1903 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The 1903 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska as an independent during the 1903 college football season. Led by fourth-year head coach Walter C. Booth, the Cornhuskers compiled a record of 10–0, excluding one exhibition game. Nebraska played home games at Antelope Field in Lincoln, Nebraska.

1903 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
ConferenceIndependent
Record10–0
Head coach
Home stadiumAntelope Field
Seasons
← 1902
1904 →
1903 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Nebraska     11 0 0
North Dakota     7 0 0
Central Michigan     6 0 0
Notre Dame     8 0 1
Iowa State     8 1 0
Marquette     7 1 0
Lake Forest     6 1 0
North Dakota Agricultural     5 1 0
Haskell     7 2 0
Fairmount     6 2 0
Wabash     9 3 0
St. Xavier     7 3 0
Wittenberg     5 2 1
Doane     2 1 0
Northern Illinois State     4 2 0
American Medical     6 3 0
Kansas     6 3 0
Drake     5 3 0
Kirksville Osteopaths     5 3 0
Iowa State Normal     4 3 1
Ohio Medical     5 4 0
Michigan State Normal     4 4 0
Washington University     4 4 2
Heidelberg     3 4 2
Kansas State     3 4 1
Detroit College     3 4 0
Shurtleff     2 4 1
Ohio     2 4 0
South Dakota Agricultural     1 2 0
Mount Union     2 5 1
DePauw     2 6 1
Miami (OH)     1 4 0
Missouri     1 7 1
Western Illinois     0 3 1
Cincinnati     1 8 0
Baldwin–Wallace     0 1 0
Buchtel     0 2 0
Butler     0 3 0
Chicago P&S     0 4 0

Nebraska went undefeated for the second straight season, setting a new program record with 22 consecutive victories. One newspaper of the time wrote "Nebraska occupies a unique position in western football. Too strong to find fearful competitors, the Cornhuskers can almost weep with Alexander the Great because they have no more teams to conquer."[1]

Schedule edit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 19Lincoln High School
W 23–6 (exhibition)
September 26Grand Island
  • Antelope Field
  • Lincoln, NE
W 64–0
October 3South Dakota
  • Antelope Field
  • Lincoln, NE
W 23–0
October 10at DenverDenver, COW 10–0
October 17Haskell
  • Antelope Field
  • Lincoln, NE
W 16–03,000
October 24Colorado
  • Antelope Field
  • Lincoln, NE (rivalry)
W 31–0
October 31at IowaW 17–6
November 7Knox (IL)
  • Antelope Field
  • Lincoln, NE
W 33–5
November 14at Kansas
W 6–0
November 21Bellevue
  • Antelope Field
  • Lincoln, NE
W 52–0
November 26Illinois
  • Antelope Field
  • Lincoln, NE
W 16–0

[2]

Coaching staff edit

Coach[3][4] Position First year Alma mater
Walter C. Booth Head coach 1900 Princeton
John Westover Assistant coach 1904 Nebraska
Jack Best Trainer 1890 Nebraska

Roster edit

[5]

Bell, Johnny HB
Bender, Johnny HB
Benedict, Maurice QB
Borg, Charles C
Briggs LT
Clark PLAYER
Cortelyou, Spencer E
Cotton, Charles RG
Eager, Earl HB
Engelhart, William FB
Follmer, Eugene E
Graves, Elliot HB
Hunter, Fred RG
Lantz HB
Lesh, W.W. G
Marsh, Earl HB
Mason, Cyrus LT
Mason, John FB
Mickel, Oliver FB
Perry, F.D. T
Ringer, John LG
Robertson, Claud RT
Shedd, Charlie E
Thorpe, Orley E
Tobin, John G
Wilson, Harry LT

Game summaries edit

Lincoln High edit

Lincoln High at Nebraska
1 2Total
Lincoln High 6
Nebraska 23
  • Date: September 19
  • Location: Antelope Field, Lincoln, NE

