The Harvard Freshman eleven again showed its strength last Saturday in de feating Yale 1901 by the score of 34 to 0. As the snow, which covered Soldiers Field to the depth of two inches, had been cleaned off only that morning, the ground was in a very slippery condition and greatly handicapped the work of both teams, preventing fast, clean play.
Harvard kept the ball for a great part of the game, and was able to gain around or through Yale's line. The forwards opened holes in Yale's defence, through which Reid or Ellis would plunge for good gains. On the other hand, Yale was only able to gain through the line by the close mass formation of their play, which was greatly assisted by the wet condition of the field. Many times during the game, Yale managed to get first down through their mass play on tackle and guard. The ends, which were supposed to be the weakest point in Harvard's line, proved unexpectedly strong, and time and again while trying to circle Harvard's ends the Yale's backs were thrown for a loss. The ends of both elevens were apt to overrun the backs on punts, but this fault also was due to the condition of the gridiron. The tackles and guards at first let Yale's backs through for frequent gains, but towards the end sized up their opponents' play and held for downs in good shape.
Back of the line Harvard showed up very strongly, both in line bucking and skirting the ends. Kendall proved himself to be a quick, dodging half, and gained more ground throughout the game than either of the other backs. Both Reid and Ellis hit the line hard, and but rarely failed to gain. To them in part is due Yale's failure to pass Harvard's ends.
In regard to running the team, Hallowell showed good judgment in his choice of plays, but did not put the speed and vim into the play which Daly, who substituted him, succeeded in doing. At goal kicking, Lawrence again showed up well, and out of six chances missed but once. On the whole, Dupee and Reid were very evenly matched in punting, but, if anything, Reid had the advantage.
Not once during the game was Harvard's goal really in danger, though several times Yale was able to get the ball on Harvard's 30 and 25 yard lines. This was in great measure due to the carelessness of Harvard's line, which was several times penalized for off-side play and holding. Though there was considerable fumbling on both sides, the only costly fumble was Richards's, when Reid picked up the ball and made a touchdown from the centre of the field. In this run Reid was helped by the strong interference of Hawkins.
Throughout the game Yale proved herself much weaker than Harvard. This was especially evident on the defensive and it was rare that Harvard failed to make the necessary gain. Auchincloss and Dupee did the best ground gaining for Yale, while Coy and Richards played a strong defensive game.
HARVARD 1901. YALE 1901.
Hawkins, l. e. r. e., Coy.
Burnett, l. t. r. t., Kelly.
Peyton, l. g. r. g., Richardson.
Kasson, c. c., Montague.
Talbot, r. g. l. g., Richards.
J. Lawrence, r. t. l. t., Thompson.
Taylor, r. e. l. e., Van Wicklen, Hoppin.
Hallowell (capt.), Daly, q. b. q. b., Wear (capt.)
Kendall, White, l. h. b. r. h. b., Auchincloss, De Golyer.
Ellis, r. h. b. l. h. b., Townshend.
Reid, f. b. f. b., Dupee.
Score-Harvard 34. Touchdowns-Reid 3, Talbot, Kendall, Ellis. Goals from touchdowns-Lawrence 5. Umpire-Jones of Dartmouth. Referee-Draper of Williams. Timekeeper-Wood, B. A. A. Linesmen-Parton, Harvard; Hoppin,- White, Yale. Time-35 minute halves.