outstanding 26.81 yards per catch and earned first-team All-Big 12 honors from the league coaches. His yards per catch is on school-record pace for all positions, on track to break TE Johnny Mitchell’s 25.64 average for a minimum of 10 catches (1990); and Bobby Thomas’ 20.88 average for a minimum of 20 catches (1975). He has two TDs on the season, a Husker-best 70-yard TD from Crouch against California and a 16-yard TD reception from Crouch vs. Oklahoma State. On the season, eight of Wistrom’s 16 receptions have been for 25 or more yards and three have gone for more than 45 yards. Wistrom has had two 100-yard receiving days, 2-102 vs. California and a career-best 4-116 vs. OSU. He had a career-best four catches twice this season, vs. OSU, and against No. 5 Kansas State (4-68).

* Offensive Linemen...Sophomore center Dominic Raiola earned first-team honors from Football News and the league coaches, while junior right guard Russ Hochstein earned second-team accolades from the coaches and sophomore right tackle Dave Volk was an honorable-mention pick from the Husker offensive line. Raiola leads the team with 132 pancakes (knock-down blocks) in 11 games. He led the team in pancakes in each of the first three weeks with 10 against Iowa, 17 against Cal and a career-best 18 vs. Southern Mississippi and again led the team against Texas A&M with 15. He tied his career best with 18 vs. KSU and had 11 vs. Colorado, his seventh double-figure pancake day this year. To date, Raiola has bettered Aaron Taylor’s school record for pancake average in a season. Raiola averages 12.0 per game, while Taylor averaged 11.64 pancakes per game in 1997, the year he won the Outland. Right guard Russ Hochstein is second on the team with 111 (10.1 average) and led the team with 15 vs. OSU, 11 vs. ISU and 14 vs. Kansas. He also had double-figure cakes vs. Iowa (10),Texas A&M (10) and Colorado (10). Raiola and Hochstein have assisted the Huskers to a Big 12 leading and No. 5 national rank in rushing, averaging 268.8 ypg. OT Dave Volk had a career high and 1999 team best 20 pancakes vs. Kansas State and led the team against Colorado with 12. He has 101 on the season for a 9.2 average. Senior left tackle Adam Julch has been playing injured, but still has 60 and left guard James Sherman is third with 84.

Other Second-Team All-Big 12 Huskers
* Wingback/Punt Returner Bobby Newcombe...One of the fastest players on the team, junior Bobby Newcombe has been a difference maker in 1999. Newcombe started the first two games at quarterback, leading NU to a 42-7 victory at Iowa and a 45-0 shutout vs. California. Then, in order to help the offense and get more snaps with Crouch and Newcombe on the field at the same time, Newcombe willingly moved to wingback, where he was a key contributor in NU’s 1997 national championship season. The move also enables him to return punts, and against Kansas, Newcombe gave the Huskers their first lead with an 86-yard return for a score. On the season, Newcombe has 14 punt returns for 258 yards for an average of 18.4 yards per punt return, a mark that leads the Big 12 and ranks second in the nation. He is second on the team with 17 receptions for 232 yards and three TDs and has 37 carries for 87 yards rushing and three TDs. Newcombe passed for 246 yards and two TDs and has accounted for scores in four ways, via pass, reception, rush and punt return. Newcombe had a career-best four catches for 89 yards and a TD vs. Kansas and 4-32 vs. A&M. Against Kansas State, he recorded his fourth punt return of more than 25 yards this season.

* Punter Dan Hadenfeldt...Former walk-on and senior punter Dan Hadenfeldt earned second team All-Big 12 honors by the coaches, behind Texas A&M senior Shane Lechler. Even though it was his first year punting for the Huskers, Hadenfeldt is having an All-America caliber season, ranking fourth in the nation and second in the Big 12 with a 45.89 punting average. After his school-record setting performance at Colorado, when he had seven kicks of 49 or more yards, Hadenfeldt is on school-record pace to break Bill Lafleur’s 44.9 average set in 1998. On the season, Hadenfeldt has averaged more than 40 yards in all but two games (Texas and vs. KSU). He has hit 18 punts of 50 yards or more, pinned opponents inside their own 20, 23 times, pinned opponents inside their own 10, 14 times, and forced eight touchbacks. Week by Week Average...44.0 vs. Iowa, 49.5 vs. Cal, 49.8 vs. Southern Mississippi, 46.8 vs. Missouri, 40.8 vs. Oklahoma State, 45.5 vs. ISU, 39.3 vs. UT, 40.6 vs. KU, 43.8 vs. A&M, 38.6 vs. KSU, career-best 57.6 vs. CU. Hadenfeldt did not allow a single punt to be returned by KSU’s David Allen, and held CU’s Ben Kelly to 15 yards on three returns. His carefully placed punts have helped NU to a No. 4 national net punting ranking (second in Big 12 behind A&M). Hadenfeldt has been NU’s nominee for Big 12 Specialty Teams Player of the Week four times and won the award for his effort vs. Colorado. Hadenfeldt also kicks off and has held Husker opponents to a 21.5 yards per return average (22 of his 65 kickoffs have been into the end zone for touchbacks).  

Third-Team and Honorable-Mention Huskers
* Split End Matt Davison...Junior SE Matt Davison ranks fifth on NU's career reception chart with 70 and is just 12 catches away from tying for second with Jeff Kinney, who had 82 from 1969 to 1971. He is 73 catches away from Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers’ school-record 143 (from 1970 to 1972). Davison now has 1,148 career receiving yards to rank ninth and became the second Husker to reach the 1,000 mark in his junior season, joining Rodgers. He has caught at least one pass in 25 of the last 27 games and has a team-leading 27 catches for 422 yards this season, bettering his team-leading 394 yards in 1998. He is 86 yards away from the NU season top 10 list. Davison has three career touchdown catches, the game-saver at Missouri in the 1997 national championship season, one this season in the same end zone at Missouri and a 47-yard TD catch vs. Iowa State. Davison has had two 100-yard receiving days, a school-record 167 vs. Texas A&M last season and 108 vs. Kansas this year. Davison earned honorable-mention honors from the Big 12 coaches.

