1914 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

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1914 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
1914 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team.jpg
Missouri Valley champion
Conference Big Eight Conference
1914 record 7–0–1 (3–0 MVIAA)
Head coach Ewald O. Stiehm (4th year)
Home stadium Nebraska Field
Seasons
← 1913
1915 →
1914 Missouri Valley football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Nebraska $ 3 0 0     7 0 1
Missouri 4 1 0     5 3 0
Iowa State 2 1 0     4 3 0
Kansas 2 2 0     5 2 1
Washington (MO) 0 3 1     3 3 1
Drake 0 3 1     4 3 1
Kansas State 0 3 0     1 5 1
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1914 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team was the representative of the University of Nebraska in the 1914 college football season. The team was coached by Ewald O. Stiehm and played their home games at Nebraska Field in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Before the season[edit]

Coach Stiehm began his fourth year, bringing with him an impressive three straight conference titles and only two game losses (both to Minnesota) in his three years at the helm. Several key starters from 1913 appeared again on the 17-man roster.

Schedule[edit]

[1]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
October 3* Washburn Nebraska Field • Lincoln, Nebraska W 14-7 -
October 10* South Dakota Nebraska Field • Lincoln, Nebraska T 0-0 -
October 17 at Kansas State Ahearn FieldManhattan, Kansas W 31-0 -
October 24* MAC Nebraska Field • Lincoln, Nebraska W 24-0 -
October 31 Iowa State Nebraska Field • Lincoln, Nebraska W 20-7 -
November 7* Morningside Nebraska Field • Lincoln, Nebraska W 34-7 -
November 14† Kansas Nebraska Field • Lincoln, Nebraska W 35-0 -
November 21* at Iowa Iowa City, Iowa W 16-7 -
*Non-Conference Game. †Homecoming

Roster[edit]

[2]

Abbott, Earl RG
Balis, Arthur E
Caley, Loren HB
Cameron, Robert RT
Chamberlin, Guy HB
Corey, Tim T
DeLamatre, Harry FB
Doyle, Raymond FB
Fouts, Kenneth G
Gross, John G
Halligan, Vic LT
Hawkins, Earl QB
Howard, Warren E
Porter, Grove QB
Potter, Herbert QB
Rutherford, Richard HB
Selzer, Milton HB
Shields, Paul G

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Title First year
in this position
Years at Nebraska Alma Mater
Ewald O. Stiehm Head Coach 1911 1911–1915
Jack Best Trainer 1890 1890–1922

[3]

Game summaries[edit]

Washburn[edit]

Washburn at Nebraska
1 2 Total
Washburn 7
Nebraska 14

The Ichabods of Washburn were not so easily pushed out of the way this year, scoring a touchdown against Nebraska for the first time, but the Cornhuskers still seemingly had little trouble winning the opener and staying perfect in the series at 2-0. [4][5]

South Dakota[edit]

South Dakota at Nebraska
1 2 3 4 Total
South Dakota 0 0 0 0 0
Nebraska 0 0 0 0 0
  • Date: 1914-10-10
  • Location: Nebraska Field • Lincoln, Nebraska

After a three-year break, South Dakota arrived in Lincoln to resume their series with Nebraska. Several South Dakota players allegedly had taken advantage of a loophole in the rules that allowed them, with the aid of relocating themselves geographically out of South Dakota for a period of time in the offseason, to return to play for the Coyotes for six or seven seasons. In this way, South Dakota hoped to find success through fielding over-experienced players. As such, few Nebraska players had been up against the Coyotes before, while several of the South Dakota players had faced the Cornhuskers four years prior. Despite the hijinks, Nebraska still held the Coyotes off the scoreboard for the entire game, though they themselves were also unable to score. Nebraska still held a comfortable lead in the series, at 5-1-2. [4][5][6]

Kansas State[edit]

