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Fluke Safety by '55 Indians Topples Yardling Eleven, 2-0


HANOVER, N.H. Saturday, Oct. 27--A disputed safety early in the first period gave the Dartmouth freshman eleven a 2 to 0 victory over the Yardlings here today. Brilliant on the defense, the freshmen outplayed the Indians for most of the game, and called the loss a "heart-breaker."

After a short exchange of punts at the start of the contest, the Green was forced to kick from its own 40-yard line. Indian Ross Ellis, fading back to his own 25, got off a 50-yard punt that sailed over Crimson halfback Charlie Arena's head, landing on the Harvard 10 and rolling into the end zone. Arena grabbed the ball in the end zone, slipped and went down on one knee. Although he recovered and ran the ball back to the 15, the referees called it a safety.

The score remained 2 to 0 for the entire contest. The Yearling defense, sparked by Bob Cochran, Joe Ross, Bob Albert, Bill Toohey, and Captain Tim Anderson, kept the Indians at bay for the rest of the game. The attack, however, weakened by the absence of quarterback Paul Murphy, failed to produce a score. Without Murphy, only six of 24 Crimson passes were completed, for a total of 49 yards, compared to 137 last week.

Crimson Goal-Line Stands

Dartmouth threatened seriously only once. Driving to the Harvard nine with a first down, the Green attack was stopped cold when the Yardlings made a goal-line stand. Crimson linemen charged through to break up two pass plays and stopped two center bucks at the scrimmage line. After this, the Indians never advanced farther than the Harvard 33, and the ball was in Indian territory for most of the second half.

Ellis' Punting Important

The outcome of the game was determined by the brilliant kicking of Dartmouth's Ellis. His punt accounted for the safety, and he averaged well over 40 yards per kick.

Two Crimson halfbacks, Arena and John Begdasarian, displayed the offensive speed and drive that the Yardlings have missed. They accounted for ten of the Crimson's first downs, and for most of the 183 yards gained on the ground, but without an effective serial attack, the Crimson couldn't score.

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