This week in Husker history
The week of Nov. 24-30, looking back in five-year intervals:
1893: Nebraska gets its first victory over Iowa in three tries, 20-18.
1898: A missed conversion after touchdown is the difference as Iowa holds on for a 6-5 win over Nebraska in Council Bluffs. Nebraska was in position to score in the final moments but then made what the Omaha Bee described as a "fatal change of tactics" and was pushed back 20 yards.
1903: Two days after Nebraska's 22nd consecutive victory, the Big Nine rejects the membership applications of Nebraska and Notre Dame, saying it likes its current size. The Cornhuskers capped their second consecutive perfect season by blanking Illinois, 16-0. Game coverage: 1, 2, 3
1908: Nebraska returns two fumbled punts for touchdowns (James Harvey from 45 yards, William Chaloupka from 40 yards) and Orlando Bentley runs 70 yards for another score on an onside kick as Nebraska dominates Wabash, 27-6, in Lincoln. The Nebraska State Journal reported that "the Wabash players tackled well, but the weight and spirit of the Cornhuskers was too much for them." | Omaha Bee coverage
«1918: Notre Dame and Nebraska battle to a 0-0 tie in Lincoln. Nebraska relied on the stellar punting of Paul Dobson in a defensive-oriented game of field position against Knute Rocknes first Notre Dame team.
1923: An 80-yard drive in the fourth quarter enables Syracuse to pin a 7-0 loss on the Cornhuskers in Lincoln, but Nebraska rebounds for a 34-12 win over Kansas State to finish the season at 4-2-2.
1928: The Cornhuskers suffer their only defeat of the season, 13-3 at Army, a loss that may have cost them a Rose Bowl invitation. That is followed by an 8-0 win over Kansas State in a Thanksgiving Day snowstorm in Lincoln. A pass from Claude Rowley to Cliff Ashburn provided the only touchdown as the teams combined for eight first downs, 168 yards of offense and 26 punts. Big Six champions in the conferences inaugural year, Nebraska placed five players on the United Press all-Big Six team.
1933: On a windy day in Lincoln, Nebraska uses some good fortune in the kicking game to defeat Iowa, 7-6. The Huskers then finish their season with a 22-0 home win over Oregon State in a game in which a George Sauer punt was pivotal. Also, NU places six players on the 11-member AP All-Big Six team. »
«1938: Nebraska stops a Kansas State drive inside the one-yard line midway through the fourth quarter to preserve a 14-7 win in Lincoln. Both of the Huskers TDs came in the first half, on a 60-yard left sweep by Jack Dodd and a 48-yard pass from Thurston Phelps to Roy Petsch. Meanwhile, Charley Brock is Nebraska's only first-teamer on the Associated Press All-Big Six squad.
1943: Nebraska is outyarded by 392-154 as Oklahoma beats the Huskers 26-7 for the Sooners' first victory in Lincoln in 11 tries. For Nebraska, it was the start of a 16-year losing streak in the series.
1948: Nebraska absorbs a 28-12 loss to Oregon State in Portland. The Beavers had advantages of more than 2-1 in first downs and total yardage.
1953: Ted Connor and John Bordogna are named to AP's All-Big Seven team.
1963: Nebraska learns that Auburn will be its Orange Bowl opponent, and the Huskers are glad to be headed to a warmer postseason destination than a year ago. Meanwhile, three Huskers are named to AP's All-Big Eight team, still a single-platoon squad.
1978: The Oklahoma rematch elicits much distress and grumbling in Nebraska.
«1983: The unbeaten and heavily favored Huskers win a wild one in Norman, 28-24, as Neil Harris bats away the Sooners' fourth-down pass in the end zone with 32 seconds left. Meanwhile, three Huskers are named first-team Walter Camp and Kodak all-Americans.
1988: Broderick Thomas is the runner-up to Alabama's Derrick Thomas for the Butkus Award.
1993: Nebraska breaks open a defensive stalemate with two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 13-second span to fend off visiting Oklahoma, 21-7, keeping the Huskers in the hunt for a national championship.
1998: Colorado keeps Nebraska's offense out of the end zone, but the Buffs fall in Lincoln, 16-14, thanks to a Clint Finley interception return and three Kris Brown field goals.
2003: Nebraska beats Colorado, 31-22, in Boulder, but it isn't enough to save Frank Solich's job. Also, former Husker Bob Hohn dies at age 62 after a 4½-year battle with ALS.
2008: In the final two minutes of play, Alex Henery's dramatic 57-yard field goal and Ndamukong Suh's interception return lift Nebraska to a 40-31 win over Colorado in Lincoln.