This week in Husker history
The week of Oct. 20-26, looking back in stretches of years divisible by five:
1893: Long runs by halfback Alonzo Yont help Nebraska to a season-opening 28-0 win over Doane.
1898: Nebraska has no trouble with an outmanned William Jewell team, 38-0.
1903: Nebraska outyards Colorado 344-37 in a 31-0 romp in Lincoln.
1908: In the rain and mud, the Cornhuskers score two touchdowns – one of them involving a controversial ruling on a fumbled punt – in a 10-0 win over Haskell.
«1913: Team captain Leonard Purdy is feared lost for the season after he injures a knee during an unexpectedly tough 7-6 win over Haskell in Lincoln. The Omaha Bee's incendiary headlines show how times have changed in 100 years. (Purdy would miss just two games, returning for the Kansas and Iowa contests.)
1928: Nebraska capitalizes on an early Syracuse fumble and survives a 200-plus-yard passing day by Hal Baysinger in a 7-6 win** in Lincoln. Ed Blue Howell had 100 yards rushing for the Huskers, and Willard Dutch Wittes PAT proved to be the difference.
«1933: The Cornhuskers become part of the national title conversation after a 9-0 win at Kansas State. A 59-yard run by Hubert Boswell in the third quarter set up the game's only touchdown, scored by George Sauer.
1938: NU's hopes for a Big Six title take a major hit as Oklahoma fullback Hugh McCullough scores on short plunges in the first and fourth quarters in the Sooners' 14-0** win in Norman. An 18-yard punt return by future Husker coach Bill Jennings helped set up OU's second TD.
1943: As Nebraska plummets from the upper echelon of college football, there's a bright spot on a rainy day in Lawrence: Walt Wilkins' 65-yard punt return in the first quarter and Jim Hansen's PAT give the Huskers a 7-6 win over Kansas.
1948: Kansas' Dick Gilman fires three TD passes as the Huskers fall, 27-7, in Lawrence.
1953: Nebraska scores in the first four minutes but is shut out the rest of the way in a 23-7 loss at Missouri.
1958: Colorado uses two fourth-quarter TDs to rally past Nebraska in Boulder, 27-16. Even though they picked up just five first downs, the Huskers registered what would turn out to be their highest point total of the season.
1963: NU rolls to 29 first downs in a 41-6 home win over Colorado and its first-year coach, Eddie Crowder.
1968: After trailing Oklahoma State by 14 on the road late in the third quarter, Nebraska wins it with less than a minute left, 21-20, on a 5-yard pass from Ernie Sigler to Jim McFarland, plus Paul Rogers' PAT. The touchdown completed a 15-play, 80-yard Husker drive.
1973: In a matchup of top-tier passers, the defenses dominate in a 10-9 Husker win over Kansas in Lincoln.
1978: The Huskers fall behind by 14-3 but reel off 49 unanswered points to rout Colorado in Boulder, 52-14.
1983: Nebraska erupts for seven third-quarter TDs en route to a 69-19 home win over Colorado.
1988: Ken Clark rushes for 225 yards and Tyreese Knox has 108 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-3 trouncing of Kansas State in Manhattan.
1993: After a scoreless first quarter, Nebraska rolls past visiting Missouri, 49-7.
1998: With third-teamer Monte Christo at quarterback, the Huskers rally from a seven-point halftime deficit and then hang on to beat Missouri in Lincoln, 20-13,
2003: Blocked punts lead to half of Nebraska's points in a 28-0 home win over Iowa State, the Huskers' second shutout of the season.
2008: Down by three points at halftime, the Huskers shut out Baylor and freshman quarterback Robert Griffin III in the second half for a 32-20 win in Lincoln. Nate Swift snags 11 receptions to break Johnny Rodgers' school record for career pass catches.
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