This week in Husker history
The week of Dec. 27 through Jan. 2, looking back in five-year intervals:
1915: Nebraska captain John Rutherford ends his playing days having never tasted defeat during seven seasons in college and high school. Meanwhile, the Cornhuskers try to line up an East Coast game but are thwarted by Missouri Valley Conference rules.
1940: The Cornhuskers fall to Stanford and its cutting-edge offense, 21-13, in the Rose Bowl.
1965: Alabamas offense scorches the Huskers for 500-plus yards as Nebraska falls in the Orange Bowl, 39-28, dashing the Huskers hopes for a perfect season and national championship.
1970: The Huskers lay claim to their first national championship by beating LSU, 17-12, in the Orange Bowl. But with Notre Dame also lobbying for the No. 1 spot, Nebraska would have to wait until Jan. 5 for the Associated Press poll voters' verdict.
1980: Nebraska empties the playbook on offense and uses an opportunistic defense to put away Mississippi State, 31-17, in the Sun Bowl.
1985: A disastrous third quarter sends the Huskers to a 27-23 defeat against Michigan in the Fiesta Bowl.
1990: Georgia Tech claims a share of the national championship by bolting to a 21-0 lead and cruising to a 45-21 win over the Huskers in the Citrus Bowl.
1995: Nebraska dismantles No. 2 Florida, 62-24, in the Fiesta Bowl for the Huskers' second consecutive national championship.
2000: Dan Alexander rushes for 240 yards as the Huskers crush Northwestern, 66-17, in the Alamo Bowl.
2005: Nebraska rallies from 11 points down in the fourth quarter and then survives a wild finish to defeat Michigan in the Alamo Bowl, 32-28. Also, recruiting coordinator Scott Downing becomes head coach at Northern Colorado.
2010: Listless Nebraska loses 19-7 in the Holiday Bowl to Washington, a team the Huskers had beaten by 35 points in Seattle in September.
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