This week in Husker history
The week of Sept. 4-10, looking back in five-year intervals:
1901: Dispatches from South Bend, Neb., provide glimpses of the goings-on at preseason camp, where the diversions include fishing and rifle practice and theres plenty of fresh milk from Farmer Straiths cows: 1, 2
1906: New coach Amos Foster says speed will be essential as college football operates under revolutionary new rules, including legal forward passes and an extra five yards to gain for a first down. | Full story
1911: The surprise return of quarterback Leon Jerry Warner and end Gus Lofgren buoys Nebraskas hopes for the coming season. | Full story
1931: Four dozen Huskers report for the season's first practice under third-year coach Dana X. Bible.
1936: The Huskers boast a strong backfield – Lloyd Cardwell, John Howell and Olympian Sam Francis (pictured) – as they start preparations for the 1936 season.
1946: Freshman Tom Novak's elevation to the first team is among the roster moves made by new coach Bernie Masterson after the first week of practice.
1951: Nebraska enters the season ranked No. 12 by AP, and the Huskers home game against Colorado in November is slated for a regional telecast.
1961: Ten days before the start of the fall semester, Nebraska loses a down-to-the-wire recruiting battle as Omaha Centrals Gale Sayers reverses field and opts to enroll at Kansas.
1966: Quarterback Bob Churchich sparkles as the Huskers scrimmage one week before their season opener against TCU.
«1971: Sports Illustrated runs a big feature on Bob Devaney but ranks his defending national champs No. 2 behind Notre Dame.
1976: The Huskers practice under the lights at Seacrest Field in preparation for their nighttime opener at LSU.
1986: Sparked by Steve Taylor on offense and a stifling Blackshirt defense, Nebraska scores 24 unanswered points in the second half for a 34-17 win over Florida State. It was the first night game in Memorial Stadium history, and it came after an eligibility issue involving dozens of Huskers was ironed out.
1991: Keithen McCant comes off the bench at quarterback and leads the Huskers to a 59-28 win over Utah State. Nebraska piled up 617 rushing yards and an NCAA-record 44 first downs.
1996: Despite being held to 184 yards rushing, Nebraska throttles Michigan State, 55-14, taking advantage of two defensive touchdowns and one on special teams. Meanwhile, the Huskers image problems arent over
2001: The Blackshirts hold Notre Dame to 162 total yards in a 27-10 win in Lincoln. Nebraska was playing its third game of the season but Notre Dame just its first.
2006: Nebraska blasts Nicholls State, 56-7, in a tuneup for the big game against Southern Cal.
2011: Fresno State exploits a leaky Husker defense, but Nebraska rallies in the second half for a 42-29 win.