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GOPHERS wWlN kV : " 4* Minnesota Gives Yost's Men a Hard JoltOnt plays Michigan During the Greater '/: Part of the Game. jSnperloT Physical Condition Is All that Saves the Wolverines from De- 'dK featHarris, Schacht, Webster and Marshall Play Star Games 1?' Crowd Rushes, upon the Field When Minnesota Scores and Stops the Game. \ ' ^ \ Average pant .(, Penalties (yards lost) 90 When ten thousand shouting, fran tic men poured out upon the grid 'iron at Northrop field and cut short the Michigan-Minnesota football game Saturday, they ended one of the great est games the west has ever seen. It pras great from the veiwpoint of the critic, for the football played by both i teams was of the highest order. Jt 4 was great from the viewpoint 6*f the spectator, because both teams were evenly matched, and the play, tho at all times vicious, was clean. Coach Tost of Michigan had ex pected a hard game, but he was con sent of winning. Yet, so far as Yost TT A HOT SCRIMMAGE AFTER A MINNESOTA PLUNGE Photo by A. S. Williams IIWIWIIHIIMMMIIMMlMMIIIIIIIMIIIIIIIIMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIMtHWMMIMMtWMIIMMIHMMMMtlMIMHIMmMMMmWMMMM MIGHT Y GOPHERS I TIE WOLVERINES STATISTICS OF THE GAME. TCards gained From scrimmages 237 Running back pants ,., 27 Running back kick-offs 55 , Pants ..., BIG. HARRIS. iJ^/Who played a ,Btar game at quarter for MInne- * h^f sota. V,**^ Photo by Lee Bros. '?,% concerned, Minnesota earned a 'l^victory. But when Yost was beaten, Si'JKeene Fitzpatrick saved the day. Min nesota clearly outplayed Michigan in i'the first half. She captured the kick off on her own fifteen-yard line and Steadily forced the fight down into * * - ^Michigan's territory. Once Michigan,ence '* r^ " ? fb y a desperate brace , held for downs jon her own fourteen-yard line. After 'the first ten minutes, the battle in this ^Italf was waged almost continuously i in Michigan's territory. The wolver enes were unable to gain thru the -*-, Minnesota Michigan 152 - 9 10 336 37 35 385 43 strong Minnesota defense. Even the shifty Heston and the mighty Mad dock were stopped for losses. Minne sota, on the other hand, gained freely thru Michigan's center and guards. Michigan in Better ,v But, while MinnesotaCondition. was outplay ing her opponents, the superior phys ical condition of Michigan was appar ent. After almost every third down a gopher player might be seen stretched upon the ground. Davies, Irsfled and Current fairly wore them selves out throwing themselves in front of the plunges of the heavy wolverine backs, and before the end of the game all three of them were forced to retire, their places being taken by Boeck mann, Bergen and Kremer. Against the exhausted Minnesota line Michi gan hurled her heavy men in a last desperate assault, which finally gave them the touchdown. The score was tied by Minnesota after a series of fierce line plunges but had Minnesota been in as good physical condition as Michigan, the wolverines would never have scored, and the supposedly un beatable Yost would have met his "Wa- terloo. As it was, Dr. Williams had Yost beaten. Michigan's gains thru the whole game were a tribute to the skill of Keene Fitzpatrick, the veter an Michigan trainer, who brought his men on the field in magnificent phys ical condition, and whose ability un questionably save the wolverines from defeat. The play of the Minnesota team was a surprise to even the most enthusi astic of the adherents of the maroon and gold. The wolverines were picked to win by the majority, as shown by the qdds of from 10 to 7 to 2 to 1 of fered on Michigan Saturday morning. The Minnesota men hoped for victory, but their hope was mixed with fore boding. The prestige of Yost's name was such that the gopher supporters feared he might once more prove in vincible. Minnesota's line Bucks Effective. Yet in the first ten minutes of play it was evident that Minnesota had the better team in everything except phys ical condition. The terrific line plunges of the gopher backs and forwards were good for big gains. Once in this half Minnesota carried the ball sixty yards straight down the field, but whenever Minnesota forced the fight inside the Michigan twenty-flve-yard line, the wolverine forwards braced and held for downs. Minnesota's guards were far superior to Michigan's, and Strathern clearly outplayed Greg ory. Not once did the wolverines pierce Minnesota's center for a gain. Even Minnesota's tackles showed up better than Michigan's, and her ends were impregnable. The gopher play was fast and snappy and the interfer showed beautiful precision. The play was all in Michigan's territory after the first few minutes of this half, and