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Husker history

The week of Oct. 14-20, looking back in five-year intervals

Nebraska Field, 1900
«1897: In the first game on the original Nebraska Field, fullback George Shedd does all the scoring – three TDs, two PATs – in a 16-0 win in the mud over Tarkio. Students "labored all morning with brooms and mops and absorbent materials" to get the field ready, the Nebraska State Journal reported. In previous seasons, home games were played at Lincoln's M Street Park. Nebraska Field would give way to an engineering building after the 1907 season, and a new Nebraska Field would make its debut in 1909.
1902: Nebraska gets its first win against a Western Conference team in an upset at Minnesota.
1907: Nebraska halfback John Weller's 50-yard fumble return provides the game's only touchdown, but two field goals give Minnesota an 8-5 win in Minneapolis. (Field goals were worth 4 points and touchdowns 5 points.) | OWH | DN | Mpls. Star-Trib.: 1, 2, 3 | Omaha Bee | Play chart
1912: The Cornhuskers fail to capitalize on three scoring opportunities and Minnesota scores on a 95-yard interception return in a 13-0 Gopher victory in Minneapolis. | OWH | DN | Yearbook

The Gipper
1917: Nebraska stifles Notre Dame, 7-0, in Lincoln, limiting the visitors to one first down. A fourth-down interception doomed Notre Dame's most serious scoring chance, and a missed field goal ended another threat that followed a 40-yard punt return by freshman George Gipp, the visitors’ legend-to-be. A plunge in the second quarter by NU's Hugo Otopalik provided the game's only touchdown. | Detroit Free Press | Chicago Tribune | DN | Lincoln Star: 1, 2

1922: A rally takes place on campus to drum up student pledges for the building of Memorial Stadium. The goal is to have students chip in $90,000 of the anticipated $430,000 construction cost. Although overall pledges and donations had topped $454,000 within a year, rising costs meant the oval ends never came to fruition.
1927: Glenn Presnell scores four downdowns as Nebraska swamps Grinnell, 58-0. The Iowans were outyarded by 674-90. | Lincoln Star: 1, 2 | OWH | DN | Stats
1932: A missed PAT and a hook-and-lateral touchdown play sink the Huskers in a 7-6 loss at Minnesota.
1937: Underdog Oklahoma battles NU to a 0-0 tie in muddy Lincoln. The game featured 19 punts by Nebraska and 17 by the Sooners. | Des Moines Register | OWH | United Press: 1, 2 | DN | Stats
1942: Each side scores a safety on a blocked punt as No. 14 Minnesota beats host Nebraska, 15-2. | LJS: 1, 2, 3 | Mpls. Star: 1, 2 | Des Moines Register | DN | Stats: 1, 2 | Photos
1947: Tom Novak earns respect in defeat as he is credited with 60% of Nebraska's tackles and intercepts a pass in a 31-0 loss at Notre Dame, the eventual 1947 AP national champion. | Chicago Tribune: 1, 2 | Des Moines Register | OWH | DN | ND Scholastic
1952: With the Huskers’ Bobby Reynolds sidelined, Penn State wins 10-0 in a defensive struggle in State College. | OWH | LJS: 1, 2 | Phila. Inquirer: 1, 2 | DN | Stats | Photos
1957: Syracuse takes control after the first quarter for a 26-9 defeat of the Huskers in Lincoln. | OWH | AP | LJS: 1, 2 | DN | Stats: 1, 2
1962: Nebraska weathers a torrid start by Kansas State and beats the Wildcats, 26-7
1967: Winless Kansas stuns unbeaten Nebraska, 10-0, in Bob Devaney's first shutout loss at NU.
1972: Johnny Rodgers overtakes Bobby Reynolds as the Huskers' career scoring leader as Nebrasaka dismantles Missouri, 62-0. Also, NU's quality backups earn some publicity.
1977: For the second year in a row, Iowa State defeats Nebraska, this time in Lincoln, 24-21.
1982: Turner Gill sets a Big Eight record for completion percentage in a 42-13 win over Kansas State.
1987: The Huskers throttle Thurman Thomas and Oklahoma State, 35-0.
1997: Nebraska rises to No. 1 in the AP poll after a 29-0 win over Texas Tech.
2002: Oklahoma State ends a 36-game winless streak against Nebraska with a 24-21 victory in Stillwater.
2007: Steve Pederson is fired and Tom Osborne is hired as athletic director. On the field, Texas A&M hands the Huskers their third consecutive October loss, 36-14.
2012: Taylor Martinez throws two touchdown passes in the final six minutes as Nebraska rallies for a 29-28 win at Northwestern.
2017: The hiring of Bill Moos as Nebraska's athletic director is announced a day after the Huskers' blowout loss at Ohio State, and the Scott Frost watch heats up.