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The week of Oct. 21-27, looking back in five-year intervals
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1892: Nebraska gets its first win over an out-of-state opponent as George Flippin’s early touchdown holds up for a 6-0 victory over Illinois in Lincoln. There are hard feelings, however, as Illinois’ George Huff reportedly punches Nebraska’s Albin Jones in the face after the final whistle and disappears into the crowd. (Huff would serve as Illinois’ athletic director from 1901 to 1935.)
1897: It’s considered a remarkable feat as NU’s Howard Cowgill drop-kicks a field goal of 30-plus yards in an 11-0 win over Nebraska Wesleyan. Depending on the information source, it was either the first or merely the prettiest field goal made on Nebraska’s home field. | OWH
1902: Nebraska beats Missouri 12-0 in St. Joseph, but the Tigers appear pleased to have kept the score close. | OWH | Omaha Bee | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
1907: NU defeats Colorado in a game the Omaha Bee said was closer than the 22-8 score indicated.
1912: A patchwork team from Michigan’s Adrian College falls to the Cornhuskers 41-0 in Lincoln. So shorthanded are the visitors that their coach is allowed to play. Meanwhile, Nebraska coach Jumbo Stiehm proposes a postseason game to ensure that the Missouri Valley Conference has a true champion despite its haphazard schedules.
1917: The Cornhuskers fall in a 20-0 upset on a soggy field at Michigan. The Wolverines returned a fumble more than 80 yards for a first-quarter touchdown, and NU never recovered.
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Hyperbole is alive and well as Nebraska’s 48-0 thrashing of Missouri moves one observer, St. Louis University coach Steve O'Rourke, to declare the Cornhuskers the greatest team ever. The Huskers outyarded the Tigers 497 to 36 and collected 30 first downs to Mizzou’s one, according to the Lincoln Star. | Lincoln Journal | Lincoln Star: 1, 2 | Columbia Missourian | OWH | DN
1932: Nebraska’s 147-pound Chris Mathis and 151-pound Carlyle Staab score two of NU’s three touchdowns in a 20-6 win at Kansas. The Huskers intercepted six KU passes. | AP | LJS: 1, 2, 3 | DN | Stats | Play by play
1937: A first-quarter TD pass from Thurston Phelps to Marvin Plock gives Nebraska a 7-0 win at Missouri. | OWH | DN | Stats | Photos: 1, 2
1942: Vic Schleich's blocked punt late in the first half sets up the only score in a 7-0 win at Oklahoma. A fumble at the Nebraska 6 ended the Sooners' best threat. | AP | LJS: 1, 2 | DN | Stats: 1, 2
1947: Nebraska rallies for a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns and a 14-7 victory at Kansas State. KSU was coached by former Husker great Sam Francis, and Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was in attendance. | AP | LJS: 1, 2 | OWH | DN | Stats | Photos
1952: Two missed kicks – one by each team – in the final two minutes loom large as Colorado and underdog Nebraska fight to a 16-16 tie in Boulder. | AP | LJS: 1, 2 | OWH | Des Moines Register | Stats: 1, 2 | Photos
1957: Missouri rallies in the final two minutes to pin a 14-13 loss on Nebraska. | AP | Des Moines Register | LJS: 1, 2 | St. Louis Post-Dispatch: 1, 2 | DN | Stats: 1, 2 | Photos

Rudy Johnson carries the ball
«1962: Down 6-0 at halftime, NU roars back for a 31-6 win at Colorado.
1967: Eight turnovers and a failed fourth-down gamble doom the Huskers in a 21-16 loss to Colorado in Lincoln.
1972: NU posts its third consecutive shutout, winning 56-0 at Kansas.
1977: Down by 12 in the second quarter, No. 18 Nebraska takes the lead just before halftime and cruises to a 33-15 win over No. 7 Colorado. Also, I.M. Hipp is the subject of a Sports Illustrated feature.
1982: With Turner Gill sidelined and Mike Rozier playing in pain, Nebraska grinds out a 23-19 win over Missouri.
1987: Nine Huskers score and 105 play in a 56-3 romp over Kansas State.
1992: Despite surrendering a record 424 passing yards, the Huskers prevail, 34-24, at Missouri in freshman Tommie Frazier’s first start at quarterback.
1997: Nebraska holds Kansas to 48 yards and four first downs in a 35-0 win in the rain in Lawrence.
2002: Trailing by 31-14 midway through the third quarter, the Huskers mount a stirring comeback to defeat Texas A&M in College Station, 38-31. Meanwhile, a memorial service is held in Kansas for Jake Young.
2007: Quarterback Blaine Gabbert decommits, and the Huskers let an upset victory slip away at Texas.
2012: The Blackshirts come up big as Michigan musters just 188 yards of total offense in a 23-9 Husker win.
2017: Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt says if Nebraska doesn’t shell out $5 million to hire Scott Frost this year, someone else will.