* Will linebacker Julius Jackson...A senior, Julius Jackson became the Husker starter in game three when Eric Johnson went out with a knee injury and has played so well, he was named a half-All-American by CNN/SI, was on the early Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Year Watch list, was named to the Football News Defensive Player of the Year semifinal list and earned third-team All-Big 12 honors from the coaches. Jackson has 32 tackles, 8-32 TFL, four sacks, three interceptions for 40 yards (one for a 28-yard TD return vs. USM), two fumble recoveries (one for a 16-yard TD return vs. USM), two breakups and nine quarterback hurries. He is the first Husker to score two defensive touchdowns in one game in the modern era.

* Left Cornerback Keyuo Craver...Playing opposite All-American senior Ralph Brown, sophomore Keyuo Craver is fourth on the team in tackles with 50. He is tied with Ralph Brown with 11 pass breakups and has three interceptions on the season, one vs. Texas A&M and two against Southern Mississippi. Craver’s two interceptions marked the first time a Husker had two in a game since Clint Finley accomplished the feat against Iowa State last year. Craver has been a key part of NU’s school-record 10 blocked kicks as he blocked a punt against Iowa State and Kansas State. Craver also has two tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and three quarterback hurries. Craver earned honorable-mention honors from the coaches.

 * Right Rush End Kyle Vanden Bosch...Junior Kyle Vanden Bosch has had a solid season, earning honorable-mention honors from the coaches. Vanden Bosch has 34 tackles and nine for losses, including 3.5 sacks for 38 yards. He has four quarterback hurries, two fumbles caused and two recovered. He set a school record blocking three consecutive opponent field goal attempts, including two vs. Texas A&M to preserve a 37-0 shutout and one vs. Kansas State.

Dangerous Weapons
Nebraska has had 13 different players score touchdowns, including six by rush (Eric Crouch-14, Dan Alexander-8, Correll Buckhalter-6, Bobby Newcombe-3, Dahrran Diedrick-2 and Willie Miller-2); five on receptions (Newcombe-3, Matt Davison-2, Tracey Wistrom-2, Sean Applegate-1 and Crouch-1); three on fumble returns (Julius Jackson-1, Demoine Adams-1, Eric Johnson-1); one on an interception return (Jackson-1); one on a punt return (Newcombe) and one on a blocked punt/punt return (Ralph Brown-1). In addition, the team has scored twice on safeties. Crouch became the first Husker since Johnny Rodgers (1973 Orange Bowl) to run, pass and receive a TD in the same game, accomplishing the feat in the second quarter against Cal. Jackson joins Crouch as one of three Huskers who have scored TDs at least two different ways and Newcombe has scored TDs four ways, by pass, receiving, rushing and punt return. Although the Huskers have only completed 88 passes this season, they average 16.6 yards per catch and have scored on nine of those receptions. The only way the Huskers have not scored this season is via a kickoff return (although Randy Stella had one called back against USM).

Huskers Boast Three 1,000-yard Rushers
The Huskers have three 1,000 yards career rushers on the 1999 team. Correll Buckhalter had 1,110 to enter the season and now ranks 22rd all time at NU with 1,636 yards. Dan Alexander had 437 entering the season, and with a team-leading 852 this year he has 1,289 to rank 35th. He is 148 yards short of becoming the 23rd Husker to post a 1,000-yard rushing season. Eric Crouch had 459 to enter the season and now ranks 36th overall (sixth among NU quarterbacks) with 1,276 yards. Alexander hit the Husker 1,000 list with 135 yards against Texas A&M. Crouch earned his with his first carry against Kansas State. Crouch is 183 yards away from a 1,000-yard season. (Ahman Green and Scott Frost were NU's last 1,000 yard rushers with 1,877 and 1,095, respectively, in 1997). Buckhalter led the team last year with 799. If Crouch would pass Alexander to regain the team lead in rushing, Crouch would become the first quarterback to lead the team in rushing since Rex Fischer led the team with 599 yards in 1955. After having no 100-yard rushers in the first four games and just one (Buckhalter vs. Missouri) in the first five, NU has now had at least one 100-yard rusher in each of the last six games and two 100-yard rushers in three games (vs. ISU, A&M and CU). Crouch has rushed for more than 100 in each of the last three games (61-418-4, 6.8 ypc, 139.3 ypg) and Alexander has rushed for more than 100 in four of the last six games (74-614-5, 8.29 ypc, 102.3 ypg). As a team, the Huskers averaged 230 yards in the first five games but has increased its average to 300 in the last six games.

Injury Update
The Huskers are healthy, only those who are out with season-ending injuries are expected to miss the Big 12 Championship game. That list includes DT Jeremy Slechta, who played against A&M and KSU with a partially torn left ACL then had it torn the rest of the way in practice on Nov. 16. NU lost two offensive linemen to season-ending knee injuries this fall, including fifth-year senior starting right tackle Jason Schwab (left ACL/MCL) and redshirt freshman Matt Shook (right ACL). Schwab was the only lineman to have started every game last year. He was replaced by sophomore Dave Volk. Rover Mike Demps was also lost for the season with an ACL injury. Cornerback Erwin Swiney, who had groin surgery this summer and was also held out of fall drills, and freshman DeAntae Grixby (torn right ACL in spring) had reconstructive surgery in April, have returned to practice, but plan to redshirt this season. Wingback John Gibson missed the Colorado game with a sprained ankle, but is hopeful to play in the Big 12 Championship game.

In the Polls
With shakeups in the top 10 the last few weeks, the Huskers moved up from ninth in the Oct. 31 AP to third in both polls, and third in the BCS. Nebraska began the season ranked sixth in both preseason polls and had moved up to third before the Texas loss. Nebraska (10-1) has 1,599 AP points and 1,346 points in the coaches poll, to rank behind Florida State (11-0, 1,744 / 1,472 AP/Coaches Poll points) and Virginia Tech (11-0, 1,685 / 1,416). The Big 12 has four ranked teams in the polls, including Nebraska (3/3), Texas (12/12), Kansas State (8/7) and Texas A&M (18/14). Oklahoma received votes in both polls, while Colorado received votes in the AP poll. Southern Mississippi, a team that was unranked in September when it lost to NU (20-13), is ranked 14th and 18th, respectively.

