This week in Husker history
The week of Nov. 3-9, looking back in stretches of years divisible by five:
1893: In a game that turned into a slugging contest, Nebraska wins by forfeit over the Denver Athletic Club.
1898: Playing two road games in three days, Nebraska beats archrival Kansas, 18-6, but then is drubbed by the Kansas City Medics, 24-0.
1903: The Cornhuskers trounce Knox, 33-5, on a muddy field, outyarding the visitors from Galesburg, Ill., by 410 to 50.
«1908: Nebraska quarterback Harold Pip Cooke comes off the bench late in the game and scampers 45 yards to set up the winning touchdown in a 23-17 victory over Iowa State in Omaha. Cooke hadn't played in three weeks because of injury and illness.
1913: Substitute quarterback Warren Howard's 60-yard touchdown run in the opening moments sets the tone as the Cornhuskers rout Nebraska Wesleyan, 42-7. Guard Clinton Ross provided one of the defensive highlights, running down a Wesleyan halfback who had broken free for an almost-certain touchdown. The game came four days after the Nebraska athletic board declared that Ross, an African American, would play in the Nov. 15th Kansas game despite KU's objections.
1918: Nebraska defeats the Omaha Army Balloon School, 19-0, in the Cornhuskers' first game in five weeks. Harry Howarth, Elmer Schellenberg and Clarence Swanson scored NU's touchdowns.
1928: After a scoreless first half, Nebraska rolls to a 20-0 win at Kansas. The Huskers scored on runs by Ed "Blue" Howell and Clark McBride and an interception return by Clair Sloan. Sloan helped set up the first TD with a 26-yard punt return, which came after his own punt pinned KU at its 5-yard line.
«1933: The Huskers clinch at least a tie for the Big Six championship with a 26-0 win over Missouri in rain-drenched Columbia. George Sauer scored on runs of 45 and 14 yards as Nebraska built advantages of 23-3 in first downs and 403-72 in total offense.
1938: Trailing 7-6 late in the fourth quarter, Nebraska pulls ahead on Bill Andreson's 25-yard field goal and Bob Mills' 14-yard interception return for a 16-7 win at Kansas. The Huskers had just four first downs, and it was NU's first win after an 0-4-1 start. Nebraska scored in the first half on a long punt return by Jack Dodd, who got the ball on a reverse from Herm Rohrig.
1943: With only 3,500 watching on a rainy day in Manhattan, the Huskers hold on for a 13-7 win over Kansas State. NU struck in the opening minutes when 6-foot-7 end Bert Gissler caught a Ted Kenfield pass and ran untouched for a 51-yard touchdown. KSU answered with a drive of less than 20 yards after a bad punt, knotting the score at 7-7. In the second quarter, Ken Hollins capped a 63-yard Nebraska drive with a 2-yard TD run on fourth down. That ended the scoring, but KSU mounted at least three second-half threats, the last of which was thwarted by Hollins' interception deep in NU territory just before the final whistle.
1948: The Huskers snap a five-game losing streak by throttling Kansas State, 32-0, in Lincoln. Substitute halfback Don Bloom's 82-yard punt return in the fourth quarter capped the Huskers' scoring. Nebraska outyarded the Wildcats by 370-125.
«1953: John Bordogna's 89-yard interception return caps NU's scoring in a 27-19 win at Iowa State. Bob Smith had 113 yards rushing on 17 carries for the Huskers, and Jon McWilliams (pictured) had 68 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries.
1958: Two Nebraska drives stall inside the 5-yard line as host Kansas rolls to its biggest victory margin over Nebraska to date, 29-7. Despite the lopsided score, the Huskers had slim advantages in first downs and total yards. Coach Bill Jennings and athletic director Bill Orwig both aired complaints about the officiating, and Nebraska remained winless (0-5) in televised games.
1963: Nebraska beats Kansas, 23-9, pulling away in the fourth quarter after a 99-yard run by Omahan Gale Sayers got the visiting Jayhawks to within a point of the Huskers, 10-9.
1968: Kansas State gets its first conference win since 1964 in a 12-0 upset in Lincoln, holding the Huskers to under 150 yards of total offense.
1973: The Huskers ride a strong first half to a 28-16 win over Colorado in Lincoln.
1978: Nebraska sets a conference yardage record in a 63-21 romp at Kansas, and attention turns to the upcoming game against Oklahoma and the Switzer hex.
1983: Nebraska rolls over Iowa State, 72-29, but gives up more than 500 yards of total offense. Meanwhile, Mike Rozier and the team continue to attract national attention.
1988: On a miserably cold day in Ames, the Huskers blast Iowa State, 51-16.
1993: Nebraska survives in Lawrence as Kansas' 2-point conversion try in the final minute fails.
1998: In his first career start, Dan Alexander rushes for 110 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-7 Husker victory at Iowa State.
2003: Cory Ross rushes for 108 yards, all in the second half, as the Huskers win 24-3 at Kansas. Also, Nebraska announces a facilities upgrade, including a north end zone expansion and video board.
2008: Nebraska wins a shootout in Lincoln against Kansas, 45-35, as the Huskers score 21 fourth-quarter points, including an Ndamukong Suh touchdown reception.