Some things just don't make sense: Why is a pizza box square when a pizza is round? Where is the 'e' in a standard grading scale? How do the Huskers have a losing record against Indiana?
We'll provide the answer to at least one of those questions.
The Huskers were undefeated through the first five matchups with the Hoosiers, going 3-0-2 from 1936 to 1940. Then things took a dark, gloomy turn, before a swift hook in the other direction.
The chart below notes every final score in Husker-Hoosier history:
That's a lot to digest. Here's a spoonful:
» The Huskers have allowed
exactly 54 points seven times in program history — five came between 1943-1945, including three against Indiana in consecutive seasons.
» Indiana is one of four teams that Nebraska has had a 10-game winless streak against. Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Oklahoma are the others.
» Nebraska and Indiana tied three times (15.8%) in their 19 matchups that had the potential to end in a draw. For comparison, Nebraska tied everyone else in that same span at a 3.7% clip.
Here's a quick summary on how every Husker-Hoosier matchup has gone:
Nebraska 13, Indiana 9
The Huskers trailed 9-0 at halftime, leaving onlookers worried about the outcome.
From then-World-Herald sports editor Frederick Ware: "Yea, lads and ladies, they were a dismal congregation, the vast preponderance of those 32 thousand who jammed the stadium tiers and bleachers, when the Huskers dragged to their dressing room. Doubtless they sought solace in the smart, kadetish maneuverings of the harmoniously tooting Cornhusker band. That seemed about the only thing to which the customers could anchor their battered, bleeding spirits."
Despite that, Nebraska came storming back in the second half.
Nebraska 7, Indiana 0
Hope you didn't arrive late. Nebraska scored 17 seconds into the game in front of the then-second largest crowd in Husker football history (37,000). Jack Dodd broke around the edge of the line for a 65-yard score.
Then, well, that was it. No more scores.
Nebraska 0, Indiana 0
Nebraska scored 17 seconds into the 1937 matchup, meaning the two teams played scoreless for 119 consecutive minutes. Big Ten football before it was a true Big Ten game.
Nebraska 7, Indiana 7
Down a touchdown, the Huskers rallied with 1:35 to go to force the second tie in four games between the two programs.
From the Sept. 30, 1939, World-Herald: "The teams lined up, five yards from the goal now. Henry Rohn took the snapback and in the tense silence fed the ball to Herman Rohrig. Rohrig ran toward the Hoosier left end. It seemed a simple attempt at a sweep. The Hoosiers plainly thought it was to be a simple sweep. They massed rapidly to their left. Toward the opposite sideline streaked Butch Luther. None of the enemy had seen Rohrig slip him the ball as their paths crossed. Not until Butch had crossed the goal almost at the corner did an Indiana defender get near him. He never touched him."
Nebraska 13, Indiana 7
Here's all the analysis you need, courtesy of the 1940 World-Herald staff:
"The Huskers had accumulated a better pitching average than the team whose strength was supposed to lie in pitching almost exclusively. The Huskers had looked very good — and then very bad. The Hoosiers, at the same time had looked outmanned and outpowered and then, suddenly, terrific! And in the line they were."
Indiana 21, No. 15 Nebraska 13
The Hoosiers got their first win in the series, and The OWH didn't pull any punches after the game.
"The 21-to-13 score, with the heavy reckoning, as you probably have already suspected, belonging to the Hoosiers for the first time in this six-year relationship doesn’t really indicate how bad.
The Huskers looked considerably more inept than the eight-point margin would lead you to believe."
Indiana 12, Nebraska 0
Not only did the Hoosiers get their second straight win in the series with Nebraska, but they outgained the Huskers 345-38, and held NU to just three first downs.
Indiana 54, Nebraska 13
Over two-thirds of the crowd sat empty as Indiana tied a then-record for most points scored against a Nebraska team.
Indiana 54, Nebraska 14
If you're looking for some positives to take away, this is the last time Indiana scored 54 points on Nebraska.
Indiana 27, Nebraska 7
The story of this game is Indiana quarterback "Bullet" Ben Raimondi, a Brooklyn native who was then the No. 1 passer in college football. Raimondi couldn't afford a football growing up, so he learned to throw by tossing a wadded up newspaper like a bullet. Read more about Raimondi, who in 2014 was inducted into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame,
Indiana 17, Nebraska 0
The Huskers had a handful of opportunities to score, but a few slips cost NU some points, and time expired with Nebraska knocking on the door.
Note: Rex Grossman, grandfather to
that Rex Grossman, was Indiana's kicker.
Nebraska 20, Indiana 20
Bobby Reynolds, a 19-year-old from Grand Island, made a "sparkling debut" for Nebraska. He scored all three of Nebraska's touchdowns and made two extra points, totaling 187 yards on 22 plays. Ted Britt missed the first extra point, which proved costly for NU.
Indiana 19, Nebraska 14
Nebraska built a two-touchdown lead, but the Indiana air attack helped the Hoosiers come from behind. The combination of Eugene "Chick" Cichowski and "Big" Brad Bomba set up all three Indiana touchdowns.
