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1939 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

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Conference  Big Six Conference
1939 record  7–1–1 (4–1 Big 6)
Offensive scheme  Single wing
AP  No. 18
Head coach  Biff Jones (3rd year)
Home stadium  Memorial Stadium

The 1939 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team was the representative of the University of Nebraska in the 1939 college football season. The team was coached by Biff Jones and played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.


Before the season

Coach Jones was under some scrutiny upon the start of his third year at the helm of the program, as it wasn't entirely clear if his successful first year in 1937 was a product of his leadership or a remnant of former head coach Dana X. Bible's legacy. After suffering a 3-5-1 campaign in 1938, the most losses in a single season since 1899, coach Jones needed to get the program back on its feet.

After the season

Coach Jones redeemed himself in a convincing manner following the disappointing 1938 season. Although Nebraska did not bring home a conference title this year, the Cornhuskers were able to defeat both bitter rivals Minnesota and Pittsburgh in the same season for the first time ever, and wrapped up the season with a defeat of #14 Oklahoma to move into the rankings themselves in the postseason poll. Coach Jones saw his overall career record at Nebraska bounce back substantially, to 16-7-4 (.667), while his conference total also improved to 9-4-2 (.667). The Cornhuskers now owned an overall record of 286-96-31 (.730) and a Big 6 conference record of 96-15-11 (.832).


1939 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team Wikipedia