The football game between Harvard and West Point, which was played on Saturday afternoon at West Point, was brought suddenly to an end in the middle of the second half, when the score was 9 to 0 in favor of Harvard, on account of the sad injury to acting-captain Byrne of the Army team. Cadet Eugene A. Byrne was playing left tackle, he had been bearing the brunt of the Harvard attack, and the strain had begun to tell on him. On the fatal play, a line plunge just outside left guard, the Harvard back, aided by two or three of his team-mates, had gained a few yards when Byrne dove head foremost in front of the men. In some way his head was caught so that it was bent under his chest as the players fell on him. He remained in a semi-conscious condition for some time, breathing very slowly and most of the time only by means of the constant efforts of a doctor. The physicians worked all night and managed to keep him alive until 6.35 o'clock yesterday morning.
Until this unfortunate, though unavoidable, accident the game had been hard fought, but somewhat marred by fumbles. At the last minute it was decided to let Hooper start the game in McKay's place, and to have Frothingham go in at left halfback. The ends played well throughout the game, L. D. Smith making a number of beautiful tackles in the open field and receiving two short forward passes, while both he and Houston were down the field under almost every kick. Minot punted nine times, and the Army backs did not run these back for ten yards altogether. Minot played excellently, hitting the line hard and fast, but his punting was even more phenomenal. His nine punts averaged 37 yards and all but one were made against a brisk wind. Leslie, when substituted for Frothingham, was absolutely steady, so that he could always be counted on for a substantial gain, while, in addition, he made a sensational catch of a short onside kick. The line played very well, the defence being especially strong, for West Point's two first downs were made on end runs from the kick formation, after Houston had been taken out of the play. Captain Fish distinguished himself by making a marvelous catch of a perfect forward pass from O'Flaherty while he was falling over backwards. Throughout the game the whole team showed a tendency to hold; several times penalties prevented long runs from being allowed and lost the University team a number of opportunities to have the ball in West Point's territory. O'Flaherty used very good judgment in his selection of plays. His drop-kick was perfect, the ball going over the bar from the 31-yard line; but in the backfield both he and Frothingham misjudged and fumbled very badly, losing, in this way, all the advantage which Minot's kicking gave to Harvard. The West Point team was distinctly weak, the line could not hold, though every man fought hard. Dean, the left halfback, played a strong game and was almost certain of catching punts even though the ends were right on top of him.
The Game in Detail.
West Point won the toss and acting-captain Byrne chose to receive the kick off at the north end, having the wind at his back. P. Withington kicked off to Dean, who ran to his 26-yard line, after some very clever dodging. A fake kick failed to gain so Dean punted to Frothingham, who was tackled instantly on Harvard's 40-yard line. A quarterback run gained seven yards, three line plays netted 17 yards more, but Harvard was penalized for offside play, leaving the ball on West Point's 50-yard line. Here O'Flaherty sent a forward-pass to Fish, but the pass was wide and an Army man fell on the ball. On the first play Keyes circled left end for 23 yards. A line play failed to gain, so another fake kick was attempted which L. D. Smith stopped for a 5-yard loss. An onside kick rolled by O'Flaherty and Hicks fell on the ball on Harvard's 16-yard line. A delayed pass gained four yards, but Frothingham intercepted a forward pass, running to his 30-yard line before he was tackled. A few line plays, followed by an exchange of punts, game Frothingham an opportunity to run to mid-field, but O'Flaherty was caught holding and it was Harvard's ball on her 25-yard line.