This week in Husker history
The week of Sept. 2-8, looking back in stretches of years divisible by five:
«1872: George Henry Dern – future Nebraska captain, Utah governor and U.S. secretary of war – is born in Dodge County, Neb. (If you missed our story about him a year ago, here it is.)
1917: John Bender, former Nebraska halfback and current coach at Tennessee, says the military's rejection of men with flat feet makes no sense.
1922: An article previewing Missouri's schedule calls Nebraska, with 18 returning regulars, one of the nation's most formidable teams.
1932: Nebraska is part of what Pitt's coach describes as a daunting schedule as he tries to set low public expectations for his Panthers. (They would play in the Rose Bowl after an 8-0-2 regular season, which included a 0-0 tie in Lincoln.)
1937: Texas and Nebraska negotiate for a home-and-home series starting in 1940. (It didn't pan out -- the teams would not play each other until 1959-60)
1962: Even though Nebraska has not had a winning season since 1954, the Huskers are mentioned in a national preview as a team that bears watching in the Big Eight.
1967: The Huskers find themselves outside the AP top 10 for the first time in nearly three years.
«1972: Nebraska eyes a three-peat as the Huskers are voted No. 1 in the preseason AP poll.
1977: Jerry Tagge finds quarterbacking in the CFL to his liking. Also, new Washington State coach Warren Powers gets set to coach against his former employer.
1997: NU posts the Big 12's top graduation rate, but the competition for that distinction isn't exactly stiff.
2002: It's only Sept. 7 and the Huskers are already 3-0 after beating Utah State in Nebraska's 250th consecutive home sellout. Meanwhile, Thunder Collins* runs afoul of NCAA rules.
* Wayback Machine link – may take several seconds to load