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The championship game on Saturday between Princeton and Harvard resulted in an overwhelming victory for Princeton. The most despondent supporters of Harvard did not expect such a defeat, so complete at every point, and the huge score piled up by Princeton seems almost inexplicable. At the end of the first half with the score fifteen to ten in Harvard's favor, prospects seemed bright for a victory; but after Harvard made a safety in the second half the game was decided, for from that time forward Princeton raised the score in a remarkable manner. At only one point in the game did Princeton lose confidence; after Harvard had made her first lucky touchdown five minutes after play began she came up to the game with renewed vigor, and proceeded to rush the ball down behind Harvard's goal for a touchdown; after Trafford's goal from the field the Princeton men went at the play again with a rush, and soon had Harvard's score headed by one point. At this time, however, Harvard began playing a much stronger game and for a few minutes the Princeton men seemed to lose heart and allowed the ball to be rushed rapidly down the field. The ensuing play, which resulted in a touchdown by Lee, was the best one Harvard made throughout the game, for at that time the rushers broke through the line and blocked off beautifully, while Lee's work was superb. Princeton played a rough game throughout but the eleven was weakened very little by the loss of the men who were ruled off for foul play. Harvard's work was a trifle stronger than Princeton's in the first half, while in the second, every man on the home team weakened perceptibly, and the Princeton men got through Harvard's rushline without trouble. It is a question to what was due Harvard's weakening in the last third of the game but the great fault seemed to be that the men were not trained to play such a long and hard game. For a time the Harvard team played a game remarkble both for its strength steadiness and quickness, and if they could have kept it up Princeton would surely have been beaten. It was plain, however, that the strain on the men was too great. At Princeton the men are required to play for all they are worth for two hours every day and the effect of this training told very plainly in yesterday's contest. On the other hand while Harvard's team was in some respects individually better than Princeton's, none of the men could hold out at their best play for a game so long and rough as yesterday's.
For Harvard Cumncok and Crosby played a marvellously fine game during the first half and their tackling especially was a feature. Cranston, Tilton, Upton and Stickney also did finely Lee distinguished himself behind the lines for some good runs while Trafford and Saxe's punting gained ground repeatedly. All the backs, however, fumbled too much through the whole game. Dean's play was the steadiest on the field. His passing was accurate and his tackling was vigorous at all times. He and B. Trafford were about the only men on the team who were not almost exhausted when time was called.
For Princeton Ames did by far the best work and may be said to have won the game. He was given the ball very few times during the first half and this circumstance together with the fact that he also made some bad fumbles, seemed to indicate that little confidence could be placed in him. He entirely disproved this opinion, however, by his later work. He had been saved during all the first half and so when play began again he was comparatively fresh, and did his work without any signs of fatigue. His kicking also helped materially to win the game. Channing was another man who distinguished himself. His rushing and dodging were remarkable and he seldom failed to gain the requisite five yards. No one could tackle him and he generally managed to squirm along a few yards after being downed. Black the other half back did very little good work and allowed Ames and Channing to make all the large gains. Poe, the captain, at quarter back was indefatigable. He assisted the rushers and backs at every point, making holes for them and pushing them along by his own individual effort, and never failed to use his men to the best advantage. In the rush line Cowan did by far the best work. His weight was of inestimable advantage to him in rushing and bunting through the line. Donnelly played well at end rush before he got put off for foul play, and Jones did far better than Riggs who was also disqualified for making a foul play. Princeton's better team work did not become apparent until the second half when all the rushers blocked off the Harvard men effectively, and made it possible for Ames and Channing to advance the ball many yards every rush.
The day was a perfect one for foot-ball although the ground was a little slippery. The largest crowd that has ever been on Jarvis witnessed the game and encouraged the players. About three hundred Princeton men had come up, and there was also a large number of Yale men including six of the regular Yale eleven.
