This week in Husker history
The week of Sept. 15-21, looking back in stretches of years divisible by five:
«1903: Chicago poaches Nebraskas John Tobin, thanks to the efforts of former NU and Chicago player Deacon Koehler, an assistant coach for the Maroons. Meanwhile, Nebraska coach Bummy Booth bemoans the dearth of talent returning for 1903.
1913: Coach Jumbo Stiehms Cornhuskers wrap up their first week of practice.
1918: A wartime game with West Virginia is scheduled for Oct. 26, but it would not happen, as the Cornhuskers would end up playing just once before Nov. 9.
1943: Ex-Husker Harry Hopp scores three TDs in the Detroit Lions' season opener.
1953: In the Huskers first commercially televised game, mistake-plagued Nebraska falls to Oregon, 20-17.
1958: Nebraska pulls off a surprise win over Penn State in the season opener and snaps a seven-game losing streak.
1963: The Huskers open Bob Devaneys second season with 58-7 win over South Dakota State. It is Nebraskas highest point total since 1927.
1968: Nebraska piles up 518 yards, including more than 300 via passing, as the Huskers dominate Utah, 31-0.
1978: The Huskers roll to a 35-0 halftime lead en route to a 56-10 win over Hawaii.
1983: Racking up the most points in a game for NU since 1917, the Huskers Scoring Explosion offense lives up to its name in an 84-13 laugher over Minnesota. Meanwhile, quarterback Turner Gill wonders whether football or baseball is where his future lies.
1993: True freshman Lawrence Phillips comes off the bench to rush for 137 yards as the Huskers overcome a minus-four turnover margin to beat UCLA in Pasadena, 14-13.
1998: Rehabbed from injuries, I-back DeAngelo Evans prepares for his first game action in more than 21 months as the Washington Huskies get set to visit Lincoln.
2003: Former NU defensive coordinator Craig Bohl* enjoys a good start as head coach at North Dakota State.
2008: Opponents spread offenses give sophomore Eric Hagg* lots of action at nickel back.
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