This week in Husker history
The week of Dec. 16-22, looking back in stretches of years divisible by five:
1897: Coach E.N. Robinson leaves after two seasons to pursue a law degree. Meanwhile, Kansas unsuccessfully airs its protest of the Nov. 13th KU-Nebraska game at a meeting of conference schools.
1902: Halfback John Bender – future head coach at such schools as Tennessee, Washington State and Kansas State – is elected Nebraska's captain for the 1903 season.
«1907: Nebraska Coach William King Cole makes a case for rule changes to discourage the indiscriminate use of the forward pass.
1922: Tackle Ray Weller and fullback Harold Hartley earn spots on a 56-member national honor roll selected by a poll of nearly 200 sports editors.
1937: In an Associated Press poll, Nebraska's win over Minnesota is voted the year's second-biggest upset in all of sports. | Game page
1942: World War II sees former college football players, including Nebraska's Bob DeFruiter (1939 halfback), getting gridiron action on military-based teams.
1947: Former Husker great Sam Francis** steps down after his only season as a college football coach. His Kansas State Wildcats went 0-10 and were outscored 283-71.
1962: Four Huskers are chosen to play in the first Southwest Challenge Bowl -- guards Gary Toogood, Tyrone Robertson and Dwain Carlson and fullback Bill Thunder Thornton.
1972: Nebraska ranks third in the nation in average home attendance at 76,143.
1977: A big fourth quarter gives Nebraska a Liberty Bowl win over North Carolina. Meanwhile, Jim Walden, a former player and assistant under Bob Devaney, gets his first college head coaching job, at Washington State.
«1992: In his final month as athletic director, Bob Devaney makes it clear he isnt happy about how his succession was handled.
1997: The Huskers become temporary Washington State fans during bowl season.
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