Statistically Speaking
The Huskers rank among the top seven in all four defensive categories and among the top 15 in two offensive categories, plus NU ranks among the top five in net punting (fourth, see page four for complete listing). Individually, Dan Hadenfeldt ranks fourth nationally and second in the Big 12 in punting at 45.89 ypp; QB Eric Crouch is fourth in the Big 12 and would rank 27th in the nation in pass efficiency with a 134.30 rating, but does not have enough pass attempts (needs 15 per game). He ranks 25th nationally in scoring average at 8.2 ppg (fourth in Big 12). Bobby Newcombe leads the Big 12 and ranks second in the nation with an 18.43 average per punt return.

Huskers Continue Quest for Big 12 Title
The winner of the Big 12 Championship game is declared the Big 12 Champion and will receive the automatic berth into the BCS. Texas, Nebraska and Texas A&M have won the three Big 12 titles. NU will play in three of the four possible title games. NU lost to Texas (37-27) in the inaugural championship in St. Louis and defeated Texas A&M in 1997 in San Antonio (54-15). The Nebraska vs. Texas matchup in this year’s Big 12 Championship game for the first time features two teams that have played each other in the regular season. In the last seven years, Nebraska has won four conference crowns (three Big 8, one Big 12), posting a 49-4 conference record. Nebraska is 28-4 in the Big 12 (14-1 at home), losing to Texas A&M in College Station (28-21), Texas in Lincoln (20-16) and Kansas State in Manhattan (40-30) last year, and to Texas (24-20) in Austin this season. Nebraska has won 42 football conference championships overall, including eight under Coach Bob Devaney and 13 under Coach Tom Osborne.

Nebraska on FieldTurf or Grass
Nebraska is 6-0 on FieldTurf (Memorial Stadium), 3-1 on grass, and 1-0 on AstroTurf this season (Kansas). The Alamodome features AstroTurf. The Huskers replaced their AstroTurf with FieldTurf, a synthetic grass, before the start of the season. NU defeated Iowa, Missouri and Colorado on natural grass fields and lost to Texas. NU has played six games on FieldTurf, four on grass and one on AstroTurf this season.

On ABC TV
Nebraska’s final four games will all be televised by ABC. The Huskers are 62-25 all time on ABC and have won 33 of their last 38 appearances on the network. Since Sept. 21, 1991, when NU lost 36-21 to Washington on ABC television, NU has posted a 33-5 record on ABC (losing to Texas in 1996 Big 12 Championship game and to A&M in College Station, Texas in Lincoln, K-State in Manhattan in 1998; and Texas in 1999). Nebraska is 5-1 in games aired on ABC this year, defeating Iowa in the season opener (42-7), California in game two (45-0), losing at Texas ( 20-24), defeating A&M in Lincoln (37-0), Kansas State at home (41-15) and Colorado in Boulder (33-30 in overtime). NU QB Eric Crouch has been named the ABC/Chevrolet Player of the game four times in his career and three times this year (vs. Iowa, Cal and Kansas State). Mike Brown was the Player of the Game vs. A&M and Dan Alexander was the player of the game for Nebraska vs. Colorado. In their honor, ABC and Chevrolet have generously donated $6,000 to the University of Nebraska’s general scholarship fund.

NU Wins 100 Games in Back-to-Back Decades
Nebraska recorded its 100th win of the 90s with a 40-10 win over Missouri in Columbia on Sept. 25 and posts a 106-16-1 mark this decade (second in NCAA Division I-A behind Florida State). Nebraska is the first Division I program to win 100-plus games in consecutive decades as NU was 103-20-0 in the 80s. The only other team to post 100-plus wins in the 80s was Brigham Young with 102 wins and 26 losses. Oklahoma (102-13-3) and Alabama (103-16-1) posted 100-plus wins in the 70s. Florida State is 108-13-1 in the 90s, but had just 87 wins in the 80s. By decade, the Huskers were 75-30-1 in the 60s (.712); 98-20-4 in the 70s (.820, fifth nationally) and 103-20-0 in the 80s (.837, first).

Huskers Post Outstanding Record in ‘90s
With three national championships, there's no doubt that the Nebraska Cornhuskers are the team of the 90s. Nebraska has 106 wins this decade, just two wins behind Florida State (108), the leader of the decade. NU's 60-3 five-year run from 1993-97 was not only impressive, but unprecedented in NCAA Division I-A. NU is 79-8 over the last seven years and its five-year record of 58-6 from 1994-98, led the nation. In 1993, the Huskers went 11-1 losing only to Florida State, 18-16, in the Orange Bowl for the national championship. That began a run of wins, records and crystal collections. Nebraska followed 1993 with three perfect seasons in four years, winning national titles in 1994 (13-0), 1995 (12-0) and 1997 (13-0).

In the Past Seven Years, the Huskers Have...
* Played in four national championship games (1993-94-95-97) and won three titles (1994-95-97)
* Posted a 79-8 record
* Won four conference crowns (three Big 8, one Big 12)
* Posted a 49-4 conference record
* Won 43 of 44 home games (seven straight)
* Gone 21-7 vs. AP top 25 teams (12-3 vs. AP top 10 teams)

Nebraska Tradition Established by Devaney
Retiring as the winningest active coach in the nation, Tom Osborne took over a program firmly entrenched in solid ground in 1973, when Hall of Fame Coach Bob Devaney named Osborne as his successor. Devaney posted a 101-20-2 record in his 11 years at Nebraska, won two national championships (1970 and 1971) and was the winningest active coach in the nation upon his retirement in 1972 (136-30-7, .806 career record including 35-10-5 at Wyoming). Osborne followed suit and was selected to the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame shortly after he announced his retirement (inducted on Dec. 8, 1998). Osborne retired as the nation's winningest active coach, posting a 255-49-3 record (.836). Among all divisions of coaches with career winning percentages of .800 or better over a span of at least 10 years, Osborne is the fifth winningest coach in Division I-A history, while the late Devaney is not far behind at No. 11. Devaney and Osborne were the third Division I coaching duo to post back-to-back 100-win careers at the same institution (following Penn State's Rip Engle and Joe Paterno and Georgia Tech's John Heisman, Bill Alexander and Bobby Dodd), but were the first pair to do so in an unbelievable 21 years. Devaney and Osborne had a combined 356-69-5 record for an incredible .834 winning percentage (36 years, 430 games). Solich went 9-4 in his inaugural season, matching the wins of Devaney and Osborne in their first years. Devaney posted a 10-1 record his second year (1963) winning his first Big Eight Championship, while Osborne first won 10 games his third year when he also won a share of his first Big Eight title (1975). Solich is going for his 11th win in his second season at Colorado. No Husker coach in just his first or second year has won 11 games.