Michigan was on the defensive thruout. In the second half, outside of the few minutes when Michigan was car- DIAGRAM OF THEftaSTNESOTA-MICHIGAN G!AME SATURDAY rying the ball down for her touch down, Minnesota had the better of the argument. She threatened Michigan's goal seriously early in the half, when she carried the ball from Michigan's forty-yard line to the ten-yard line, only to lose it on downs. Immediate ly after Michigan scored, Minnesota forced the ball down into Wolverine territory, and doggedly hammered at the wolverine line until the ball was forced over and Rogers kicked goal, making the score 6 to 6. In short, Minnesota outplayed Michigan fully fifty minutes of the seventy Michigan outplayed Minnesota twenty minutes. Minnesota was on the aggressive at least two-thirds of the time. The crowd at the game was the largest ever seen in the west, outside of Chicago. The circus seats at the east end of the gridiron were packed, as were the bleachers on the west end, which were reserved for standing room. Grand stands and boxes were filled, and the crowd was lined up eight deep outside the fences at either end of the gridiron. It was almcJst purely a Minnesota crowd, only a small splotch of maize and blue in the middle of the grand stand marking the presence of some 400 Michigan rooters. More than 20,000 persons witnessed the game. Gophers Start Off Badly. Minnesota started badly In the first half. Sig Harris fumbled the kickoff and was downed at the 15-yard line. Then on the third down, Harris sig nalled fc, punt, but the pass was poor, Harris fumbled, and Michigan got the ball at the 15-yard line. It was an inauspicious opening* Michigan, with only three first downs to make for a score, attacked Minnesota's line fierce ly, but the maroon and gold, fresh and mighty hearted, held like ada mant, and Minnesota got the ball, rushed a few yards, and Harris booted it out of danger. An exchange of punts followed, and soon a fumble cost Minnesota the ball. Tom Hammond broke thru for ten yards, placing the ball on Minnesota's third-yard line, but Minnesota soon held for downs. This was the last time in the half when Michigan seemed to have evv n a remote chance of scoring. Shortly afterward, Minnesota got the ball on a penalty at the center of the field, and started a march toward Mich igan's goal line. The play was fast and vicious. Michigan held for downs at her own thirty-yard line. Mows punting followed. Getting the ball on downs finally at her own forty-five yard line, Minnesota rushed it down to Michigan's fourteen-yard line, where the wolverine defense stiffened and again held for downs. - The half closed soon after. In the second period, Minnesota again started to rush things. A fum ble by Norcross gave the gophers the ball at Michigan's forty-yard line, and they rushed it down to Michigan's ten-yard line in half a dozen plays. Michigan braced, and Minnesota again lost the ball on downs after measur ing Inches. The Jplay was getting fiercer every minute, and both sides plainly showed the effects of the pace, tho Minnesota took out time much more often than Michigan. Michigan's .^inal 'Spurt An exchange of punts followed, and then Michigan braced, and played the best football she showed during the day. Yost had evidently instructed his men to try fake interference plays, and to send Heston against left tac kle, for these plays, were used again and again with goodIresults. Michi gan by the stiffesf kind of football, got from her own ten-yard line to the center of the field, where she was penalized twenty yards and forced to punt. Minnesota followed suit, and Michigan got the ball on her own thirty-seven-yard line, and with a last desperate spurt started for the goal line. Current was forced to retire, and Boeckmann went in at fullback. This somewhat weakened Minnesota's defense, and - Michigan sent Heston, Maddock, Graver and ' Hammond against the fast tiring Minnesota line. Irsfleld and Davies were slowly weak ening under the assault, and Michi gan's plays netted good gains. The ball was pushed to the center of the field, then to the thirty-five-yard line. Heston got thru for fifteen more yards, Yost on the side lines chewed up one cigar after another. The root ers cheered on Minnesota with cries of "Stone wall," but to no avail. Michigan was making her last effort. Could Minnesota stop this one rush, she would be safe. Davies was car ried to the side lines, and Bergen went in to try to stem the tide, but Michi gan worked the ball down to the three-yard line, and Hammond Defective Page i] 2*. MINNESOTA GETTING DOWN THE FIELD ON A PUNT " ~ - ' "' .