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Husker history

The week of April 12-18, looking back in five-year intervals
1900: The plug is pulled on Nebraska's first conference, the Western Inter-State University Foot Ball Association. Nebraska's last season in the league was 1897. | History
1910: Nebraska fights Kansas' proposal to replace football with rugby in the Missouri Valley Conference. | Full story
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«1915: Robert S. Devaney, future Hall of Fame coach of the Cornhuskers, is born on April 13 in Saginaw, Mich.
1920: The Missouri Valley Conference gives a provisional OK to Nebraska's rejoining the league, but the Cornhuskers would remain independent for one more season. Also, former Husker Dick Rutherford becomes the head football and basketball coach at Oregon State. | Full story
1925: Students who made pledges for the construction of Memorial Stadium are woefully delinquent on their payments.
1930: Spring practices come to a close, and coach Dana X. Bible declares them a success.
1935: The Reds came to life with a 60-yard touchdown drive in the final minute to beat the underdog Whites, 7-6, in the final scrimmage of spring. The winning sequence: A 20-yard pass from Jerry LaNoue to Elmer Dohrmann, a 39-yard run by Harold Brill, a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Ralph Eldridge and a PAT kick by LaNoue. | The Lost Spring Games
1940: Ray Prochaska's 42-yard return of an intercepted lateral provides the only touchdown in the final scrimmage of spring. The Yales had their chances against the Harvards but squandered three forays inside the Harvard 10.
1950: The university announces that WOW-TV will televise the Huskers' home games for a second consecutive year.
1960: Eighty-nine players turn out for the start of spring drills.
1965: The Reds trample the Whites, 61-8, in a Friday scrimmage before spring break. Bob Churchich connected with halfback Harry Wilson on a 60-yard scoring pass on the Reds' first play.
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«1980: Verne Lewellen, captain and quarterback of the 1923 Nebraska team that upset Notre Dame's Four Horsemen, dies at age 78. He earned all-pro honors with the Green Bay Packers and was a longtime executive with the franchise. Also, defensive back Randee Johnson suffers a broken neck during the Huskers' first spring scrimmage.
2000: With the top quarterbacks sitting out, the spring game ends in a 21-21 tie -- and features a punt by KaLena “Beanie” Barnes, the first woman to try out for Nebraska's football team. Also, the Seattle Seahawks trade former Husker Ahman Green to Green Bay, where he would become the Packers’ all-time rushing leader.
2005: After newcomer Zac Taylor passes for 357 yards in the spring game, 2004 starting quarterback Joe Dailey confirms he’s leaving the team.
2010: Fans get their first view of Taylor Martinez's running ability in the spring game. Also, Ndamukong Suh pledges $2.6 million to the university.
2015: Former Husker player and broadcaster Adrian Fiala dies at age 67. Also, former Husker Lawrence Phillips is accused of killing his cellmate in a California prison.