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1984 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
Logo of the Nebraska athletic teams 1982-1991
Big 8 Co-Champions
Sugar Bowl Champions
Sugar Bowl vs. #12 LSU, W 28-10
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 3
APNo. 4
1984 record10-2-0 (6-1-0 Big 8)
Head coachTom Osborne (12th season)
Offensive coordinatorTom Osborne (15th season)
Offensive schemeI formation
Defensive coordinatorCharlie McBride (4th season)
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1983
1985 →
1984 Big 8 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Nebraska § 6 1 0     10 2 0
#6 Oklahoma § 6 1 0     9 2 1
#7 Oklahoma State 5 2 0     10 2 0
Kansas 4 3 0     5 6 0
Kansas State 2 4 1     3 7 1
Missouri 2 4 1     3 7 1
Colorado 1 6 0     1 10 0
Iowa State 0 5 2     2 7 2
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1984 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

ScheduleEdit

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Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 8* Wyoming #2 Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska W 42-7   76,125
September 15* Minnesota #1 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska W 38-7   76,077
September 22* at #8 UCLA #1 Rose BowlPasadena, California CBS W 42-3   71,355
September 29* at Syracuse #1 Carrier DomeSyracuse, New York Katz Sports L 9-17   47,280
October 6† #9 Oklahoma State #8 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska W 17-3   76,368
October 13 Missouri #6 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska W 33-23   76,319
October 20 at Colorado #5 Folsom FieldBoulder, Colorado W 24-7   52,124
October 27 Kansas State #4 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska W 62-14   76,068
November 3 at Iowa State #3 Cyclone StadiumAmes, Iowa W 44-0   52,919
November 10 at Kansas #2 Memorial StadiumLawrence, Kansas W 41-7   50,653
November 17 #6 Oklahoma #1 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska L 7-17   76,323
January 1* vs. #12 LSU #4 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, Louisiana (Sugar Bowl) W 28-10   75,608
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

RosterEdit

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Anderson, Paul (So.) FB
Augustyn, Joe (So.) TE
Bailey, Dan (So.) OG
Banderas, Tom #83 (So.) TE
Behning, Mark #73 (Sr.) OT
Behrens, Vance (So.) WB
Biggers, Kevin #13 (Sr.) MON
Blakeman, Clete #16 (Fr.) QB
Blankenship, Brian #70 (Jr.) OG
Bourn, Don #92 (Sr.) TE
Bourne, David (So.) DE
Bryan, Dave (So.) OT
Bunger, Jon #97 (Jr.) DT
Burke, Dave #33 (Sr.) CB
Carl, Mike (So.) CB
Carpenter, Todd (So.) OT
Carr, Chris #37 (So.) S
Cartwright, Charlie #31 (So.) MON
Casterline, Dan #24 (Jr.) MON
Chealey, Gene (So.) CB
Clark, Bret #10 (Sr.) S
Clayton, McCathorn (So.) QB
Cooper, Mark #54 (So.) C
Daffer, Chad #46 (Jr.) LB
Daum, Mark #51 (Sr.) LB
Demmel, Tom (So.) PK
Diaz, Mark (So.) MON
Dietz, Dave #98 (Jr.) TE
Dittmer, Jim #59 (Jr.) OT
Douglas, Don (So.) QB
DuBose, Doug #22 (So.) IB
Fisher, Todd #6 (Jr.) MON
Forch, Steve #38 (So.) LB
Frain, Todd #80 (Jr.) TE
Galois, Ron (So.) OG
Gamble, Jason #86 (Fr.) SE
Gangwish, Paul (Sr.) DE
Gatson, Pernell (So.) WB
Graeber, Ken #52 (Sr.) MG
Green, Derrick (So.) OT
Greene, Ricky #5 (Sr.) CB
Grimminger, Harry #58 (Sr.) OG
Haecker, Kelly (So.) CB
Hall, Mike (So.) TE
Harris, Neil #11 (Sr.) CB
Hawkins, Hendley (So.) QB
Hedlund, Mike (So.) FB
Heibel, Micah (So.) FB
Hiemer, Brian #94 (Sr.) TE
Hill, Scott (So.) DB
Hoefler, Mike #59 (So.) OG
Holloway, Tony #43 (So.) DE

 

