1905 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The 1905 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska as an independent during the 1905 college football season. Led by Walter C. Booth in his sixth and final season as head coach, the Cornhuskers compiled a record of 8–2, excluding one exhibition game. Nebraska played home games at Antelope Field in Lincoln, Nebraska.

1905 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
Nebraska state champion
ConferenceIndependent
Record8–2
Head coach
Home stadiumAntelope Field
Seasons
← 1904
1906 →
1905 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Detroit College     1 0 0
Kansas     10 1 0
Central Michigan     7 1 0
Doane     5 1 0
Nebraska     9 2 0
Saint Louis     7 2 0
Butler     7 2 1
Kansas State     6 2 0
Northern Illinois State     3 1 1
Carthage     4 2 0
Western Illinois     4 2 0
Iowa State     6 3 0
Washington University     7 3 2
Wittenberg     7 4 0
Heidelberg     6 4 0
Iowa State Normal     5 3 2
Cincinnati     5 3 0
Miami (OH)     4 3 0
Missouri     5 4 0
Notre Dame     5 4 0
Fairmount     5 4 1
Haskell     5 4 1
Lake Forest     6 5 0
Wabash     6 5 0
Drake     4 4 0
Michigan State Normal     4 4 0
Marquette     3 4 0
South Dakota State     2 3 0
Ohio     2 5 2
DePauw     3 6 0
Mount Union     2 6 0
North Dakota Agricultural     1 4 1
Baldwin–Wallace     0 1 0
Chicago P&S     0 1 0
St. Mary's (OH)     0 3 0

Booth retired from coaching following the 1905 season, departing Nebraska with a 46–8–1 record. His 46 wins were a school record until 1966, when he was passed by Bob Devaney.

Schedule edit

DateTimeOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 23Grand Island
W 30–0
September 30Lincoln High School
  • Antelope Field
  • Lincoln, NE
W 20–0 (exhibition)
October 7South Dakota
  • Antelope Field
  • Lincoln, NE
W 42–6
October 14 3:00 p.m.Knox
  • Antelope Field
  • Lincoln, NE
W 16–0
October 21at MichiganL 0–315,000
October 283:00 p.m.at Creighton
W 102–0
November 43:00 p.m.Iowa State
  • Antelope Field
  • Lincoln, NE
W 21–0
November 11Colorado
  • Antelope Field
  • Lincoln, NE (rivalry)
W 18–04,012–7,000[1]
November 18at MinnesotaL 0–3510,000
November 25Doane
  • Antelope Field
  • Lincoln, NE
W 43–5
November 30Illinois
  • Antelope Field
  • Lincoln, NE
W 24–6

[2]

Coaching staff edit

Coach[3] 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

[4]

Barta, Frank G
Barwick, Leonard QB
Bender, Johnny HB
Benedict, Maurice QB
Borg, Charles C
Burns, Donald T
Cotton, Charles RG
Craig, Hugh HB
Denslow, Lloyd E
Eager, Earl HB
Graves, Elliot HB
Hunter, Fred RG
Johnson, William E
Lundin, Alford T
Mason, Cyrus LT
Mason, John FB
McDonald, Gil E
Mills, Leslie QB
Morse, C.L. QB
Nelson, Thomas G
Ringer, John LG
Schmidt, Francis HB
Taylor, Robert RG
Weller, John HB
Wenstrand, Ralph G
Wilson, Harry HB

Game summaries edit

Grand Island edit

Grand Island at Nebraska
1 2Total
Grand Island 0
Nebraska 30
  • Date: September 23
  • Location: Antelope Field, Lincoln, NE

Booth missed Nebraska's season-opening win with an illness. This was the final meeting between Grand Island and Nebraska.[5][6]

Lincoln High edit

Lincoln High at Nebraska
1 2Total
Lincoln High 0
Nebraska 20
  • Date: September 30
  • Location: Antelope Field, Lincoln, NE

This was the eighth and final exhibition game between Lincoln High and Nebraska.[6]

South Dakota edit

South Dakota at Nebraska
1 2Total
South Dakota 6
Nebraska 42

South Dakota's only points came after returning a fumble for a touchdown. Nebraska dominated the remainder of the game to win 42–6.[5][6]

Knox edit

Knox at Nebraska
1 2Total
Knox 0
Nebraska 16

Nebraska defeated Knox 16–0 in what was described as "another early season walk through warm up game."[5][6]

At Michigan edit

Nebraska at Michigan
1 2Total
Nebraska 0 0 0
Michigan 0 31 31

Nebraska met Michigan for the first time in 1905, the final season Michigan played at Regents Field. The Wolverines were led by Fielding H. Yost, marking the first time NU had played one of its past head coaches. Michigan pulled away after a scoreless first half to win 31–0.[5][6]

At Creighton edit

Nebraska at Creighton
1 2Total
Nebraska 40 62 102
Creighton 0 0 0

A week after a humbling loss at Michigan, Nebraska set new program records for points scored and margin of victory in a 102–0 win over Creighton in Omaha. NU scored more points in the second half than in the first despite an enormous lead.[5][6]

Iowa State edit

Iowa State at Nebraska
1 2Total
Iowa State 0
Nebraska 21
  • Date: November 4
  • Location: Antelope Field, Lincoln, NE
  • Game weather: Rain

After a three-year hiatus, Nebraska renewed its series with Iowa State. NU shut out the Cyclones 21–0 in heavy rain.[5][6]

Colorado edit

Colorado at Nebraska
1 2Total
Colorado 0 0 0
Nebraska 6 12 18
  • Date: November 11
  • Location: Antelope Field, Lincoln, NE
  • Game attendance: 4,012

Nebraska shut out Coloraso in front of 4,012 fans, a school record for a non-Thanksgiving Day crowd.[5][6]

At Minnesota edit

Nebraska at Minnesota
1 2Total
Nebraska 0
Minnesota 35

[5][6]

Doane edit

Doane at Nebraska
1 2Total
Doane 0 5 5
Nebraska 37 6 43
  • Date: November 25
  • Location: Antelope Field, Lincoln, NE

Nebraska claimed a sixth state championship with a 43–5 victory over Doane.[5][6]

Illinois edit

Illinois at Nebraska
1 2Total
Illinois 6 0 6
Nebraska 12 12 24
  • Date: November 30
  • Location: Antelope Field, Lincoln, NE

[5][6]

References edit

  1. ^ "Nebraska 18, Colorado 0". The Lincoln Star. November 12, 1905. Retrieved April 14, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "1905 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. ^ "Nebraska Football 1905 Roster". University of Nebraska–Lincoln Athletics Department. Retrieved November 14, 2009.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "1905 Game Recaps". Husker Press Box. Retrieved November 14, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "the 1900s". HuskerMax. Retrieved November 14, 2009.