This week in Husker history
The week of Sept. 29-Oct. 5, looking back in five-year intervals:
1898: In a game played "with vim and dash," Nebraska opens the season by walloping Hastings, 76-0, on a disagreeably dusty day in Lincoln.
1903: Halfback Earl Eager scores three TDs as NU improves to 3-0 with a 23-0 home win over South Dakota.
1908: Nebraska beats Doane, 43-0, but the Omaha Bee observes that "brilliant football" was mostly lacking.
1913: Strong line play is a pleasant surprise as NU opens with a 19-0 win over Washburn in the mud in Lincoln.
1918: The season begins with a thud as Iowa blanks the Cornhuskers, 12-0, the Hawkeyes' first win of the century over Nebraska. The Huskers were stopped at the Iowa 2-yard line during the scoreless first half.
«1938: Nebraska manages just four first downs in a 16-7 loss at Minnesota, and coach Biff Jones is dealt his first career defeat in a season opener. NU halfback Jack Dodd prevented a shutout by stripping the Gophers' Larry Buhler of the ball and sprinting 91 yards for a third-quarter touchdown.
1943: Minnesota rushes for 554 yards – and even the Gophers' student manager plays – in a 54-0 drubbing of Nebraska in Minneapolis.
1948: Minnesota unleashes an aerial attack to down the visiting Huskers, 39-13
1953: Monday classes are canceled at Kansas State after the Wildcats upset the visiting Huskers, 27-0.
«1958: A fourth-quarter pass from George Harshman to Ron McDole, a sophomore end who later made a name for himself on defense in the AFL and NFL, lifts the Huskers to a 7-6 home win over Iowa State. Don Fricke blocked ISU's third-quarter extra-point attempt to help account for the winning margin.
1963: After a 7-7 first half, the Huskers pull away to down Iowa State, 21-7, holding the visiting Cyclones to just 42 yards in the final 30 minutes.
1973: NU scores twice in the final 5½ minutes to hold off visiting Wisconsin, 20-16.
1978: I.M. Hipp runs for four TDs in a 69-17 romp at Indiana.
1983: The Huskers roll to a 63-7 home win over Syracuse, and Athletic Director Bob Devaney says the team has a chance to rank among the great ones.
1988: Ken Clark runs for three TDs as Nebraska cruises past UNLV, 48-6, in Lincoln.
1998: The Huskers survive a scare in Kansas City, ending the game with a goal-line stand to turn back Oklahoma State, 24-17. Also, future Husker fullback Steve Kriewald, a junior at North Loup Scotia High School, is featured in a Boys Life story about eight-man football.
2003: Nebraska allows just 137 yards of total offense in a 30-0 blanking of Troy State.
2008: The Huskers lose big to No. 4 Missouri, 52-17, on Homecoming in Lincoln. Also, Lawrence Phillips receives a 10-year prison sentence for assault with a deadly weapon.
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