Indiana 23, Nebraska 7
"Indiana accepted an early gift touchdown, then used bone-crushing power to hammer Nebraska," The World-Herald's Gregg McBride wrote. "Except for a touchdown rally late in the second quarter and the half-time Band Day spectacular, the crowd of 36 thousand had few bright moments."
No. 6 Nebraska 45, Indiana 0
After a 16-year hiatus, the Huskers poured it on Indiana, outgaining the Hoosiers 470-97. Nebraska played keepaway for scoring drives of 53, 92, 22, 50, 85, 56 and 44 yards while initiating 91 offensive plays to 43 for the Hoosiers.
No. 8 Nebraska 45, Indiana 13
The Huskers, frustrated a week earlier in a 6-6 tie with LSU, turned loose the offense and "whipsawed" the Hoosiers. From then-Indiana coach Lee Corso: "I thought we had a chance to beat them, but then I'm sort of crazy."
No. 11 Nebraska 31, Indiana 13
The I.M. Hipp game, as some may call it. Hipp, a sophomore at the time, ran for a then-Nebraska record 254 yards in his first start. Despite that, he didn't score a touchdown.
No. 12 Nebraska 69, Indiana 17
In a four-year series with Indiana, the Huskers outscored the Hoosiers 190-43. This time, I.M. Hipp ran for four touchdowns, helping NU to 69 points — the most a Hoosier team had ever allowed. “I didn’t think the first quarter would ever end. I felt like I was in a nightmare, and I’d wake up any minute,” then-Indiana coach Lee Corso said after the Huskers built a 28-0 first-quarter lead.
No. 10 Nebraska 27, Indiana 22
Nebraska built and nearly surrendered a 17-0 lead, but a 72-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown pass from Tommy Armstrong to Stanley Morgan put the Hoosiers away.
which recently hit the 900-win mark, has a losing record against Indiana, which has the second fewest all-time wins among current Power Five programs. Four Big Ten teams, including the Hoosiers, can boast outscoring the Huskers all time.
Among FBS teams the Hoosiers have winning records against, only two have been defeated more than Nebraska — Kentucky and Miami (Ohio) — and Indiana has winning records against two other Big Ten teams: Rutgers (9-8-3) and Maryland (5-2). The Hoosiers are 209-494-25 against the other 10 conference opponents.
Here's the all-time wins list among Big Ten teams:
But, hey, maybe it's not that bad. In the last four seasons, Indiana has reached two bowls and been one game from bowl eligibility the other two years. Here's a look at how Husker fans see the Hoosier football program, using one word:
Six responses were a variation of "who?" or "football?"
Three used made up words.
Five stated that Indiana's football program is either equal to or greater than Nebraska's team.
» Nebraska has two players from Indiana: junior inside linebacker Collin Miller and sophomore tight end Kurt Rafdal. They are among
19 Huskers to hail from Indiana.
» Indiana doesn't have a player from Nebraska.
» The average score is Indiana 19.5, Nebraska 17.3.
» And, finally, square boxes are less expensive to produce for pizza companies. 'F' is used to denote fail — it's merely coincidence that it happens to skip one letter in the grading scale.
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25 (tie), Texas Tech, 11 games
All-time record: Nebraska leads 7-4
25 (tie), Oregon State, 11 games
All-time record: Nebraska leads 9-2
22 (tie), Baylor, 12 games
All-time record: Nebraska leads 11-1
22 (tie), Miami, 12 games
All-time record: Tied 6-6
22 (tie), Syracuse, 12 games
All-time record: Syracuse leads 7-5
20 (tie), Northwestern, 13 games
All-time record: Nebraska leads 8-5
All-time record: Nebraska leads 7-6
17 (tie), Wisconsin, 14 games
All-time record: Wisconsin leads 10-4
17 (tie), Texas A&M, 14 games
All-time record: Nebraska leads 10-4
17 (tie), Texas, 14 games
All-time record: Texas leads 10-4
15 (tie), Illinois, 16 games
All-time record: Nebraska leads 12-3-1
15 (tie), Notre Dame, 16 games
All-time record: Nebraska leads 8-7-1
13 (tie), Penn State, 17 games
All-time record: Nebraska leads series 9-8
13 (tie), South Dakota, 17 games
All-time record: Nebraska leads 14-1-2
All-time record: Nebraska leads 16-2
All-time record: Indiana leads 9-8-3
All-time record: Pittsburgh leads 15-6-3
9, Oklahoma State, 43 games
All-time record: Nebraska leads 37-5-1
All-time record: Nebraska leads 29-18-3
All-time record: Minnesota leads 33-25-2
All-time record: Nebraska leads 49-20-2
All-time record: Oklahoma leads 45-38-3
4, Kansas State, 95 games
All-time record: Nebraska leads 78-15-2
All-time record: Nebraska leads 65-36-3
All-time record: Nebraska leads 86-17-2
All-time record: Nebraska leads 91-23-3