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For the 900th time in program history, the Huskers capture the sweet taste of victory

For the 900th time in program history, the Huskers capture the sweet taste of victory

The Huskers have won in 30 states, two countries and at least 70 stadiums.

They've played at the Polo Grounds in New York and the Rose Bowl in California. Not to mention trips to Tokyo, Hawaii and, err, Council Bluffs?

Many of those games have had titles on the line, whether conference, bowl or national, but they've all been for bragging rights. And not many teams can boast "we've won 900 games!" like Nebraska now can.

In fact, just a handful of bluebloods — Michigan, Ohio State, Texas and Alabama are in the 900 club. Notre Dame will join with its next win, and so will longtime Husker rival Oklahoma. Penn State will come knocking soon, too.

The Huskers have beaten 128 teams to get to 900. None more often than Kansas, and none more meaningful than the Sooners. 

The series of charts below shows the path Nebraska has taken to No. 900. 

Where have the Huskers won?

Where Nebraska has won

The Huskers have traveled coast to coast in their quest for 900 wins. Five times — four in Hawaii and one in Tokyo — the Huskers left the continental United States. 

Nebraska has played in NFL stadiums, including Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium and New Jersey's Giants Stadium, which closed in 2010. Down the road, NU faced Syracuse on the famed Polo Grounds of New York and defeated Miami in the original Yankees Stadium to get the program's first bowl win.

Speaking of bowls, NU has been to 53 of them — fourth most among college programs — in 18 locations. The Huskers have frequented the Orange Bowl so often that Florida is ninth on the list of states in which Nebraska has won the most games, despite Nebraska never having won a regular-season game there.

Kansas takes the top spot, where Nebraska has historically beat up on the Jayhawks and Wildcats, followed by fellow bordering states Iowa and Missouri. Oklahoma is fourth, and Colorado rounds out the top five.  

There are 19 states that haven't seen a Nebraska victory, including two with Big Ten teams: Maryland and Ohio. Nebraska will get a chance to change that Nov. 23 when it travels to College Park to face the Terrapins, and again in Columbus to face the Buckeyes in 2020.

In the map below, you can see a breakdown of where Nebraska has won its games. 

Where have the Huskers won?

Nebraska has won games in 30 states. Most often, of course, is Nebraska, followed by Kansas, Iowa and Oklahoma. Not pictured? The Huskers' 1992 win over Kansas State in Tokyo. Hold ctrl down and scroll in to zoom.

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Who the Huskers have defeated

Who the Huskers beat

The Huskers' 91 wins over Kansas are the most by one current FBS team over another, and that represents 10.1% of Nebraska's all-time wins despite the series last being played nearly a decade ago.

Iowa State, which has lost to Nebraska 86 times in 105 games, is a close second on the list, followed by Kansas State (78), Missouri (65) and Colorado (49).

Oklahoma, Texas and Minnesota are some of the schools the Huskers have had the most trouble with, while Oklahoma State, which Nebraska sports an 87.2 winning percentage against, has had the least success among programs to face NU 10-plus times. 

You can see Nebraska's record against all of its opponents below:

Who has Nebraska defeated?

Nebraska has played 142 opponents in its storied history, dating back to 1890. Three more are on the schedule in coming years — Central Michigan, Buffalo and Georgia Southern. Check out how Nebraska has fared against each of its opponents below.

How the Huskers have won

How the Huskers win

How many points does it take for the Huskers to win? Typically, anything more than a touchdown will do.

Nebraska only has losing records when scoring seven or fewer points — and, strangely enough, 15. Otherwise, it has historically been smooth sailing for Nebraska. 

Some other Nebraska "scoragami" notes:

» Excluding totals that haven't happened, Nebraska is winless with just two final scores: 0 and 2. Although the Huskers' winning percentage is actually worse when scoring two points.

» Nebraska has won 42 games when scoring 14 points, the most of any total.

» The most-common totals are 0 (98 games), 7 (88), 14 (69), 6 (64) and 20 (50). 

» The most points Nebraska has scored and lost is 51, which came against Colorado in 2007. The Huskers are 126-0 all time when scoring 52-plus points.

You can take a look for yourself how the Huskers fare at each point total in the chart below. Red dots represent a losing record. Blue is .500 or better.

How many points does it take to win?

History tells us that as long as Nebraska scores at all, it typically wins. While that may be less true today than in say 1900, the Huskers only have losing records when scoring seven or fewer points — or when they score 15, oddly enough. Hover over each dot to see NU's record when scoring any given amount. If a number isn't listed, the Huskers have never finished with that amount. Forfeits are excluded.


How others compare

Nebraska is in a tight battle to maintain its top-five position on the all-time wins chart, as Notre Dame and Oklahoma are on the cusp.

Michigan is atop the leaderboard, ahead of second-place Ohio State, while former Big 12 foe Texas and current national power Alabama are Nos. 3 and 4, respectively. Penn State is the lone other Big Ten team in the top 10. 

Among Nebraska's direct competition, the Big Ten West, only Wisconsin has reached the 700-win plateau. But the Huskers weren't always top dog among the seven teams. Minnesota once led the way, up until Bob Devaney took the reigns in Lincoln. 

Big Ten West on all-time wins chart

Teams like Wisconsin and Iowa have given the Huskers some trouble since Nebraska joined the Big Ten. But on the all-time wins chart? Nobody in the division is close to the Huskers.

Click "replay" to watch the race through the decades.

Source: Big Ten media guides, updated through Friday.

How long it takes to win

How long it takes

Think this is the worst stretch in Nebraska football history? Not quite.

From 1890 to 1942, the Huskers fielded a consistent program. Nebraska took 143 games to reach win No. 100 and 143 more to hit No. 200 — then 150 for No. 300. Following World War II, however, the team took a tumble, taking 226 games to get the program's 400th win.

That trend quickly changed under Devaney and Tom Osborne, who combined to win 356 games with the Huskers, before another dip following Frank Solich in the 2000s. In fact, Bill Callahan, Bo Pelini and Mike Riley, in 14 years, combined for the same amount of losses — 69 — as Devaney and Osborne did in 36 years.

Below, you can see how many games it took the Huskers to jump from each 100-win milestone to the next.

How long does it take to reach each milestone?

While many teams would gladly take it, Nebraska's latest milestone has taken longer than all but one in program history. The Huskers took 163 games to go from win No. 800 to No. 900. The longest stretch in program history was from 300-400, which took place following World War II. The shortest stretch? When Nebraska went 100-19 between wins No. 600 and 700. Check out the chart below, which shows the total games it took for Nebraska to reach the next hundredth victory.

You can see who Nebraska beat for all of its milestone wins, including the five national championships, below. 

You can see every Nebraska football game, from 1890 to today, in The World-Herald’s extensive Husker History database. Also included? When NU last appeared at every spot in the AP Top 25, an overview of every coach, data on the sellout streak and so much more.

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