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DEVANEY - THE GAME-CHANGER
1962 results (9-2)
South Dakota W 53-0
@ Michigan W 25-13
Iowa State W 36-22
N.C. State W 19-14
Kansas State W 26-6
@ Colorado W 31-6
Missouri L 16-7
@ Kansas W 40-16
Okla. State W 14-0
@ Oklahoma L 34-6
Miami W 36-34

How bad was it at Nebraska when Bob Devaney took over in 1962? During the previous 21 seasons, only one college team in America racked up more losses than the Cornhuskers. Nebraska’s last winning season had come in 1954. In the five most recent years, a fourth of NU’s games had been shutout losses and only four times had Nebraska scored more than 17 points.

But, oh, what a turnaround! Instantly, point production nearly tripled. Devaney’s first team went 9-2, and Memorial Stadium became the place to be on autumn Saturdays. Soon, the Cornhuskers would contend for – and win – national championships.

This remarkable reversal was no mere flash in the pan. In the 50 seasons since Devaney’s arrival, no team has won more games than the Huskers – and it’s not even close.

 
The house that Bob built
What he
inherited ...
1941-1961:
Most losses
  
  L  
1Kansas St152
2Nebraska125
3Idaho117
4Columbia116
4Montana116
6N. Carolina St115
7Richmond114
8New Mexico St113
9Indiana111
9Brigham Young111
 
What he
established ...
1962-2011:
Most wins
 
  W  
1Nebraska480
2Oklahoma440
3Penn State437
4Texas427
5Ohio State425
6Alabama422
6Michigan422
8Southern Cal413
9Florida408
10Georgia400
10Tennessee400
 

HuskerMax celebrates the golden anniversary of coach Robert S. Devaney’s arrival at Nebraska with a tip of the fedora to “The Bobfather” and a sprucing-up of the 1962 game pages, accessible at upper right.

We invite you to revisit that groundbreaking season and to raise a toast to the wry and fiery gent who came to Lincoln half a century ago – and changed everything.