This week in Husker history
The week of Oct. 14-20, looking back in stretches of years divisible by five:
Nebraska Field, 1900
«1897: In the first game on the original Nebraska Field, fullback George Shedd does all the scoring – three TDs, two PATs – in a 16-0 win in the mud over Tarkio. Students "labored all morning with brooms and mops and absorbent materials" to get the field ready, the Nebraska State Journal reported. In previous seasons, home games were played at Lincoln's M Street Park. Nebraska Field would give way to an engineering building after the 1907 season, and a new Nebraska Field would make its debut in 1909.
1902: Nebraska gets its first win against a Western Conference team in an upset at Minnesota.
1907: Nebraska halfback John Weller's 50-yard fumble return provides the game's only touchdown, but two field goals give Minnesota an 8-5 win in Minneapolis. (Field goals were worth 4 points and touchdowns 5 points.)
1912: The Cornhuskers fail to capitalize on three scoring opportunities and Minnesota scores on a 95-yard interception return in a 13-0 Gopher victory in Minneapolis.
«1917: Nebraska stifles Notre Dame, 7-0,* in Lincoln, limiting the visitors to one first down. A fourth-down interception doomed Notre Dame's most serious scoring chance, and a missed field goal ended another threat that followed a 40-yard punt return by freshman George Gipp, the Irish's legend-to-be. A plunge by NU's Hugo Otopalik provided the game's only touchdown.
1947: Tom Novak earns respect in defeat as he is credited with 60% of Nebraska's tackles and intercepts a pass in a 31-0 loss at Notre Dame,* the eventual 1947 AP national champion. More: 1, 2
1962: Nebraska weathers a torrid start by Kansas State and beats the Wildcats, 26-7
1967: Winless Kansas stuns unbeaten Nebraska, 10-0, in Bob Devaney's first shutout loss at NU.
1972: Johnny Rodgers overtakes Bobby Reynolds as the Huskers' career scoring leader as Nebrasaka dismantles Missouri, 62-0. Also, NU's quality backups earn some publicity.
1977: For the second year in a row, Iowa State defeats Nebraska, this time in Lincoln, 24-21.
1982: Turner Gill sets a Big Eight record for completion percentage in a 42-13 win over Kansas State.
1987: The Huskers throttle Thurman Thomas and Oklahoma State, 35-0.
1997: Nebraska rises to No. 1 in the AP poll after a 29-0 win over Texas Tech.
2002: Oklahoma State ends a 36-game winless streak against Nebraska with a 24-21 victory in Stillwater.
2007: Steve Pederson is fired* and Tom Osborne is hired* as athletic director. On the field, Texas A&M hands the Huskers their third consecutive October loss, 36-14.
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