In 1905, Nebraska had a blowout win over Creighton. And there was a rat-infested boat.

Headlines from the front page of the Oct. 29, 1905, edition of the Sunday World-Herald.

Nebraska football has scored more than 100 points just four times in school history, all from before the modern era of college football.

On Oct. 28, 1905, Nebraska traveled to Omaha and beat Creighton 102-0. The beginning of The World-Herald's story (which incorrectly lists the score as 103-0 — hey, it was 1905!) tells the tale of an uneven game under the creative headline "NEBRASKA DOES GREAT PLAYING."

A whirlwind wearing red striped stocking and tousled-hair tucked under leather caps appeared on the Vinton street lot Saturday afternoon and after it had passed left a few battered looking men, labeled "Creighton," scattered about the field. There never was such a slaughter of long-haired foot ball bruisers seen in Omaha.

For a few minutes the game between the Nebraska state university and Creighton university appeared interesting, brilliant, spectacular, but there is such a thing as being too 'durn' good, and that's what Nebraska proved to be as compared with Creighton. Long before Coach Booth's men had come within smelling distance of their 103 points the betting odds were in favor of the score passing the century mark. 

The game story made the front page of the Sunday World-Herald on Oct. 29. Which is where the rat-infested boat comes in.

Next to the Nebraska-Creighton story is a report on the Steamship Sabine, which experienced trouble with rats during a trip from the Indonesian island Java to New York. The headlines and subheads for the story are certainly worth pointing out.


Terrible Experience of the Members of the Crew of the Steamship Sabine.

Animals Take Possession of the Vessel and Put the Men to Flight.

Rodents Attack and Drive Their Victims Into Their Swinging Hammocks.

Battles Are Fought Nightly for Supremacy and Result Often in Doubt.

View the full front page to see the full stories of both the Creighton-Nebraska game and the rat-infested Sabine. 

Also, check out the Husker History Database to look through all the previous Nebraska games, which are searchable by season, day and opponent. You can also flip through box scores or look at front pages for each game.

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