Holscher, Jim (So.) WB
Hoskins, Thurman #32 (So.) IB
Jamrog, Jeff (So.) DE
Johnson, Brad #64 (So.) OT
Jones, Keith #6 (Fr.) IB
Jones, Lee #98 (So.) DT
Kaelin, Ken #49 (So.) FB
Kelley, Jon (Fr.) IB
Kimball, Scott #88 (Sr.) SE
King, Scott (So.) CB
Kingston, Bob #37 (Jr.) IB
Klein, Dale (So.) PK
Knox, Mike #44 (Sr.) LB
Kreikemeier, Keith (Jr.) OG
LeCompte, Butch (So.) OT
Lewis, Bill #68 (Jr.) C
Lightner, Keven #66 (Fr.) OG
Lindstrom, Roger #23 (Jr.) WB
Livingston, Scott #48 (Sr.) PK
Macias, Bill #78 (So.) OT
Maggard, Rob #72 (So.) OT
Mattingly, Tom (So.) S
McCashland, Mike #2 (Sr.) MON
McCormick, John #61 (So.) OG
McCoy, Dan #40 (Jr.) LB
Miles, Paul #21 (Jr.) IB
Mlinar, Jerry (So.) QB
Moore, Brian (Jr.) TE
Moritz, Mike (So.) C
Morrow, Tom #77 (Jr.) OT
Mullins, Marty (So.) SE
Munford, Marc #41 (So.) LB
Nelson, Ray (So.) WB
Nichols, John #55 (So.) C
Noel, Jack #56 (Jr.) C
Noonan, Danny #97 (So.) DT
Olson, Todd #63 (So.) OG
Opie, Harlan (So.) DE
Orton, Greg #67 (Sr.) OG
Otte, Mike (So.) SE
Paige, Woody #9 (Jr.) CB
Palmer, Tony (So.) DT
Parker, Paul (So.) CB
Parker, Stan #74 (So.) OG
Parsons, Kevin #35 (So.) LB
Pokorny, Brian #18 (Jr.) CB
Porter, Scott #36 (Sr.) FB
Proffitt, Todd #34 (Jr.) LB
Rathman, Tom #26 (Jr.) FB
Reeves, Gregg #84 (Jr.) DE
Reinhardt, John #62 (Sr.) MG
Reynolds, Rod #93 (Jr.) DT

 

Rogers, Phil (Jr.) MG
Roth, Tim #65 (Jr.) OT
Rother, Tim (So.) OT
Rozier, Guy #4 (Jr.) MON
Schaaf, Jim (So.) OG
Schneider, Dave #1 (Jr.) PK
Schneider, Gary #3 (Jr.) CB
Schnitzler, Craig #13 (So.) PK
Schnitzler, Robb #85 (So.) SE
Schoettger, Scott (Sr.) SE
Sellentin, Jeff (So.) OG
Shaw, Pat (So.) LB
Shead, Ken #99 (Jr.) MG
Sheppard, Von #7 (So.) WB
Siebler, Bryan #19 (So.) S
Skow, Jim #96 (Jr.) DT
Smith, Brad #81 (Jr.) DE
Smith, Jeff #28 (Sr.) IB
Smith, Rod (So.) SE
Spachman, Chris #76 (So.) DT
Storer, Lance (So.) OG
Strasburger, Matt (So.) S
Strasburger, Scott #90 (Sr.) DE
Stuckey, Rob #75 (Sr.) DT
Sundberg, Craig #15 (Sr.) QB
Swanson, Shane #17 (Sr.) WB
Taylor, Jeff #12 (So.) QB
Tenopir, Todd (So.) PK
Thayer, Dan (So.) S
Thomas, Anthony #53 (Sr.) OG
Thomas, Stephen (So.) MG
Thompson, Jim #39 (Sr.) WB
Tomjack, Jeff (So.) MON
Traynowicz, Mark #57 (Sr.) C
Tucker, Scott #89 (Jr.) DE
Turner, Travis #14 (Jr.) QB
Tyrer, Brad (So.) DE
Vinger, Eric (So.) PK
Wade, Stanley #55 (Jr.) LB
Washington, Brian #43 (Fr.) MON
Watkins, Dennis #27 (Jr.) CB
Weber, Bill #87 (Sr.) DE
Weber, Scott (Jr.) DT
Welniak, Doug (So.) LB
Welter, Tom #69 (So.) OT
Whyrick, Doug (So.) C
Wingard, Dan #47 (Jr.) PK
Yates, Rod #91 (Sr.) SE
Yost, Scott (So.) SE
Zierke, Mike #78 (Sr.) DT

