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1904 Michigan Wolverines football
National Champions (Billingsley)
Big Ten Co-Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
1904 record 10–0 (2–0 Big Ten)
Head coach Fielding Yost (4th year)

Home stadium

Regents Field
« 1903 1905 »
1904 Michigan football team: Germany Schulz in back row between Keene Fitzpatrick and Fielding Yost; Willie Heston in middle row with right arm on ball; Fred Norcross seated in front row center.

The 1904 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1904 college football season. In the team's fourth season under head coach Fielding Yost, the Wolverines compiled a perfect 10-0 record and outscored opponents 567-22. The 1904 team was the fourth of Yost's legendary "Point-a-Minute" teams. Michigan's games were of varying length from 22-1/2 minutes to 70 minutes. Over the course of ten games, Michigan played 476 minutes of football and averaged a point scored for every 50.3 seconds played. The team included future College Football Hall of Fame inductee Willie Heston, who scored 20 touchdowns for 100 points (touchdowns were worth five points under 1904 rules) in 1904.



Date Time Opponent Site Result Attendance
October 1, 1904* Case Regents FieldAnn Arbor, MI W 33–0  
October 5, 1904* Ohio Northern Regents Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 48–0  
October 8, 1904* Kalamazoo Regents Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 95–0  
October 12, 1904* College of Physicians & Surgeons (Chicago) Regents Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 72–0   1,500
October 15, 1904* at Ohio State University ParkColumbus, OH W 31–6   8,000
October 19, 1904* American Medical School Regents Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 72–0  
October 22, 1904* West Virginia Regents Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 130–0   4,000
October 29, 1904 at Wisconsin Madison, WI W 28–0   11,000
November 5, 1904* Drake Regents Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 36–4  
November 12, 1904† Chicago Regents Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 22–12   13,000
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. All times are in Eastern Time.



Letter winners

Player Position Games
Charles Carter Right guard 8 Lewiston, Maine
William Dennison Clark Left end
Right end
Right halfback
Detroit, Michigan
Joe Curtis Left tackle 10 Brooklyn, New York
Walter D. Graham Right tackle 6 Chicago, Illinois
Harry S. Hammond Right end
Right halfback
Chicago, Illinois
Thomas Hammond Right tackle
Right end
Right halfback
Chicago, Illinois
Willie Heston Left halfback 9 Grants Pass, Oregon
Frank Longman Fullback 4 4 Battle Creek, Michigan
Fred Norcross Quarterback 10 10 Menominee, Michigan
Henry Schulte Left guard
Jefferson Barracks, Missouri
Germany Schulz Center
Left guard
Right guard
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Theodore M. Stuart Right end
Right halfback
Left halfback
Chariton, Iowa
Harold Weeks Fullback
Left end
Right halfback
Allegan, Michigan

Reserves and non-letter winners

Game summaries

Michigan 33, Case 0

Michigan opened the 1904 college football season on October 1, 1904 with 33-0 win over Cleveland's Case School of Applied Science. the game was played in 20-minute halves, and the Wolverines scored 22 points in the first half. Numerous substitutions were made at half-time, and the backup players added 11 points in the second half. Fullback Frank Longman scored three touchdowns in the game, and Willie Heston, Walter Rheinschild and Joe Curtis scored one touchdown each. Tom Hammond converted three extra point kicks. Heston's touchdown came on a 75-yard run. Case managed only one first down in the game.

The Michigan players appearing in the game were: John Garrels (left end), Joe Curtis (left tackle), Henry Schulte (left guard), Ted Hammond (starting center), Germany Schulz (right guard), Beechler (starting right tackle and substitute at center), Smull (substitute at right tackle), Tom Hammond (starting right end), Harry Patrick (substitute at right end), Fred Norcross (starting quarterback and substitute at right halfback), Walter Becker (substitute at quarterback), Willie Heston (starting left halfback), William Dennison Clark (substitute at left halfback), Ted Stuart (starting right halfback), James DePree (substitute at right halfback), Frank Longman (starting fullback), and Walter Rheinschild (substitute at fullback).

