Dick Clasby reported he was "feeling fine" yesterday, after his injury in the third quarter of Saturday's Yale game, won by the Elis, 41-14.
Clasby suffered a fracture of the transverse process, an injury which is expected to inactiviate him for six weeks. He is on his feet, however, although tightly taped.
A hockey letter man, Clasby had planned to start hockey practice today. He now will be lost to the team until January, at least.
Dusty Burke, last year's hockey captain and a football player too, sustained a similar injury, but was able to continue his athletic career.
Clasby received the injury on a running play shortly before the end of the third quarter Saturday. He continued playing, but collapsed while starting a wide sweep a few moments later. He was carried off the field on a stretcher.
Clasby had accounted for the only Harvard touchdown up to that point, on an 11-yard end sweep in the second period. That made the score 20 to 7, and for a brief moment the Crimson was in the game again.
Yale bounced back after that score, going 76 yards in three plays, to re-assert its decided superiority. This particular touchdown proved what Harvard fans had suspected from the start: Yale was not only better, but lots better.
Although he was thrown for huge losses several times while attempting to pass, Clasby managed to rush for 47 yards net gain. This gives him a season's total of 950, a new Ivy League record. The old mark of 861, set last year by Dick Kazmaler, was broken last week by Clasby against Brown.
After some indecisive early skirmishing, a poor kick gave the Elis the ball on their own 44. Fullback Jerry Jones smashed to the Harvard 37 on a fake-pass trap play. On the next play, Jones ran through a large hole off-tackle for the score.
The Crimson braced through the rest of the quarter, but yielded the game irretrievably in the second period. Forward passes, which had troubled Harvard all season, did most of the damage.
Starting on the Harvard 39, Yale quarterback Ed Molloy pitched the Bulldogs down to the four. He then threw high to Ed Woodsum, and the tall end caught the ball for the fifteenth touchdown of his career. Woodsum thus broke the Yale record of 14 held by Larry Kelley.
17 TD's for Woodsum
Woodsum added two more touchdowns later in the game, and ended his career with 17, 12 of the scores coming this year.
Woodsum's dozen was enough to give him the Ivy League scoring title: Crimson fullback John Culver, who dived for Harvard's final score, ended the season with 11 touchdowns.
The Elis switched back to running for their third touchdown, Pete Shears bucking over from the three, after Harvard had lost the ball when a fourth down fake kick failed. A 15-yard roughness penalty hurt the Crimson here.
Harvard made one strong effort to stay alive, moving 66 yards in six plays to score shortly thereafter, on Clasby's running and passing. But Yale added its fourth counter immediately following, and the game was decided.
Yale Coach Jordan Olivar substituted freely through the final 20 minutes. In the meantime, Yale had added two more touchdowns, both on Molloy-to-Woodsum passes.
Harvard exhibited some aerial prowess of its own against the Yale reserves. Hardy Cox, Clasby's substitute, completed seven out of nine passes for 142 yards, setting up Culver's final plunge for the score.
New Scoring Record
The combined total of 55 points set a new record for the series. The previous high had been the 52 points scored in 1947.
The statistics of this game are deceptive. The Crimson edged the Elis in first downs (19 to 12) and passing yardage (219 to 205), although the Blue ran for 155 yards to Harvard's 80.
The streamlined Stadium boasted a full house for the first time since 1948's Yale game. Including standees, there were close to 40,000.