For more than a century, the legacy of Nebraska Football has been growing. From its humble beginning in 1890 – when two games made an entire schedule – to 2008, where an established, nationally prominent program enjoys a rich history of success, Nebraska’s student-athletes have entertained and excelled on all levels.
Five national championships and 43 conference titles highlight the accomplishments of one of college football’s most storied programs.
There have been Heisman winners and Outland Trophy recipients, a nation-leading number of CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, a Big 12-leading graduation rate and many professional football stars. But underlying all of the countless accolades is a football family that does not rely on wins and losses as the final indicator of excellence.
Nebraska Football is much more than talented athletes and coaches taking the field to play a game – it is a family. The fans, support staff and student-athletes are all Dedicated to Excellence through Integrity, Trust, Respect, Teamwork and Loyalty. It is this commitment on and off the field that makes Nebraska unique and assures that the rich tradition of the Huskers will keep growing for years to come.
Nebraska ranks fourth in NCAA history with 808 victories and is easily the nation’s winningest program with 375 wins since 1970.
Nebraska has appeared in 44 bowl games, including an NCAA record 35 straight from 1969 to 2003.
Nebraska is one of only two teams in history to win back-to-back national titles with perfect records in 1994 and 1995. NU is also one of just two teams to win at least a share of the national title three times in a four-year span (1994, 1995, 1997).
Decade of Dominance
The Huskers were dominant in the 1990s, as NU captured three national titles from 1994 to 1997. Nebraska lost just three home games in the 1990s.
The Huskers have been ranked in the final Associated Press Poll in 35 of the last 39 seasons.
NCAA Record Sellouts
Nebraska boasts an NCAA-record 289 consecutive home sellouts in Memorial Stadium dating back to 1962, when Coach Bob Devaney took the helm as head coach.
Nebraska leads the nation with an amazing 262 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans across all sports. The Huskers also lead the nation with 96 football Academic All-Americans throughout history. The Huskers also lead the Big 12 with a 94 percent graduation rate, while annually ranking among the top teams in the Big 12 in academic All-Big 12 selections and Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll members.
Heisman Trophy "U"
Eric Crouch (2001), Mike Rozier (1983) and Johnny Rodgers (1972) give Nebraska a trio of Heisman winners.
Outland Trophy Leaders
Seven Huskers have won a nation-leading eight Outland Trophies.
Since 1960, 75 Huskers have earned first-team All-America honors, including 13 two-time winners for 92 total awards.
Over the past 12 years, Nebraska leads all Big 12 Conference schools with 59 players chosen in the NFL Draft. No other Big 12 team has had 50 draft choices. Nebraska has had 32 fiirst-round NFL draft picks, including 23 over the past 35 years. NU has had 223 players drafted since 1972, more than six per year.
Nebraska is 487-133-30 all-time in Lincoln and 362-110-13 in Memorial Stadium.
The Huskers have won 34 conference titles outright and have shared another nine crowns. The Huskers won the last four Big Eight crowns (1992-95) outright, the only school to ever do so. Nebraska has played in four Big 12 Championship Games, winning conference crowns in 1997 and 1999. The Huskers won the Big 12 North Division title in 2006.
Nebraska has played on television 264 times in the last 53 years. The Huskers have averaged 10 national TV broadcasts per year since 1994.
Over the last 33 years, Nebraska has posted a 75-60-1 (.556) record against ranked teams. NU has averaged nearly four games vs. ranked teams per year, with 71 against top 10 teams.