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The week of Nov. 13-19, looking back in five-year intervals
1891: In the fourth game in program history, Nebraska suffers its first defeat, 14-12, in a seesaw battle at Doane. NU was hurt by the absence of captain Ebenezer Mockett, who was ineligible to play after withdrawing from classes.
1896: Yes, the rules were a little different: Nebraska pulls away from Iowa State, 12-4, with the help of a completed punt from Orley Thorpe to Frank Wiggins for a 35-yard TD.
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«1901: Nebraska exploits the center of Kansas’ defense for a 29-5 win in Lincoln. The game started with a ceremonial kickoff by Nebraska’s governor, Ezra P. Savage. | Omaha Bee | Topeka Capital: 1, 2 | Nebraska State Journal: 1, 2, 3
1906: Two field goals by Kansas’ Clyde Wallace send Nebraska to an 8-6 defeat. | Omaha Bee: 1, 2 | Minneapolis Journal | Chanute Tribune: 1, 2 | Stats
1911: Owen and Ernest Frank star as Nebraska wallops Kansas, 29-0. The score nearly matched what supposedly was predicted by NU coach Jumbo Stiehm, though he said he had been misquoted. | Topeka Capital: 1, 2 | Omaha Bee: 1, 2
1916: A fumbled punt helps Kansas deal Nebraska its first defeat in more than four years, 7-3. | Topeka Capital: 1, 2 | Lincoln Star: 1, 2, 3 | Lawrence Journal-World: 1, 2 | Stats
«1921: Behind strong running by Dave Noble, Nebraska pulls away from Iowa State in the second half for a 35-3 win and the Missouri Valley championship. | Des Moines Register: 1, 2 | Nebraska State Journal: 1, 2 | St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Photos
1926: Bobby Stephens’ third-quarter field goal from the 30 yard line gives Nebraska a 3-0 win over Kansas State on a rainy day in Lincoln. Nebraska punted 19 times and Kansas State 16 times. | Lincoln Star: 1, 2, 3 | Stats: 1, 2    Meanwhile, halfback Jug Brown is arrested in a police raid on a late-night poker game.
1931: A 70-yard punt return by reserve back Lewis “Bullet” Brown with five minutes remaining saves the day as Nebraska pulls out a 6-3 win at Kansas State. Fellow Husker athlete Charles Minot “Mutt” Davison recalled the play decades later. | LJS: 1, 2, 3, 4 | OWH | Stats | Photos
1936: In a battle of AP top-10 teams, two touchdowns late in the first half propel No. 5 Pittsburgh to a 19-6 win over No. 6 Nebraska. | United Press | Pittsburgh Press: 1, 2 | OWH
1941: Edgar Jones’ 75-yard interception return for a TD in the final half-minute breaks a tie – and Husker fans’ hearts – as Pittsburgh wins in Lincoln, 14-7. Jones rubbed it in with some postgame smack talk. | LJS: 1, 2 | Stats | Notes
1946: NU smothers Iowa State, 33-0. The Huskers dominated statistically, and four of their five TD drives started in ISU territory. | LJS: 1, 2 | Stats | Photos
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1951: Nebraska flubs its network TV debut and Bobby Reynolds suffers a burned cornea as Colorado rolls to a 36-14 win. The game was seen in 19 central states at a time when television’s potential impact on game attendance was a big NCAA concern. (The Huskers’ 1949 and ’50 home games were televised locally by Omaha station WOW.) | LJS: 1, 2 | AP | Stats: 1, 2 | Photos
1956: A 91-yard punt return is the backbreaker as Baylor downs the Huskers, 26-7. | AP | LJS: 1, 2 | Waco Tribune-Herald: 1, 2 | Stats: 1, 2 | Photos: 1, 2
1961: In a monumentally dreary game for the Husker offense, Nebraska gets no first downs in a 7-0 loss to Colorado on a muddy field in Lincoln. Also, former Husker coach A.J. Lewandowski dies at age 56.
1971: Quarterback Jerry Tagge breaks the Nebraska single-game total offense record as the Huskers beat Kansas State, 44-17, setting the stage for the Thanksgiving Day showdown with Oklahoma.
1976: Six lost fumbles doom the Huskers in a 37-28 loss at Iowa State.
1981: Nebraska clinches an Orange Bowl berth by exploding for 24 fourth-quarter points to pull away from Iowa State, 31-7, but quarterback Turner Gill suffers a season-ending injury.
1986: The Huskers hand Kansas its most lopsided loss ever, 70-0. Keith Jones scored two touchdowns before the Kansas offense was able to take its first snap.
1991: Calvin Jones and Derek Brown rush for 100-plus yards each as NU cruises past Iowa State, 38-13.
1996: Ahman Green rushes for 214 yards in a 49-14 rout of Iowa State.
2011: Special-teams miscues cost the Huskers dearly as a tight game turns into a 45-17 Michigan romp.
2016: With backup quarterback Ryker Fyfe at the helm, the Huskers get their ninth win of the season with a 28-7 victory over Maryland.