Unprecedented Winning Tradition Continues
Nebraska, the nation's seventh winningest program all time, boasts a 741-297-40 record in 1,078 games (.706). In the last 30 years, NU is tops, posting a record of 308-55-5 for an .844 winning percentage (368 games), an average of more than 10 wins per year. In terms of wins, the Huskers are third in NCAA Division I-A history with 741. NU has won 10-or-more games 20 times in the Devaney/Osborne/Solich eras, went undefeated and untied through the regular season seven times, played in nine national title games and won the championship five times. Since the first Nebraska season in 1890, Husker teams have won 11 or more games 10 times, including five of the last six years. NU has won 12 or more games six times; and 13 or more three times (in 1971, 1994 and 1997). No one can match Nebraska's current 38-year winning season streak, or its 31-year nine-win streak, and by the same token, no other school has averaged 10 wins per season over the last 30 years. Nebraska's 38 years of winning records is tied for second all time behind Notre Dame's 42 (1889-1932) and Alabama's 38 (1911-50). NU’s 31-year streak with at least nine wins is best all time.

Happy at Home
Nebraska is 75-3 at home the last 11 years, losing to two teams who went on to win a share of the national championship (Colorado in 1990 and Washington in 1991), and to Texas in 1998. The Huskers are 442-122-20 (.774, 584 games) in Lincoln, 317-99-13 (.754, 429 games, 77 years) in Memorial Stadium (since 1923) and 12-1 at home under Coach Solich with a current seven-game winning streak. Nebraska has not lost more than one home game in a season since a 5-2 home record in 1980. Since 1980, the Huskers are 118-10 at Memorial Stadium, with eight of those losses coming against teams that finished in the top six in the final AP poll. Included in that stretch are three of the six longest home winning streaks in school history, including a school-record 47-game streak (fifth longest in nation all time) from 1991 to 1998, a 19-game streak from 1988 to 1990 and 21 straight from 1981 to 1984. Nebraska also had a 33-game home winning streak from 1901-1906 (which is tied for the 11th-longest streak in Division I-A). Since 1986 (13 years), NU is 87-5 in Lincoln, with losses to Colorado, Washington, Oklahoma (twice) and Texas. Those five teams posted a combined mark of 53-6-1 in their respective seasons. Nebraska has not been shut out at home since a 12-0 loss to Kansas State in 1968 (198 games). NU has posted 38 unbeaten and untied home seasons. The Huskers set a new attendance record in Memorial Stadium vs. USM when 77,826 fans attended, bettering the previous record of 77,617 who saw the home season opener vs. California.

The 233-Game Consecutive Sellout Streak
Nebraska's Memorial Stadium boasts an NCAA-record 233 consecutive sellouts, dating back to Hall of Fame Coach Bob Devaney's first year in 1962 (vs. Missouri on Nov. 3). NU is 207-26 during the 233 sellouts (50-9 under Devaney, 145-16 under Osborne, 12-1 under Solich). The mark includes a 35-18 record against ranked teams. NU is 4-0 in the four milestone sellouts during that period (50th, 100th, 150th and 200th sellouts), including a 24-7 win over No. 2 Colorado on Oct. 29, 1994, for the 200th sellout. NU's 233 straight sellouts rank ahead of Notre Dame (143) and Penn State (48, numbers before 1999 season began).

AP Poll Record Streak Hits 306
Ranked third in this week’s Associated Press poll, Nebraska extended its AP Poll record to 306 consecutive weeks (every weekly AP Poll since Oct. 17, 1981). Nebraska’s nation-leading streak of consecutive weeks in the AP top 10 ended at 96 with the 1998 loss to Texas, but NU has been ranked in the top 10 for 111 of the last 117 weeks from the 1993 preseason poll to now. Nebraska was the preseason No. 1 team in 1965, 1972, 1976, 1983 and 1996. Nebraska has been in 480 of the last 483 AP polls since 1969 (30 consecutive years), missing one week in 1977 and two in 1981.

Nebraska was ranked No. 1 by AP eight weeks in 1994, seven in 1995, the first five weeks in 1996, three weeks in 1997 and a total of 61 times in the history of the poll, which began in 1936. The Huskers were ranked No. 1 for 12 consecutive weeks spanning the 1995-96 seasons (Oct. 29, 1995 after a 44-21 win over No. 7 Colorado, until Sept. 22, 1996 after a 19-0 loss to Arizona State). After a 14-week hiatus, NU returned to No. 1 on Oct. 19, 1997, where it has been for at least a couple of weeks in four of the past seven seasons (1993-99). In 1993, NU was No. 1 by the coaches for three weeks, but never higher than No. 2 in AP, but from 1994 to 1997, Nebraska was No. 1 by AP for at least two weeks in each case. Its two streaks of 15 consecutive weeks being ranked No. 1 (1970-72, and entire 1983 season) still rank in a tie for third. The Huskers have played in 47 games as the No. 1 AP team, posting a 40-61-1 record. Nebraska’s No. 6 preseason AP ranking marked the 24th time in the last 27 years that NU has opened the season in the top 10. NU is the nation's sixth most successful program based on AP rankings since the poll began, scoring 502 points, and NU is the only team to be ranked in every poll of the 90s.

