Last year, Nebraska wrapped up its final Big 12 schedule. The Huskers are headed to the greener pastures of the Big Ten. Both the fans and the players are looking forward to playing in the Big Ten. But before we can look forward, we need to look back.
This is a look back at the teams, games and players whom the Huskers have faced in the last decade and a half.
Nebraska's Big XII Record against: 4-6
Overall: 45-38-3, OU
Notable Players: Sam Bradford, Adrian Peterson, Jason White, Jermaine Gresham, Gerald McCoy
Notable Games: 2001—20-10 NU, 2006—21-7 OU, 2010—23-20 OU
With the formation of the Big XII, one of the best rivalries in college football was destroyed. Although the rivalry was diminished, Nebraska had some big matchups with the Sooners. In 2001, Eric Crouch gave the Heisman voters a reason to vote him into one of the most exclusive clubs in the country. Nebraska would not beat OU until 2009. In a defensive struggle, Nebraska came out on top, 10-3.
Finally in 2010, Nebraska and Oklahoma met in the final Big XII Championship. Nebraska would end up losing, but it was a fitting way for the Huskers to go out, playing against their long time rivals.
Nebraska's Big XII Record against: 4-3
Overall: 37-5-1, NU
Notable Players: Dan Bailey, Justin Blackmon, Kendall Hunter
Notable Games: 2002—24-21 OSU, 2010—51-41 NU
The series between Nebraska and Oklahoma State has seen great coaches like Tom Osborne, Les Miles and Bob Devaney. It has been pretty much one-sided. In 2002, Oklahoma State finally ended a long losing streak against Nebraska.
In 2010, Nebraska and undefeated Oklahoma State had a shootout in Stillwater. The Huskers won behind quarterback Taylor Martinez.
Nebraska's Big XII Record against: 13-2
Overall Series: 88-18-3, NU
Notable Players: Darrell Stuckey, Todd Reesing, Dezmon Briscoe
Notable Games: 2005 - 40-15, KU, 2008 - 45-35, NU
Nebraska and Kansas was the second-longest rivalry in college football. Due to Nebraska's departure for the Big Ten, this series will end. In 2005, Kansas snapped a 36-game losing streak against a bad Nebraska team. In Bo Pelini's first year, Nebraska beat the Jayhawks in a shootout.
The 2010 matchup had an interesting storyline.
Kansas head coach, Turner Gill, would bring his Jayhawks into Lincoln, Nebraska to play the Huskers. Gill was a former Nebraska quarterback and coach. The 2010 game ended in a 20-3 victory for the Huskers.
Nebraska's Big XII Record against: 10-5
Overall: 77-15-3, NU
Notable Players: Josh Freeman, Jordy Nelson, Darren Sproles
Notable Games: 1998—40-30 KSU, 2007—73-31 NU
Kansas State was considered the punching bag of the Big Eight. Head coach Bill Snyder turned them around, though, he still couldn't beat the Huskers until 1998. In Frank Solich's first year at the helm of the Huskers, he lost. Manhattan went crazy, as fans tore down the goal posts. That win broke a long losing streak against the Huskers.
In 2007, Nebraska quarterback, Joe Ganz, reset the record books in the Huskers win. In the final matchup, quarterback Taylor Martinez ran all over the Wildcats on the way to a Husker victory.
Nebraska's Big XII Record against: 12-3
Overall: 77-15-3, NU
Notable Players: Ellis Hobbs, Seneca Wallace
Notable Games: 2005—27-20 2OT NU, 2009—9-7 ISU, 2010—31-30 OT NU
Nebraska has long dominated Iowa State. That trend continued in the Big 12. The Cyclones and Huskers have had some good matchups over the years. In 2005, the Huskers beat Iowa State in double overtime. In a game where offense was limited, the Cyclones beat the Huskers in Lincoln in 2009.
In the last matchup as Big 12 rivals, Nebraska beat Iowa State in overtime when the Cyclones tried to go for two and got it picked off.
Nebraska's Big XII Record against: 11-4
Overall: 48-18-2, NU
Notable Players: Mason Crosby, Nate Solder
Notable Games: 2001—62-36 CU, 2008—40-31 NU, 2010—45-17 NU
Nebraska and Colorado have never been fond of one another. There are numerous instances where fans threw snowballs at players during and after the game. In 2001, Nebraska was undefeated when they took on the Buffs. Colorado upset the Huskers, but Nebraska got the last laugh when they were invited to the National Championship game.
