1904 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

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1904 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
1904 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team.jpg
Nebraska State Champions
Conference Independent
1904 record 9-3-0
Head coach Walter C. Booth (5th year)
Home stadium Antelope Field
« 1903 1905 »

The 1904 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team was the representative of the University of Nebraska in the 1904 college football season. The team was coached by Walter C. "Bummy" Booth and played their home games at Antelope Field in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Before the season[edit]

The Cornhuskers were rolling, coming off of two dominating undefeated seasons, the first of which consisted entirely of shutout victories with no points scored against Nebraska. The nation was beginning to take serious notice of the program in Lincoln. The team was also continuing to grow, now having a roster of 30 players.



Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 24 Grand Island Antelope Field • Lincoln, Nebraska W 72-0 -
September 27* Lincoln High Antelope Field • Lincoln, Nebraska W 17-0 -
October 1 Grinnell Antelope Field • Lincoln, Nebraska W 46-0 -
October 8 at Colorado Boulder, Colorado L 0-6 -
October 15 at Creighton Omaha, Nebraska W 39-0 -
October 20* Lincoln Medics Antelope Field • Lincoln, Nebraska W 29-0 -
October 22 Knox Antelope Field • Lincoln, Nebraska W 34-0 -
October 29 at Minnesota Northrop Field • Minneapolis, Minnesota L 12-16 12,000
November 5 Iowa Antelope Field • Lincoln, Nebraska W 17-6 -
November 12 vs. Haskell Kansas City, Missouri L 6-14 -
November 19 Bellevue Antelope Field • Lincoln, Nebraska W 51-0 -
November 24 Illinois Antelope Field • Lincoln, Nebraska W 16-10 -
*Exhibition Game.



Barta, Frank G
Barwick, Leonard QB
Bell, Johnny HB
Bender, Johnny HB
Benedict, Maurice QB
Berry E
Borg, Charles C
Burns, Donald RT
Cotton, Charles RT
Craig, Hugh HB
Denslow, Lloyd E
Eager, Earl HB
Fenlon HB
Hunter, Fred RG
Johnson, William E
Knapp QB
Lundin, Alford LT
Marsh, Earl HB
Mason, Cyrus LT
Mason, John FB
McDonald, Gil QB
Mills, Leslie G
Reddick QB
Richardson LT
Robinson E
Ryan E
Scallon LT
Speer RG
Standeven E
Weller, John HB

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Title First year
in this position
Years at Nebraska Alma Mater
Walter C. "Bummy" Booth Head Coach 1900 1900–1905 Princeton
Jack Best Trainer 1890 1890–1922
John Westover Assistant Coach 1904 1901–1905 Nebraska


Game notes[edit]

Grand Island[edit]

Grand Island at Nebraska
1 2 Total
Grand Island 0
Nebraska 72

Coach Booth started out easy on Grand Island as the teams met for the second time, by not using the starters in the first half, but allowed them in afterwards. The result was a 72-0 shutout thrashing of the Grand Island squad, which was the second highest-margin of victory and total scoring in Nebraska history, behind only the 76-0 win over Hastings in 1898. Nebraska improved over Grand Island to 2-0.[6][7]

Lincoln High[edit]

Lincoln High at Nebraska
1 2 Total
Lincoln High 0
Nebraska 17
  • Date: 1904-09-27
  • Location: Antelope Field • Lincoln, Nebraska

It isn't recorded whether the Nebraska starters played in this game or not, or what role the short two-day turnaround since the Grand Island game may have played, or if the Lincoln High School team was just that good, but the Cornhuskers put up only 17 points in their 7th straight win over the local high schoolers in their annual exhibition game.[7]


Grinnell at Nebraska
1 2 Total
Grinnell 0
Nebraska 46
  • Date: 1904-10-01
  • Location: Antelope Field • Lincoln, Nebraska

A wet field created messy conditions, but on this day it didn't seem to set back the Cornhuskers at all as they rolled up 46 points and shut out Grinnel for a 25th straight win and 6th straight shutout (counting exhibition games). Nebraska improved to 4-2 over Grinnell.[6][7]


