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This will be the 100th season of Nebraska football in Memorial Stadium. To mark the occasion, we will be recapping some of the venerable venue’s more memorable games. (There are 581 to choose from: 426 wins, 142 losses and 13 ties.) We’ll also run down a slew of stadium milestones and records.

But first, let’s look at how the stadium came to be, a fitting endeavor on Memorial Day weekend.

Roscoe Dusty Rhodes 1918 captain-elect

Roscoe "Dusty" Rhodes

All-conference end Roscoe "Dusty" Rhodes was Nebraska’s captain-elect when he joined the Army in April 1918. The United States had just entered World War I, and his division was quickly sent overseas. On Nov. 27 - the day before the Huskers’ highly anticipated Thanksgiving Day game against Notre Dame - word was received that Sgt. Rhodes had been killed in action in France on Oct. 25.

Rhodes’ sacrifice resonated on campus. With fervor rising for improved athletic facilities, the N Club proposed in 1919 that a gymnasium or playing field be named in his memory. The following year, a massive gymnasium-stadium project was proposed. Called the Nebraska Soldiers and Sailors Memorial, it would honor all 751 of the state’s war dead, not just Rhodes. Fundraising fell far short, however, and the project never got beyond the planning stages.

Nebraska Memorial Stadium original plan
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Memorial Stadium dedication 1923 Nebraska vs Kansas football
Memorial Stadium Nebraska football

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