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Early yesterday morning an unusual excitement was noticeable in the vicinity of the Park and Fifth Avenue Hotels in New York, where excited groups of students of Harvard and Yale respectively had gathered around the head-guarters of their representative in the approaching foot-ball match. Many were anxious Wednesday night lest the weather on the following day should be unfavorable, but Thursday dawned bright and clear promising a perfect day for the great game. A few hours rest after the long and tiresome ride on Wednesday had put our men in good spirits again, and they retired in excellent condition. The college men began to arrive in large numbers as Thursday forenoon wore on, and as the hour of the game approached, the avenues leading to the Polo grounds became blocked by vehicles of every description bound for the scene of the contest. Nearly every coach in the city was out on this occasion, and as one after the other swept by, covered with enthusiastic supporters of the crimson or the blue, the effect was a most enlivening one. At 1,30 the crowds began to pour into the numerous entrances of the grounds in such great numbers that the ticket-takers were at their wits end to keep the throng in line. The steady stream was uninterrupted, until nearly through the first three-quarters, though just before play was called, a glance about the field seemed to reveal it filled to the fullest extent. Fully 10,000 people passed the gates. The colors of the two colleges were every where displayed, and relieved the monotonous black of the dense crowds packed about the since lines. The grand stand was fairly overflowing with fair supporters of the crimson or blue who, judging from their applause, seemed to take the keenest interest in every play. The ground was a tritle slippery, but otherwise everything seemed to contribute toward making the day a most perfect one for foot-ball. As the Yale team entered the enclosure several new faces appeared among them. Hull, Knapp and Bacon were not present, while Rechards and Terry had apparently entirely recovered from their recent injuries. When our team appeared on the field, they were very favorably received, but they in turn presented several new faces, the absence of Adams, Wesselhoeft, Cabot and Kimball being particularly noticeable. Harvard had the kich-off and at the word of Mr. Peace the referee opined the game. Nervousness was apparent among our backs at the start and several bad plays brought the ball gradually to our territory. Richards and Terry tried desperately for goals from the field, but were each time interrupted by the sharp play of our rush line which soon settled down to hard and steady work. Harvard was held back for some time until finally we were forced to make a safety. From the kick-out, we began to gain and remarkable catching and running by Henry carried the ball well into Yale's ground. Our men were laboring under a great disadvantage during this three-quarters owing to an unfortunate kick-off, for at the outset, the ball had passed into Richards hands and he transferred the fighting to our very goal line. Farwell made several very brilliant runs, carrying the ball once to our five yard line, but Harvard each time gained possession of the spbere and Henry's remarkable kiching and rushing kept our goal safe from immediate danger. The maul in goal from which we made our safety, was intensely exciting. It was occasioned by an intercepted kich of Cowling's who finally got the ball to the ground. In spite of the close proximity to our poles, it seemed that Henry's kicking would prevent further score, but just seven minutes before the close Terry secured the ball after a very bailliant rush by Twombly, and sent it over the bar, scoring the first goal for Yale. Much rough work followed, in which Richards of Yale was severely hurt, but the inning closed with the score unaltered, 6 points to 0 in Yale's favor.
In the second three-quarters our men started out with a very strong game, the rushers passed and tackled well, and the half-backs seemed to have got over all nervousness, meeting Yale with run for run and kich for kich, gaining at every turn. Suddenly, however, Yale changed her tacties and Terry was off with the ball, rushing almost to our ten yard line. In the confusion that followed, Hyndman secured the ball and slid over the linc, making a touchdown for Yale, from which Terry kicked the second goal. This made Harvard more careful, and she played a steadier game, From the kick-off the ball was passed to Cowling, who kicked far into Yale territory, but it was immediately returned by Richards; Henry secured it while he was on the run and made one of the prettiest kicks of the game, depositing the ball over the touch-line close to Yale's goal, where a fumble by Dennen gave us the ball. Henry made a magnificent try to run in and passed over the side line only a few feet from touch-in-goal. The ball was brought out as if for try-at-goal, when suddenly to the surprise of every spectator and unbounded delight of Harvard's supporters, Codman appeared to slide easily through Yale's rush line, carrying the ball behind her goal. Things began to look brighter for the crimson, but from the try-for-goal Cowling kiched the ball squarely against one of the poles, losing the hoped-for score. On the rebound, however, Bonsal was on the ball and for a moment it seemed that another touchdown must surely follow. Yale secured the ball from the three down rule, and by good half-back play succeeded in forcing it from their ground. Several times our full-back failed to either mark his fair catches or to return the ball, and so Yale gained the full length of her kick. Good catching by Henry and Peabody kept Yale away from our poles though for some time, while several very brilliant runs and drop kicks by the former aroused unbounded enthusiasm among the spectators. Dennen made a very brilliant run which was followed by another of Twombly's, but two remarkable tackles by Codman kept Yale back and soon another fine play by Henry drove the ball up the field. This was one of the finest plays of the game, but the tide seemed set against us, for suddenly Terry secured the ball far out in the field, and by a wonderfully skilful kick sent it squarely between the poles, scoring a third goal for Yale. From this kick-off Cowling kicked finely far into Yale ground, but the ball soon moved down the field and another score by Yale was only saved by Henry who allowed the ball to pass, from a kick, over our goal line and dropped on it immediately after it passed into our goal. The ball was kicked out by Henry who sent it high in the air and our rushers got a down well out in the field. Kendall received the ball from the quarter-back and made a good run down the field. But the ball soon reached Richards, who kicked long and low, sending it almost to our poles. By a quick manoevre Yale got the ball, and sending it far out into the field to Farwell they scored another touchdown by his pretty run. Terry kicked the fourth goal from this touchdown, completing the score. Advantage was about even from the kick-off which followed, and the game closed securely in Yale's hands by a score of 23 points to 2. This touchdown is the first made on Yale by Harvard for several years; it was very disappointing, however, that it did not yield a goal. Our men, Codman especially, tackled very finely as a rule, and Henry's kicking was far more skilful than anything Yale could show, but the advantage of weight and activity gave Yale her large score. Appleton played a remarkably plucky game in consideration of his recent severe illness, for it was only shortly before the game commenced that it seemed possible for him to play at all. The Yale team played an almost perfect game throughout, and several rushes of Terry's were the finest we have met this season. Twombly stood up to his work manfully, for his aggressive playing called forth considerable rough handling. Tompkins and Farwell also worked very hard for their side.
For Harvard, Kendall and Bonsal rushed very well and Codman's tackling was almost perfect, while Henry's half-back play was universally acknowledged as the best work of the day. Time and again be saved us from worse defeat, and the touchdown was largely due to his remarkable kicking. The game throughout was the fairest ever played with Yale, and were it not for the deliberate fouling the Yale rushers showed in their tackling of Henry their playing seemed very straightforward.
The refereeing of Mr. Peace was perfectly satisfactory and his decisions were undisputed throughout. Though defeat fell to our lot the team deserve our heartiest congratulation on their plucky uphill work. They made a hard fight and it was no disgrace to be defeated by the team they met.
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