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1891 Nebraska Old Gold Knights football
Nebraska State Champions
1891 record 2-2-0
Home stadium Lincoln Park, Lincoln, NE
« 1890 1892 »

The 1891 Nebraska Old Gold Knights football team was the representative of the University of Nebraska in the 1891 college football season. The team did not have a head coach, and played their single home game at Lincoln Park, in Lincoln, Nebraska.


Before the season

1891 was the second year that Nebraska fielded a football team. Although the team was not provided with a head coach by the university that year, T. U. Lyman (a football coach at a small school in Iowa) assisted Nebraska in their preparations for the Iowa game, in order to increase the competitiveness of the Old Gold Knights as a viable opponent for the Iowa squad to play against.[1]



Date Opponent Site Result
October 31 Doane Lincoln Park, Lincoln, Nebraska W 28-4
November 14 at Doane Crete, Nebraska L 12-14
November 26 vs. Iowa Omaha, Nebraska L 0-22
December 5 at Doane Crete, Nebraska W 32-0



Anderson, Arthur C
Barkely, James QB
Chandler, Charles T
Church, R.D. HB
Flippin, George HB
Hyde, Frederick G
Johnston, James HB
Jones, Albin T
Mockett, Ebenezer HB1
Mosher, Bradley FB
Nusz, Chauncy FB
Pace, Eugene QB
Porterfield, James G
Skiles, Charles E
Stockton, William E
White, Jacob E
Wynegar T
Yont, Jesse G
1 Withdrew from classes after first game

Coaching staff

Name Title First year
in this position
Years at Nebraska Alma Mater
T. U. Lyman Head Coach (Iowa game only) 1891 1891 Yale
Jack Best Trainer 1890 1890-1922
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Langdon Frothingham
Nebraska Old Gold Knights head football coach
Succeeded by
J. S. Williams

Game notes



Doane at Nebraska
1 2 Total
Doane 4 0 4
Nebraska 16 12 28

Nebraska had planned a rematch with Doane during the previous season which was never scheduled. This missed contest was more than made up for, as the Old Gold Knights faced Doane for three of Nebraska's four games of 1891.

Although Doane scored the first points of the game - and the first points ever scored against Nebraska, the remainder of the day belonged to the Old Gold Knights, as Nebraska posted 16 unanswered points before the half.

The game was reportedly very physical, with several players suffering serious injuries, to the point that the Doane squad considered calling off the rest of the game, though they eventually agreed to a shortened 15-minute 2nd half. Nebraska put up an additional 12 points before the game ended, finishing with a 28-4 victory.[4][5]


Nebraska at Doane
1 2 Total
Nebraska 6 6 12
Doane 4 10 14

Nebraska was looking for more playing time in preparations for their upcoming contest against the established Iowa Hawkeyes team, and scheduled a rematch with Doane. However, still playing without a head coach, team Captain Ebenezer Mockett withdrew from classes and the team prior to the game, leaving the Old Gold Knights short on leadership.

Doane had practiced intensely for the game, with an eye to avenge their previous losses, while several Nebraska players remained out with injuries from the previous game. Even so, Nebraska reportedly entered the game somewhat overconfident due to their previous victories, a feeling reinforced when Nebraska scored the first points off of an early Doane fumble, and ultimately running up to a 6-0 lead.

Both teams traded possession and points repeatedly afterwards, but Nebraska found itself behind on the scoreboard for the first time ever when Doane pulled ahead to 10-6 after the start of the 2nd half. Although the Old Gold Knights responded with six points of their own to regain the lead, Doane responded in kind and handed Nebraska the first loss in the program's history.[4][5]


Iowa vs. Nebraska
1 2 Total
Iowa 14 8 22
Nebraska 0 0 0

Although Nebraska was supported by a temporary head coach to fill the leadership vacuum, the relative lack of experience, and substandard equipment and uniforms played a part as the Old Gold Knights found themselves in over their heads against the powerful Iowa Hawkeyes. Iowa utilized playing styles that Nebraska had never dealt with before, such as signal calling from the line by the quarterback before the play.

Still, Nebraska played physical defensive football and made Iowa earn their points, but earn them they did, as Iowa put up 22 to Nebraska's 0, handing the Old Gold Knights their first ever shutout loss.[4][5]


Nebraska at Doane
1 2 Total
Nebraska 22 10 22
Doane 0 0 0
  • Date: 1891-12-5
  • Location: Crete, NE

In order to prevent the season ending with a 1-1 tied record with Doane, the two schools arranged to play one more time to settle the season record between them, and to settle the matter of the Nebraska state championship.

Still without a head coach, Nebraska was on fire after the drubbing by Iowa the week before, and drilled Doane at their own home field for 22 unanswered points by the half. Old Gold Knights HB George Flippin, the first African American to play football for Nebraska, and James Johnston each scored three touchdowns along the way.

Doane rallied to keep Nebraska off the scoreboard in the 2nd half but was unable to answer with points of their own and was defeated with a shutout Nebraska victory that handed the Old Gold Knights their second consecutive Nebraska State Championship. Nebraska's record over Doane improved to 3-1.[4][5][6]

After the season

Nebraska claimed their second football title, having defeated Doane College in two out of three games for what amounted to the Nebraska State Championship. Nebraska was now 4-2-0 (.667) all time.

This was the second and last year that the Nebraska team was known as the Old Gold Knights. Although they would also sometimes be referred to as the "Tree Planters", "Nebraskans", "The Rattlesnake Boys", "Red Stockings" or "Antelopes" in their early years, they were officially known as the "Bugeaters" beginning in the 1892 season.

External links


  1. ^ "Husker Press Box - 1891 Game Recaps". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletics Department. Retrieved 2009-11-05.  
  2. ^ "Football - 1891 Schedule/Results". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletics Department. Retrieved 2009-11-05.  
  3. ^ "Nebraska 1891 Roster". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletics Department. Retrieved 2009-11-05.  
  4. ^ a b c d "Husker Press Box - 1891 Game Recaps". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletics Department. Retrieved 2009-11-06.  
  5. ^ a b c d "1890s". HuskerPedia. Retrieved 2009-11-05.  
  6. ^ "Husker Football History Over a Century of Winning Tradition". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletics Department. Retrieved 2009-11-05.  


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