Oct. 8, 1904
Nebraska rolled up 240 yards to Colorados 90, but it didnt matter on the scoreboard as CU prevailed, 6-0, and snapped Nebraskas 24-game winning streak.
The only touchdown came after Maurice Benedict, captain and quarterback of the visiting Cornhuskers, fumbled the ball on a punt return in the early stages of the first half. Colorado recovered and drove 30 yards for the score, with halfback Elwin Caley scoring the five-point touchdown and adding the one-point conversion kick. (Some of these details conflict with Cy Sherman's recollections of the game in 1931.)
Nebraska had three forays inside the Colorado 10-yard line during the game but came up empty each time.
Nebraska coach Bummy Booth said the Cornhuskers were affected by the high altitude. The Omaha World-Herald said two Cornhuskers required hospital treatment after the game, including fullback Cy Mason, who "played all through the game in a half-conscious condition, due to the light air."
The night before the game, there was a dispute over the length of halves to be played. Nebraska wanted 25-minute halves because of the thin mountain air, while Colorado wanted 35 minutes. Thirty minutes was eventually agreed upon.
The last time the Cornhuskers had lost was on Nov. 2, 1901, against Wisconsin in Milwaukee. The streak stood as the longest in school history until 1995.
NEBRASKA SUFFERS DEFEAT
Unfortunate Fumble Gives Colorado University a Chance to Score.
CORNHUSKERS EXCEL IN CARRYING BALL
Benedict Also Outkicks His Opponent, but in Spite of the Dope Nebraska Loses he Game to Colorado.
BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 8. (Special Tele
gram.) The University of Nebraska today
oustalned Its first reverse upon the grid
iron sines the Comhuskers were defeated
by the champion Wisconsin eleven in 1901.
Today Nebraska went down In a gruelling
struggle before Colorado university, the
final score standing 6 to 0. But fortune
truly smiled upon Colorado's banner, for
Booth's pupils lugged the oval on straight
football a distance of 240 yards, while Colo
rado's efforts in the line of ground gaining
netted only ninety yards. Benedict. Ne
braska's punter, also outklcked his rival,
while in returning punts the margin in
Nebraska's favor was nearly four yards to
one, yet In spite of this comparison, which
Is all in Nebraska's favor, the! trophy of
victory went to the mountaineers.
A fumble by Captain Benedict In the
early stage of the first half proved fatal
to Nebraska's fortunes. Colorado punted
end Benedict raced back ten yards before
being downed. The force of the tackle
drove the ball out of his arms and Into the
clutches of a hungry opponent. 'Nebraska's
goal at this juncture was only thirty yards
away and the westerners put on full steam
and directed a succession of plunges against
the Nebraska line. The gains, although
short, were persistent and did not end
until Caley had been pushed through tr a
touchdown. On the try at goal Caley
booted the ball squarely between the posts.
During the remainder of the struggle the
play was in Colorado's territory practically"
the entire time. Thrice the Cornhuskers
fought their way Inside of Colorado's ten
yard line, once advancing until the goal
was only three yards away, but Nebraska
could not batter through and over the line.
The two teams were almost evenly
matched on the score of weight. Ne
braska's line was slightly heavier, but this
advantage was counterbalanced by Colo
rado's superiority In beef In the back field.
In fact, the Colorado backs are entitled to
most of the credit for the victory, for It
was the sterling defense of the back field
men which so persistently stopped Ne
braska's advance when a touchdown seemed
Bender Makes Only Long; Ran.
Bender, Nebraska's whirlwind right half,
Is credited with the only long sprint of the
game. Swinging around Colorado's right
end, with Benedict heading the Interfer
ence, he cleared every mar. of tho Colo
rado eleven, the full back atone excepted.
Bender, ' howVver. was following Benedict
too closely and when Caley plunged in
front of the play troth Benedict and Bender
were bowled to the ground.
The line bucking of Glenn Mason, full
back for the Cornhuskers, was almost a
revelation, Colorado seldom being able to
check him in his fierce plunge.!. Colorado's
defense In stopping end runu was remark
ably efficient and Captain Benedict found
himself forced to rely almost entirely on
charge." Into the line. Mason was used
persistently on down after down until he
reached the limit of human endurance,
compelling a resort to other tactics in order
that he might be given the chance to r.-v
galn his waning strength. One of Mason's
plunges, with Bender propelling him rom
the rear, was not stopped ' until he had
advanced tha ball upwards ef -twenty-five
yards. . '
Nebraska suffered plainly from the quick
transition to the rare atmosphere of the
mountain state. The Cornhuskers were
fagged early in the game and took time on
almost every' down. Meanwhile tho Colo
rado eleven, which had been pointed with
tho Nebraska game especially in view,
played with Bplendid dash and spirit and
finished strong almost to the last man.
There was a complete absence of rough
play or wrangling and the Colorado stud
ents gave a commendable show of true col
lege spirit by cheering frequently for the
C'oloradoans Admit Contention.
Tho controversy of last night over the
length of the halves was compromised, each
team waving a point, and an agreement
was reported providing for thirty-minute
halves. After the game a member of the
Colorado faculty frankly admitted that the
Colorado management had violated the pro
prieties dictated by a strict 'regard for
college sportsmanship by insisting upon
full thirty-five-minute halves, saying that
Nebraska's desire to play twenty-five min
ute halves, on the ground that the high
altitude was a. detriment to a team from
the east, should have been assented to
without controversy. He will head a move
ment to secure a formal expression by the
Colorado Athletic board of the error of its
management in this regard. The lineup:
Robertson R EL E Loavltt, SaUberK
per R TIL T smith
llorg, Richardson R CI L. O Roller
J"1" ...Cc Hruesa
Dart L ul R O.Karnopp, Chrlatlaneoa
C. alaaon LilRT Colnn
Johnson LEIRE Cavanauib
Benedict (C) Q Big H Owena (C
Bender R H Bib H B Caley
Kuger, Penlon L HHIHH II Johnaton. Alien
O. Mason r Bl F B Roberts
Touchdown: Caley. Goal: Caley. Um
pire: Thompson of Denver. Referee; Rls
ley of Denver.