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I'm going to start with a defensive comparison, since that was the strength of this years team (2009). I have picked one team from each decade - 60s, 70s etc. Its a little hard to compare teams from so many years apart, with rule changes and different styles of play, but here is what I found.  All years include bowl games (except 1967 there wasn't one).  I hope I didn't make any errors and will triple check this soon, this was done late at night.

Some decades had several good defenses that could have been chosen. 2009 was easily  the best defense of the 2000s. 1994 and 1996 were a little better than 1995, but since 95 was one of the all time great NU teams I used them. One could also argue that the 95 squad probably had larger leads late in games which would mean more lower unit players could have played  and the opponents pass yardage and point totals would also be somewhat inflated.

One of the reasons I picked 1967 for the 60s was the fact that they had to endure 40 turnovers by the Husker Offense  in a 10 game regular season (no bowl that year), compared to 22 takeaways by the Husker D. 

 Its somewhat ironic that in 1983 the Huskers had one of the best offenses in the country but were a little short on defense and the next season they had one of the best defenses in the nation.     If you have any problems with the display, try zooming out or reducing print size.  I hope all the abbreviations are ok.  I still have to add where the various years and stats ranked nationally (if at all), and list All Conference and All American players.

                                                                                                                                       
 
 
Past Blackshirt Defenses
(Red #) = National Rank (if any)  in top 15 - bowl games were not includied in NCAA final season stats prior to 2002.  I have included bowl games for totals.
Rankings were not available for all catagories-years, so I only show the national rankings when they were available for all the teams shown
 Year    Record...  Plays... Yards...  Yard/Play  YP/Game Rush-YPG   YPC  Pass YPG  P- YPA  Pass %  Points   PPG  TO HIgh Score 
1967      6-4   627 1576   2.5  157.6 1 67.54  1.5     90.11   4.2  36.9    83    8.33  22 21
1971     13-0   840 2723   3.2  209.5 5 97.32  2.3   111.5  5.2 43.6 104    8.03  51  31 
1984    10-2   766 2640    3.5  220.01 87.54  2.2   132.55  5.4 45.9 115    9.51  34 23
1995    12-0  785  3504    4.5  292.013  69.52  2.3   222.5  6.3 49.9 174  14.54  32 28
2009   10-4  955  3808    4.0  272.0 93.19  2.8    178.91   5.1  47.8  146  10.41  28  31 
(Point totals would also include any points scored by special teams and defenses) 
Starting in 1990 Pass Defense Rankings are based on efficiency not yards per game, I show the yards per game in this chart but  rankings are for efficiency
 
 
 
 
Post Season Honors by Year (Various Selectors) 

 
1967
 
For such a good defense, there were not that many post season honors.   It did have 2 linebackers by the names of Barry Alvarez and Adrian Fiala
 
All American
Wayne Meylan MG,  (second season) Big 8 Player of Year (second season)      
 
Honorable Mention             
JIm McCord DT, Marv Mueller Safety, Barry Alvarez LB                                                    
 
All Big 8
Wayne Meylan MG
 
Second Team
JIm McCord DT
Marv Mueller S
Barry Alvarez LB                                                                                                         
 
Honorable Mention
Ken Geddes LB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wayne Meylan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 
1971 
 
In contrast to 67, the 71 team had nearly every member get some kind of recognition.            
 
All American
Willie Harper DE
Larry Jacobsen DT, Outland Trophy
Rich Glover MG, Big 8 Defensive Player of Year
 
All Big 8
Willie Harper DE
Larry Jacobsen DT
Rich Glover MG
Bob Terrio LB
Bill Kush Safety
Jim Anderson DB
Joe Blahak DB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Larry Jacobsen
Second Team
Dave Mason Safety
 
Honorable Mention
John Adkins DE
Jim Janssen DT
 

 
 1984
 
All American                                                                                                                          
Bret Clark Safety
 
Honorable Mention
Scott Strassburger DE
Bill Weber DE
 
All Big 8
Bret Clark Safety
Scott Strassburger DE
Bill Weber DE
Marc Munford LB
 
Second Team
Dave Burke DB
Mark Daum LB
Rob Stuckey DT
 
Honorable Mention KenGrabber  MG                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bret Clark
 
 

 
1995
 
All American
Jared Tomich  OLB                                                                                                               
 
Second Team
Terrel Farley LB
 
Third Team / Honoable Mention
Grant Wistrom OLB
Christian Peter DT
 
All Big 8
Jared Tomich  OLB
Grant Wistrom OLB
Terrel Farley LB
Christian Peter DT
Tyrone Williams CB
 
Second Team / Honorable Mention
Mike Minter Safety
Tony Veland Safety
Phil Ellis LB
Jason Peter DT                                                                                                                                                                                                       Jared Tomich
 
 
 
 
 

 
 2009
 
All American
Ndamkong Suh DT - Outland, Lombardi, Nagurski, Bednarik, AP Player of Year, Big 12 Defensive Player & Lineman of Year
 
Honorable Mention
Jared Crick DT
Prince Amukamara CB
Larry Asante  Safety                                                                                                             
Phillip Dillard LB
 
All Big 12
Ndamkong Suh DT
Jared Crick DT                                                                                                                             
Prince Amukamara CB
Larry Asante  Safety
 
Second Team
Phillip Dillard LB
 
Honorable Mention
Matt O/Hanlon Safety
Eric Hagg DB
Dejon Gomes DB
Barry Turner DE
 
 
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