2001 Miami - 1995 Nebraska

 

 
I've seen so many sites and messages boards where fans point out the merits of their favorite college football team being the best of all time.  Two teams that come up quite often are 2001 Miami and 1995 Nebraska.  So on this page I will compage various stats for the two teams.
 

 
 One thing you will usually hear from people about 1995 Nebraska is that they couldn't throw the ball.  Nonsense, check the table below.  Tommie Frazier had a higher passing efficiency rating, lower interception percentage, and higher TD percentage per pass attempts = fewer attempts per TD.   He also had slightly higher yards per attempt and almost the same completion percentage.  In addition he had a few less TD passes but had barely more than half the pass attempts and only slightly less yards per attempt for total offense as Ken Dorsey.
 
 
 Sources -  2001 Miami     1995 Nebraska    2002 NCAA Record Book
*The NCAA did not include bowl game stats until 2002, all stats will be for 11 game regular season for both teams, except for scoring. 
 

 
OFFENSE 
 
Quarterback 
Games 
Attempts 
Comp. 
Pct. 
Yards 
Avg/Att 
Int 
Int. % 
TDs 
TD% 
TD-Att 
 YDs-Play  T.Off.Yds P. Eff. Rating  
 Ken Dorsey 
11 
318 
184 
57.9 
2652 
 8.3 
.028 
23 
.072 
13.82 
 8.0 2655   146.12  
Tommie Frazier 
11 
163 
92 
56.4 
1362 
8.4
.024 
17 
.104 
 9.58
 7.6 1966   156.14 
                                                                1995 Nebraska with 3 QBs throwing 228 passes, the NU Oline gave up zero sacks.
 
                                     
 
 
 
 
Rushing   Per Game  Per Play 

 Miami 

204.6  5.3 
Nebraska  399.8  7.0 
 
 
  
 
Total Offense   Per Game Per Play 

 Miami 

454.8  6.6 

 Nebraska 

556.3  7.2 
 
 
 
 
Scoring  Av./Game  Total Pts 

Miami 

42.7  512 
Nebraska  53.2  638 
( includes bowl games)
 
 
 
On offense you can see the only area that 2001 Miami could even begin to say they did better than 1995 Nebraska is total yards of passing  and thats because of having almost twice as many attempts by Dorsey as Frazier.
 
 
 DEFENSE
 
Total Def.  Per Play  Per Game  Total Yards 

 Miami 

3.9  270.9  2980 
Nebraska  4.5  294.1  3235 
 
 
 
Pass Defense  Comp-Att  Total Yds   Yds Per Att.  Yds Per Comp. Yds Per Game  Comp. %  Ints.  TDs  Rating 

 Miami 

129-290  1520   5.2  11.8  138.2  44.5  27  75.58 

 Nebraska 

191-385  2373   6.2 12.4  215.7  49.6  20  14  103 
 
 
 
Rush Def  Att.  Net Yds  Per Att.  Per Game  TDs 

  Miami 

468  1460  3.1  132.7 
Nebraska  341  862  2.5    78.3  6 
 
 
 
Scoring  Avg. Game  Total Pts 

 Miami 

9.8  117 
Nebraska  14.5  174 
 (includes bowl games)
 
 
On defense Miami could say they did a little better job than the Huskers, but if you look at the stats you will see teams had somewhat better results running the ball rather than passing vs the Hurricanes.  While NU opponents were pretty well shut down when they tried to run.  So couple that with the fact that NU really had no close games (see below) - meaning its opponents were behind earlier and would have spent more of the game throwing the ball and quite a bit of that time would have been vs lower unit players when the games were out of reach, its really not that surpriseing. 
 

 
OPPONENTS
 
 
Miami played 1 team ranked in the top 10 at game time, none during the regular season (ironically Miami's only top 10 opponent was NU in the Rose Bowl) 
Nebraska played 4, avergae score 49.0 - 18.2, only one of the games was played in Lincoln.

Miami played 1 team ranked in top 10 in final polls (again Nebraska) Miami 37-14
Nebraska played 4, avergae score 49.0 - 18.2, only one of the games was played in Lincoln.

Miami didn't score an offensive TD vs a Boston College team that finished 8-4, winning by 11, and only beat an 8-4 V. Tech team by 2.
Nebraska's closest game was 35-21 vs Washington St., NU led 20-7 at the half and 28-7 starting the 4th Q.     That was the only game within 23 points.
 
MIami played 2 teams that won 10 or more games
Nebraska played 4
 
Miami's opponents were 81-60  0.574%
Nebraska's were 75-62-2    0.547%
 
 
Miami can say the overall W-L record of their opponents was slightly better than NU, but  Nebraska played more top 10 teams, and more teams that had at least 10 wins, and completely dominated them, with only 1 of those games played in Lincoln.  Miami struggled to beat Boston College and V. Tech.  Nebraska didn't have a close game all season.
 
 

 
One thing Miami fans always mention is the number of players from  the team that made it to the NFL and their success there.  Thats true, but it doesn't automatically mean thats what it takes to make the best college team.  For example there are probably periods where Colorado sent more players to the pros than Nebraska or Oklahoma, but they did poorly vs either on the field.  Besides the Huskers sent more than a couple dozen players to the NFL from the 95 team as well.
 

 
 Two more things Hurricane fans talk about is -

1. Team Speed. 
Did they not see the Fiesta Bowl vs Florida?  The Huskers didn't seem to have to much of a problem playing with them.
 
2. Option Offense for Nebraska. 
Many people  and even some Nebraska fans act like the Huskers ran some sort of triple option all the time like Oklahoma use to do with the wishbone.  Nebraska ran a power running attack with option plays about 25% of the time.  NU rarely if ever ran a true triple option.  You can see from the comparison above that Tommie Frazier was a very effective passer.  Besides that , Miami was not quite as good vs the run as they were vs the pass, and they didn't see a running game like 1995 Nebraska's, especially with a good passing game to complement it.  Link -  NU Offense
 

 
2001 Miami was a good team, but really not  as dominate as 1995 Nebraska.  Miami had 2 close games.  NU crushed everyone including more top teams.  But few if any college teams in history can compare to the Huskers that year.  Now 1971 Nebraska that's another story   ;  )    (see Best Teams link at left)