For this #BeatState edition of This Week in Michigan Football History we go back 112 years to 1904, a season that featured arguably the greatest Wolverine squad of all time. Dig it:
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script after the jump:
1904 is one of the most remarkable years in Michigan football lore, and that team is certainly in the discussion of the finest Wolverine squad to ever take the field. Fielding Yost’s crew shutout all but one foe, outscored opponents 567-22, finished 11-0 and claimed a national championship. In the famed Point-A-Minute era, they were actually exceeding that crazy scoring pace – tallying a point every 50 seconds.
On this day 112 years ago, the Yostmen traveled to Madison to face Wisconsin. The maize and blue were tested in a scoreless first half, but in the 2nd they RELEASED the hounds with 5 touchdowns including a pair by future Hall of Famer, the great Willie Heston. The 28-0 victory was the final test before a season ending showdown against Chicago and Amos Alonzo Stagg.
It’s easy to understand why Heston and crew got off to a slow start against the Badgers. They were probably still catching their collective breath from the game a week prior when Yost’s alma mater, West Virginia, visited Ann Arbor. Perhaps Hurry Up had a beef against his school, as Meechigan scored TWENTY TWO touchdowns (worth 5 points back then) in the 130-0 destruction.
That 1904 beating remains the biggest margin of victory in Wolverine history.
One Morgantown paper had a little fun with the game, writing <quote> “It is declared that every player on Yost’s team weighs eight tons and has an average speed of 96 miles per hour. They are said to breathe forth smoke and flames and of superhuman strength and cunning. One player says he was plucked up in the air and thrown over the head of a creature one hundred feet high with eight arms.”<unquote>
A Mountaineer player talked about the offense, saying “All we could do was line up down the field and wait until the bunch came along. Sometimes we would get them, and sometimes we wouldn’t – mostly wouldn’t.”
The 1904 season concluded with a 22-12 defeat of Stagg and his Chicago Maroons – proving once again that The Victors were the rightful Champions of the West and everywhere else – and Yost earned another national championship.