2003 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

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2003 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
Nebraska Cornhuskers logo, 1992–2003.svg
Alamo Bowl champion
Conference Big 12 Conference
Division North Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 18
AP No. 19
2003 record 10–3 (5–3 Big 12)
Head coach Frank Solich (6th season)
Offensive coordinator Barney Cotton (1st season)
Defensive coordinator Bo Pelini (1st season)
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 73,918)
Seasons
← 2002
2004 →
2003 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
No. 14 Kansas State x$   6 2         11 4  
No. 19 Nebraska   5 3         10 3  
Missouri   4 4         8 5  
Kansas   3 5         6 7  
Colorado   3 5         5 7  
Iowa State   0 8         2 10  
South
No. 3 Oklahoma x%   8 0         12 2  
No. 12 Texas   7 1         10 3  
Oklahoma State   5 3         9 4  
Texas Tech   4 4         8 5  
Texas A&M   2 6         4 8  
Baylor   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Kansas State 35, Oklahoma 7
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2003 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 2003 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Frank Solich and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. After the Colorado game, Solich was fired as head coach. Defensive coordinator Bo Pelini served as interim head coach for the Alamo Bowl.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 2:30 PM No. 24 Oklahoma State Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE ABC W 17–7   78,058
September 6 11:30 AM Utah State* No. 23 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE FSN W 31–7   77,284
September 13 7:00 PM Penn State* No. 18 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE ABC W 18–10   78,008
September 25 6:45 PM at Southern Miss* No. 15 M. M. Roberts StadiumHattiesburg, MS ESPN W 38–14   36,125
October 4 12:30 PM Troy State* No. 12 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE W 30–0   77,825
October 11 6:00 PM at Missouri No. 10 Faurot FieldColumbia, MO (Rivalry) TBS L 24–41   68,349
October 18 11:30 AM Texas A&Mdagger No. 18 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE FSN W 48–12   77,604
October 25 11:30 AM Iowa State No. 14 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE PPV W 28–0   77,483
November 1 11:00 AM at No. 16 Texas No. 12 Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX ABC L 7–31   83,308
November 8 2:30 PM at Kansas No. 19 Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS FSN W 24–3   50,107
November 15 2:30 PM Kansas State No. 18 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE ABC L 9–38   78,014
November 28 11:00 AM at Colorado No. 25 Folsom FieldBoulder, CO (Rivalry) ABC W 31–22   53,434
December 29 8:00 PM vs. Michigan State* No. 22 AlamodomeSan Antonio, TX (Alamo Bowl) ESPN W 17–3   56,229
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

[1]

Roster and coaching staff[edit]

