A Rutgers eleven that has played considerable good football this fall, with nothing to lose and a great deal of prestige to gain, poses an awkward stumbling block today in the path of Dick Harlow's Varsity squad, as the Crimson team goes in quest of its sixth consecutive victory at the Stadium. Kick-off time 2 o'clock.
Although the Harvard eleven is rated a 13 1/4 point favorite by the men who make book, no member of the Crimson coaching staff of squad is taking this one lightly. Coach Harvey Harman's Scarlet team gave Lou Little's Columbia eleven a migraine headache in New York on opening day, and its only two defeats have been at the hands of the Lions and a Princeton eleven that eked out a last-period triumph.
With the weather man predicting a fair cool afternoon, an estimated 20,000 spectators at the Boylston Street paladium will see a duel between two lines about equal in weight, with the Crimson forced for still another week to guard against an overhead barrage. Operating from the T and QT, the Rutgers eleven features an excellent passer in quarterback Frank Burns, as well as a good breakaway run her in 18-year-old Herm Hering.
Varsity Not Complacent
That ugly word "up", which the Harvard team isn't supposed to the this week, has been an almost endless topic of discussion for Boston sports writers. Observers close to the squad are of the belief that, while not at the high emotional pitch reached for the Holy Cross game--a tension that will not return until Yale week--the Varsity is fully aware of the power latent in the Rutgers attack, and is far from complacent.
For the Varsity, the same eleven young men who started against Holy Criss are slated to be on hand for today's kickoff. Harlow hasn't made a change in his "A" team for almost two weeks, and the stability of the situation should produce greater cohesion in the Crimson attack.
Today's same is the first gridiron contest ever played by the two college, although Rutgers started this whole business in 1874, when it met Princeton.
Harvard RUTGERS Couison (185) le Garrabrant (195) Dewey (200) lt Thropp (213) Rodis (210 lg Train (190) J. Fisher (185) c Tain (190) Drvaric (195 rg DiLiberti (185) Davis (210) rt Lyman (190) Fioretino (180) re Sowick (190) Goethais (180) qb Burns (180) G. O'Donnell (155) lh Hering (185) Gannon (185) rh Winklereld (176) Moravec (200) rb MoManus (186)
The Scarlet squad boasts a strong, rugged line with a host of capable reserves and a deceptive attack. It is perhaps as versatile an offense as the Crimson will sec all year, with equal balance on the ground and in the air. Coach Harvey Harman, former director or Penn's football fortunes, is regarded as a shrewed tactician, and undoubtedly has saved a few of his brainchildren for his meeting with the Harlow squad.
Crimson Will Win--if
One of the Crimson's principal worries, that Rutgers passing attack, has a unique twist. The plays which have produced touchdowns for the New Jerseyans via the air were long, tremendously high losses which a Scarlet end camps under after an interminable run. "They look more like punts than passes" Al McCoy said this week