1907 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

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1907 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
1907 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team.jpg
Missouri Valley co-champion
ConferenceMissouri Valley Conference
1907 record8–2 (1–0 MVC)
Head coachWilliam C. "King" Cole (1st season)
Home stadiumAntelope Field
← 1906
1908 →
1907 Missouri Valley football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Iowa + 1 0 0     3 2 0
Nebraska + 1 0 0     8 2 0
Kansas 1 1 0     5 3 0
Missouri 1 2 0     7 2 0
Washington University 0 1 0     1 5 0
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1907 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Nebraska in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) during the 1907 college football season. In its first season under head coach William C. "King" Cole, the team compiled an 8–2 record (1–0 against conference opponents), tied for the MVC championship, and outscored opponents by a total of 323 to 69. The team's average of 32.3 points per game ranked second among 68 major college teams.[1] The team played its home games at Antelope Field in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Before the season[edit]

Nebraska's 11th head coach took over in the same year that Nebraska once again joined a conference, though only one conference game was played this year.


September 28Peru State*
W 53–0
October 5South Dakota*
  • Antelope Field
  • Lincoln, NE
W 39–0
October 12Grinnell*
  • Antelope Field
  • Lincoln, NE
W 30–4
October 19at Minnesota*L 5–8
October 26Colorado*
  • Antelope Field
  • Lincoln, NE
W 22–8
November 2Iowa State*
  • Antelope Field
  • Lincoln, NE
W 10–9
November 9at KansasLawrence, KSW 16–6
November 16at Denver*Denver, COW 63–0
November 23Doane*
  • Antelope Field
  • Lincoln, NE
W 85–0
November 28at Saint Louis*St. Louis, MOL 0–34
  • *Non-conference game




Baekley PLAYER
Barkley PLAYER
Beltzer, Oren E
Bentley, Orlando QB
Birkner, Hugo HB
Burleigh PLAYER
Chaloupka, William RT
Collins, Sydney C
Cooke, Harold QB
Ewing, Henry LG
Frum, Sidney RG
Harte, Louis RG
Harvey, James E
Johnson, Frank E
Kroger, Ernest FB
Matters, Thomas LT
Miller, A.H. RT
Minor, Harry HB
Patton E
Perrin, Dale C
Weller, John HB

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Title First year
in this position
Years at Nebraska Alma Mater
William C. "King" Cole Head Coach 1907 1907–1910 Marietta
Jack Best Trainer 1890 1890–1922


Game summaries[edit]

Peru State[edit]

Peru State at Nebraska
1 2Total
Peru State 0
Nebraska 53

New head coach Cole started strong with a shutout downing of Peru State, the first time these teams met, without allowing the visiting team even a single first down in the game. [6][7]

South Dakota[edit]

South Dakota at Nebraska
1 2Total
South Dakota 0 0 0
Nebraska 23 16 39
  • Date: 1907-10-05
  • Location: Antelope Field • Lincoln, Nebraska

South Dakota seemed at first to have the key to holding off Nebraska, but once the Cornhuskers managed to find the end zone, the Coyote defense lost their containment of the Cornhuskers. Nebraska's lead in the series was now 4-1. [6][7]


Grinnell at Nebraska
1 2Total
Grinnell 4
Nebraska 30
  • Date: 1907-10-12
  • Location: Antelope Field • Lincoln, Nebraska

It had been two years since Grinnell appeared in Lincoln, but it was more of the same for them upon their return. Nebraska failed to capitalize on several Grinnell miscues in the first half, but eventually the Cornhuskers pulled away for the clear win to extend their series lead to 5-2. [6][7]


Nebraska at Minnesota
1 2Total
Nebraska 5
Minnesota 8
  • Date: 1907-10-19
  • Location: Northrop Field • Minneapolis

The now-annual grudge match, where Nebraska continuously seemed to find futility in their repeated attempts to knock off Minnesota, was a repeat of the last several contests. Things were looking up for the Cornhuskers when they capitalized on a Golden Gopher error to score first, but a couple of field goals by Minnesota reversed the lead and yet again sent Nebraska home with a loss, seriously lagging in the series 1-6. [6][7]


Colorado at Nebraska
1 2Total
Colorado 8
Nebraska 22
  • Date: 1907-10-26
  • Location: Antelope Field • Lincoln, Nebraska

Colorado arrived in Lincoln with designs to avenge some earlier losses to the Cornhuskers, but were sent home disappointed after being handed a 22-8 decision resulting in part from several Colorado mistakes during the game. Nebraska's lead in the series was extended to 5-1.[6][7]

Iowa State[edit]

Iowa State at Nebraska
1 2Total
Iowa State 9
Nebraska 10
  • Date: 1907-11-02
  • Location: Antelope Field • Lincoln, Nebraska

Nebraska survived a scare after the Cyclones were at one point leading the Cornhuskers 9-4 in the second half. Both teams made mistakes, but it was Nebraska with more points when time expired. Iowa State fell further behind in the series, 3-6. This game is under dispute, as Iowa State claims they won by a final score of 13-10. This is because on a late-game field goal attempt, the ball hit the ground well short of the uprights, but bounced through. [6][7]


Nebraska at Kansas
1 2Total
Nebraska 16
Kansas 6

The game with Kansas was the only conference match for Nebraska this year, since the Cornhuskers had only recently rejoined a conference and were unable to schedule the other conference teams on the relatively short notice. This one win, however, was enough for Nebraska to claim a share of the conference title, and improved their record over the Jayhawks to 8-6. [6][7]


Nebraska at Denver
1 2Total
Nebraska 63
Denver 0

Nebraska suddenly found their machine to be well-oiled and effective, traveling to Denver to meet the Pioneers for the second time, and recording a convincing 63-0 shutout victory to celebrate the 100th Nebraska program victory, also moving up to 2-0 against Denver. [6][7]


Doane at Nebraska
1 2Total
Doane 0
Nebraska 85
  • Date: 1907-11-23
  • Location: Antelope Field • Lincoln, Nebraska

The Cornhuskers demolished Doane in every way, shutting them out 85-0. This was the highest score and margin of victory ever in the history of Antelope Field, and the second-highest score and margin of victory in program history at that time, second only to the 1905 smashing of Creighton in Omaha, 102-0. Nebraska was now 11-2 over Doane in the longest still-active series in Nebraska's history at that time. [6][7]

Saint Louis[edit]

Nebraska at Saint Louis
1 2Total
Nebraska 0
Saint Louis 34

Nebraska closed out 1907 facing St Louis for the first and only time, no small task considering the Billikens had gone undefeated in the previous season. The Cornhuskers made it within the 2-yard line, and on another attempt within inches of the end zone, but were unable to convert and avoid the season-ending shutout loss. [6][7]

After the season[edit]

Coach Cole wrapped up his first season with the Cornhuskers with relative success, his one-season record of 8-2-0 (.800) raising the program's total slightly to 101-39-5 (.714). Nebraska's win in their one conference game, against Kansas, was enough to put Nebraska into a tie for first place in the league.


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