The 1971 NCAA University Division football season saw Coach Bob Devaney’s Nebraska Cornhuskers repeat as national champions. Ranked a close second behind Notre Dame in the preseason poll, Nebraska moved up to first place the following week, remained there for the rest of 1971, and convincingly won the Orange Bowl 38–6 in a #1 vs. #2 game against Alabama.
The consensus #1 team going into the bowl season was undefeated Michigan, ranked #1 in both the AP and the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. Led by the coach of the year Lloyd Carr and Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson, Michigan went into the 1998 Rose Bowl against #8 Washington State. Michigan defeated Washington State 21–16. Meanwhile, undefeated #2 Nebraska squared ...
In 2001: Nebraska’s football team reaches its eighth national championship game but loses to Miami 37-14 in the Rose Bowl.
In 2009: Nebraska’s women’s basketball team finishes 32-2 and reaches its first Final Four after winning the Kansas City Regional and defeating Kentucky 76-67 in the national semifinal.
In 2012: Nebraska’s women’s soccer team wins its first Big Ten Championship under coach John Walker.
In 2015: Nebraska’s men’s basketball team hires Tim Miles as its new head coach, replacing Doc Sadler.
History of the Huskers
The Nebraska Cornhuskers is one of history's most storied college football programs. The team's long and rich tradition dates back to 1890, when they first began playing organized football. Since then, the Cornhuskers have won five national championships and numerous conference titles, making them one of the most successful teams in NCAA history.
The program’s success can be attributed to its strong coaching staff over time and its commitment to recruiting top talent nationwide. Legendary coaches such as Bob Devaney, Tom Osborne, Frank Solich, and Bo Pelini have led this team for decades with great success on both sides of the ball – offense or defense-wise – resulting in multiple bowl appearances throughout its illustrious tenure at Nebraska University.
In addition to their impressive record on the field, the Cornhusker fans are also known for being some of the most passionate fan bases. Whether it's game day at Memorial Stadium or watching away games on television, Nebraska fans always come together to show support for their beloved Huskers no matter what situation may arise.
From Heisman Trophy winners like Johnny Rodgers and Eric Crouch to legendary players like Tommie Frazier, who helped lead his team to two consecutive National Championships during the mid-'90s, Nebraska Football deserves recognition among other elite college sports programs across the nation today!
College Sports Established
University of Nebraska
1973 - Present / NCAA Division 1
1921 - 1973 / University Division of the NCAA
1907 - 1921 / Athletic Association of the United States
2011 - Present / Big 10 Conference
1994 - 2011 / Big 12 Conference
1907 - 1918, 1921 - 1994 / Big 8 Conference
Cornhuskers - The Nebraska Cornhuskers are among the most iconic and beloved college football teams in the United States. As such, it stands to reason that their nickname has an interesting origin story. The name "Cornhusker" was first used by a local newspaper in 1893 when referring to University of Nebraska (UNL) athletes competing against Iowa State College in Ames, Iowa.
At this time, UNL had not yet adopted an official mascot or nickname; however, they did have a student-run organization called the Nebraskan Athletic Association responsible for organizing athletic events on campus. It is believed that members of this association referred to themselves as “corn huskers” due to their agricultural roots and ties with farming communities throughout Nebraska, where corn harvesting was common practice during harvest season each year.
The term eventually caught on among fans and supporters until it became widely accepted as the official moniker for all UNL sports teams, thus making history! While some may argue that other nicknames could have been more fitting given its location in America's heartland (e..g., Cowboy), there's no denying how much pride Nebraskans take in being known as Cornhuskers - especially now after all these years!
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