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Conference Timeline - Big 7

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Teams: Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri, Colorado



  • Three First Team All-Americans, including Tom Novak (1949), Bobby Reynolds (1950) and Jerry Minnick (1952)
  • Bobby Reynolds finished fifth in the 1950 Heisman voting
  • Ended Oklahoma's 74-game conference unbeaten streak in 1959 with a 25-21 win during homecoming in Lincoln
  • 28 All-Conference Selections
  • Huskers first night game on Nov. 30, 1951 at Miami's Orange Bowl


Men's Basketball

  • Four All-Conference Picks
  • Two All-Americans
  • Tied for back-to-back Big Seven titles (1948-49 and 1949-50)
  • Claude Retherford is NU's first NBA Draft pick by the St. Louis Bombers in 1949



  • Produced a 17-7 overall record in 1948 to advance to the postseason for the first time in school history, going 1-2 in the NCAA District 5 Playoffs
  • Won two of the first three Big Seven championships, claiming titles in 1948 and 1950 with a combined 25-6 league mark in those seasons
  • Had eight winning seasons in its 10 seasons in the Big Seven Conference
  • Bob Cerv became Nebraska baseball's first-ever All-American and also the first Husker in Major League Baseball, signing a free agent contract with the New York Yankees in 1950
  • On April 20, 1954, Richard Geier throws the first perfect game in school history in a 1-0 win over Kansas



  • Didn't finish lower than second place in their first three years, including a team title in 1949
  • Mike DiBiase was the first Husker wrestler to become a two-time conference champion after taking the heavyweight title in 1948 and 1949
  • Herb Reese won three conference titles from 1949 to 1951 wrestling at 175 pounds for his first two championships and heavyweight for his third
  • Claimed four individual conference titles for the first time in school history in 1949


Track and Field

  • Won Three Men's Conference titles


Men's Golf

  • Five top-three finishes in the conference championship
  • Two individual Conference Champions



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