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This week in
Husker history

The week of Sept. 16-22, looking back in five-year intervals
   
1902: The Cornhuskers tune up for the season with what is now officially considered a practice game against Lincoln High.
 
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1907: Expectations are high as the first game draws near for “King” Cole’s first Nebraska team: 1, 2
 
1912: With the start of fall practice just a week away, Nebraska has an open spot on its schedule to fill. (The Cornhuskers would end up playing Adrian College of Michigan.)
 
1917: Nebraska's prospects for 1917 – the first season to be affected in a major way by World War I – appear good, according to an analysis from Columbia, Mo., although a rugged schedule awaits.
 
1922: Fifty players put on pads as fall practices get under way.
 
1927: Scholastic struggles deal a setback to the Huskers.
 
1937: Question marks are mainly in the backfield as Biff Jones readies his first Husker squad for action.
 
1942: Trying his hand at football predictions, Red Grange picks the Huskers to win their season opener at Iowa. (The Hawkeyes would win, 27-0).
 
1947: Starting QB Dick Thompson suffers an ankle injury in the Huskers' final preseason scrimmage.
 
1952: Nebraska limits South Dakota to four first downs and 85 total yards in a season-opening 46-0 drubbing. | LJS: 1, 2 | Daily Nebraskan | Stats | Photos
 
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«1957: A lopsided loss at home to Washington State kicks off the Bill Jennings era at Nebraska.
 
«1962: In Bob Devaney's first game as head coach, the Huskers rout outmanned South Dakota.
 
1967: Opening a season of lowered expectations, Nebraska pulls off a 17-7 upset win over Washington in Seattle, and Wayne Meylan earns national recognition.
 
1972: A week after the streak-ending loss at UCLA, the Huskers trounce Texas A&M in Lincoln.
 
«1977: It's another bounce-back week for the Huskers as they follow a loss to Washington State with an electrifying win over Bear Bryant's Alabama Crimson Tide.
 
1982: Nebraska sets four NCAA records in a 68-0 home win over New Mexico State. The margin of victory remains the Huskers’ largest ever at Memorial Stadium.
 
1987: The Huskers have the week off, but 68,000 show up at Memorial Stadium anyway – for Farm Aid III.
 
1992: Two TDs in the last 90 seconds of the first half propel Washington to a 29-14 win over NU in Seattle.
 
1997: The Huskers jump into the thick of the national title hunt with a 27-14 win at No. 2 Washington.
 
2007: Ball State, coached by Brady Hoke, gives the Huskers all they can handle and then some, but Nebraska escapes with a 41-40 win in Lincoln.
 
2012: After coach Bo Pelini returns to work following a health scare, the Huskers bury Idaho State, 73-7. Also, linebacker Zaire Anderson has season-ending surgery for a torn ACL.
 
2017: It's a tumultuous week in Lincoln as the Huskers suffer an upset loss to Northern Illinois and Shawn Eichorst is ousted as athletic director. Already there's talk of replacing coach Mike Riley with Central Florida's Scott Frost.