In their sixth exhibition meeting, the Lincoln high schoolers managed to put points on the board against the Cornhuskers for the first time, remarkably ending Nebraska's run of 10 straight shutout victories. Unsurprisingly, though, the University put up more, and pushed the perfect series record to 6-0.[6]

Grand Island edit

Grand Island at Nebraska
1 2Total
Grand Island 0
Nebraska 64
  • Date: September 26
  • Location: Antelope Field, Lincoln, NE

Nebraska amassed nearly 800 yards of offense against Grand Island in the first meeting between the schools, the tenth straight shutout by the Cornhuskers defense.[6][7]

South Dakota edit

South Dakota at Nebraska
1 2Total
South Dakota 0
Nebraska 23

Nebraska faced South Dakota for the first time in four years, dominating the Coyotes.[6][7]

At Denver edit

Nebraska at Denver
1 2Total
Nebraska 0 10 10
Denver 0 0 0

Nebraska had 685 yards of offense to Denver's 15 in the first meeting between the schools. Frequent turnovers and a muddy playing surface likely prevented the Cornhuskers from scoring more than ten points.[6][7]

Haskell edit

Haskell at Nebraska
1 2Total
Haskell 0
Nebraska 16
  • Date: October 17
  • Location: Antelope Field, Lincoln, NE
  • Game attendance: 3,000

Nebraska dominated Haskell in the 100th game in NU history. Some historical records mention this as the first game in which a Nebraska mascot appeared, in this case a bulldog wearing a scarlet and cream blanket, though records suggest NU may have used a white bull terrier painted half red as a mascot as far back as 1893.[6][7]

Colorado edit

Colorado at Nebraska
1 2Total
Colorado 0
Nebraska 31

Nebraska outgained Colorado 314 to 37 in the third game of the rivalry.[6][7]

At Iowa edit

Nebraska at Iowa
1 2Total
Nebraska 17
Iowa 6

After three years without facing the Hawkeyes, Nebraska traveled to Iowa City for the first time. Nebraska's 14-game shutout streak ended after a fumble and penalty allowed Iowa to punch in a touchdown from NU's 2-yard line. Nebraska still won the game for its 18th straight victory.[6][7]

Knox edit

Knox at Nebraska
1 2Total
Knox 5
Nebraska 33

[6][7]

Kansas edit

Nebraska at Kansas
1 2Total
Nebraska 0 6 6
Kansas 0 0 0

Kansas presented the stiffest challenge of the season for the Cornhuskers, who did not score until minutes remained in the game. That touchdown was enough to win as NU shut out the Jayhawks 6–0.[6][7]

Bellevue edit

Bellevue at Nebraska
1 2Total
Bellevue 0
Nebraska 52
  • Date: November 21
  • Location: Antelope Field, Lincoln, NE

[6][7]

Illinois edit

Illinois at Nebraska
1 2Total
Illinois 0 0 0
Nebraska 0 16 16
  • Date: November 26
  • Location: Antelope Field, Lincoln, NE

Nebraska managed just 58 yards in a scoreless first half, but the Cornhuskers produced 276 yards and 16 points in the second half to defeat the Fighting Illini.[6][7]

References edit

  1. ^ "Husker Football History" (PDF). University of Nebraska–Lincoln Athletics Department. Archived from the original on July 12, 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ "1903 Nebraska Cornhuskers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  3. ^ "Nebraska head coaches". HuskerMax. Retrieved November 14, 2009.
  4. ^ "1902 Sombrero - University of Nebraska Yearbook". University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries. Retrieved November 14, 2009.
  5. ^ "Nebraska Football 1903 Roster". University of Nebraska–Lincoln Athletics Department. Retrieved November 14, 2009.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "the 1900s". HuskerMax. Retrieved November 14, 2009.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "1903 Game Recaps". Husker Press Box. Retrieved November 14, 2009.[permanent dead link]