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This week in Husker history
The week of Aug. 25-31, looking back in stretches of years divisible by five:
 
1898: Nebraska and other Western schools ratify rule changes adopted by Eastern universities, including reducing the value of PAT kicks to one point.
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1918: Nebraska unveils a schedule that includes several big-name schools, but some of the games would fall through because of World War I and an influenza epidemic.
 
«1938: Former Husker Fred Shirey's interception sets up a score that helps the college all-stars defeat the Washington Redskins, 28-16.
 
1943: World War II shifts talent from Nebraska to schools such as Northwestern.
 
1958: Several player departures, some of them unexplained publicly, take a toll on Nebraska's manpower as coach Bill Jennings prepares for his second season.
 
1973: Some big stars are gone but the cupboard isn't bare as Tom Osborne prepares for his first season as head coach.
 
1978: Nebraska gets set to travel to Birmingham for its opener against top-ranked Alabama.
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«1983: Nebraska avenges its controversial 1982 loss at Penn State by thrashing the Nittany Lions, 44-6, in the inaugural Kickoff Classic.
 
1988: The Huskers open with a 23-14 win over Texas A&M in the Kickoff Classic.
 
1998: Nebraska survives an astonishing 405 receiving yards by Troy Edwards as the Huskers beat Louisiana Tech, 56-27, in Frank Solich's debut as head coach.
 
2003: A stifling defensive performance gives the Huskers a 17-7 season-opening win against Oklahoma State in Lincoln.
 
2008: The Bo Pelini era opens with a 47-24 victory over Western Michigan.
 
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