This week in Husker history
The week of Oct. 16-22, looking back in five-year intervals:
1896: Crowd-pleasing touchdown runs by Maurice Benedict and Arthur Pearse help Nebraska to a 20-0 season-opening win over Doane. | Omaha Bee | OWH
1901: The recent game at Minnesota proves to be a financial bonanza for Nebraska. Also, team captain John Westover denies reports that he is in serious condition because of injuries he suffered during the 19-0 loss.
1906: An early interception return starts Iowa State on its way to a 14-2 defeat of the Cornhuskers. It was Nebraska's first loss in Lincoln since 1899, and the Lincoln Star's Cy Sherman said quarterback play was the difference-maker. | Mpls. Journal | OWH
1911: Nebraska keeps the first half scoreless with stellar goal-line defense, but Minnesota then rolls to a 21-3 win in Minneapolis. | Mpls. Star Tribune | Des Moines Register | Topeka State Journal | Omaha Bee | OWH
«1916: The Cornhuskers score 10 fourth-quarter points to beat Oregon State, 17-7, in Portland. The program-first West Coast trip included attention-getting stops for practice on the streets of Julesburg, Colo. (pictured), and Laramie, Wyo.
1921: NU is held to three first downs and 75 yards in a 7-0 loss at Notre Dame. | Husker Press Box | South Bend News-Times | Lincoln Journal: 1, 2, 3 | OWH
1926: Nebraska jumps out to a 13-0 lead and then fends off a second-half aerial assult for a 20-6 road win over Washington of St. Louis. | Lincoln Star: 1, 2, 3 | OWH
1931: It's a bye week, but there's a crowd of 3,500 at Memorial Stadium anyway as the varsity and freshmen square off in a Saturday scrimmage: 1, 2
1936: After a lackluster first half for Nebraska, a hobbled Sam Francis comes off the bench to spark a 13-9 victory over Indiana. The winning TD came on a fourth-and-goal catch by Ron Douglas. Two days later, the Cornhuskers were ranked No. 15 in the first-ever Associated Press poll. | United Press | OWH
1941: Indiana uses a pair of third-quarter TD passes to spoil Nebraska's homecoming, 21-13. Al Zikmund and Wayne Blue scored NUs touchdowns. | United Press | LJS: 1, 2 | OWH | Stats: 1, 2 | Photos | Video
«1946: Sam Vacanti's 23-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter proves to be the difference as Nebraska notches a 16-14 road win over Kansas, a team coached by former Husker George Sauer. | LJS | OWH | Stats | Photos
1951: Minnesota's three-touchdown spurt late in the first half sends Nebraska to a 39-20 defeat. Bobby Reynolds returned to action for the first time since being injured in fall camp. | LJS: 1, 2 | OWH | 1, 2 | Photos: 1, 2 Also, sophomore back Tom Carodine is dismissed from the team.
1956: After leading for most of the game, Nebraska allows two fourth-quarter touchdown drives and loses to Indiana, 19-14. The Hoosiers connected on 10 of 13 passes. | LJS: 1, 2 | AP | OWH | Stats: 1, 2 | Photos
1961: A fumbled punt opens the door for Oklahoma State as Nebraska absorbs a 14-6 defeat in Stillwater. The loss spoiled Thunder Thorntons 121-yard rushing day. | LJS: 1, 2 | UPI | OWH | Box | Stats | Photos
«1966: Bob Churchich engineers two fourth-quarter touchdown drives to rally the Huskers to a heart-stopping 21-19 win at Colorado. Larry Wachholtzs interception with five seconds left sealed the victory.
1971: Nebraska crushes Kansas, 55-0, in a smothering performance by the defense. Also, the Huskers' Columbus Scotus duo of Bill Kosch and Joe Blahak gets some notice.
1976: Vince Ferragamo throws four touchdown passes and Bobby Thomas scores three times as the Huskers throttle Kansas State, 51-0.
1981: The Huskers roll up 34 first downs and 674 yards of offense in a 49-3 thrashing of Kansas State.
1986: Tyreese Knox's 92-yard run caps Nebraska's scoring as the Huskers cruise past Missouri, 48-17.
1991: Nebraska needs a 14-point rally in the fourth quarter and a last-minute pass breakup by Travis Hill to survive a major scare from Kansas State, 38-31.
1996: Husker linebacker Terrell Farley scores on a fumble return just seven seconds into the game as Nebraska shuts down Texas Tech, 24-0, despite sputtering on offense.
2001: After a 28-28 shootout in the first half, Nebraska allows just a field goal the rest of the way and defeats Texas Tech, 41-31. Dahrran Diedrick and Eric Crouch each topped 100 yards rushing.
2006: The Huskers fumble away an upset opportunity late in the game and No. 5 Texas goes on to win in snowy Lincoln on a last-minute field goal, 22-20.
2011: Nebraska scores the game's first 34 points and coasts to a 41-14 win at Minnesota.