|1970 Nebraska Cornhuskers football|
AP Poll national champion
Big Eight champion
Orange Bowl champion
|Conference||Big Eight Conference|
|1970 record||11–0–1 (7–0 Big 8)|
|Offensive coordinator||Tom Osborne (2nd season)|
|Offensive scheme||I formation|
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|1970 Big Eight Conference football standings|
|No. 1 Nebraska $||7||–||0||–||0||11||–||0||–||1|
|No. 20 Oklahoma||5||–||2||–||0||7||–||4||–||1|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1970 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1970 NCAA University Division football season. The team was coached by Bob Devaney and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. The Huskers went 11–0–1 to win the first of two consecutive national championships.
The Huskers started the season at #9 and tied #3 USC in Los Angeles in the second game of the season. After winning their next nine games, including all seven in the Big 8, Nebraska was ranked third in the nation entering the 1971 Orange Bowl against #5 LSU of the SEC. Top-ranked Texas and #2 Ohio State both lost their bowl games earlier in the day and a 17-12 Nebraska victory that night in Miami gave the Huskers their first national title.
Through the 1973 season, the final UPI coaches poll was released in early December, before the bowl games. In 1970 it picked Texas as national champion on December 8, before the Longhorns' 24-11 loss to Notre Dame in the 1971 Cotton Bowl in Dallas on New Year's Day. Notre Dame (10-1) finished second to Nebraska (11-0-1) in the final AP writers poll, released after the bowls in early January.
|September 12||1:30 pm||Wake Forest*||No. 9||W 36–12||66,103|
|September 19||10:00 pm||at No. 3 USC*||No. 9||T 21–21||73,768|
|September 26||1:30 pm||Army*||No. 8||W 28–0||66,928|
|October 3||1:30 pm||at Minnesota*||No. 6||W 35–10||52,287|
|October 10||1:30 pm||No. 16 Missouri||No. 6||W 21–7||67,538|
|October 17||1:30 pm||at Kansas||No. 5||W 41–20||50,000|
|October 24||1:30 pm||Oklahoma State||No. 4||W 65–31||67,822|
|October 31||1:50 pm||at Colorado||No. 4||ABC||W 29–13||50,881|
|November 7||1:30 pm||at Iowa State||No. 4||W 54–29||34,007|
|November 14||1:30 pm||No. 20 Kansas State||No. 4||W 51–13||67,894|
|November 21||1:30 pm||Oklahoma||No. 3||W 28–21||67,392|
|January 1, 1971||7:35 pm||vs. No. 5 LSU*||No. 3||NBC||W 17–12||80,699|
Adkins, John #57 (Jr.) DE
Ingles, Guy #88 (Sr.) SE
Olds, Bill #44 (So.) FB
in this position
|Bob Devaney||Head Coach||1962||1962-72||Alma|
|Tom Osborne||Offensive Coordinator||1969||1964-97||Hastings|
|Cletus Fischer||Offensive Line||1960-85||Nebraska|
|Carl Selmer||Offensive Line||1962-72|
|John Melton||Tight Ends, Wingbacks||1973||1962-88||Wyoming|
|Mike Corgan||Running Backs||1962||1962-82||Notre Dame|
|Warren Powers||Defensive Backs||1969-76||Nebraska|
|Boyd Epley||Head Strength Coach||1969||1969-2003||Nebraska|
Wake Forest hit first with a field goal thanks to a Nebraska fumble, but by the half it was the Cornhuskers 28-5. The Demon Deacons would go on to win the ACC title, their last until 2006.
Nebraska entered the game as a two-touchdown underdog to a USC squad fresh off a 42-21 whipping of Alabama in Birmingham, but never trailed the Trojans during the course of the game. Each team traded touchdowns, and each team missed opportunities for the win, right up to USC's incomplete 50-yard pass on the last play of the game.
Ironically, USC aided Nebraska's national championship push by defeating then-No. 2 Notre Dame 38-28 at Los Angeles in the regular season finale. The Trojans came into the rivalry just 5-4-1, while the Fighting Irish was 9-0.
Nebraska owned the day, shutting out Army 28-0 in an otherwise unremarkable game.
Bob Devaney's record against the Big 10 was extended to 9-0 as the Cornhuskers had little trouble with Minnesota after running ahead 28-10 before the half.
Nebraska scored only 7 points in the first half, and Missouri matched it before the half. The subsequent defensive battle continued through into the 4th quarter before the Cornhuskers broke away with an additional 14 points, one from a 48-yard punt return touchdown.
Nebraska was surprised to find themselves behind 10-20 with 10 minutes left in the 1st half, but battled back to take the lead with two more touchdowns before the break, and never let Kansas score again as they cruised to a 41-20 final.
Nebraska piled up 65 points, its highest total since 1922, and held Oklahoma State to just 64 ground yards as the Cornhuskers made short work of the Cowboys.
