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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.
Fred Dawson
«1923-24: The stress of a 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: Nebraska’s 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 game’s 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.
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 Oregon’s Jim Aiken, whose Ducks went 9-2 in 1948, including a Cotton Bowl appearance.
In this batch of bowls, three stand out: Nebraska's first win in a major bowl, the go-for-two loss to Miami and another narrow defeat 10 years later that served as a springboard to three national titles.
1963-64: Orange: Neb. 13, Auburn 7
1973-74: Cotton: Neb. 19, Texas 3
1978-79: Orange: Oklahoma 31, Neb. 24
1983-84: Orange: Miami 31, Neb. 30
1988-89: Orange: Miami 23, Neb. 3
1993-94: Orange: Florida St. 18, Neb. 16
1998-99: Holiday: Arizona 23, Neb. 20
2003-04: Alamo: Neb. 17, Michigan St. 3
2008-09: Gator: Neb. 26, Clemson 21
2013-14: Gator: Neb. 24, Georgia 19
2003-04: Five weeks into Steve Pederson's search for a new head football coach, Arkansas’ Houston Nutt says no.
2018-19: Nebraska is No. 19 in Athlon's early top 25 for the 2019 season.