     

Coaching staffEdit

Name Title First year
in this position
Years at Nebraska Alma Mater
Tom OsborneHead Coach
Offensive Coordinator
19731964-1997Hastings College
Charlie McBrideDefensive Coordinator19811977-1999Colorado
Cletus FischerOffensive Line 1960-1985Nebraska
John MeltonTight Ends
Wingbacks
19731962-1988Wyoming
Boyd EpleyHead Strength Coach19691969-2003Nebraska
George DarlingtonDefensive Backs 1973-2002 Rutgers
Milt TenopirOffensive Line19741974-2002 Sterling
Gene HueyReceivers19771977-1986Wyoming
Frank SolichRunning Backs19831979-2003Nebraska
Jack Pierce 1979-1991
Bob ThorntonSecondary19811981-1985Nebraska
Dan YoungOffensive Line
Kicking
19831983-2002Reed College

Game notesEdit

WyomingEdit

Wyoming at #2 Nebraska [box score]
by Quarter1234 Total
Wyoming 0 7 0 0 7
#2 Nebraska 0 14 21 7 42

Nebraska was forced to put extra effort in for the win after losing three of four first-half fumbles and giving up an interception, as Wyoming won the turnover battle 4-1.

MinnesotaEdit

Minnesota at #1 Nebraska [box score]
by Quarter1234 Total
Minnesota 0 0 0 7 7
#1 Nebraska 0 21 10 7 38

'Fumble-itis' continued to plague Nebraska, after the ball was put on the ground eight times, half of them lost to Minnesota. Still, the newly-minted #1 Cornhuskers easily put away the turnover-free Golden Gophers with the help of 405 yards on the ground.

UCLAEdit

#1 Nebraska at #8 UCLA [box score]
by Quarter1234 Total
#1 Nebraska 6 15 7 14 42
#8 UCLA 0 0 3 0 3

Nebraska dominated UCLA in the new Rose Bowl home of the Bruins, handing them their worst loss in 14 years. The Cornhuskers recorded eight sacks while running up 42 points, while the offensive output of the Bruins netted only a 3rd quarter field goal.

SyracuseEdit

#1 Nebraska at Syracuse [box score]
by Quarter1234 Total
#1 Nebraska 7 0 0 2 9
Syracuse 0 3 7 7 17

Unranked Syracuse, coming off a 0-19 shutout loss against Rutgers at home the week prior, severely embarrassed the #1 Cornhuskers, who may have been guilty of overlooking the team they had defeated 63-7 the year before. Nebraska's regular season winning streak was ended at 23. Coach Osborne stated it simply; "They were more physical today".

Oklahoma StateEdit

#9 Oklahoma State at #8 Nebraska [box score]
by Quarter1234 Total
#9 Oklahoma State 3 0 0 0 3
#8 Nebraska 0 0 0 17 17

It was another season of disappointment for Oklahoma State's record against Nebraska. The Cowboys came to Lincoln with a better record than the Cornhuskers for the first time ever, with high hopes after Nebraska fell to Syracuse the week before, and OSU indeed led the game for three quarters. A 4th quarter, 49 yard punt return swung the momentum to Nebraska, and Oklahoma State's 22 year-long drought against Nebraska was extended yet another year.

MissouriEdit

Missouri at #6 Nebraska [box score]
by Quarter1234 Total
Missouri 7 3 0 13 23
#6 Nebraska 7 9 10 7 33

Missouri fought a hard battle and barely won the time of possession battle, at one point drawing within 6 points, but a 57 yard interception return for a touchdown opened the game up a bit as Nebraska gained enough room to finish the game ahead by 10.

ColoradoEdit

#5 Nebraska at Colorado [box score]
by Quarter1234 Total
#5 Nebraska 0 3 0 21 24
Colorado 0 7 0 0 7

The Blackshirts carried Nebraska for three quarters as the offense sputtered and failed to produce a useful lead. Finally, in the 4th quarter, the Cornhuskers overcame their struggles and ran off 21 points for the win.

