This week in Husker history
The week of Nov. 17-23, looking back in stretches of years divisible by five:
1893: Kansas thumps Nebraska, 18-0, in Lincoln, and the Lincoln Evening News unhappily opines that the home team played like sacks of wheat.
1898: Playing two road games in three days, Nebraska beats Colorado, 23-10, and the Denver Athletic Club, 11-10. The NU-CU game was the first between the two schools.
1903: Nebraska rests many of its regulars in a 52-0 win over Bellevue College, a game that was essentially a tune-up for the Thanksgiving game against Illinois. (The 52-10 score in the linked story is evidently a typo.)
1908: Nebraska has a bye week before a game against Wabash.
«1913: Nebraska caps a perfect season in stirring fashion, shutting down high-flying Iowa of the Big Nine, 12-0. A third-quarter goal-line stand proved pivotal against the Hawkeyes, who entered the contest averaging more than 50 points per game.
1918: Nebraska loses to Camp Dodge, 23-7, in Lincoln. The Cornhuskers outyarded the military team by 2-to-1, but NU's only points came when Clarence Swanson recovered a fumble in the end zone during an unsuccessful punt attempt by Camp Dodge.
1923: Nebraska spoils Iowa State's homecoming by rolling to a 26-0 lead en route to a 26-14 victory. Three second-quarter touchdowns — one on an interception return — put the Cornhuskers in command. In the third quarter, a pair of 15-yard penalties threatened to derail a Nebraska drive, but Rufus Dewitz promptly connected on a scoring pass to Verne Lewellen from midfield. All of Iowa State's points came in the final quarter.
«1928: A day after Coach E.E. Bearg had the Huskers scrimmage for three hours in place of the customary light workout, Pittsburgh pulls an upset by holding Nebraska to a 0-0 tie on a muddy field in Lincoln.
1933: Favored to deliver a victory and vie for the national championship, the Cornhuskers fall at Pittsburgh, 6-0. Meanwhile, George Sauer's play continues to earn him national recognition.
1938: The Cornhuskers gain just three first downs and 100 yards of offense but make up for it by intercepting nine passes and recovering two Hawkeye fumbles in a 14-0 road win over Iowa and Omaha Benson graduate Nile Kinnick. Both of NU's touchdown drives — covering 37 and 19 yards — came after turnovers.
1943: Iowa gets its first win of the year — and its first victory in Lincoln in a quarter century — as Nebraska falls, 33-13, to the Hawkeyes. Nebraska trailed by just 14-13 after scoring late in the third quarter, but Iowa returned the ensuing kickoff 64 yards and took control of the game.
1948: Leading 6-0 at halftime, Missouri scores two touchdowns in the first six minutes of the third quarter en route to a 33-6 win on a sloppy field in Lincoln.
1953: Oklahoma cruises to a 30-7 win over Nebraska in a game that featured one of the most unusual punts in Husker history — a backwards, over-the-head boot by Ray Novak after he chased a bad snap into the end zone. The Huskers were outyarded 432-122.
1958: Larry Naviaux's 93-yard interception return provides NU its only touchdown in a 40-7 loss at Oklahoma. Nebraska picked up just four first downs and 107 yards of total offense.
«1963: A day after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Nebraska secures an Orange Bowl berth with a 29-20 win over visiting Oklahoma. Thirty-nine points were scored after the third quarter ended with Nebraska holding a 10-0 lead. The win earned the Huskers their first conference championship since 1940.
1968: Oklahoma's Steve Owens rushes for 172 yards and five touchdowns as the Sooners overwhelm the Huskers, 47-0, in Norman.
1973: Nebraska runs over Kansas State in Manhattan, 50-21, but then is dealt a 27-0 drubbing at Oklahoma.
1978: One week after a stirring win over Oklahoma, the Huskers are upset at home by unranked Missouri, setting up a rematch with the Sooners in the Orange Bowl.
1983: Best team ever? That's the talk surrounding the Huskers, who are listed as 14-point favorites in their upcoming regular-season finale against Oklahoma.
1988: The Blackshirts make sure there's no Sooner Magic as Nebraska wins at Oklahoma, 7-3, in the Huskers' final game against a Barry Switzer-coached team. Also, Broderick Thomas is named one of four finalists for the Lombardi Awward, while he and coach Tom Osborne receive top Big Eight honors.
1993: Nebraska finds national respect hard to come by despite a 10-0 record. Trev Alberts is named one of three finalists for the Butkus Award.
1998: Florida and Florida State borrow successfully from Nebraska's defensive scheme. Scott Frost adjusts to life as a seldom-used NFL safety.
2008: During the pre-Colorado bye week, backup QBs Zac Lee and Patrick Witt get more reps as Joe Ganz gets some rest.
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