Harvard Strafes Army 20-6 As Harlow's Offense Materializes

Line, Quarterbacking Spark Crimson Upset

In years past it has taken the Harlow-coached Crimson until the Yale game to reach the peak of its operating efficiency. This fall, however, Harvard "arrived" two weeks ahead of time, crumpling previously undefeated Army by a telling 20 to 6 count on Saturday.

Harvard's line told the story. It opened great holes through which Don McNicol ploughed with consummate ease (see cut). It stopped the Army dead in its tracks after the first period, and in the persons of triple-treat Loren MacKinney and glue-fingered Don Forte it contributed mightily to the Crimson's offensive potency.

Orchids to Crimson Line

Once the second period had begun it didn't take Army long to find out that around the ends and through the center the Harvard line was invincible. And so it fell back on its assortment of flashy backs to maintain the U.S.M.A.'s hopes for an undefeated season and Coach Earl Blaik's seven year streak over Dick Harlow.

But though the Army threw more passes than any other Blaik-coached team in recent history--20 in all, of which the Crimson intercepted six, as against the Army's five completions--the Harvard line spelled disaster for Hank Mazur and Company. From the second period on, Peabody, Gardiner, Pfister et al rushed the Cadet passers dizzy, and even twinkletoes Miller had his bid for fame, when he snared the wobbly heave of a harassed Army back and capered towards the Cadets' goal for three yards before falling into an Army tank trap.


Red-headed Don McNicol came in for a lot of credit for the way he kept the   HARVARD-ARMY STATISTICS   Harvard  Army First downs  12  10 Net gain rushing  188  74 Forward passes  9  20 Passes completed  4  5 Yards gained, passes  38  106 Passes intercepted by  6  2 Punt average  33  37 Yards lost, penalties  30  25

Crimson going. At times during the first two touchdown marches of 73 and 72 yards. It appeared that Harlow's beautifully designed attack was about to falter. Each time McNicol came up with a play which caught the Army flatfooted and gained the necessary yardage.

Crimson Top of Heap

At the present time the Crimson would appear to be one of the top teams of the East, and this is a state of affairs which has not happened since the days of Barry Wood. Undefeated Navy and undefeated Fordham slipped from their enviable ranks Saturday at the same time as did undefeated Army, and the general concensus of opinion is that Harvard football, as exhibited on the last four Saturdays, need take lessons from no other Eastern team.

Except for an occasional bruise, the Crimson went through the day in perfect health, a good argument for the continuance of Bill Bingham's recently devised suicide schedule system, which seems to pay dividends in November