Against Associated Press Ranked Teams
Nebraska is 84-88-3 (.489, 175 games) all time vs. ranked opponents. Over the last seven seasons, the Huskers have gone 22-6 against ranked foes, losing to No. 1-ranked Florida State in the 1994 Orange Bowl, to No. 17 Arizona State in Tempe in 1996, to No. 18 Texas A&M on Oct. 10, 1998, to No. 2 Kansas State on Nov. 14, 1998, to No. 4 Arizona in the 1998 Holiday Bowl, and to No. 18 Texas in Austin in 1999. Nebraska has won 12 of its last 14 games against top 10 AP teams (since 1994), including six straight at home. The win over Kansas State was Nebraska’s first win over a higher ranked team since 1994. Last year, Nebraska went 2-3 vs. AP ranked teams. Over the last 27 years, NU is 65-41-1 (.609, 106 games) vs. ranked teams. In this decade, NU is 25-10-1. Solich is 4-4 vs. ranked teams (2-2 vs. top 10 AP teams) and has not lost at home to a ranked AP team (4-0 at home, 0-3 away, 0-1 at neutral site). Most recently, Nebraska defeated No. 5/5 Kansas State 41-15 in Lincoln, on Nov. 13, 1999. Nebraska defeated Colorado on Nov. 26, a team that was ranked earlier in the season. NU also defeated No. 21/18 Texas A&M 37-0 and USM 20-13. Southern Miss is 8-3 and is ranked 14/18 this week, but was unranked at game time.

Huskers vs. the Unranked
The Huskers have lost just 13 of 224 games to unranked opponents since 1973 (15-1 under Solich). Nebraska’s most recent loss to an unranked foe was Texas at home on Oct. 31, 1998. Nebraska has lost just five games to unranked opponents at home in that time period. NU’s last road loss to an unranked opponent was to Texas in the 1996 Big 12 Championship game. In both losses to Texas, the Longhorns were not ranked in the top 25, but had enough votes to rank in the top 30. In a regular-season road game, the Huskers have not lost to an unranked opponent since Iowa State upset the Huskers, 19-10, in 1992. In fact, in the last 27 years, Nebraska has gone 209-13-2 against unranked opponents (.938, 224 games, five losses in the 90s) and suffered only one loss to a team that finished the season below .500 (Iowa State in 1992).

NU Posts Second-Best On-the-Road Record
Counting games at neutral sites, the Huskers are second to Florida State with a .763 “On-the-Road” record in the ‘90s (among Division I-A schools). Nebraska is 44-13-1 on the road for a .767 winning percentage, behind Florida State’s 53-12-0 (.815). Not counting neutral site games, the Huskers are tops in the ‘90s with a 36-8-1 record (.811), which includes a win and a loss to Miami in Orange Bowl games. Nebraska is 31-6 away from home since 1993 (10-5 vs. ranked teams--includes neutral sites).

Adding up the Points
The Husker offense has averaged 35 or more points for 13 of the last 14 years and ranks second behind Marshall (4,841) with 4,815 points scored in the 90s. The Huskers have averaged 30 or more points for 21 straight years (since 1977) and have averaged 40 or more points seven times since 1983, including three of the past four years. In 1999, NU averages 35.4 ppg to rank fourth in the Big 12 and 11th nationally. NU has scored at least 35 points in 52 of the last 70 games. NU has scored 35 or more points in seven of 11 games this season. The Huskers have ranked among the nation's top 10 in scoring average for 20 of the last 21 years (since 1978) and finished first four times. NU has won 220 consecutive games when scoring 35 or more points and is 284-1 all time when scoring 35 or more points, losing only to Oklahoma, 49-35, in 1950. The last time the Huskers were shut out was a 19-0 loss at Arizona State in 1996. Before that, NU had scored in 50 straight games since a 22-0 loss to Miami in the 1992 Orange Bowl. NU’s current streak of games in which it has scored is 48 games. Nebraska has not been shut out at home since KSU shut out the Huskers on Homecoming in 1968 (0-12). Nebraska was held scoreless in the first half at Kansas this season, marking the first time that an opponent has accomplished that feat since the Arizona State game in 1996. The Huskers have scored 40 or more points in three of their last four bowl games, including a school-record 62 vs. Florida in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl. Offensively, the Huskers have been shut out just five times since 1962 (once at home, 12-0 to KSU in 1968).

It's a Rush
NU is 174-5 in the last 27 years when rushing for 300 or more yards in a game (since 1973) and has won 96 straight when rushing for 300-plus yards since a loss to Michigan in the 1986 Fiesta Bowl, when the Huskers rushed for 304 yards. Nebraska is 88-0 since 1973 when rushing for 400 or more yards (1-0 in 1999). NU's 524 yards vs. Florida in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl set an NCAA bowl record for rushing yards. Nebraska has won the NCAA rushing title 13 times, most recently in 1997, averaging 392.6 yards per game. NU has won the rushing title five times in the last eight years and 11 of the last 18 titles. Since 1978, Nebraska has ranked in the top six in rushing average every year and ranks fifth in 1999 with a 268.8 ypg average. NU has had 330, 100-yard rushing performances all time (17 under Coach Solich), including 39 games in which there were two or more 100-yard rushers (most recently Eric Crouch’s 137 and Dan Alexander’s 135 vs. Texas A&M, 1999). The Huskers have had 28, 200-yard rushing performances (most recently 209 by Ahman Green vs. Iowa State and 202 vs. Colorado on consecutive weeks in 1997, and an Orange Bowl and Husker bowl-record 206 vs. Tennessee). Three Huskers rushed for more than 100 yards in a game once, vs. ASU, 1988 (Ken Clark, Steve Taylor and Terry Rodgers). Nebraska is 9-0 under Coach Solich when the team rushes for 300 or more yards; 3-0 when rushing for 400 or more. Nebraska rushed for a season-high 439 yards in the 49-14 win over Iowa State on Oct. 9. Solich is 11-3 when a Husker rushes for at least 100 yards, and 3-3 when an opponent has a 100-yard rusher. OSU is the last conference team to hold the Huskers to less than 100 yards rushing, when NU had just 73 last year in Arrowhead Stadium against the ‘Pokes. Alexander had a team-best 180 yards vs. Colorado on Nov. 26.