2003 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
OG 71 Jake Andersen Jr
TE Matt Ankerson Fr
C 65 Greg Austin Fr
WR 38 Brandon Biodrowski Jr
WR 19 Andy Birkel Fr
OL Aaron Burbach Fr
OG 59 Brett Byford Fr
QB 12 Joe Dailey Fr
FB 4 Judd Davies Sr
IB 1 Josh Davis Sr
OG 67 Darren DeLone Jr
WR Dan Erickson Fr
OG 78 Mike Erickson Jr
WR 28 Isaiah Fluellen RFr
QB 17 Garth Glissman So
IB 30 Tierre Green Fr
OG 72 Tim Green Sr
FB 6 DeAntae Grixby Sr
C 58 Justin Haney RFr
IB 36 Ben Hansen Fr
TE 11 Matt Herian So
TE Sean Hill Fr
IB 9 David Horne So
OT 51 Richie Incognito So
WR 31 Joel Jackson Jr
TE Patrick Johnson Fr
TE 47 Dusty Keiser Jr
WR 49 Tyler Kenney RFr
TE 46 John Knopp So
OG 75 Brandon Koch So
FB 45 Steve Kriewald Jr
WR Chris LeFlore Fr
WR 10 Mark LeFlore So
OG 66 Jermaine Leslie RFr
WR 13 Tim Liley Sr
C 63 Jack Limbaugh Sr
QB 15 Brett Lindstrom Sr
OT 74 Newton Lingenfelter RFr
OT 76 Chris Loos Sr
QB 5 Jammal Lord Sr
C 64 Kurt Mann RFr
WR 18 Mike McLaughlin So
FB 30 Grant Miller RFr
IB 21 Robin Miller Sr
QB Zach Miller Fr
TE 81 Josh Mueller Fr
WR 84 Grant Mulkey RFr
OG 61 Brian Nelson Sr
WR 24 Jack O'Holleran Jr
TE 86 Adam O'Rourke RFr
WR 8 Ryan Ommert Sr
OL Charlie Peacock Fr
TE 82 Phil Peetz Sr
TE 85 J.B. Phillips Fr
OT 56 Gary Pike So
WR 2 Ross Pilkington So
WR 25 Kade Pittman Fr
OT 69 Nick Povendo Jr
IB 22 Cory Ross So
TE Andy Sand Fr
OG 54 Carson Schott So
WR 14 Matt Schroeder So
OT 70 Ryan Schuler Fr
TE 83 Chris Septak Jr
C 79 Josh Sewell Sr
TE 80 Alex Shada Jr
FB Scott Siegel Fr
OL Jeff Speichinger Fr
WR 35 Dusty Stamer Jr
WR 17 Seth Starkebaum RFr
QB 16 Mike Stuntz Jr
OG 55 Junior Tagoa'i Sr
OT 57 Cory Timm RFr
FB 41 Dane Todd RFr
OT 68 Dan Vili Waldrop Sr
OT 53 Cody Volk Sr
OT 73 Sam Wells Jr
WR 20 Kiffin Wigert Jr
FB 34 Andy Wingender Sr
TE 44 Matthew Woodward So
WR 3 Ben Zajicek Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 96 Titus Adams So
RCB 27 Willie Amos Jr
MIKE 61 Peter Atha So
NT 59 Ryon Bingham Sr
CB 16 Cole Biodrowski So
SS 21 Philip Bland Jr
DE 34 Stewart Bradley RFr
LCB 12 Titus Brothers Fr
DT 65 Chris Bryant RFr
WILL 39 Chad Buller Sr
SS 14 Daniel Bullocks So
FS 20 Josh Bullocks So
FS 36 Dan Burrow Jr
LCB 4 Terrell Butler Sr
DE 90 Adam Carriker RFr
BUCK 11 Ira Cooper Jr
CB 6 Donald DeFrand So
BUCK 48 Charlie Denman So
DB Ben Eisenhart Fr
DT 97 Seppo Evwaraye So
NT 62 Anthony Fisher RFr
FS 15 Tyler Fisher So
WILL 41 Jared Franzluebbers So
DB Travis Gingery Fr
NT 99 Brandon Greeson RFr
CB 26 Kevin Guse Sr
NT 73 Jared Helming So
BUCK 2 T.J. Hollowell Sr
WILL 40 Lannie Hopkins Jr
CB 29 Kellen Huston Jr
WILL 49 Adam Ickes So
DE 88 Trevor Johnson Sr
DT 94 Patrick Kabongo Sr
DT 95 Nathan Krug So
BUCK 43 Kristopher Lewin RFr
NT 70 Jason Lohr Sr
DE Kevin Luhrs Fr
FS 32 Derek Matteo Jr
DE 50 Jeff McBride Jr
WILL 13 Corey McKeon Fr
RCB 1 Lornell McPherson Jr
DE 44 Jay Moore RFr
DE 57 Wali Muhammad So
DE 56 Trevor Neemann Fr
NT 63 Matt O'Shea So
DE 98 Chris Patrick Fr
FS 31 Jerrell Pippens Sr
DE Andy Poulosky Fr
MIKE 53 Mitch Reeves RFr
DE Thomas Rice Fr
RCB 28 Pat Ricketts Sr
SS 24 Brandon Rigoni RFr
CB 30 Joey Robison So
BUCK 51 Bo Ruud Fr
MIKE 38 Barrett Ruud Jr
MIKE 42 Steve Safranek Sr
CB 8 Andrew Shanle RFr
DT 76 Matt Shrader Jr
SS 23 Shane Siegel So
MIKE 54 Chad Sievers Jr
DT 66 Le Kevin Smith So
DT 74 Brandon Teamer Fr
DE 5 Benard Thomas Jr
CB 10 Fred Thorne Sr
SS 25 Blake Tiedtke So
DE 93 Tyler Toline Jr
MIKE 35 Curt Tomasevicz Sr
LCB 3 Fabian Washington So
CB 33 Seth White Sr
SS 9 Delrick Williams Sr
WILL 7 Demorrio Williams Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 22 Sandro DeAngelis Jr
PK 27 David Dyches Fr
PK 32 Dale Endorf Sr
P Tyler Kester Fr
P 37 Sam Koch So
P 19 Kyle Larson Sr
PK Eric Lueshen Fr
PK Jared Nielsen Fr
LS Jake Peetz Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Turner Gill
       1st season as AHC/QB coach
       12th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Barney Cotton
       1st season as OC/OL coach
       1st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Bo Pelini
       1st season as DC/LB coach
       1st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Ohio State
  • Tim Albin
       1st season as RB/PG coach
       1st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Northwestern Oklahoma
  • Ron Brown
       1st season as WR coach
       17th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Brown
  • Scott Downing
       1st season as TE/ST coach
       4th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Sterling
  • Jeff Jamrog
       1st season as DL/DE coach
       6th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Marvin Sanders
       1st season as Sec coach
       1st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Jimmy Williams
       1st season as LB coach
       1st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Boyd Epley
       35th season as S&C coach
       35th year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: January 16, 2011

