This week in Husker history
The week of Dec. 29-Jan. 4, looking back in five-year intervals:
1903-04: Intercollegiate football comes under fire at a meeting of the Nebraska Teachers' Association, but Nebraska's James Ingersoll Wyer, the university's librarian and a member of the Athletic Board, comes to its defense.
1918-19: Halfback Paul Dobson is elected captain of the 1919 Cornhuskers.
«1923-24: The stress of tough year takes its toll on Nebraska coach Fred Dawson, who is recuperating in Colorado from a nervous breakdown suffered at the end of the season.
1928-29: Nebraskas Ed Blue Howell scores two of the three touchdowns in the East-West Shrine game in San Francisco.
1933-34: George Sauer does it all in the East-West Shrine game, scoring the games only touchdowns and intercepting a pass to set up one of the scores. Also, Nebraska coach Dana X. Bible defends college football from criticism by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Henry Wallace.
In this batch of bowl games, three stand out: Nebraska's first win in a major bowl, the go-for-two loss to Miami for the national championship, and another close loss 10 years later that served as a springboard to three national titles. Listed by season, not calendar year of game.
1963: Orange: Neb. 13, Auburn 7
1973: Cotton: Neb. 19, Texas 3
1978: Orange: Oklahoma 31, Neb. 24
1983: Orange: Miami 31, Neb. 30
1988: Orange: Miami 23, Neb. 3
1993: Orange: Florida St. 18, Neb. 16
1998: Holiday: Arizona 23, Neb. 20
2003: Alamo: Neb. 17, Michigan St. 3
2008: Gator: Neb. 26, Clemson 21
1938-39: Former Husker quarterback Willard "Dutch" Witte resigns after six seasons as head coach at Wyoming. Also, the wife of John Westover and two other people are killed in a car crash, and the former Husker star is injured.
1943-44: Former Husker Bob DeFruiter scores on a 20-yard pass play as the East and West Shrine Game teams battle to a 13-13 tie.
1948-49: In search of a coach, Nebraska gets set to interview Oregons Jim Aiken, whose Ducks went 9-2 in 1948, including a Cotton Bowl appearance.
1953-54: George Sauer's name comes up as Nebraska looks for an athletic director to replace Potsy Clark.
2003-04: Five weeks into Steve Pederson's search for a new head football coach, Arkansas Houston Nutt says no.*
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