New and varied offensive formations were the order of the day in the 67th meeting of Harvard and Yale in the Stadium today. Yale relied on the Missouri "split-T" formation. While Harvard used the single wing, and unveiled for the first time this season the double wing.
Thirty-mile winds made accurate long passing impossible, and eliminated the expected passing battle. All through the first half, Yale neglected its best pass formation, the short punt alignment, in favor if the conventional T. The Elis tried only 2 passes, both thrown by Tisdale in the second quarter from T-formation; both were incomplete.
Lloyd Jordan's offensive and defensive strategy recalled to many observers the Harvard-Yale game of 1946 in which Dick Harlow's underdog Crimson team threw a mighty scare into a nationally ranked Yale eleven.
Jordan used the Harlow-developed "butterfly" defense throughout the game in an attempt to hamper Yale's steady gaining ground attack. The "butterfly" featured an eight-man line with constantly changing patterns of charging, slanting, and looping.
On offense, Jordan sprang the double wing on Yale in an attempt to befuddle the Yale secondary. If the backers-up played wide Jordan hoped to go up the middle with passing and running; if they played close together, he hoped to run and pass outside the ends. In 1946, Harlow's double wing did just that, and the Crimson piled up a quick 14-point lead.
Herman Hickman had his Yale team operating from the deceptive "spilt-T" formation when the accent was on the running game, and passing was extremely limited by the high winds so that Tisdale only threw two first-half passes.