1913 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
Missouri Valley Champions
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
1913 record8-0-0 (3-0-0 MVIAA)
Head coachEwald O. Stiehm (3rd season)
Home stadiumNebraska Field
Seasons
← 1912
1914 →
1913 Missouri Valley football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Missouri 4 0 0     7 1 0
Nebraska 3 0 0     8 0 0
Kansas 3 2 0     5 3 0
Iowa State 2 2 0     4 4 0
Drake 1 3 0     4 3 1
Kansas State 0 2 0     3 4 1
Washington (MO) 0 4 0     1 5 0

The 1913 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team was the representative of the University of Nebraska in the 1913 college football season. The team was coached by Ewald O. Stiehm and played their home games at Nebraska Field in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Before the season[edit | edit source]

Coach Stiehm returned for his third year after earning conference championships in both of his previous seasons. Although the roster grew slightly from 15 to 17 players, only two starters from 1912 were still part of the program, which required some position changes to be made.

This was the first year that Nebraska utilized a Spring football practice session.[1][2]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

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Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
October 4* Washburn Nebraska Field • Lincoln, Nebraska W 19-0 -
October 11 Kansas State Nebraska Field • Lincoln, Nebraska W 24-6 -
October 18*† Minnesota Nebraska Field • Lincoln, Nebraska W 7-0 -
October 25* Haskell Nebraska Field • Lincoln, Nebraska W 7-6 -
November 1 at Iowa State State Field • Ames, Iowa W 18-9 -
November 8* Nebraska Wesleyan Nebraska Field • Lincoln, Nebraska W 42-7 -
November 15 at Kansas Central Park • Lawrence, Kansas W 9-0 -
November 22* Iowa Nebraska Field • Lincoln, Nebraska W 12-0 -
*Non-Conference Game. †Homecoming

Roster[edit | edit source]

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Abbott, Earl RG
Balis, Arthur E
Beck, Charles E
Cameron, Robert RT
Elwell, John HB
Freitag, Albert G
Halligan, Vic LT
Howard, Warren FB
Mastin, Guy E
Mulligan, Harold E
Pearson, Monte LT
Purdy, Leonard HB
Ross, Clinton RG
Rutherford, Richard HB
Shields, Paul G
Thompson, Robert C
Towle, Max QB

Coaching staff[edit | edit source]

Name Title First year
in this position
Years at Nebraska Alma Mater
Ewald O. Stiehm Head Coach 1911 1911–1915
Jack Best Trainer 1890 1890–1922
Dudley Assistant Coach
Haarman First Assistant Coach

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Game notes[edit | edit source]

Washburn[edit | edit source]

Washburn at Nebraska
by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Washburn 0
Nebraska 0

The young Nebraska team got off to a good, confidence-building start with a shutout victory over Washburn to start the season in the first meeting of these teams. [1][7]

Kansas State[edit | edit source]

Kansas State at Nebraska
by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Kansas State 0
Nebraska 0
  • Date: 1913-10-11
  • Location: Nebraska Field • Lincoln, Nebraska

Despite scoring first, Kansas State was handed their third consecutive loss in the series, remaining winless against Nebraska. [1][7]

Minnesota[edit | edit source]

Minnesota at Nebraska
by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0
Nebraska 0 0 7 0 7
  • Date: 1913-10-18
  • Location: Nebraska Field • Lincoln, Nebraska

When Minnesota arrived in Lincoln for the 13th meeting of these teams in what had become an annual epic grudge match, it was only the second time the game was held in Nebraska. Perhaps aided by the emotion of the Homecoming festivities, the Cornhuskers held their ground and fought the Golden Gophers to a scoreless first half, and then with much effort managed to secure a 3rd quarter touchdown. Minnesota would not allow Nebraska to score again but were also unable to respond, and Nebraska secured its second victory in the series. Of the Cornhuskers, coach Williams of Minnesota said "I cannot say I expected the Gophers to be defeated. Nebraska has a great team." [1][7][8]

Haskell[edit | edit source]

Haskell at Nebraska
by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Haskell 0
Nebraska 0
  • Date: 1913-10-25
  • Location: Nebraska Field • Lincoln, Nebraska