Defending the Score
The 1999 Huskers held Iowa to seven points, shut out Cal, gave up 13 to Southern Miss, 10 to Missouri, 14 to OSU and ISU, 24 to Texas, 17 to Kansas, shut out Texas A&M, gave up 15 to Kansas State and a season-high 30 to Colorado for 144 points on the season (13.1 ppg). When Nebraska holds its opponents to 10 or less points, the Huskers have posted 91 straight wins (since losing 10-7 to Iowa in 1981 season opener). In fact, NU is 199-5-1 since 1962 (Devaney’s first year) when holding opponents to 10 or less points (9-0 under Solich). Nebraska has recorded 61 shutouts since 1962 (four in season openers, most recently vs. Cal and A&M in 1999 (three under Solich). Nebraska ranks first in the Big 12 and third nationally in scoring defense allowing 13.1 points per game.

Defense Solid in '90s vs. the Rush
After going to the 4-3 attack defense in 1993, the Husker "D" has posted four of the school’s top six rush defense averages in the last six years, allowing 79.3 ypg in 1994, 78.4 ypg in 1995 (back-to-back national championship teams), 83.8 ypg in 1996 and an average of 73.4 ypg in 1997. The 1997 average ranked second-best all time at NU and third nationally. Nebraska has never led the nation in rushing defense, but has ranked in the top 20 in each of the last six years, including a No. 16 ranking in 1998 (116.8 ypg). Since 1946, the Nebraska defense has allowed 100 or fewer rushing yards per game over the course of the season just 12 times, the first of which was 1963. The school record is 67.5 yards allowed in 1967. In 1999, NU ranks seventh, allowing just 83.5 yards per game rushing, an average that would rank fifth all time.

1999 Team Tidbits...
* Positively Speaking on Turnovers...In the last 26 years, NU has had just one season in which the Huskers had a negative turnover margin (minus five in 1984). Under Solich, NU has a cumulative turnover margin of plus 13 and is plus four in 1999. Despite leading the nation with 23 fumbles lost (47 fumbles overall, breaks the school record for fumbles lost in a season, previously set in 1967 when NU lost 25), NU ranks fourth in the Big 12 and 28th nationally with a +0.36 turnover margin in 1999. Nebraska has picked off 15 interceptions--the most since 23 in 1996 (only thrown four) and caused 28 fumbles, recovering 16--the most since 19 in 1990. The school record for most fumbles lost is 26 (1954 and 1976). The record for most interceptions gained is 30 by the national championship 1970 team.

 * Kick Blocking is a Blast...Nebraska has blocked a school-record 10 kicks this season, including a school record three field goal attempts (all by Kyle Vanden Bosch, 2 vs. A&M, 1 vs. KSU) and a school-record seven blocked punts, including two each by Keyuo Craver (ISU, KSU), Brian Shaw (Cal, OSU) and Randy Stella (ISU, KSU) and one by Gregg List (KU). Ralph Brown scored a touchdown on Stella’s blocked punt against Iowa State, and the Huskers recorded one safety on a punt hiked out of the end zone vs. Missouri and a safety on Stella’s blocked punt out of the end zone vs. KSU. The previous NU record for most blocked kicks in a season was eight in 1996, including a then-school-record five punts in 1996 (also five blocked punts in 1994). Vanden Bosch’s three blocked field goals is also a record for an individual, and his two vs. A&M are also a record. (two blocked field goals by Dave Butterfield in two separate games in 1976 was previous individual and team record). The three blocked kicks in a game (2 FG, 1 punt) vs. KSU, is also a team record, breaking the record of two several times.

* Plenty of Speed on Defense...Three of Nebraska’s top return men are defensive players, including rover Joe Walker (27-190, 7.0 punt returns; 6-104, 17.3 kickoff returns), linebacker Randy Stella (2-10 punt returns; 10-232, 23.2 kickoff returns) and cornerback Keyuo Craver (9-94, 10.4 punt returns). Before Stella, Nebraska never had a linebacker assigned to kickoff returns in the Devaney/Osborne/Solich era. Wingback Bobby Newcombe leads the team and ranks second in the nation with an 18.4 punt return average.

* Productive Receivers...Four different tight ends have caught at least one pass this season, including Tracey Wistrom (16-429-2), Aaron Golliday (3-53-0), T.J. DeBates (1-18-0) and Jake McKee (1-6-0). Split end Matt Davison leads the team with 27 receptions for 422 yards and has two TDs, while wingbacks Bobby Newcombe (17-232-3) and Sean Applegate (5-103-1) have also caught TD passes. Newcombe leads the team in touchdowns by reception (three), while Wistrom’s average per catch (26.8) is tops at NU and in the Big 12. While Davison’s streak of 20 games with at least one reception ended vs. OSU, he has caught at least one pass in 29 of his 37 career games and in 25 of the last 27 games. Davison ranks fifth on the NU career receptions chart with 70 and is ninth on the career receiving yards chart. Wistrom and Davison have each had two career 100-yard receiving games. (Wistrom -- 2-102-1 vs. Cal, 4-116-1 vs. Oklahoma State, 1999; Davison -- 10-167-0 vs. Texas A&M, 1998; 6-108 vs. KU, 1999).

* Interior Linemen Producing...Except for the four games Jeremy Slechta missed due to a knee/ankle injury (limited action vs. A&M), Charlie McBride’s four front men on defense had been alternating nearly every series, showing depth that NU lacked last year. Slechta reinjured the knee (complete tear on Nov. 16) and is out for the season. His absence was noticeable against Colorado. Senior nose tackle, Steve Warren is the leader on the D-line, while junior Loran Kaiser has started every game at defensive tackle. Warren and Kaiser were backed by Jason Lohr and Slechta, respectively. Warren leads the team in tackles for loss with 13-82; while Slechta has 5-22, Kaiser has 4-11, and Lohr has 4-17. Combined, the four have 26 of the team’s 90 tackles for loss.

