The Princeton team won Saturday's game chiefly because Baird outclassed any of the Harvard backs in punting and because the Harvard team was not strong enough in offensive play to make up for this.
The defense of both teams was first-class as is shown by the small amount of territory gained by rushes. In the whole game Princeton advanced the ball about 130 yards, which included one run of 40 yards. Harvard made about 75 yards.
Church and Gailey played the best game for Princeton in the line. The former broke through oftener than any one else, and the latter showed himself a first-class snap-back in every respect. Behind the line, Baird through his punting and Smith through his accurate passing, interference and clever head-work were invaluable.
With one exception, the Harvard forwards were just as strong, if not a shade better, than their opponents, both in line blocking and in breaking through, although neither side did much of the latter. The ends showed up to good advantage, and the centre trio was remarkably strong, especially on the defence. Swain and Lee, especially the former, supposed to be the weak spots on the team, put up creditable games against their heavier and more experienced adversaries. Behind the line, Dunlop and Sullivan did the best work, gaining nearly all of Harvard's ground through tackles and between end and tackle.
Each eleven had its share of cripples. For Princeton Reiter took Kelly's place, Poe took Reiter's, Wheeler took Bannard's, Brokaw took Cochran's, and Thompson took Brokaw's. On the Harvard team, Cozzens took the place of Dunlop in the second half, and later Dibblee went in place of Brown. Cabot gave way to Arthur Brewer, and he in turn a little later to Lewis. These new men, with the substitutes already on the team, made the Harvard eleven rather weak in the last part of the game.
Neither team scored in the first half. Princeton came the nearest to it when, by a series of mass plays at the tackles, the ball was advanced to the seven yard line. Here, however, the Harvard line stood firm and held for four downs. Brown then kicked to the 45 yard line.
In the second half, Bannard, behind Smith's clever interference, got through between Brewer and Swain and scored after a fine dodging run of 40 yards. Again, shortly before the end of the game, with the ball on Harvard's 20 yard line, Brown dropped back for a kick. The pass was slow and too high and just as Brown got the ball away, Church blocked it. It rolled back of the line where Brokaw fell on it for the second touchdown. Baird kicked both goals.
Harvard's only chance to score came in the first half, when Shaw and Swain broke through and blocked one of Baird's punts. With a clear field, Moulton had a chance to get the ball and run with it, but he fumbled and a Princeton man fell on it.
The teams lined up as follows:
Brokaw l. e. r. e., Moulton.
Thompson, l. e.
Church, l. t. r. t., Lee.
Crowdis, l. g. r. g., N. Shaw.
Gailey, c. c., Doucette.