Game summaries[edit]

Oklahoma State[edit]

Oklahoma State at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Oklahoma State 7 000 7
Nebraska 3 0140 17

Utah State[edit]

Utah State at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Utah State 7 000 7
Nebraska 6 9133 31

Penn State[edit]

Penn State at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Penn State 0 1000 10
Nebraska 3 663 18

Southern Miss[edit]

Nebraska at Southern Miss [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 17 0147 38
Southern Miss 0 707 14

Troy State[edit]

Troy State at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Troy State 0 000 0
Nebraska 3 7137 30

Missouri[edit]

Nebraska at Missouri [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 7 3140 24
Missouri 7 7027 41

Texas A&M[edit]

Texas A&M at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Texas A&M 3 036 12
Nebraska 20 01414 48

Iowa State[edit]

Iowa State at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Iowa State 0 000 0
Nebraska 21 700 28

Texas[edit]

Nebraska at Texas [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 0 007 7
Texas 7 7314 31

Kansas[edit]

Nebraska at Kansas [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 3 777 24
Kansas 0 300 3

Kansas State[edit]

Kansas State at Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Kansas State 7 01021 38
Nebraska 0 702 9

Colorado[edit]

Nebraska at Colorado [box score]
1 234Total
Nebraska 7 14010 31
Colorado 7 960 22

Michigan State[edit]

Michigan State vs Nebraska [box score]
1 234Total
Michigan State 3 000 3
Nebraska 3 1400 17

Rankings[edit]

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 Wk 15 Final
AP NR 23 18 15 15 12 10 19 14 12 19 18 23 25 23 22 19
Coaches 18
BCS Not released 11 9 18 17 22 23 21 20 N/A

After the season[edit]

Nebraska finished in 2nd place in the Big 12 North Division and tied for 4th conference-wide, with a final record of 10–3 (5–3). Prior to the season, Head Coach Frank Solich was feeling pressure to perform after a 7–7 (3–5) record the previous year (the first non-winning season since 1961), and had significantly revamped his coaching staff for 2003.

Despite the sweeping changes and the improvements they brought, which helped Nebraska to another 9-win season, Solich was fired at the conclusion of the regular season. Defensive Coordinator Bo Pelini was named Interim Head Coach and led the Huskers to a 17–3 Alamo Bowl win over Michigan State. When new Head Coach Bill Callahan was announced in later weeks, most of the existing assistants (including Pelini) were also fired.

Pelini would later return as Callahan's replacement in 2008.

Awards[edit]

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Award Name(s)
All-America 1st team Josh Bullocks, Kyle Larson
All-America honorable mention Richie Incognito, Demorrio Williams
All-Big 12 1st team Josh Bullocks, Matt Herian, Richie Incognito, Kyle Larson, Demorrio Williams
All-Big 12 2nd team Ryon Bingham, Barrett Ruud
All-Big 12 3rd team Fabian Washington
All-Big 12 honorable mention Daniel Bullocks, Josh Davis, Mike Erickson, Isaiah Fluellen, T. J. Hollowell, Trevor Johnson, Jammal Lord, Josh Sewell, Dan Vili Waldrop

NFL and pro players[edit]

The following Nebraska players who participated in the 2003 season later moved on to the next level and joined a professional or semi-pro team as draftees or free agents.[3]

Name Team
Titus Adams New York Jets
Ryon Bingham San Diego Chargers
Stewart Bradley Philadelphia Eagles
Daniel Bullocks Detroit Lions
Josh Bullocks New Orleans Saints
Adam Carriker St. Louis Rams
Josh Davis New York Jets
Aaron Golliday Scottish Claymores
T. J. Hollowell New York Giants
Richie Incognito St. Louis Rams
Trevor Johnson New York Jets
Patrick Kabongo Detroit Lions
Sam Koch Baltimore Ravens
Kyle Larson Cincinnati Bengals
Jammal Lord Houston Texans
Jay Moore San Francisco 49ers
Chris Patrick New York Giants
Jerrell Pippens Chicago Bears
Andy Poulosky Sioux City Bandits
Cory Ross Baltimore Ravens
Barrett Ruud Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bo Ruud New England Patriots
Le Kevin Smith New England Patriots
Fabian Washington Oakland Raiders
Demorrio Williams Atlanta Falcons

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football - 2003 Schedule/Results". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Athletics. Retrieved May 14, 2009. 
  2. ^ "2003 Husker Honors". Archived from the original on May 19, 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2009. 
  3. ^ "All Time NFL Huskers". Archived from the original on May 16, 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2009.