Myths



                                                                                    Jason Peter # 55 vs Virginia Tech in Orange Bowl 1996 (season) (who needs a helmet)?

   

1.  Penn State lost its #1 ranking in 1994, because they had a close game vs Indiana.  In reality they were already ranked #2.  Also check out the link at left - 1994 Penn State - Nebraska, along with these links.

               check the link  --- >>  http://www.ninjasoft.com/ozone/psu94/indiana.html 

               also  -->   http://www.collegepollarchive.com/football/ap/teams/by_season.cfm?teamid=68&seasonid=1994

               and  -->  http://www.jhowell.net/cf/scores/PennState.htm
 
                         -->  http://articles.latimes.com/1994-10-31/sports/sp-56853_1_penn-state

2.   Nebraska ran a triple option offense most of Tom Osbornes last years.

Nebraska ran a power running offense,  with option plays.  It rarely if ever ran a true triple option  In a true triple option, the QB makes a read on the defensive on whether or not to give the ball to the Fullback.  When  NUs  Fullback got the ball it was almost always a called play.  The option was on the pitch to the I-Back, or for the QB to keep the ball.   http://incolor.inetnebr.com/mays/options.htm (old site, should still work-just in case it doesn't here is the article below). This was a good site to bad it was not kept active.

Here is a link to the homepage for the above link and article below.  You can read play scripts from games in late 90s to early 2000s (and other years)  site is no longer active and probably won't be able to access much longer. http://incolor.inebraska.com/mays/scripts.htm


Husker Option Football - (from above link)


The Option

Nebraska runs five basic types of option: ArcBellySpeed hVeerm and  Wall.  Each of these options are run from a variety of formations and offer variations in footwork and blocking schemes. Each has its own companion plays that take advantage of simiar backfield and line actions.

Option football is what makes college football the most exiciting level to watch. NFL teams feel that option football opens up high-priced quarterbacks to too much punishment. It must be true because those guys would do anything to win. Still, though, it always seems wierd to me that option QBs are considered to be in too dangerous situations and drop-back passing QBs who have to stand and take blind-side hits are not considered too big a risk. Option quarterbacks certainly take a lot of punishment, but they seldom take the career-ending thumps that passers take from behind. I'd be very interested in any study that would examine the option vs. the drop back in terms of injury cost to the teams. Any such study would have to factor in the bumps and bruises a QB takes that affect effectiveness. This might be where the option hurts more.

I love option football because it attacks. It puts the defense in the position of having to have eleven men play in synch and within their own assingments, because one man out of place will kill. The option forces the defense to worry about its timing, something that is usually a problem only for the offense. Against the option defenses must not only all do their jobs, they must do them in coordination with others.

The option also allows the offense to use all eleven players to attack, since the QB by reading the pitch key, becomes a de facto blocker.

Option football is a numbers game. Nebraska often audibles options to the side of the field where the Huskers can get the best blocker/defender ratio possible. This is one reason that the Huskers run so many options to the short side of the field, because defenses will often shift a man over to the wide side of the field.

Nebraska runs mostly double option, not triple option like the Oklahoma teams of yore or the Air Force Cadets of today. NU usually reads only the pitch during the play, not the handoff. The handoff give is called during the huddle in most cases. In 1999 the Huskers ran a few triple options, especially against Texas A&M. I have theorized that Osborne ran a couple triple options in his final game in the Orange Bowl vs. Tennessee, but have never been able to confirm this. If you run into him on the campaign trail, ask him for me.

Nebraska's option package is integral to the Osborne attack. It creates another package of plays (along with power, counters, play-action, drop-back passing and trick plays) for the opponent to prepare for. It is one of the primary reasons that football people marvel at the amount of offensive variation that Nebraska brings into every game.

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 We would run maybe 25 to 30 percent was option football. We were more of a traditional I-formation team. We ran a lot of option out of the I.  - Tom Osborne  -  Link To Story




3. County Scholarships

This has to be the most widespread myth. The myth says NU has a county scholarship program that enables them to give extra scholarships to state high school players, and sometimes it mentions out of state also. Sometimes a state law is mentioned as well. Somehow the NCAA has never heard anything about this. Some NU fans have given up trying to dispel this and actually add to it, even going so far as to add a rumor about city scholarships.   Below is a link to an article on the subject, below that is the NCAA website if you care to contact them, I’m sure you will not be the first.

http://web.archive.org/web/20080118073714/http://nebraska.scout.com/2/47613.html

http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public/NCAA/Home/Contact+the+NCAA


 

4. Steroids

The NCAA banned steroids in 1984.  In 1986 the NCAA began mandatory testing for all bowl games, and in  1990 the NCAA started year round testing.  Nebraska also does its own random testing.  If there was a big problem with all that testing, people would know about it.  Nebraska was far ahead of other programs in weight training.


                   Jimmy Williams 1979-80-81






                  
                     



5. Nebraska has an easy schedule/conference and does not play ranked ooc ranked teams, at least not on the road.

Look at the pages under the scheduling section, for NUs record vs ranked teams both in and out of conference and the conference comparison,  NU and the Big 8/12 stacks up well with anyone. Some ooc teams that NU has played in these years are : Alabama, Auburn, Washington, Notre Dame, UCLA, USC, ASU, Texas a&m, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, N Car. St, Miami, LSU, S. Carolina, Florida State, Penn State, Washington State, Syracuse, W. Virginia, S. Miss., Michigan State and many others. Most of these were with a home/home series. 

 



6. Nebraska plays in easy bowls and has a poor bowl record. 

           You can check the page on bowl records,  



7. NU has few players or starters that are from the state of Nebraska

Usually close to half the roster and as many as half the starters have been native Nebraskans. This is from a state with a population of about 1.7 million. For example the 1997 team that split the national championship, had 10 starters from Nebraska, including 8 on offense and the whole off. backfield.  Nebraska being a state with a fairly small population needs and does recruit nation wide.

 



8. Nebraska has a poor academic record.  (not really a myth but people should be aware of NU's academic success).

        NU leads the country in Academic All Americans, and is usually one of the better teams in the conference and . . . . . . . . country in graduation rates.

     http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=100&ATCLID=3943

     http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=1&SPID=22&DB_OEM_ID=100&atclid=205044445

http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=174&SPID=41&DB_OEM_ID=100&ATCLID=3943 

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        9.  Nebraska rarely threw a pass during games. 

While its true the Huskers were a predominately running team, they did throw the ball more than most people remember.  For example - in 1995 NU QBack Tommie Frazier, threw for 18  touchdowns.  To put that in perspective, in 1994, Kerry Collins with Penn State's high scoring offense had 21. (including bowl games)