CRIMSON LAPSES GIVE WEAK CADET ELEVEN DECISION
Fumbles Pave Way for Enemy Tally in Last Period With Crimson Leading For Three Quarters
A pitifully weak Army team was finally handed the game on a silver platter, Saturday, and although it refused the offer once, the second fumble was too much for them as they went on to win 7-6.
Harvard simply pushed the team all over the field the whole time except for a couple of laspes. It did about three times as well as Army in every department except the score. It made almost three times as many first downs, gained more than three times as much yardage, gained almost three times as much by forward passing, and gained just three times as much by intercepted passes.
Harvard's kicking averaged five yards better per punt, its line was almost invincible, its backs hit the line harder, were trickier in the open, but it simply failed to win. Coach Gar Davidson admitted that he won on the breaks though he conditioned his statement by saying that Army was able to capitalize on them. But on two main breaks, Army was really able to capitalize on only one.
The initial Harvard march for a score was a thing of beauty and a joy up to the last period of the game. It was Pope, Foley, Foley to Green, Pope, Pope, Pope, Harding, Pope, and then Harding went over for the score in the first few minutes of the game.
In the third period there was a 65-yard march that brought Harvard down to the 25-yard line, and again they marched 30 yards only to have the advance stopped by an Army pass interception.
But in the fourth period the breaks that they had evidently been waiting for all afternoon, the breaks that they obviously needed before they could win finally came--a pair of them. The first, Foley's fumble, looked like the ball game, but two passes, and it was brought out to the 20-yard line.
Oakes made a good gain, but Pope fumbled, Army recovered, and this time they were not to be resisted. Two rushes netted a first down, they were held for one down, gained four yards, flubbed another pass, and then threw one that gave them a first down on the seven yard line. The game was over then to all intents and purposes. Four rushes gave them a score and the point was kicked. Daughters' almost-catch was really an anti-climax, serving only to aggravate the bad heart condition of the 47,000 who attended.