1904 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1904 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Randall Field.jpg
National champion (Billingsley)
Western Conference co-champion
Conference Western Conference
1904 record 13–0 (3–0 Western)
Head coach Henry L. Williams (5th year)
Base defense 7–1–2–1
Home stadium Northrop Field
Seasons
« 1903 1905 »
1904 Big 9 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Minnesota + 3 0 0     13 0 0
Michigan + 2 0 0     10 0 0
Chicago 5 1 1     10 1 1
Illinois 3 1 1     9 2 1
Northwestern 1 2 0     8 2 0
Purdue 1 2 0     9 3 0
Iowa 0 3 0     7 4 0
Wisconsin 0 3 0     5 3 0
Indiana 0 3 0     6 4 0
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1904 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1904 college football season. In their fifth year under head coach Henry L. Williams, the Golden Gophers compiled a 13-0 record (3–0 against Western Conference opponents).[1] The 1904 Minnesota team has been recognized as a college football national champion by the Billingsley Report.[2]

The 146 point victory over Grinnell represents both the largest point total and the largest margin of victory in Gopher football history.[3]

Ten Minnesota players were recognized on the 1904 All-Western college football team: quarterback Sigmund Harris (COL-2, CT-2, MJ-1); halfbacks Otto Nelson Davies (COL-1, CT-2, MJ-1) and James Edward Kremer (COL-2); fullback Earl Current (CT-2, MJ-1); end Bobby Marshall (COL-2, MJ-1); tackles Percy Porter Brush (CRH, CT-2, MJ-2) and George Leland Case (MJ-2); guards Walton W. Thorpe (COL-1, CRH, CT-1, DFP, DT, MJ-1, SLR, WC) and Daniel D. Smith, Minnesota (CT-2); and center Moses Strathern (MJ-1).[4][5][6][7][8][9]

Two players also received recognition on the 1904 College Football All-America Team. Quarterback Sigmund Harris received third-team honors from Walter Camp, and guard Walton Thorp received first-team honors from Illinois coach Fred Lowenthal and third-team honors from Walter Camp.[10][11][12]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
09/17/1904 Twin Cities Central High* Northrop FieldMinneapolis, MN W 107-0  
09/24/1904 South Dakota* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 77-0  
09/28/1904 Shattuck* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 75-0  
10/01/1904 Carleton* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 65-0  
10/05/1904 St. Thomas* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 47-0  
10/08/1904 North Dakota* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 35-0  
10/15/1904 Iowa State* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 32-0  
10/22/1904 Grinnell* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 146-0  
10/29/1904 Nebraska* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 16-12  
11/05/1904 Lawrence* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 69-0  
11/12/1904 at Wisconsin Randall FieldMadison, WI W 28-0  
11/19/1904 at Northwestern Sheppard Field • Evanston, IL W 17-0  
11/24/1904 at Iowa Iowa Field • Iowa City, IA W 11-0  
*Non-conference game.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Yearly Results (1900-1904)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2015). "National Poll Rankings" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA. p. 108. Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
  3. ^ General Alumni. History. p. 92. 
  4. ^ Collier's Self Indexing Annual. P. F. Collier & Son. 1905. p. 674.  (COL)
  5. ^ "News-Athletics". The Michigan Daily. December 1904. p. 133.  (CRH, DT, DFP)
  6. ^ "All-Western Football Eleven". Chicago Tribune. November 27, 1904.  (CT)
  7. ^ O'Loughlin (November 28, 1904). "The Journal's "All Western"". The Minneapolis Journal. p. 15.  (MJ)
  8. ^ "All-Western Football Team". The St. Louis Republic. November 30, 1904. p. 9.  (SLR)
  9. ^ Walter Camp, ed. (1905). Spalding's Official Foot Ball Guide 1905. American Sports Publishing Company. p. 35.  (WC)
  10. ^ "Camp's Idea Of Football Stars: Yale Coach Puts Two Western Men in His Selection". The Daily Review (Decatur, IL). 1904-12-28. 
  11. ^ "Camp's 1904 All America Football Team". Capital Times. 1904-11-24. 
  12. ^ "Some All-American Football Elevens". The Pittsburgh Press. 1904-11-29.