Nebraska pulled out in front right away with a 12-0 1st quarter lead, but stubborn Colorado fought back and trailed the Cornhuskers by only 13-15 in the 4th quarter - after missing a 2-point conversion that would have tied the game - before Nebraska decided to stop the uprising with two touchdowns in the last 10 minutes to pull away.
The game was not as close as the score indicates, as Iowa State put up two late touchdowns against Nebraska reserves in the 4th quarter after the Cornhuskers had run up a 54-17 lead with 5 minutes remaining to play.
Kansas State came to Lincoln with hopes of a Big 8 title opportunity, but they were not prepared for the domination that Nebraska would show them in a convincing defeat. The Wildcats managed only two touchdowns, one of which came with 5 minutes remaining in the 4th against the Nebraska reserves. At one point in the game, the Cornhuskers exploded for 27 points in less than 4 minutes, pushing their lead out to 51-7.
Nebraska locked up their first unbeaten regular season since 1965 by coming from behind twice to get the win over stubborn Oklahoma. It wasn't until 7:42 remained in the 4th quarter that Nebraska pulled ahead by a touchdown to settle the final score.
Third-ranked Nebraska jumped to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and lead 10-3 at halftime, but #5 LSU fought back to make a game of it, pulling ahead on a field goal at the end of the 3rd quarter to get to 12-10. With over eight minutes remaining, Jerry Tagge jumped over the pile from the 1-yard line for the game's final points, and the Blackshirts held on the rest of the way to preserve the win. Top-ranked Texas and #2 Ohio State both lost their bowl games earlier in the day, which allowed the Huskers to claim their first national championship.
|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||Final|
Coach of the Year
|Jerry Murtaugh, Bob Newton|
|Joe Blahak, Van Brownson, Willie Harper,|
Guy Ingles, Donnie McGhee, Joe Orduna,
Johnny Rodgers, Jerry Tagge, Dave Walline
|Joe Blahak, Doug Dumler,|
Willie Harper, Johnny Rodgers
Player of the Year
|Big Eight Sophomore
Lineman of the Year
|Bill Kosch, Donnie McGhee, Jerry Murtaugh,|
Bob Newton, Joe Orduna, Ed Periard,
Johnny Rodgers, Paul Rogers, Dave Walline
|Van Brownson, Guy Ingles,|
Jerry Tagge, Wally Winter
1970 Team Players in the NFL
|Joe Orduna||RB||2||49||San Francisco 49ers|
|Bob Newton||T||3||71||Chicago Bears|
|Paul Rogers||K-DB||8||190||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Dan Schneiss||TE||11||261||Boston Patriots|
|Jerry Tagge||QB||1||11||Green Bay Packers|
|Jeff Kinney||RB||1||23||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Larry Jacobson||DT||1||24||New York Giants|
|Carl Johnson||T||5||112||New Orleans Saints|
|Van Brownson||QB||8||204||Baltimore Colts|
|Keith Wortman||G||10||242||Green Bay Packers|
|Johnny Rodgers||WR||1||25||San Diego Chargers|
|Willie Harper||LB||2||41||San Francisco 49ers|
|Monte Johnson||LB||2||49||Oakland Raiders|
|Bill Olds||RB||3||61||Baltimore Colts|
|Rich Glover||DT||3||69||New York Giants|
|Doug Dumler||C||5||108||New England Patriots|
|Joe Blahak||DB||8||183||Houston Oilers|
|Bill Janssen||T||8||206||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Dave Mason||DB||10||246||Minnesota Vikings|
|Jerry List||TE||11||283||Oakland Raiders|
NFL and pro players
The following 1970 Nebraska players joined a professional team as draftees or free agents.
|Joe Blahak||Houston Oilers|
|Doug Dumler||New England Patriots|
|John Dutton||Baltimore Colts|
|Rich Glover||New York Giants|
|Willie Harper||San Francisco 49ers|
|Larry Jacobson||New York Giants|
|Bill Janssen||Charlotte Hornets|
|Carl Johnson||New Orleans Saints|
|Monte Johnson||Oakland Raiders|
|Jeff Kinney||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Brent Longwell||Memphis Southmen|
|Dave Mason||New England Patriots|
|Jerry Murtaugh||New England Patriots|
|Bob Newton||Chicago Bears|
|Bill Olds||Baltimore Colts|
|Joe Orduna||New York Giants|
|Johnny Rodgers||Montreal Alouettes|
|Bob Schmit||Portland Storm|
|Jerry Tagge||Green Bay Packers|
|Frank Vactor||Washington Redskins|
|Daryl White||Detroit Lions|
|Bob Wolfe||Birmingham Americans|
|Keith Wortman||Green Bay Packers|
- "Football - 1970 Schedule/Results". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletics Department. Retrieved 2009-06-17.
- Nebraska 1970 Roster
- 1970 Husker Honors
- Pro Football Reference.com - 1971 NFL Draft
- Pro Football Reference.com - 1972 NFL Draft
- Pro Football Reference.com - 1973 NFL Draft
- All Time NFL Huskers
- Huskerpedia.com - Jerry Murtaugh interview - 2004-07-27