Notre Dame and the Army derived almost equal satisfaction on the West Point Plains last Saturday. Although Notre Dame carried the ball back West with them, earned by a score of 27-7, the Army ascertained beyond a doubt that they have a team which is fully capable of taking care of itself in the Navy game, a fact that heretofore was decidedly worrying Coaches Graves and Daly.
Westerners Rout Cadets
The Catholics, generally conceded to have one of the most bruising, yet precise assaults of any Eastern of Central-Western eleven, deserved their victory. They showed their customary ability to mass five or six men on one guard or tackle and open great holes for their backfield men. This knack was to some extent responsible for the way in which Gipp ripped off long gains time and time again.
Gipp was a team in himself and if anybody from the West is to be honored on the All-American eleven, Gipp's name should be there in large letters. In Saturday's game he proved to be a serious threat whenever he moved to a kicking position, carrying the ball, tossing aerial heaves, or kicking with equal abandon and success.
Gipp Shapes Up With the Best
Like Centre College, the Western eleven has developed its crashing versatile offense to a greater degree than its defense. But in spite of this, it has unusual vigor in protecting its own goal. In this department, too, Gipp has stood out as the most reliable man on the team. On Saturday he gained 124 yards against the Army in straight rushing, 112 in running back punts and returning the ball after kickoff, and his forward passes netted close to 100 yards. This is a total of 336 yards gained by one player, and is as impressive an individual performance as the 1920 gridiron can show. All in all, he has shown himself to have all the attributes necessary for "All-American" calibre, and, along with Oss of Minnesota, the Badger "Blacksmith" bids fair to succeed to "Chick" Harley's niche in Middle Western College Football. It will be interesting to see what Walter Eckersall has to say about Gipp's work during the rest of the season. The former quarterback now reporting for the Chicago press has more influence on Walter Camp's selections than any other scribe in Western Conference circles.
Army Menaces Navy Billy-Goat
In spite of the score, the Army eleven was not without its individual stars. French, one of the Rutgers transfers, whom Foster Sanford wistfully terms his "Phantom Eleven," several times skidded past man after man when it seemed that he surely would be thrown for no gain or for a loss. In the second period, it was this same back who careened 60 yards through the entire Notre Dame eleven for a touchdown after catching a punt. This spurt tied the score after the Westerners seemed on their way to a large and commanding lead. Wilhide is another clever Cadet back, who is a good all-around athlete, one of the best since Vidal and Olyphant starred on the Plains. The Army with such coaching as it receives from Daly on the backfield, and Graves on the linemen, cannot fail to cause the Navy Goat some very dejected spasms in the late November classic at the Polo Grounds.
The Army, however, is not so remarkable an aggregation this year that there is likely to be much wrangling over the fact that the Cadets draw their best grid material from other colleges. Purdue gave Olyphant a thorough football education before he took up soldiering, and Vidal starred for South Dakota. French is the most promising transfer this year.