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As the strange sags of Harvard Football 1972 draws to a close, yet another chapter of the unforeseen is unfolding before the bewildered fan; Rod Foster, who has returned to the starting line-up as halfback, led the Crimson to a 21-14 victory over Brown last Saturday.
Foster looked impressive, rolling up 159 yards on 13 carries, and scoring twice from 84 and 29 yards. "He will definitely start against Yale next Saturday," coach Joe Restic said yesterday. "He had a really fine game against Brown. His two long runs gave us the spark we needed to win the game."
Up until Saturday, it was a disappointing season for Foster, who had-seen only limited action as a past returner. Two years ago, he was heralded as possibly the best player to hit Cambridge. Last year, however, he was sidelined for most of the season with injuries and new his quarterbacking position go to Eric Crone. He will get the call at halfback for THE Game and look to finish his Harvard football career as he started it.
The rest of the picture looks pretty much the same as it always does between games. Injuries continue to plague the Crimson up front. Offensive tackle Monte Bowens has been suffering back troubles; guard Mark Bauer is having shoulder problems: and tackle Bill Ferry is still not 100 per cent as he has been bothered by a bruised rib. All are listed as questionable for this Saturday's game.
Also on the disabled list are Steve Golden, who has a slight case of pneumonia and Marc Mayberg with a broken leg bone. Word on the injured players will come today.
As for the quarterback situation. "It's no different from any other week," Restic said. "I'll decide who starts later in the week. We'll have to use all the talent we have; it's a quarter by quarter, minute by minute proposition."
Crone played the entire game against the Bruins, but his performance was less than spectacular. He was a surprise starter, as Milt Holt was expected to replace him after his performance in the Princeton disaster.
Despite the victory over Brown, the Crimson have been mathematically eliminated from winning the Ivy title. This, however, does not make next week's game any less important. "It's got to be important," Restic said, "If we don't win this one. It's going to be a long winter."
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