This week in Husker history
The week of Dec. 2-8, looking back in stretches of years divisible by five:
1902: Spurned by the Big Nine, Nebraska tries to gather support for the formation of a new conference. (The Missouri Valley conference would not form until 1907.)
«1917: Roscoe B. Dusty Rhodes, an all-conference end, is chosen captain for 1918. He would not play again, though: He entered the Army in the spring and was killed in action in France in the fall, becoming part of the inspiration for the Memorial Stadium name.
1922: Drake supporters try to lay claim to a share of the Missouri Valley championship. Nebraska finished 5-0 and Drake 4-0 in conference play.
1932: Nebraska finishes the season 7-1-1 with a 21-14 win at SMU. Pitt, tied by the Huskers in mid-November, gets a Rose Bowl berth.
1937: A Pennsylvania newspaper item sheds light on how tough it was for teams to handle NU's Charles Brock.
1962: Nebraska accepts an invitation to play in the Gotham Bowl in New York City. Also, four Huskers -- Gary Toogood, Tyrone Robertson, Dwain Carlson and Bill Thunder Thornton -- are chosen to play in the first Southwest Challenge Bowl.
1972: Johnny Rodgers wins the Heisman Trophy. Rich Glover places third in the Heisman balloting and wins the Outland Trophy.
1982: Trailing by nine points in the fourth quarter, the Huskers explode for 30 points and pull out a 37-16 win at Hawaii. Meanwhile, Dave Rimington wins the Lombardi Award and places fifth in the Heisman voting.
1992: The Huskers beat Kansas State, 38-14, in the improbable venue of Tokyo.
1997: The Huskers rout Texas A&M in the Big 12 championship game.
2002: Frank Solich fires three defensive assistants after Nebraska's worst season in four decades.* Meanwhile, athletic director Bill Byrne is hired away by Texas A&M.*
2007: The hiring of Bo Pelini becomes official.
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