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For first time in 128 seasons, Nebraska loses a game to weather

For first time in 128 seasons, Nebraska loses a game to weather

Akron vs. Nebraska, college football, 9.1.18

Husker fans take cover as a severe thunderstorm rolls through Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. The game between Nebraska and Akron was eventually canceled.

In its 128-year history, the Nebraska football team was undefeated against Mother Nature.

Until Saturday.

The severe weather that began moving through Lincoln right around the same time the Huskers kicked off against Akron eventually led to the school canceling a game for the first time in 75 years.

That Nov. 13, 1943, game against Pittsburgh, scheduled to be played in Lincoln, was canceled because of World War II travel restrictions.

In 1918, the Huskers canceled games against Iowa State, Missouri, Syracuse and Virginia because of World War I travel restrictions.

According to the Nebraska football media guide, the only other Husker games to be canceled were an Oct. 29, 1898, game against Grinnell and a Nov. 19, 1897, game against the KC Medics. No reason was given for those cancellations.

In 1963, after much debate, Nebraska played at Oklahoma the day after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The Huskers beat the Sooners 29-20.

The only other Nebraska game to be moved came in 2001. The Huskers were scheduled to play Rice on Sept. 15 that year. Because of the 9/11 attacks, the game was moved to Sept. 20.

Scenes from the stadium

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A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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