Michigan Outplayed in a Close Game. Score, 4=0.
Twice during during the first half Harvard came near scoring. The first time they reached the 18 yard line and the second the 20 yard line, but both times lost the ball on a fumble, and Michigan punted it out to the centre of the field.
In the second half the Harvard men played a better game and seldom allowed the ball to get on the wrong side of the centre line. Had it not been for their continual holding in the line, off-side play and a costly fumble, the score would have been bigger than it was.
The game was a hard one from beginning to end, thougn it was continually interrupted by discussions and disagreements concerning the rules. There was some slugging and holding in the line, but the referee promptly punished it by giving ten yards as a penalty for each offense. After eighteen minutes of play in the second half, time was called on account of darkness.
Harvard won the toss and took the north goal. Bloomington opened the game by kicking the ball to Harvard's 15 yard line. C. Brewer returned the kick and Bloomington was tackled by Newell before he could gain a yard.
Ferbert and Hollister were unable to gain, so Bloomington made a short punt and got on-side in time to have a Michigan man fall on the ball. The ball was now at the centre of the field. Bloomington again kicked but the ball was given to Harvard for off-side play. Wrightington gained five yards; then the ball went to Michigan for holding in the line.
Ferbert made eight yards through left tackle, then the referee again gave the ball to Harvard. Brewer gained four yards then kicked to Ferbert. Hollister made 15 yards for Michigan through Stevenson. After two off-side plays Michigan again got the ball; they were promptly given 10 yards more for Harvard's holding. Almost immediately the referee gave the ball to Harvard again. Dunlop on a fake kick made a beautiful run of 25 yards and was downed on Michigan's 45 yard line. An exchange of kicks now followed by which Harvard won 10 yards, but then lost the ball for holding. Both sides were playing a fast game, although the continual holding spoiled their work a good deal.
Greenleaf made four yards for Michigan, then Bloomington was forced to kick, but the ball was brought back and given to Harvard for off-side play. Cabot and Wrightington failed to gain and Harvary lost the ball on downs. Then Michigan took a short brace. They were given ten yards for holding, then ten more. Bloomington and Hollister netted twelve yards between them. It looked as if they might possibly score, but they lost the ball on Harvard's 30 yard line. Brewer kicked and Bloomington caught on Michigan's 35 yard line. Bloomington tried to kick, but the ball was blocked. Frank Shaw caught it and rushed it to their 18 yard line.
At this point a fumble by Wrightington gave the ball to Michigan. Senter and Hollister now made ten yards, but Ferbert fumbled on a kick and Harvard again had a chance to score. Brewer, however, kicked the ball behind the goal line and Michigan brought it out to their 25 yard line. They kicked it out and for the rest of the half their goal was out of danger.
The second half Brewer kicked off and before Michigan had finished fumbling Bloomington was downed on the 20 yard line. Michigan immediately tried a kick, but Norton Shaw broke through the line and stopped it. The ball rolled back of the Michigan goal, where Donald fell on it for a touchdown. Brewer failed to kick the goal.
The Harvard team now played a much more aggressive game, while Michigan weakened and played more on the defensive than ever. Bloomington brought the ball out to the centre of the field and kicked to the 20 yard line, where Dunlop caught it, but slipped and fell. Brewer kicked. Michigan sent Ferbert and Senter through tackles, but failed to gain and so punted. The ball hardly rose from the ground and Frank Shaw neatly fell on it. Time was called while Cabot was taken from the field and Moulton substituted at end. Harvard again kicked and Michigan tried to return it, but lost ten yards on a fumble. Next play Bloomington again tried to kick, and this time was more successful. Brewer caught the ball, dodged the two ends and had brought the ball back to where it was kicked before he was downed.
Harvard now was gaining ground steadily and went through the Michigan line almost at will. They lost the ball on a fumble, Bloomington kicked and once again Brewer made a brilliant run of thirty yards. Time was called on Harvard's 45 yard line. The ball had been in Michigan's territory nearly the entire half.
Cabot, Moulton, l.e. r.e., Greenleaf.
Stevenson, l.t. r.t., Henninger (capt.)
Holt, l.g. r.g., Hall.
F. Shaw, Doucette, c. c., Carr.
N. Shaw, r.g. l.g., Hooper.
Donald, r.t. l.t., Villa.
Newell, r.e. l.e., Senter.
Borden, Beale, q.b. q.b., Baird.
C. Brewer, h.b. h.b., Hollister.
Wrightington, h.b. h.b., Ferbert.
Dunlop, f.b. f.b., Bloomington.