Through the years, these two teams would decide who went bowling. In 2008, Alex Henery reset the record for field goal length when he booted a 57-yard field goal to put the Huskers up late in the fourth. In the final matchup, Nebraska prevented the Buffs from going to the postseason in a 45-17 victory.
Nebraska's Big XII Record against: 11-4
Overall: 60-33-3, NU
Notable Players: Jeremy Maclin, Chase Coffman, Michael Egnew, Chase Daniels, Sean Weatherspoon, Ziggy Hood
Notable Games: 1997—45-38 OT NU, 2010—31-17 NU
These two long-time rivals had some memorable battles. In 1997, Missouri thought they had the win locked up when Scott Frost fired a pass into the endzone that bounced around until a diving Matt Davison caught it. The touchdown set up overtime, where the Huskers won. The Huskers took a downturn when Callahan became head coach and Mizzou trounced te Huskers.
In 2010, Roy Helu Jr. ran for over 300 yards in a 31-17 win over the Tigers.
Nebraska's Big XII Record against: 4-4
Overall: 7-4, NU
Notable Players: Michael Crabtree, Graham Harrell, Wes Welker
Notable Games: 2000—56-3 NU, 2008—34-31 OT TTU
Nebraska and Texas Tech would exchange ugly wins. In 2000, Nebraska beat the Red Raiders, 56-3. Tech must have remembered that, because in 2004, the Red Raiders demolished the Huskers, 70-10. In 2008, Texas Tech was undefeated and riding high. Nebraska came in as the underdog, having been blown out by Missouri the week before. The game would go into overtime. Texas Tech couldn't convert the extra point attempt in overtime, giving the Huskers a chance. Nebraska quarterback, Joe Ganz, went on to throw an interception, ending the game.
This was the first and only (so far) loss in overtime in Nebraska history. In their final meeting in 2009, Tech beat the Huskers in Lincoln, 31-10, due to Nebraska's offensive struggles.
Nebraska's Big XII Record against: 5-3
Overall: 10-4, NU
Notable Players: Von Miller, Dat Nguyen, Shane Lechler
Notable Games: 1997—54-15 NU, 2010—9-6 TAMU
The Texas A&M and Nebraska rivalry has produced its moments. In 1997, Nebraska routed the Aggies to win its first Big XII title. In 2006, Nebraska barely edged by the Aggies in College Station. The Aggies would return the favor in 2010. The 2010 matchup between these teams had the makings to be a movie. There was controversy (officiating), drama (Bo Pelini's sideline "talk" with Taylor Martinez) and heartbreak (Nebraska losing).
Nebraska's Big XII Record against: 8-0
Overall: 11-1, NU
Notable Players: Daniel Sepulveda, Robert Griffin III
Notable Games: N/A
Baylor really never fit in the Big XII, and they still don't. The only reason they were invited is because the governor of Texas, at the time, was a Baylor alum and threatened to cut funds to UT and Texas A&M. Even though the Bears snuck into the Big XII, they ended up paying for it. They became a punching bag for almost the entire Big XII. This was true with the Huskers. The Bears were competitive in some games, but to no avail.
The Huskers swept the Bears every time they met. In the final meeting, Nebraska, even with offensive issues, beat the Bears in Waco, 20-10.
Nebraska's Big XII Record against: 1-9
Overall: 4-10, UT
Notable Players: Colt McCoy, Ricky Williams, Cedric Benson, Vince Young, Brian Orakpo, Major Applewhite
Notable Games: 1999—22-6 NU, 2009—13-12 UT
Texas has seemed to have Nebraska's number in recent years. The Longhorns and Huskers have had many close battles, but somehow the Longhorns would always win. Perhaps, they borrowed some Sooner Magic. In a controversial Big XII Championship game, Nebraska lost to Texas by one point. The Huskers had thought they won, but Longhorns head coach, Mack Brown, lobbied for one more second. He got it.
That allowed the Longhorns to kick a field goal to win the game. During the offseason, the worst insult one could be called in Nebraska was a Longhorns fan. The Longhorns didn't care as they won the final matchup against the Huskers. It seemed as if the offense of Nebraska was cursed from the start. Numerous dropped pass, bad calls and no running room for Taylor Martinez caused the Huskers to lose yet again to the Longhorns, 20-13.