Ladies and gentlemen it is happening. ESPN has finally announced that they are making a 30 for 30 on the 1994 and 1995 National Championship winning Nebraska Cornhuskers football teams.
Now as some of you reading will remember, it was only two years ago that The Informer broke the internet with his “30 Reasons ESPN Needs to make a 30 for 30 on the 1990s Nebraska Cornhuskers” article so finding out the news that this documentary is going to be made has The Informer completely losing his mind.
Since The Informer is currently in a state of pure imagination, now is the perfect time to break out 10 reasons why ESPN’s 30 for 30 on the Nebraska Cornhuskers is going to be the greatest documentary ever made.
10. The Great Games
Whether it was the 1994 Kickoff Classic, Nebraska-Colorado, the 1995 Orange Bowl, blowing out a Nick Saban coached team, or beating a Top 25 undefeated team with their third string quarterback, the 1994 and 1995 Huskers teams were involved in some of the most historic/dominating/classic college football games ever played.
9. Sheer Dominance
The 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers beat three top ten teams by a combined 85 points. They only trailed for eight minutes the entire regular season. They finished the season first in total offense and fourth in total defense. Their quarterback was not sacked all season. They won 11 of their 12 games by at least 20 points. They scored 50 points or more in half of their games, including 62 points in the National Championship game. Finally — and this is the most impressive number of all — their average margin of victory was 38 ppg.
Talk about sheer dominance.
The truth is Nebraska was a college football team playing at the highest level, on the biggest stage, and with some of the most volatile personalities that have ever existed. This obviously ended up leading to a number of things people would consider “scandalous” such as drinking, drugs, fights, sexual assaults, attempted murders, suspensions, police cover-ups, coaches cover-ups, arrests, cheating, etc.
It is these scandals that will add another layer of intrigue to this already great story.
7. Lawrence Phillips
Obviously, there have been many different ESPN 30 for 30s about athletes who never quite made it, but the tragic rise and fall of Lawrence Phillips — who was found dead in his jail cell while serving a life sentence in January of 2016 due to an apparent suicid — will be one of the most riveting stories ever told if done correctly.
6. Brook Berringer
Brook Berringer subbed in for starting quarterback Tommie Frazier during the 1994 season after Frazier was sidelined due to a blood clot. All Berringer did during his time as a starter was win a game with a collapsed lung, lead the team to seven straight victories, and guide Nebraska to their first national title in over 20 years.
Possibly the most impressive thing Berringer did though while with the Huskers was accepting his back-up role when Frazier came back healthy in 1995 instead of sulking about it or trying to transfer. The way Berringer handled the QB situation in his senior season is the main reason why people to this day remember him as one of the players who stood for everything that was right about Nebraska football.
Sadly, Brook Berringer died in a plane crash on April 18, 1996
Brook Berringer may be gone, but he will never be forgotten. Hearing his story told along with the rest of the ’94 and ’95 Nebraska teams is one of the biggest reasons why The Informer can’t wait for ESPN’s new 30 for 30.
5. The 1993 National Title Game
What if The Informer told you that the Nebraska Cornhuskers were a 45-yard field goal away from winning three straight national titles? What if The Informer told you that Nebraska would have won said game — despite the missed field goal — if a referee hadn’t called a phantom penalty during Corey Dixon’s punt return for a touchdown? What if The Informer told you it was the devastation from losing out on the 1993 National Championship that eventually led to number four on our list?
4. Back-to-back National Champions
Did you know that since the 1950s, only seven teams have won back-to-back national championships: Oklahoma (’50s and ’70s), Alabama (’60s, ’70s & 2011-12) and Nebraska (’70s and ’90s)? Did you also know that the 1994 and 1995 Nebraska squads are the only teams since the 1964 and 1965 Crimson Tide teams to go undefeated in both of their back-to-back National Championship seasons?
No matter how you write it, when it comes to the elite of the elite in college football –the conversation has to begin with Huskers head coach Tom Osborne’s two greatest teams.
3. Tommie Frazier
Here is a list of things Tommie Frazier accomplished during his Hall of Fame collegiate career:
- He was Big 8 freshman of the year.
- He is the only player in college football history to be named the MVP in three straight national championship games.
- He had the greatest run in the history of college football.
- He was a consensus All-American in 1995.
- He won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award in 1995.
- He won 28 straight regular season starts.
- He was 31-1 during the regular season.
- And finally, Frazier finished his career with a ridiculous 33-3 record as a starter, four conference titles and two national championships.
By all accounts, “Touchdown Tommie” is the greatest player to ever play college football which obviously makes him one of the main reasons why this 30 for 30 is going to be greatest thing ever made.
2. Tom Osborne
At the start of the 1993-94 season, Tom Osborne was a great coach who had come close but could never get his team over the final hurdle. Whether it was a missed two point conversion, great Oklahoma teams, the state of Florida, or a missed field goal, Dr. Tom just could not win that elusive National Championship. That all changed in 1994 when Osborne won his first of three National Championships and began to cement his legacy as one of the greatest coaches ever.
1. The Greatest Team in College Football History
In case you are still not excited for this documentary, The Informer feels like he should once again mention that the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers fielded the greatest college football team of all-time.