* Huskers Boast Fast, Play-Making Linebackers...With the return of Butkus nominee Eric Johnson at Will linebacker, the Husker linebackers are back to full speed and continue to wreak havoc. MLB Carlos Polk is second on the team in tackles with 80, in tackles for loss with 12-56 and in sacks with 6.5-47; SLB Brian Shaw has blocked two punts; WLB Julius Jackson has three interceptions and a fumble and an interception return for TDs; and SLB Tony Ortiz has three sacks, six tackles for loss and is sixth on the team with 40 tackles. Johnson has four sacks, seven tackles for loss and a touchdown on a fumble return. Rush ends Kyle Vanden Bosch (34 tackles, 12 hurries, three blocked field goals and nine tackles for loss) and Aaron Wills (third on team with 55 tackles, eight hurries, six tackles for loss) have also been a key contributor to Nebraska ranking among the top seven in the nation in every defensive category.

* Husker Kicking Solid...The kicking game continues to be solid for NU. Senior punter Dan Hadenfeldt ranks fourth nationally with a 45.89 punting average and has led NU to a team net punting average of 40.2, eight yards better than NU opponents (ranks fourth nationally). Freshman place-kicker Josh Brown is 12-17 on field goals made and has made his last six straight, with a long of 37 yards vs. California and Colorado, and is 44-45 on PATs (made last 32 consecutive). True freshman snapper John Garrison is errorless in 11 games.

* NU forced its first three opponents to punt on their first drive, while NU converted miscues on each of the next three opponent’s first drives into scores (a safety and two touchdowns). UT missed a field goal, KU punted after six plays and A&M and KSU each had a field goal blocked (by Vanden Bosch). Colorado punted after no gain on three downs.

* Walk-ons Remain Crucial to Success...On the preseason depth chart, 31 (15 offense, 15 defense, one kicker) of the 89 Huskers listed (35 percent) were walk-ons when they first came to Nebraska. Four have started games in 1999, including Sam linebacker Brian Shaw (started four games in 1998 and three in 1999), wingback Sean Applegate, senior punter Dan Hadenfeldt, and Tyrone Uhlir, who started the Iowa State game in place of injured fullback Willie Miller. Shaw was named to Sports Illustrated's 1997 All-Walk-on team. Jason Schwab would have been a former walk-on named starter, but is out for the season with injury.

 * Nebraska Natives...Fourteen Huskers who hail from Nebraska started at least one game in 1999, including WB Sean Applegate (Lincoln), QB Eric Crouch (Omaha), SE Matt Davison (Tecumseh), TE Aaron Golliday (York, Neb.) RG Russ Hochstein (Hartington), LT Adam Julch (Omaha), FB Willie Miller, (Omaha), SE Wilson Thomas (Omaha), FB Tyrone Uhlir (Battle Creek) and RT Dave Volk (Battle Creek). On defense, native Nebraskans with at least one start, include DT Loran Kaiser (Farwell), RRE Chris Kelsay (Auburn), SLB Brian Shaw (Deweese) and LRE Aaron Wills (Omaha). In addition, tight end T.J. DeBates was born in O'Neill, Nebraska, but has called Stewartville, Minn., home since he was 2.

* Family Connections...While only two sets of brothers currently play for Nebraska (senior rush end Aaron Wills and freshman rush end Colin Wills; and sophomore OT Dave Volk and freshman OT Cody Volk), there are numerous other family connections on the 1999 team. Those who followed in their older brothers' footsteps to play for Nebraska include: Chad (1995-98) and Chris Kelsay (freshman rush end); Grant (1994-1997) and Tracey Wistrom (sophomore tight end); Michael (1994-96) and Dion Booker (sophomore free safety); Mike Vedral (1990-92), Jon Vedral (1994-96) and Mark Vedral (sophomore WLB); and Todd (1987-89), Troy (1994) and Tyrone Uhlir (sophomore fullback). Second-generation Huskers include sophomore MLB Jamie Burrow (father Jim played in 1974-75); senior rover Gregg List (father was the late Jerry List, 1970-71-72); and IB Josh Davis (father Tony played in 1973-75). In addition, senior fullback Ben Kingston is the nephew of former All-American and current Husker orthopedist Dr. Tom Heiser (1974-75).

* Frosh Players...Three true freshmen have played for the Huskers in 1999 including left offensive guard Toniu Fonoti (turned 18 on Nov. 26 when NU played Colorado); free safety Taylor Gehman; and snapper (center) John Garrison. Fonoti is the No. 2 left guard behind James Sherman and became only the third Nebraska offensive lineman in the modern era to play as a first-year freshman, joining center Jake Young (1986) and guard Will Shields (1989).

* Non-Redshirts...In addition to the above freshmen who are not redshirting this year, several other Huskers did not redshirt and played their first year including three in 1998–CB Keyuo Craver, DTs Jeremy Slechta and Jason Lohr; six in 1997–CB Erwin Swiney (redshirting in 1999), Rover Joe Walker, QB Bobby Newcombe, IB Correll Buckhalter, SE Matt Davison and RE Kyle Vanden Bosch; and four in 1996–CB Ralph Brown, Rover Mike Brown, LB Eric Johnson and NT Steve Warren.

 * NU has seven current players who have made all six Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall and Spring Honor Rolls. The group consists of rover Mike Brown, fullback Dan Alexander, tight end T.J. DeBates, offensive tackle Adam Julch, linebacker Brian Shaw, and fullbacks Ben Kingston and Willie Miller.

* Nebraska has two student-athletes on the team who earned their degrees this summer. Center Matt Baldwin and linebacker Tony Ortiz earned their degrees in communication studies and sociology, respectively, at the end of August 1999 summer sessions.

* Huskers Nominate 15 to GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America Team...Nebraska nominated 15 athletes who qualified with a 3.2 cumulative GPA and were starters or important reserves for the Huskers to the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America team (see complete listing on page 11). Rover Mike Brown and linebacker Brian Shaw are both three-time nominees for the award. Shaw earned second-team honors last season and is one of two current Huskers on the football team (also redshirt freshman Will Dabbert) to boast a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average. Five Huskers were named first-team all district and their names will appear on the national ballot, including Brown, Shaw, SE Matt Davison, RE Eric Ryan and RE Kyle Vanden Bosch, seven others earned second-team All-District VII honors, including LB Jamie Burrow, TE T.J. DeBates, CB Jeff Hemje, OT Adam Julch, FB Ben Kingston, OG James Sherman and OT Dave Volk.

