It was expected that the Cornell eleven would give Harvard some valuable practice; but the practice that the 'varsity got out of Saturday's game is the sort that makes a team careless. The visitors played a plucky game; but they were over-matched at every point and became discouraged in the last half; further, they were hardly in condition to play their best game, for they had played on Thursday and Friday and had been up a great deal traveling. Their eleven is made up of strong, heavy men, and if they knew the game they would give any team a hard fight. Back of the line Cornell has three valuable men in Gowger, Osgood and Bacon. Osgood is one of the strongest rushing half-backs seen in Cambridge this year, and Bacon punts very effectively. In the line Collon and Galbraith are very valuable men.
Captain Cumnock played Lake and Fearing at half-back, and during the first half they were sent through the cetre instead of around the ends as usual. The success which attended this style of play, considering the strength of the Cornell centre, is encouraging. Lake's work was particularly good; one of his rushes through the centre of the Cornell team and nearly half the length of the field was remarkable. Fearing also played well; his tackling is peculiar but effective. The rush line work was, on the whole, good, and at some times brilliant. One of the worst faults of the rushers now is the tendency to become careless. Cornell got through the line many times Saturday on this account. Another is the inability to stop a V quickly; nearly every team that has played the 'varsity this year has regularly gained ten and fifteen yards whenever they put the ball in play in this way. Dean's passing was not good Saturday; otherwise his play was all that could be desired. Trafford showed great and gratifying improvement in punting, and he blocked and tackled admirably.
The game began with Cornell in possession of the ball. Gowger gained 12 yards but lost the ball. Harvard immediately began forcing it to Cornell's end by short runs through the line, and five minutes after the game began Lake scored the first touchdown; no goal. Score 4-0. With the wind against them Cornell tried kicking the ball out from the 26 yard line, and of course lost ground. Fearing and Lake carried the ball right back to Cornell's line, and in two minutes the latter scored the second touch-down; goal. Score, 10-0. Immediately after the ball had been put in play Dean secured it, ran 55 yards and scored; goal. Score, 16-0. Harvard was playing a strong game and scored rapidly now; Lake and Fearing both gained on every rush, and the latter had soon raised the score ten points by two touch-downs, from one of which Trafford kicked a goal. The next was a little longer coming. Trafford tried for a goal from the field but failed. Bacon again kicked out from the 25 yard line and Cornell lost ground by the return, and a little later Fearing scored again; goal. Score, 32-0. Newell, who had been severely shaken up by a fall, left the game at this point, and Davis took his place. From this time to the end of the half Harvard added twenty points to her score. Lake secured three of the touch-downs, one of them by the beautiful rush already spoken of. The last one was secured by a combination rush of Upton and Crosby. Trafford kicked two goals from the touch-downs.
At the beginning of the second half Perry took Crosby's place; he did not play so well as Crosby, who had been doing brilliant work. A short time after the beginning of the half Lee took the place of Lake, who was hurt slightly. During this half Harvard did not try to run the score up; instead of carrying the ball across the line, the halfbacks would deposit it somewhere within fifteen or twenty yards of the goal posts and then Trafford would try for a goal from the field. This sort of practice was very exasperating to Cornell; but it gave the Harvard rushers practice in blocking. Trafford kicked five goals in six attempts during this half, bringing the score up to 77-0. Just at the end Cornell braced, and got the ball into Harvard's territory, and time was called with it there.
The teams: Harvard-rushers, Mason, Upton; Shaw (Goldthwaite), Cranston, Blanchard (P. Trafford), Newell (Davis), Crosby (Perry); quarter-back, Dean; half-backs, Fearing, Lake; full-back, B. Trafford.
Cornell-rushers, Straith, Barr, Griffith, Galbraith, Collon, Johnson, Shepard; quarter-back, Gowger; half-backs, Osgood, Ray; full-back, Bacon.
Referee, O. Wadsworth; umpire, J. H. Morse, L. S.