1904 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1904 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
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National champion (Billingsley)
Western Conference co-champion
Conference Western Conference
1904 record 13–0 (3–0 Western)
Head coach Henry L. Williams (5th season)
Base defense 7–1–2–1
Captain Mose Strathern
Home stadium Northrop Field
Seasons
← 1903
1905 →
1904 Western Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Minnesota + 3 0 0     13 0 0
Michigan + 2 0 0     10 0 0
Chicago 5 1 1     10 1 1
Illinois 3 1 1     9 2 1
Northwestern 1 2 0     8 2 0
Purdue 1 2 0     9 3 0
Iowa 0 3 0     7 4 0
Wisconsin 0 3 0     5 3 0
Indiana 0 3 0     6 4 0
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1904 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1904 Western Conference football season. In their fifth year under head coach Henry L. Williams, the Golden Gophers compiled a 13–0 record (3–0 against Western Conference opponents).[1] The 1904 Minnesota team has been recognized as a college football national champion by the Billingsley Report.[2]

The 146 point victory over Grinnell represents both the largest point total and the largest margin of victory in Gopher football history.[3]

Ten Minnesota players were recognized on the 1904 All-Western college football team: quarterback Sigmund Harris (COL-2, CT-2, MJ-1); halfbacks Otto Nelson Davies (COL-1, CT-2, MJ-1) and James Edward Kremer (COL-2); fullback Earl Current (CT-2, MJ-1); end Bobby Marshall (COL-2, MJ-1); tackles Percy Porter Brush (CRH, CT-2, MJ-2) and George Leland Case (MJ-2); guards Walton W. Thorpe (COL-1, CRH, CT-1, DFP, DT, MJ-1, SLR, WC) and Daniel D. Smith, Minnesota (CT-2); and center Moses Strathern (MJ-1).[4][5][6][7][8][9]

Two players also received recognition on the 1904 College Football All-America Team. Quarterback Sigmund Harris received third-team honors from Walter Camp, and guard Walton Thorp received first-team honors from Illinois coach Fred Lowenthal and third-team honors from Walter Camp.[10][11][12]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 17 Twin Cities Central High* Northrop FieldMinneapolis, MN W 107–0   3,000
September 24 South Dakota* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 77–0    
September 28 Shattuck* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 75–0    
October 1 Carleton* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 65–0    
October 5 St. Thomas (MN)* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 47–0    
October 8 North Dakota* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 35–0   2,000
October 15 Iowa State* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 32–0    
October 22 Grinnell* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 146–0    
October 29 Nebraska* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN (Rivalry) W 16–12   12,000
November 5 Lawrence* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 69–0    
November 12 at Wisconsin Randall FieldMadison, WI (Rivalry) W 28–0   18,000
November 19 at Northwestern Sheppard Field • Evanston, IL W 17–0   11,000
November 24 at Iowa Iowa FieldIowa City, IA (Rivalry) W 11–0    
*Non-conference game.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1904 Minnesota Golden Gophers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2015). "National Poll Rankings" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA. p. 108. Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
  3. ^ General Alumni. History. p. 92. 
  4. ^ Collier's Self Indexing Annual. P. F. Collier & Son. 1905. p. 674.  (COL)
  5. ^ "News-Athletics". The Michigan Daily. December 1904. p. 133.  (CRH, DT, DFP)
  6. ^ "All-Western Football Eleven". Chicago Tribune. November 27, 1904.  (CT)
  7. ^ O'Loughlin (November 28, 1904). "The Journal's "All Western"". The Minneapolis Journal. p. 15.  (MJ)
  8. ^ "All-Western Football Team". The St. Louis Republic. November 30, 1904. p. 9.  (SLR)
  9. ^ Walter Camp, ed. (1905). Spalding's Official Foot Ball Guide 1905. American Sports Publishing Company. p. 35.  (WC)
  10. ^ "Camp's Idea Of Football Stars: Yale Coach Puts Two Western Men in His Selection". The Daily Review (Decatur, IL). 1904-12-28. 
  11. ^ "Camp's 1904 All America Football Team". Capital Times. 1904-11-24. 
  12. ^ "Some All-American Football Elevens". The Pittsburgh Press. 1904-11-29.