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Cornhusker Anthology - Chapter 1

1890-1899 - The First Decade
May 13, 2006


Nebraska football 1890-1899-
-Before they were Cornhuskers. Before there were seventy thousand screaming fans. Nebraska football was born on a quiet field with no equipment and a rag-tag group of students, civilians and faculty. Most early games were played against teams from local athletic clubs or small schools. But it would not take long before football became a way of life at the University of Nebraska. It was from these humble beginnings that Nebraska football, as we know it today, was born.

What to look for -
-Nebraska's first game ever (1890)including their first scores (they're not what you think).
- Nebraska's first field goal (1897)
- George Flippin(1891-1894), one of the first African-American players in the nation.
- The appearance of "scarlet and cream" (1892) and the first use of the name "Bugeaters" and "Cornhuskers" (1894). - Two Nebraska coaches (Fielding Yost and E.N. Robinson) who would later be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Did you know? -
- Football itself almost died in Nebraska in 1897. After reports of player injuries increased across the country and a player at nearby Doane was killed during a game, the Nebraska Legislature considered a bill in 1897 that would outlaw the game within the state. The bill never made it past a first reading before being dismissed.

From the rule book -
- Scoring values were different during the last decade of the 1800's. Until 1897 a touchdown was worth four points, an extra point kick was worth two points and a field goal was worth five. Beginning in 1898 the value of a touchdown was raised to five points and the extra point kick was dropped to one point. Extra points were done quite differently in the early years. After a touchdown was made, the team would then have to punt out of the end zone, known as a "kick-out" from the spot where the touchdown was made. A player would have to field the kick in the air. He would then try and kick the extra point from that spot. Failing to catch the kick-out meant no extra point attempt.
Check out the full college football rules of the 1890's

Chapter trivia challenge -
- After a disputed 0-0 tie against Iowa in 1896, Nebraska played Iowa again two days later to resolve it. It would not be the last time the Cornhuskers played a team in back-to back regular season games. Can you name the last time that happened?

1890
Roster
Featured Player Biographies
Statistics
Game Recaps
Game Scoring
Coaching Staff
Superlatives


1891
Roster
Featured Player Biographies
Statistics
Game Recaps
Game Scoring
Coaching Staff
Superlatives


1892
Roster
Featured Player Biographies
Statistics
Game Recaps
Game Scoring
Coaching Staff
Superlatives


1893
Roster
Featured Player Biographies
Statistics
Game Recaps
Game Scoring
Coaching Staff
Superlatives


1894
Roster
Featured Player Biographies
Statistics
Game Recaps
Game Scoring
Coaching Staff
Superlatives


1895
Roster
Statistics
Game Recaps
Game Scoring
Coaching Staff
Superlatives


1896
Roster
Featured Player Biographies
Statistics
Game Recaps
Game Scoring
Coaching Staff
Superlatives


1897
Roster
Statistics
Game Recaps
Game Scoring
Coaching Staff
Superlatives


1898
Roster
Statistics
Game Recaps
Game Scoring
Coaching Staff
Superlatives


1899
Roster
Statistics
Game Recaps
Game Scoring
Coaching Staff
Superlatives
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Cornhusker Anthology - Chapter 1
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