* Shaw Earns Burger King Scholar-Athlete Award...Nebraska senior linebacker Brian Shaw boasts a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA in animal science, earned second-team GTE Academic All-America honors in 1998 and is a three-time academic All-Big 12 team member. He was honored before the Oklahoma State game as a Burger King Scholar-Athlete. In his name, Burger King donated $10,000 to the University of Nebraska general scholarship fund in his name. Now in its sixth year with college football, the Burger King scholarship program will donate a total of $5.3 million in college scholarship funds to 211 colleges. Shaw is set to become just the third Husker to be named a four-time Academic All-Conference honoree, joining Mike Stigge (P, 1989-90-91-92) and Rob Zatechka (OT, 1991-92-93-94). Shaw is also a two-time Successful Farming All-American.

 * Alexander Named to Good Works Team...I-back Dan Alexander was selected as one of 11 members of the 1999 American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team for Division I-A. The team honors those athletes who show exceptional dedication to community service and to the betterment of the communities in which they live. Alexander was previously named to the 1997 and 1998 Brook Berringer Citizenship Teams for his involvement in the community. He has been a volunteer at the Peoples City Mission, the Food Distribution Center, St. Elizabeth’s Burn Unit and for the Make a Wish Foundation. Alexander becomes the fourth Husker to earn the Good Works team honor, joining Troy Branch (1992-1993), Donta Jones (1994) and Jared Tomich (1996).

 * Coach Charlie McBride Nominated for Honor...NU defensive Coordinator Charlie McBride has been nominated for the AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year Award. The winners will be announced and honored during the AFCA Kickoff Luncheon at the 2000 AFCA Convention. He was also nominated for the Frank Broyles Assistant Coach of the Year Award.

 * Husker Starting Experience...Seventeen Huskers on offense and 17 on defense have at least some starting experience. Of all the Huskers with at least one start, 10 on the offense hail from the state of Nebraska and four on defense are native Nebraskans (14 total). Twenty-fiv Huskers now have double-figure career starts to their credit, led by Ralph Brown, who leads all Huskers and is on school-record pace with 50 consecutive starts (39 before start of season), starting every game since he arrived on campus. Nebraska had never played 13 games in three consecutive seasons before 1996-97-98, and when he starts the Big 12 Championship game, he will tie place-kicker Kris Brown’s school record of 51 (1995-96-97-98).

Husker Snippets...
* When Nebraska Trails...The last time Nebraska trailed in a game but won, was against Colorado in overtime. NU has trailed in four games this year, vs. USM, Texas, Kansas and Colorado. NU trailed KU 9-0 at halftime but won 24-17. Nebraska also trailed but defeated USM, 20-13 (led 12-7 at halftime), but lost to Texas 24-20. The Kansas win in 1999 marked the first time NU trailed at halftime but won, since the 1998 season when NU trailed Missouri 13-6 at the half, but won 20-13. The last time NU trailed entering the fourth quarter, but won was last year against Colorado. NU trailed 14-13 entering the final period but won 16-14. Against Kansas, NU led 10-9 entering the fourth quarter and a Jayhawk TD and two-point conversion tied the score at 17-all, but Kansas did not lead in the fourth quarter.

* In overtime...The Huskers are now 2-0 in overtime, defeating Missouri 45-38 in Columbia in 1997; and defeating Colorado 33-30 in Boulder this season. In the first case, Missouri won the coin toss and Nebraska scored in three plays on a 12-yard Scott Frost (QB) run, then held the Tigers. Against Colorado, Nebraska won the coin toss, held Colorado to a field goal, then scored in five plays on a 1-yard Eric Crouch (QB) run.

 * Current Husker Coaches Boast Experience...The current NU staff has 145 years of combined coaching experience and 145 bowl games. The 20-year veterans include Solich (21 years), secondary coach George Darlington (27), offensive line coach Milt Tenopir (26) and defensive coordinator Charlie McBride (23).

 * Open Week. Four of Nebraska’s eight conference opponents in 1999 have had an open week to prepare, including Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Texas and Colorado. In its two open weeks this season, NU lost to Texas (24-20) and defeated Colorado (33-30, OT) after sitting idle.

 * The Husker Defense...Nebraska's defense has ranked among the nation's top 10 in all four statistical categories four times. Three of those were under Defensive Coordinator Charlie McBride, including 1996. NU has ranked in the top 13 in all four categories in three of the past five years. In 1999, NU ranks seventh in rush defense (83/5), third in pass efficiency defense (92.0), fourth in total defense (259.0) and third in scoring defense (13.1).

* O-Line active in NFL...Nebraska has six offensive linemen on NFL rosters in 1999. They are Aaron Graham (Arizona), Will Shields (Kansas City), Brenden Stai (Pittsburgh), Zach Wiegert (Jacksonville), Chris Dishman (Arizona) and Adam Treu (Oakland). The first five have all earned starts. Shields (1992) and Wiegert (1994) were Outland Trophy winners.

* Huskers in the NFL...On opening day rosters for the 1999 NFL season, there were 33 former Huskers active on National Football League teams (best in Big 12). The Huskers had two first-round selections in 1998 when Grant Wistrom was the sixth pick by St. Louis and Jason Peter was the 14th pick by Carolina, giving NU 30 first-round draft picks (11 in the last 13 drafts).

* Osborne Named as the 2000 Amos Alonzo Stagg Award Winner...Former Husker Coach Tom Osborne has been named the 2000 winner of the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award. This award has been given out by the AFCA annually since 1940 to honor those "Whose services have been outstanding in the advancement of the best interests of football." It will be presented to Osborne at the Sears/AFCA Awards Luncheon on Jan. 11 during the 2000 AFCA Convention in Anaheim, Calif. Osborne is the third coach with Nebraska to receive the AFCA's most prestigious award. His predecessor in Lincoln, Bob Devaney received the award in 1994. Dana X. Bible, who coached at Nebraska from 1929 to 1936, received the award in 1954