The two elevens came on the field at 2.35 and ten minutes later they lined up as follows:
Warren. Right end. 150
Cash. Right tackle 155
Rigss. Right guard. 180
George. Centre. 185
Janaway. Left guard. 205
Cowan. Left tackle. 180
Donnelly. Left end. 155
Poe. Quarter back. 145
Black. Right half-back. 160
Channing. Left half-back. 155
Ames. Full-back. 175
Cumnock. Left end. 160
Upton. Left tackle. 160
Cranston. Left guard. 185
Tilton. Centre. 190
P. D. Trafford. Right guard. 178
Stickney. Right tackle. 165
Crosby. Right end. 145
Dean. Quarter back. 145
Lee. Left half-back. 170
Saxe. Right half-back. 155
B. W. Trafford. Full back. 160
Harvard had the west end of the field with the sun at her back while Princeton had the kick off. The ball was dribbled to Poe who ran behind the V of Princeton rushers and gained ten yards. Cowan failed to gain and Black could force his way ahead only a few feet. On the third down Ames kicked. Trafford failed to catch through interference but it was Harvard's first down on her twenty yard line. Saxe returned the ball to Channing who tried to run but was stopped by Cumnock. Ames gained twelve yards; Black made four more. He was not ready, however, for Poe's next pass and Crosby broke through, picked up the ball, and sprinted half the length of the field for a touchdown. Time 4 minutes. No goal. Score 4 to 0 for Harvard. Saxe caught Ames' kick from the twenty-five yard line and made a slight gain. He then kicked and Ames punted in return. A fumble gave Princeton the ball, and Cowan butted his way a few yards. Poe tried to work the other tackle, Cash, but Dean broke through and stopped him. On the third down Ames kicked, and on Trafford's fumble Princeton kept the play. Black rushed up against Cranston to no effect and the ball was given to Ames to kick again. Trafford returned it, but although Channing fumbled badly, Janeway fell on the leather and kept the play for Princeton. Black rushed a little way, but neither Cowan or Channing gained materially and the ball went to Harvard. Saxe and Lee were tackled where the stood, in their turn, and the ball went to Princeton. Poe tried running himself and was pushed back three yards. Cowan could not gain a foot. Ames kicked and Trafford made a bad fumble which gave the ball to Princeton on the ten yard line. Channing wriggled through the ten yeard line. Channing wriggled through the line and scored Princeton's first point. Time fifteen minutes. No goal. Score 4 to 4. Ames caught Saxe's kick from the twenty-five yard line and rushed ten yards. Dean threw Black and Ames tried to run around the end but was downed by Crosby who easily got by his man every time. On the third down the ball was given to Cowan but Dean broke through and stopped him and the ball went to Harvard. At this Furniss was substituted for Donnelly, disqualified for rough play. Lee and Saxe could not get started, and a misunderstanding of the signals forced Dean to touch the ball down for the fourth time. On Princeton's second down Ames punted to Saxe who made a brilliant catch. Ames and Trafford punted back and forth several time but finally Ames made a poor return and Saxe got the leather and rushed finely to Princeton's twenty-five yard line. Lee gained a little, but Upton failed to advance the ball and on the third down it was passed to Trafford who kicked a fine goal from the field from the twenty yard line. Score 9 to 4. Time 30 minutes. From the middle of the field Poe ran behind Princeton's wedge, making twenty yards. Both sides played largely a kicking game at this point, but Princeton forced the play to Harvard's end of the field. Harvard's backs were fumbling occasionally, although in the main the work of B. Trafford, Lee and Saxe was wonderfully strong. With the ball on Harvard's five yard line Black found a hole in the centre and scored. Time 40 minues. Score, Princeton 10; Harvard 9. From the middle on the field Lee made a fine rush of twenty yards. Upton, Stickney and Saxe broke through the opposing line and advanced the ball steadily. By another beautiful run Lee crossed the line and scored, Goal. Score 15 to 10 for Harvard. Jones took the place of Riggs, put off for foul play. Harvard soon got the ball from Princeton and rushed it rapidly down the field by Lee, Upton, Saxe and Stickney's good work to the fifteen yard line where Trafford missed a goal from the field. Harvard again got the ball and Trafford made another try at a goal. Time was called almost immediately.
When the second half began Harvard worked the ball up to Princeton's twenty-five yard line where Trafford tried for a goal from the field. Princeton took the play and brought the game to the middle of the field. Ames and Trafford kicked back and forth, and Channing and Cowan advanced the ball by short rushes through Harvard's line. Ames ran fifteen yards around the end and the game was brought to Harvard's twenty-five yard line. Ames caught Trafford's punt and the ball was returned across Harvard's line and Saxe was forced to touch it down for a safety. Score 15-12 for Harvard. This was the turning point in the game. Saxe kicked the ball and Princeton soon had it on the twenty yard line. On the third down it was given to Ames who kicked a pretty goal from the field. Time, 18 minutes, score 17-15 for Princeton Lee made eight yards but on the third down Trafford was forced to kick. Cowan got the ball and ran until tackled by Saxe. A moment later Ames, beautifully guarded by the rush line, managed to get around Cumnock's end, and running twenty yards, scored. Goal, score 23-15. Lee started off with a fine run from the middle of the field. Cash prevented Saxe from gaining and Trafford kicked. Ames kicked it back over the line for a touch-back. Saxe brought it out and punted but Princeton forced the play right down to Harvard's fifteen yard line again. Cowan on the next play ran strongly around the end and made a touchdown. No goal, score 27-15. Harvard now lost hope and the rush line made. a vain endeavor to brace. Lee made another good run. The ball was kicked to Black who was tackled by Cumnock before he could gain. Channing, Cowan and Ames ran through Harvard's line and brought the ball far down the field. Channing rushed through and fell with his hands just over the line. Time 35 minutes. No goal, score 31-15. Saxe kicked the ball out and Ames ran fifteen yards. Harvard got the ball again on a foul and P. Trafford made twelve yards. Princeton took the play on four downs and Ames tried for a goal from the field, but missed. He made a strong run a moment later and Saxe was hurt tackling him. Fearing took his place. The ball was near the line and Cowan broke through and made a touchdown. Score 35-15. It began to grow dark, and the spectators pouring out on the field hindered the game. Ames made one more wonderful run of fifty yards along the side line and Cowan took the ball over for the last touchdown. Goal, score 41-15.
G. W. Woodruff and H. W. Beecher, both formerly of Yale, acted as referee and umpire respectively.
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