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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.
 
BOWL GAMES
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
 
 
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.
 
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.