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History shows that as the team of the 90's the Cornhuskers posted a 9
year record of 108-10-1 including a 5 year span that produced an
NCAA best ever 63-3 record, won 7 conference championships and
earned three National Championships in 94,95,and 97 under head
coach Tom Osborne. Florida State actually had one more victory than Nebraska in the 90's but only one measly championship, that coming in a game they should have lost to Nebraska, but with the aide of the referees were able to pull in out.
These added to the titles Bob Devany orchestrated in '70 and '71, making them one of two teams ever to win back to back National titles with undefeated seasons. Only two teams have ever won at least a share of the title in three out of four years, Nebraska being one of them after winning it again in 1997. Nebraska suffered a lone loss in 1996 against ASU falling 19-0 in Tempe Arizona. If not for that loss the Huskers no doubt would have extended the win streak with yet another perfect season, and produced a fourth national championship, that being the 3rd.
In would have could have should have speculation,anticipation,and theory it was very much a possibility that NU could have won an unheard of unfathomable, incredible beyond description 5 in a row had they pulled out the win vs Florida St in 1993, and handled ASU in the regular season in 1996. Think about it 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 National Champs. It was so close to actually happening its not even funny. In actuality these were both very winnable games.
The dominance of Nebraska during this stretch was just incredible, coming at a time when parity was supposed to make such a feat immpossible and unrealistic they did just that. A closer look at any and all of these seasons reveals how truely dominent Nebraska was at this time. Blowouts were the norm, top 10 and top 5 foes dropped like flies, with the ultimate show of brute force at the Fiesta Bowl in 1995 against number 2 Florida with Steve Spurrier's heralded high octane, high scoring fun and gun offense.
Nebraska was never seriously challenged in 1995, as it extended a school-record winning streak to 25 games and repeated as national champion. This had been accomplished eight other times since the Associated Press began its college football rankings in 1936.
The closest any opponent could come to the Cornhuskers was 14 points. But even that was deceptive. Washington State trailed Nebraska 28-7 after three quarters, in the fifth game of the season. The Cornhuskers scored 20 points in the second quarter to overcome a 7-0 first quarter deficit. After that, the outcome was never in serious doubt. The final score was 35-21.
The Cornhuskers ranked No. 1 in the nation in both rushing (399.8) and scoring (52.4) and No. 2 in total offense (556.3). Frazier, center Aaron Graham and outside linebacker Jared Tomich earned first-team All-America honors.
Tomich, a junior who originally walked on, was among five Blackshirts who received first-team all-conference recognition. The other defensive players were Peter, linebacker Terrell Farley, rush end Grant Wistrom and cornerback Tyrone Williams. Frazier and Graham were joined on All-Big Eight first team offenses by Green, tackle Eric Anderson and guards Chris Dishman and Aaron Taylor.
Nebraska, which began the season ranked No. 2 by the Associated Press, didn't move to No. 1 until back-to-back victories against No. 8 Kansas State (49-25) and No. 7 Colorado (44-21). After completing a third consecutive undefeated and untied regular season and winning a fifth consecutive Big Eight championship, including four in a row outright, the Cornhuskers eliminated any doubt about their claim to a second consecutive national title by demolishing No. 2 Florida 62-24 in the Fiesta Bowl.
Nebraska hit harder, ran harder, played harder and smarter than any team ever has. A team very determined,very gifted athletes overcame many obstacles, dealt with off field issues, arrests, negative press, accusations of inproprieties against thier coach, and withstood a season under the microscope amid turbulance, scrutiny and the questioning of many players integrity.
Branded as thugs in a win at all costs program they could respond many ways but chose to let thier play talk for them. What they did was win games, all of them, and all of them quite handily, The Gators were thoroughly manhandled, beaten down, and drug off the field by an unmovable, unbreakable, unforgiving force, known as the Big Red machine of Nebraska.
It was men vs boys, David vs Goliath, Anna Nicole Smith vs Jennifer Love Hewitte in arm wrestling, it was Mike Tyson against Greg Brady.One way, lopsided, outmatched, out classed, out played, out coached, manhandled, demolished, obliterated, chewed up and spit out, all wrapped up into an oversized ass whoopin is the only explanation that gives any justice to thier supremacy.
"Touchdown Tommy Frazier" broke the Cornhusker career record for total offense (5,476) and touchdowns produced (79), earned All-America recognition , finished second to Ohio State's Eddie George in balloting for the Heisman Trophy and was the most valuable player in the Fiesta Bowl game. Frazier's record in four years as a starter was 33-3.