Kansas StateEdit

Kansas State at #4 Nebraska [box score]
by Quarter1234 Total
Kansas State 7 0 7 0 14
#4 Nebraska 19 29 7 7 62

Nebraska recorded its 25th straight conference win as Kansas State rolled over and fell behind by 48-7 at the half. The lead allowed the Cornhuskers to rotate several players into the game, which resulted in no single player exceeding 100 rushing yards rushing for the first time in 20 games.

Iowa StateEdit

#3 Nebraska at Iowa State [box score]
by Quarter1234 Total
#3 Nebraska 3 7 6 28 44
Iowa State 0 0 0 0 0

Nebraska held Iowa State's star receiver to two catches for 11 yards, and the Cyclones offense to just five first downs, as the Blackshirts posted their first shutout in two years. By the 4th quarter, Iowa State's own defense lost their effectiveness and could no longer keep up, as the Cornhuskers rolled up 28 more points to pull away.

KansasEdit

#2 Nebraska at Kansas [box score]
by Quarter1234 Total
#2 Nebraska 21 7 0 13 41
Kansas 0 0 0 7 7

The Cornhuskers held Kansas to just 12 first downs and 24 yards on the ground, clinching at least a share of the 1984 Big 8 Title.

OklahomaEdit

#4 Oklahoma at #1 Nebraska [box score]
by Quarter1234 Total
#4 Oklahoma 7 0 0 10 17
#1 Nebraska 0 7 0 0 7

Four painful turnovers were enough to overcome the statistical success Nebraska achieved, as Oklahoma ended Nebraska's 27 game conference win streak and 21 game win streak in Lincoln. The run-oriented Cornhuskers out-passed the Sooners 236-58, but two key stops by the Sooners in the 2nd half put down Nebraska's hopes for a shot the National Championship.

LSUEdit

#4 Nebraska vs #12 LSU [box score]
by Quarter1234 Total
#4 Nebraska 0 7 7 14 28
#12 LSU 3 7 0 0 10

Nebraska overcame a 10 point deficit to come within 3 by halftime, and after that it was all Nebraska as the Cornhuskers won the turnover game's battle 6-3 and ran off 21 more points while shutting down all further attempts by LSU to score.

RankingsEdit

Ranking Movement
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Final
AP 2 2 1 1 1 8 6 5 4 3 2 1 7 5 5 4
Coaches 3

AwardsEdit

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Award Name(s)
All-America 1st team Bret Clark, Harry Grimminger, Mark Traynowicz
All-America 2nd team Jeff Smith
All-America 3rd team Mark Behning
All-America honorable mention Doug DuBose, Scott Strasbuger, Bill Weber, Scott Livingston
All-Big 8 1st team Mark Behning, Bret Clark, Doug DuBose, Harry Grimminger, Scott Livingston, Marc Munford, Greg Orton, Jeff Smith, Scott Strasburger, Mark Traynowicz, Bill Weber
All-Big 8 2nd team David Burke, Mark Daum, Rob Stuckey
All-Big 8 honorable mention Ken Graeber, Shane Swanson

NFL and Pro PlayersEdit

The following Nebraska players who participated in the 1984 season later moved on to the next level and joined a professional or semi-pro team as draftees or free agents.[5]

Name Team
Mark Behning Pittsburgh Steelers
Brian Blankenship Pittsburgh Steelers
Bret Clark Tampa Bay Bandits
Doug DuBose San Francisco 49ers
Todd Frain Washington Redskins
Keith Jones Cleveland Browns
Mike Knox Denver Broncos
Bill Lewis Los Angeles Raiders
Scott Livingston Dallas Cowboys
Paul Miles Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Marc Munford Denver Broncos
Danny Noonan Dallas Cowboys
Greg Orton Detroit Lions
Tom Rathman San Francisco 49ers
Tim Rother Los Angeles Raiders
Jim Skow Cincinnati Bengals
Jeff Smith Kansas City Chiefs
Shane Swanson Denver Broncos
Mark Traynowicz Buffalo Bills
Brian Washington Cleveland Browns
Dennis Watkins Philadelphia Eagles
Tom Welter St. Louis Cardinals

ReferencesEdit

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