Husker Trivia

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Nebraska Cornhusker Football Trivia FactsAre you looking to wow your guests at your next Husker watch party? Or just curious about the history of those Huskers that you love so much? We’ve gathered some interesting, as well as little-known facts about the legacy of our very own Nebraska Cornhuskers. Take a look and see how many you already knew:

  • Husker history began in 1890. The team only played 2 games that season and not only won both, but also prevented the opposing team from scoring even one point.
  • Ever dream of being a football coach? Maybe not in the Huskers’ early days. The first Husker football coach made between $300-$500. But not to worry, this salary also included room and board.
  • For the first three years of the team, the Huskers had no coach. It wasn’t until 1893 that the first head coach was hired. But he wasn’t a coach for the Cornhuskers; back then our Huskers were simply known as “Lincoln.”
  • The nicknames in those early years were more than a little interesting. Tree-planters, Bugeaters, Antelopes, and Rattlesnake Boys just don’t seem to have the same ring to it as Huskers.
  • You can take pride in your Nebraska heritage knowing the Huskers were way ahead of the civil rights movement. Nebraska was one of the first of five colleges to have African American athletes. At the time, George Flippin was the first African American athlete at Nebraska.
  • Who holds the NCAA record for fewest punt returns in a season? It’s Jesse Kosch, of course, from 1995. Just 5 of his punts were returned, and the total yards gained? A mere 12 yards.
  • What does Alabama coach Nick Saban have to do with Husker history? Well, in 1995 he had his biggest career loss, and it happened to be against the Cornhuskers. The score was a pummeling 50-10, and at the time Saban was head coach at Michigan State.
  • Over a 50-year span beginning in 1961, the Huskers won an impressive 77 percent of their games. It makes the not so successful years seem a little brighter when you look at it that way.
  • But let’s not leave out the legendary Tommie Frazier. What you may not remember is that Frazier actually threw more touchdowns than he ran. The touchdowns were 43 and 36, respectively.
  • Lastly, we have to end with Tom Osborne. We could create an entire list just on this well-loved coach, but here’s just one fact you can take pride in: Osborne had a career winning percentage of .836, which Chatsports.com says is “the best mark for any coach in NCAA history over such a span.”

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