1902 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
ConferenceIndependent
1902 record9–0
Head coach
Home stadiumAntelope Field
Seasons
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1902 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
South Dakota         10 0 0
Nebraska         9 0 0
North Dakota Agricultural         4 0 0
Central Michigan         4 0 0
Ohio Medical         9 1 0
Marquette         6 1 1
Knox         9 2 0
Haskell         8 2 1
Notre Dame         6 2 1
Drake         5 2 1
Mount Union         6 3 0
Iowa State         6 3 1
Carthage         2 1 1
Cincinnati         4 2 2
Missouri         5 3 0
Miami (OH)         5 3 1
Kansas         6 4 0
Fairmount         4 3 1
Detroit College         3 3 0
Lake Forest         4 4 1
Michigan Agricultural         4 5 0
Wittenberg         3 4 2
Washburn         3 4 0
Doane         2 3 0
Heidelberg         3 5 1
Wabash         2 4 2
Buchtel         2 5 0
Washington University         2 6 1
Butler         1 3 0
Kansas State         2 6 0
Michigan State Normal         1 5 1
Iowa State Normal         1 6 1
Ohio         0 5 1

The 1902 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska in the 1902 college football season. The team was coached by third-year head coach Walter C. Booth and played their home games at Antelope Field in Lincoln, Nebraska. They competed as an independent.[1]

NU compiled a 9–0 record and shut out every opponent by a combined score of 164–0. NU's hopes to be considered the Western Champion were dashed when 11–0 Michigan was selected instead selected following their season-ending 23–6 win over Minnesota (Nebraska defeated the Gophers 6–0). Believing Michigan's membership in the Big Nine Conference elevated its title chance, Nebraska applied to the conference following the season, but the application was denied on account of Lincoln's distance from other schools in the Big Nine. Nebraska would ultimately join the conference over 100 years later.

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 20Lincoln High
W 27–0
September 27Doane
  • Antelope Field
  • Lincoln, NE
W 51–0
October 4at ColoradoW 10–0
October 11Grinnell
  • Antelope Field
  • Lincoln, NE
W 17–0
October 18MinnesotaW 6–0
October 25vs. Missouri Saint Joseph, MOW 12–02,000
November 1Haskell
  • Antelope Field
  • Lincoln, NE
W 28–06,000
November 8Kansas
  • Antelope Field
  • Lincoln, NE
W 16–0
November 15Knox
  • Antelope Field
  • Lincoln, NE
W 7–0
November 27Northwestern
  • Antelope Field
  • Lincoln, NE
W 12–06,000[2]

[3]

Coaching staff

Coach[4][5] Position First year Alma mater
Walter C. Booth Head coach 1900 Princeton
Lew Palmer Assistant coach 1902 Princeton
Jack Best Trainer 1890 Nebraska
Charles Engel Manager 1902 Nebraska
John Westover Assistant manager 1904 Nebraska

Roster

[6]

Bell, Johnny HB
Bender, Johnny HB
Benedict, Maurice QB
Borg, Charles C
Briggs T
Cortelyou, Spencer E
Cotton, Charles RG
Engelhart, William FB
Follmer, Eugene E
Hunter, Fred RG
Mason, Cyrus LT
Mickel, Oliver FB
Ringer, John LG
Shedd, Charlie E
Symondynes HB
Thorpe, Orley QB
Tobin, John G
Westover, John RT
Wilson, Harry LT

Game summaries

Lincoln High

Lincoln High at Nebraska
1 2Total
Lincoln High 0
Nebraska 27
  • Date: September 20
  • Location: Antelope Field, Lincoln, NE

For the fourth consecutive season, NU opened the year with an exhibition game against Lincoln High School.[7]

Doane

Doane at Nebraska
1 2Total
Doane 0 0 0
Nebraska 22 29 51
  • Date: September 27
  • Location: Antelope Field, Lincoln, NE

[7][8]

at Colorado

Nebraska at Colorado
1 2Total
Nebraska 5 5 10
Colorado 0 0 0

See also: Colorado–Nebraska football rivalry

Nebraska met Colorado for the second time in Boulder. A touchdown in each half and a stiff defensive effort secured Nebraska's third straight shutout victory.[7][8]

Grinnell

Grinnell at Nebraska
1 2Total
Grinnell 0 0 0
Nebraska 12 5 17
  • Date: October 11
  • Location: Antelope Field, Lincoln, NE
  • Game weather: Rain

Nebraska was shorthanded due to injury, but the Cornhuskers posted another shutout victory on a rainy day in Lincoln.[7][8]

Minnesota

Nebraska at Minnesota
1 2Total
Minnesota 0 0 0
Nebraska 0 6 6

See also: Minnesota–Nebraska football rivalry

Nebraska traveled to Minneapolis to face the Gophers for a third time. The game remained scoreless until the final minutes, when the Cornhuskers scored a touchdown for what would be the only points of the day. Minnesota lost only one other game the rest of the season, outscoring its opponents 335–34.[7][8]

Missouri

Nebraska vs. Missouri
1 2Total
Nebraska 6 6 12
Missouri 0 0 0

See also: Missouri–Nebraska football rivalry

Meeting Missouri on new neutral ground, in St. Joseph for the first time, the Cornhuskers ended an early scoring attempt by Missouri at the Nebraska 7-yard line, and then shut down the Tigers for the rest of the day, while making two touchdowns of their own to extend the shutout streak to 6, and the series lead to 8-3.[7][8]

Haskell

Haskell at Nebraska
1 2Total
Haskell 0 0 0
Nebraska 6 22 28
  • Date: November 1
  • Location: Antelope Field, Lincoln, NE
  • Game attendance: 6,000

[7][8]

Kansas

Kansas at Nebraska
1 2Total
Kansas 0
Nebraska 16

See also: Kansas–Nebraska football rivalry

Nebraska ran its shutout streak to seven consecutive games, thanks in part to a "trick placekick", that was instead run for a touchdown.[7][8]

Knox

Knox at Nebraska
1 2Total
Knox 0 0 0
Nebraska 7 0 7
  • Date: November 15
  • Location: Antelope Field, Lincoln, NE

Nebraska hosted Knox in the first game between the teams, in what would become one of only two one-score game NU played all season. Knox held Nebraska to just seven points, but the Cornhuskers made a goal-line stand in the second half to record an eighth consecutive shutout.[7][8]

Northwestern

Northwestern at Nebraska
1 2Total
Northwestern 0
Nebraska 12
  • Date: November 27
  • Location: Antelope Field, Lincoln, NE


Nebraska met Northwestern in the first matchup between teams that would become division rivals over 100 years later when NU joined the Big Ten. Northwestern players complained of rough treatment from NU throughout the penalty-ridden game. Nebraska was penalized for seven holding penalties, each of which required turning over the ball according to the rules of the time, but held Northwestern scoreless for a ninth straight shutout win to end the season with a perfect record.[7][8]

References

  1. ^ "1902 Nebraska Cornhuskers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  2. ^ Nebraska is Triumphant, The Independent Era, Thursday, Dec 4, 1902, : Page 2, Column 4
  3. ^ "Football - 1902 Schedule/Results". University of Nebraska–Lincoln Athletics Department. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
  4. ^ "Nebraska head coaches". HuskerMax. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
  5. ^ "1904 Sombrero - University of Nebraska Yearbook". University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
  6. ^ "Nebraska Football 1902 Roster". University of Nebraska–Lincoln Athletics Department. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "the 1900s". HuskerMax. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i "1902 Game Recaps". Husker Press Box. Retrieved 2009-11-13.[permanent dead link]