Given all the recent tampering with the rules it seems surprising that no significant changes have been made in scoring procedures, for clearly a new method of determining who wins a football game is needed. Every week there are several games where the allieged "real winner" is the loser in the record books merely because it gained less points than its opponents.
This is obviously inequitable, and downright confusing. Harvard, we all know, actually won the Mass game with its clear superiority in rushing, defense, etc., and Columbia it appears really was the victor last week against Princeton despite its one point deficiency on the scoreboard. This reliance on touchdowns, conversions, field goals and other flashy plays has created a decidedly demoralizing situation.
Another example, apparently, is the recent Dartmouth-Penn contest. The Indians left Philadelphia 28-0 victors, but all the sportswriters, the Penn coach, and even Princeton's Dick Colman are now saying the Quakers really won in every way except points. If true, Dartmouth is not at all as invulnerable as it may have seemed a few weeks ago, and Penn may, after all, really be playing football this season.
More information will be available after today's game, and it is my suspicion Penn did win the Dartmouth affair and will prove it by upsetting favored Princeton this afternoon. John Owens has lost many of the habits that made him so appealing to Crimson fans in the past, particularly the one of throwing easily intercepted passes. Owens has also learned how to run fairly effectively, and he has several eager sophomores ready to help him. Together they have gained 460 yards in two games.
The thing that hurt Penn last week was faulty pass defense, but that will not be much of a problem today. Princeton has about the weakest pass attack this side of the Rockies. The Tigers also have other problems, the most important being the infirmity of tailback Pete Porietis. He has begun to work out again, but understudy Hugh MacMillan will probably run the squad today.
Princeton probably has the edge in experience and finesse and is a proper favorite. John Stiegman's men are pretty darn hungry, however, and will enjoy an unexpected Tiger-meat meal today. Penn, in an upset, by a touchdown.
Brown, another one of the insurgents this year, had a wonderful time welcoming John Pont to the Ivy League last week. To everyone's utter amazement the Bruins licked Yale 12-7 in the Bowl for its first Ivy triumph in three years.
Sophomore Rob Hall proved himself to be almost the equal of injured Jim Dunda, dazzling the Yalies and taking first place in the Ivy total offense standings, one yard ahead of vaunted Archie Roberts. And the Brown line established itself as the best defensive team thus far in the League play, allowing two opponents just 198 yards per game.
All this will probably be only good enough to give Dartmouth a good stiff scare, however. The Indians may be hurtin', but they ain't about to start losing yet. In fact, the major problem in Hanover right now is getting enough rain to permit the freshmen to hold their traditional pre-game bon fire rituals.
Columbia, frustrated last week in Baker Stadium, will attempt to work out its tensions today in the Yale Bowl. If the Yalies couldn't control Hall of Brown they don't stand even half a chance of containing Archie, so look for Yale to lose its second straight and Roberts to take over the command position in the total offense standings by sundown.