Nebraska at Kansas State
1 2 Total
Nebraska 31
Kansas State 0

The Kansas State Aggies tasted defeat for the 4th time in a row as Nebraska remained unbeaten in the series, handling Kansas State in a game that was never really in doubt. [4][6]

MAC[edit]

MAC at Nebraska
1 2 Total
MAC 0
Nebraska 24
  • Date: 1914-10-24
  • Location: Nebraska Field • Lincoln, Nebraska

Michigan Agricultural College, the school which would one day be known as Michigan State, faced Nebraska for the first time ever. Any fears about the outcome against an unknown team were put to rest as Nebraska had little trouble securing the game. The Aggies came within a few inches of scoring at one point, but the Cornhusker defense remained stout and sent MAC home with no points to show for their efforts. [4][6]

Iowa State[edit]

Iowa State at Nebraska
1 2 Total
Iowa State 7
Nebraska 20
  • Date: 1914-10-31
  • Location: Nebraska Field • Lincoln, Nebraska

Iowa came out strong and jumped to a 7-point lead to open the scoring, but could not keep up with the superior Nebraska squad, giving up 20 unanswered points before being sent home with another loss and falling farther behind in the series to 10-3-1. [4][6][7]

Morningside[edit]

Morningside at Nebraska
1 2 Total
Morningside 7
Nebraska 34
  • Date: 1914-11-07
  • Location: Nebraska Field • Lincoln, Nebraska

Nebraska hosted the football squad from Morningside College out of Sioux City, Iowa, for the first and only time these teams would meet. Few squads facing the Cornhuskers as practice fodder for single one-off games are able to lay claim to scoring against Nebraska, but a lucky play at the end of the game, when Nebraska was backing off the pressure with the backups on the field, allowed the visitors to avoid the shutout. [4][7]

Kansas[edit]

Kansas at Nebraska
1 2 Total
Kansas 0
Nebraska 35
  • Date: 1914-11-14
  • Location: Nebraska Field • Lincoln, Nebraska

Any hopes Kansas may have harbored to end their 4-game losing streak were short-lived, as Nebraska punched in the first points just five minutes into the game. The contest was never in doubt afterwards as the Jayhawks folded and went home scoreless, the series beginning to stack up against them at 8-13. [4][7]

Iowa[edit]

Nebraska at Iowa
1 2 Total
Nebraska 16
Iowa 7

Having renewed the season-ending annual match with Iowa, Nebraska arrived in Iowa City and made relatively short work of the Haweyes to close out the season, though Iowa did more to resist Nebraska's scoring than anyone else on the schedule that year save the first two teams. The Cornhuskers improved over Iowa to 9-4-3. [4][7]

After the season[edit]

Having come into the program with a conference title in place prior to his arrival, and finishing the prior season with his 3rd straight conference title for four in a row - already unprecedented in Nebraska's program history - coach Stiehm recorded even greater success by locking in Nebraska's 5th consecutive conference championship, a feat that would not be repeated by the Cornhuskers for 70 years. Coach Stiehm's Nebraska career record improved yet again, to 27-2-3 (.891), already into program record territory still unbeaten today. The Nebraska football program's overall record improved to 145-47-11 (.741), while the conference record improved to 15-2-2 (.842).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football - 1914 Schedule/Results". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletics Department. Retrieved 2009-11-21. 
  2. ^ "Nebraska Football 1914 Roster". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletics Department. Retrieved 2009-11-21. 
  3. ^ "Nebraska head coaches". HuskerMax. Retrieved 2009-11-21. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "the 1910s". HuskerMax. Retrieved 2009-11-21. 
  5. ^ a b "1915 Cornhusker - University of Nebraska Yearbook (Page 142)". University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries. Retrieved 2009-11-21. 
  6. ^ a b c d "1915 Cornhusker - University of Nebraska Yearbook (Page 144)". University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries. Retrieved 2009-11-21. 
  7. ^ a b c d "1915 Cornhusker - University of Nebraska Yearbook (Page 145)". University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries. Retrieved 2009-11-21.