Michigan 38, Ohio Northern 0

In the second game of the 1904 season, Michigan defeated Ohio Northern 38-0 in a game consisting of halves of 20 and 15 minutes. Willie Heston scored three touchdowns and had runs of 45, 32, 35 and 30 yards.

Michigan 95, Kalamazoo 0

In the third game of the season, Michigan defeated Kalamazoo College 95-0 in a game consisting of two 20-minute halves. Heston scored six touchdowns and had long touchdown runs of 65, 70, 85 and 65 yards.

Michigan 72, Physicians & Surgeons 0

In the fourth game of the season, Michigan defeated the Physicians & Surgeons team 72-0 in a short mid-week game lasting only 22-1/2 minutes -- a 15-minute first half and a 7-1/2 minute second half. Quarterback Fred Norcross scored four touchdowns, and Heston scored three. Norcross had touchdown runs of 67, 35 and 90 yards.

Michigan 31, Ohio State 6

Michigan defeated Ohio State 31-6 in a game consisting of 30-minute halves in Columbus, Ohio. Heston scored three touchdowns, bringing his season total to 16.

Michigan 73, American Medical School 0

For its sixth game of the season, Michigan played a short mid-week game against the American Medical School. The game consisted of a 20-minute first half and a 3-1/2 minute second half. Right halfback Clark led the scoring with four touchdowns. Weeks scored three touchdowns. Heston was limited to a single touchdown.

Michigan 130, West Virginia 0

Michigan played its seventh game against Coach Yost's alma mater, West Virginia. In a short game consisting of 25 and 20-minute halves, Michigan outscored West Virgina 130-0. Joe Curtis led the scoring with 49 points on six touchdowns (five points each) and 19 extra point kicks. For the first time in the 1904 season, Heston did not score.

Michigan 28, Wisconsin 0

Michigan played its first full-length game (two 35-minute halves) of the season against Wisconsin. Michigan won the game 28-0. Heston and Carter each scored two touchdowns, and Norcross added another.

Michigan 36, Drake 4

In its ninth game, Michigan defeated the team from Drake by a score of 36-4. The game was played in two 25-minute halves. Curtis led the scoring with 16 points on two touchdowns and six extra point kicks. Willie Heston did not play in the game.

Michigan 22, Chicago 12

Michigan concluded an undefeated season with a 22-12 win over the University of Chicago on November 12, 1904. The game, played in 35-minute halves, featured several College Football Hall of Fame inductees, including Walter Eckersall and Hugo Bezdek for Chicago and Willie Heston and Germany Schulz for Michigan. Heston, Eckersall and Bezdek each scored single touchdowns, but the lead scorer was Michigan's Tom Hammond with 17 points on three touchdowns and two extra points. Heston finished the season with 20 touchdowns for 100 points.

Awards and honors

  • Captain: Willie Heston
  • All-Americans: Willie Heston (as selected by Walter Camp, New York Evening Telegram, and Fred Lowenthal); Joe Curtis (as selected by Fred Lowenthal)[1][2][3]
  • All-Western: Willie Heston (Chicago Record-Herald, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, Detroit Tribune), Tom Hammond (Chicago Record-Herald, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press), Frank Longman (Chicago Record-Herald, Detroit Free Press, Detroit Tribune), Joe Curtis (Chicago Record-Herald, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Tribune), Carter (Detroit Tribune)

Coaching staff


  1. ^ "Camp's Idea Of Football Stars: Yale Coach Puts Two Western Men in His Selection". The Daily Review (Decatur, IL). 1904-12-28. 
  2. ^ "In the Sporting World". Oshkosh Daily Northwestern. 1904-12-03. 
  3. ^ "Some All-American Football Elevens". The Pittsbugh Press. 1904-11-29. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=YRIbAAAAIBAJ&sjid=o0gEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3668,3993908&dq=shevlin+piekarski&hl=en. 

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