This week inHusker history
The week of Sept. 14-20, looking back in five-year intervals
1904: Practices begin for the Cornhuskers, and big Leslie Mills is a center of attention. | Full stories: 1, 2
1909: Fifteen men report for the Huskers' first practice. | Full story
1914: There's good news as Nebraska gets set to begin practices: Guy Chamberlin will return rather than transfer. | Full story
1919: Under new coach Henry Schulte, the Huskers prepare for a schedule that contains no easy games.
1924: NU ends its first week of practices with an eye on the Oct. 4 opener against Red Grange and Illinois.
1929: Dana X. Bible runs his first Nebraska team through its initial fall practice.
1939: Coach Biff Jones' Huskers scrimmage in preparation for the opener against Indiana.
«1944: Francis Schmidt, the former Cornhusker who became an innovative and eccentric Hall of Fame coach, dies at age 58.
1949: After a crowd of 10,000 watches the varsity beat the freshmen, 40-0, new coach Bill Glassford says he is not pleased with the team's progress.
1954: It's game week in Lincoln as the Huskers prepare for the opener at Minnesota.
1959: Nebraska's use of two quarterbacks at once — Tom Kramer and Pat Fischer — provides controversy in a 20-0 loss to No. 17 Texas.
1964: The Huskers get 501 yards of offense as they overwhelm South Dakota, 56-0, in the season opener. This was the Huskers' last game using a single-platoon system.
1969: A fourth-quarter rally isn't enough as the Huskers open the season with a 31-21 loss to Southern Cal.
1974: Firing on all cylinders from the outset, Nebraska swamps Oregon, 61-7, in the season opener. Also, former Husker All-American Ray Richards dies in California at age 68.
1979: Held to a 14-14 halftime tie, the Huskers roll in the second half to a 35-14 win over Utah State. I.M. Hipp rushed for 167 yards, quarterback Jeff Quinn had 112, and newcomer Jarvis Redwine added 91.
1984: Four lost fumbles are the only thing holding the Huskers back as they beat Minnesota, 38-7. Jeff Smith had 183 yards rushing and a 50-yard punt return.
1989: After leading by just 21-16 at intermission, NU takes control in the second half for a 42-30 win over Utah.
1994: Nebraska rushes for 484 yards and blasts No. 13 UCLA, 49-21,
1999: After a tumultuous week – DeAngelo Evans quit the team, and Eric Crouch supplanted Bobby Newcombe at QB – linebacker Julius Jackson scores two TDs to give the Huskers a 20-13 win over Southern Miss.
2004: Nebraska has trouble putting away Pitt but holds off the Panthers, 24-17.
2009: Nebraska loses a heartbreaker at Virginia Tech, 16-15, as an 81-yard pass in the final 90 seconds sets up the Hokies' winning touchdown.
2014: Ameer Abdullah rushes for 229 yards and the defense scores a momentum-changing touchdown in a 41-31 win over Miami in Lincoln.