Dec 27th, in the MainStay Independence Bowl, Nebraska could not establish their running game in the second half, and lost to Eli Manning and the Ole Miss Rebels, 27-23. With the exception of appearing in our 34th consecutive bowl game, many major team records have gone by the wayside.
Continuing the free-fall of the Hukser Football program, we have the entire off-season to chew on the following:
- 7-9 in last 16 games (7-7 in 2002, lost last two of 2001)...
- 2-5 in the last seven games of 2002
- Last time NU lost 7 in a season: 1958
- At 7-7 in 2003, NU's 40 consecutive winning seasons streak is broken... last non-winning season: 3-6-1 in 1961
- 9-win season streak ended at 33 years
- First 3 game losing streak since 1961
- Finished the year out of the Top 25 in a very long time
- Worst Conference mark since 1968
- Lost 2 games at home for the first time in 21 years
- Beat no ranked teams for the since 1990
- Lost at home to Colorado for the first time in 12 years
- Sort of positive: 41 years of .500 or better is the new 'benchmark.'
- Coach Solich fired three defensive coaches in a shakeup not seen since Jennings was fired in 61
NU has hired Green Bay linebackers coach Bo Pelini to run the Husker Defense beginning in 2003. Coach Solich will name an Offensive Coordinator soon, as he will relinquish the play-calling for 2003. NU is gonna need the help, as we are scheduled to begin the season against a very hot Oklahoma State team, visiting Lincoln. click for: 2003 schedule
Also, NU has hired Steve Pederson as its new Athletic Director, replacing Bill Byrne, who defected to Texas A&M. Pederson returns to his home state and alma mater, where his positions included Ass't SID, and football recruiting coordinator, before learning his AD chops at Pittsburgh, where he turned their athletic department around.
A special note: Our prayers go out to the family and friends of former NU Offensive Lineman Jake Young, a victim of the terrorist bombing in Bali.