Following the Minnesota victory, a surprisingly difficult fight faced the Cornhuskers when Haskell returned to continue their series with Nebraska. The fierce contest injured Nebraska's team captain, who had to leave the game and was initially feared to be lost for the season. In the end, the Cornhuskers barely escaped with a 1-point margin of victory and sent the Haskell Indians home with another defeat, dropping them to 2-6 on the series. [7][8]

Iowa State[edit | edit source]

Nebraska at Iowa State
by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 0
Iowa State 0

Still without the team captain, the Cornhuskers met the Cyclones in Ames and made their fourth and final appearance at the soon-to-be-replaced State Field. Iowa State provided some fight to make it a game, but ultimately fell again to Nebraska and dropped farther back in the series to 3-9-1. [7][8]

Nebraska Wesleyan[edit | edit source]

Nebraska Wesleyan at Nebraska
by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska Wesleyan 0
Nebraska 0
  • Date: 1913-11-08
  • Location: Nebraska Field • Lincoln, Nebraska

Coach Stiehm allowed the starters to take a break and played mainly reserves against Nebraska Wesleyan, as these teams resumed a series begun in 1896, though five years had passed since their last meeting. The backups were still more than a match for NWU, and Nebraska improved to 4-0 in the series. [7][8]

Kansas[edit | edit source]

Nebraska at Kansas
by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 0
Kansas 0

Cornhusker defense was the order of the day, and Nebraska made use of players returning from injury to hold the Jayhawks scoreless. The win secured Nebraska as unbeaten in conference play and improved their record over Kansas to 12-8. [7][9]

Iowa[edit | edit source]

Iowa at Nebraska
by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Iowa 0 0 0 0 0
Nebraska 6 0 0 6 12
  • Date: 1913-11-22
  • Location: Nebraska Field • Lincoln, Nebraska

Iowa arrived in Lincoln with a reputation as a fast squad that used formations difficult to defend. Nebraska rose to the occasion and held the Hawkeyes off the board for the entire game. Using players still hobbled by injuries suffered during the Haskell game, the Cornhuskers punched in an early touchdown to go up, and a late one to seal the outcome. More than once Iowa threatened to score but came away empty, and fell farther behind Nebraska in the series to 4-8-3. [1][7]

After the season[edit | edit source]

Despite the worries at the beginning of the season that the 1913 Nebraska squad was inexperienced, coach Stiehm managed to lead his squad to an undefeated season and 3rd straight conference title. After his third year, coach Stiehm had again improved his record, to 20-2-2 (.875), while the program also improved to 138-47-10 (.733) overall and 12-2-2 (.813) in conference.[9]

Awards[edit | edit source]

Award Name(s)
All-Western 1st team Vic Halligan
All-Western 2nd team Richard Rutherford
All-Western honorable mention Leonard Purdy
All-Missouri 1st team Charles Beck, Vic Halligan, Guy Mastin, Leonard Purdy, Richard Rutherford, Max Towle

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References[edit | edit source]

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  2. "1915 Cornhusker - University of Nebraska Yearbook (Page 150)". University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries. http://yearbooks.unl.edu/yearbook.php?year=1915&page=150. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  3. "Football - 1913 Schedule/Results". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletics Department. http://www.huskers.com/SportSelect.dbml?SPSID=3&SPID=22&DB_OEM_ID=100&KEY=&Q_SEASON=1913. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  4. "Nebraska Football 1913 Roster". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletics Department. http://www.huskers.com/SportSelect.dbml?SPSID=4&SPID=22&DB_OEM_ID=100&Q_SEASON=1913. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  5. "1914 Cornhusker - University of Nebraska Yearbook (Page 354)". University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries. http://yearbooks.unl.edu/yearbook.php?year=1914&page=354. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  6. "Nebraska head coaches". HuskerMax. http://www.huskermax.com/coaches.html. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 "the 1910s". HuskerMax. http://www.huskermax.com/1910s.html. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 "1914 Cornhusker - University of Nebraska Yearbook (Page 346)". University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries. http://yearbooks.unl.edu/yearbook.php?year=1914&page=346. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "1914 Cornhusker - University of Nebraska Yearbook (Page 347)". University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries. http://yearbooks.unl.edu/yearbook.php?year=1914&page=347. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
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