Nebraska at Colorado
1 2 Total
Nebraska 0 0 0
Colorado 6 0 6

Nebraska's long streaks of success came to an abrupt end as Colorado handed Nebraska a shutout loss of their own, the first since Wisconsin blanked the Cornhuskers 18-0 in 1901. Nebraska had three opportunities inside of the Colorado 10-yard line, but failed to capitalize, and Colorado notched their first win in the series to get on the board at 1-3 behind Nebraska.[6][7]


Nebraska at Creighton
1 2 Total
Nebraska 39
Creighton 0

Creighton hosted Nebraska in Omaha for the first meeting of these teams, but it was back to the Nebraska of old as the Cornhuskers once again posted a shutout victory with seemingly little effort.[6][7]

Lincoln Medics[edit]

Lincoln Medics at Nebraska
1 2 Total
Lincoln Medics 0
Nebraska 29
  • Date: 1904-10-20
  • Location: Antelope Field • Lincoln, Nebraska

In a second exhibition game for the season, the Cornhuskers defeated the Lincoln Medics in another shutout win, though the victory did not count towards the season record. This was the only time these teams would meet.[6][7]


Knox at Nebraska
1 2 Total
Knox 0
Nebraska 34
  • Date: 1904-10-22
  • Location: Antelope Field • Lincoln, Nebraska

The Cornhuskers had only one day off after the defeat of the Lincoln Medics when Knox arrived for the third contest between these teams. Coach Booth's personnel changes seemed effective in the end as the Cornhuskers put up yet another shutout victory and moved up to 3-0 against Knox.[6][7]


Nebraska at Minnesota
1 2 Total
Nebraska 12
Minnesota 16

After a one-year break, the series with recent rival Minnesota resumed in Minneapolis. The Gophers scored first, but Nebraska tied the game shortly afterwards, which was the first time that any team had scored against Minnesota during the entire season to date and back into 1903, ending their shutout streak at 12 straight. Despite the rare points put up on the Gophers, Minnesota came up with more to defeat the Cornhuskers and advance their lead in the series to 3-1.[6][7]


Iowa at Nebraska
1 2 Total
Iowa 6
Nebraska 17
  • Date: 1904-11-05
  • Location: Antelope Field • Lincoln, Nebraska

Iowa fought a good game and scored a late touchdown to avoid the shutout, but the 17 points assembled by the Cornhuskers sent the Hawkeyes home with a loss and lagging in the series 4-6-2.[6][7]


Nebraska vs. Haskell
1 2 Total
Nebraska 3 3 6
Haskell 14 0 14

In the 4th meeting of these teams, as they played outside of Lincoln for the first time, Haskell unexpectedly upended the Cornhuskers for the first time. Nebraska's points came only as the result of a recovered Haskell fumble in the end zone. Having now dropped three games on the season, Nebraska headed home in defeat but still owning the series edge 3-1.[6][7]


Bellevue at Nebraska
1 2 Total
Bellevue 0
Nebraska 51
  • Date: 1904-11-19
  • Location: Antelope Field • Lincoln, Nebraska

Bellevue suffered the brunt of Nebraska's wrath following the previous week's loss to Haskell, as the Cornhuskers punched out 51 unanswered points despite having numerous starters sidelined with injuries. Nebraska's record over Bellevue improved to 2-0, both shutout wins. This win was Nebraska's third against significant in-state competition for the season, and with a win against the Lincoln Medics and an exhibition win against Lincoln High, the Cornhuskers recorded their fifth state championship.[6][7]


Illinois at Nebraska
1 2 Total
Illinois 10
Nebraska 16
  • Date: 1904-11-24
  • Location: Antelope Field • Lincoln, Nebraska

For the second year in a row, the Cornhuskers faced Illinois to end the season, and once again Nebraska came away with a win, though not in as convincing fashion as may have been desired. The scoring was back and forth, with Illinois initially in the lead and later coming back within a point before the Cornhuskers put the game away.[6][7]

After the season[edit]

After the record-setting 1902 and 1903 seasons, 1904 was relatively disappointing in its 7-3 finish. Nebraska's record game-winning streak (counting exhibition games) was capped at 27 this year. Coach Booth's overall career record at Nebraska fell to 38-6-1 (.856), while the program's overall record fell very slightly to 79-31-5 (.709).


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