^" ' -- \ - - ,* * ? - - Photo by A. S. Williams. IIIIIIMIIWIMMIIIMWIIIWIIIItllMMBWIIIMHIMIMtMWlMMMmHUHWMmMMmMMMMMIMm pushed it over. Hammond then fol lowed the touchdown with a goal. Minnesota Shows Great Nerve. With only a few minutes left to play, it looked dark for Minnesota. Sig Harris, however, caught Michi gan's kickoff, and dodged beautifully back thru the whole team, until he was -finally downed on the forty-five yard line, after carrying the ball for ty-five yards. Hope sprang anew in the breasts of the Minnesota rooters. The Gophers attacked Michigan's line with vicious smashes, Kramer taking Irsfleld's place at right half. The fresh backs did some great bucking, and with Schacht making from three to five yards at each plunge, Minnesota quickly pushed the ball to Michigan's forty-five-yard line. Here a ten yard penalty forced Harris to punt. Big Smith took Thorpe's place at right guard, and Eyke went in for Gooding, who was worn out trying to stop Min nesota's fierce rushes. A fumble of a punt by Norcross gave Minnesota an other chance for a score, but after pushing from the twenty-three yard line to the fifteen-yard line, she lost on downs again. Michigan kicked, and Minnesota got the ball on the thirty-five yard line and started her final effort. The cry of Ski-u-mah from the stands spurred on the goph ers. Schacht, Bergen and Kremer al ternated Irt terrific bucks at the line. Slowly the ball was forced down to the eight-yard line, and then Minne sota made first down inside the five yard line. Boeckmann was called on, and with a frantic plunge at right guard, he placed the ball over the line. Crowd Wild With Enthusiasm. The ball was punted out, and it was up to Rogers to save the day. The captain was equal to the emergency and sent the ball squarely between the posts. The demonstration that fol lowed has seldom been equalled and never excelled. In less than sixty sec onds 10,000 men, fairly mad with joy, had poured out upon the gridiron, without waiting to learn whether time was up. Rogers, Schacht and half a dozen of the other players were swung to the shoulders of admiring rooters and borne about the field. Darkness was rapidly settling down upon the field, and as only two minutes re- mained to play, and it seemed abso lutely impossible to clear the field, the officials called the game with the con sent of both sides. The surprise of the day was the play of some of the supposedly weaker members of .the team. Websted fairly held the great Maddock even, and out played him when the Michigan man was on defense. Miohigan picked Webster's side of the line for a weak spot, and sent many plays in that di rection, but except for a few minutes of the second half, the plays failed to gain, and more than once Webster sifted thru and messed up Michigan's plays behind the line. Another surprise was the defensive work of Marshall. The colored end, playing in Burdick's place, did not let a single play around him. He smashed the interference well, and invariably turned the runner in if he could not tackle him. Rogers also played a bet ter defensive game than he has shown this year, and also did great work in the interference. Another star was Sig Harris, who played quarter in O'Brien's absence. Sig played the game of his life. His punts were long and high and Min nesota had all the better of it in the kicking department, gaining on every exchange. In returning punts also Sig did better work than Norcross. Schacht played the game of his life, and his line bucks were responsible for a large part of Minnesota's gains. The game was straight football nearly all the way thru. Minnesota tried one or two trick plays, but they were not successful. Michigan used a fake interference in the second half for good gains, but most of the wolv erine plays, like those of Minnesota, were simple in character. It was straight football on both sides, but straight football of the highest type. In fact it is doubtful if two teams which averaged as strong as Minne sota and Michigan Saturday, ever met on a western gridiron. Michigan was practically as strong as last year. She had not Weeks' brains, an* she had not Sweeley's leg, but otlVrwise the eleven looked quite as j/?o as the "Point-a-Minute" team. Before the game, in fact, Yost asserted that the bunch was stronger than the 1902 eleven. Yet in actual playing skill Minnesota excelled, and had the two elevens been equal in physical condi tion, Minnesota would undoubtedly have won by one or two touchdowns. Minnesota's Defense Superb. While Minnesota's men held out, their defense was superb. Time and again Michigan had the ball and tried to find the weak spot m the line, but no weak spot was there. The offense, strange to say, was best in plays against the line, where Minnesota has hitherto been comparatively weak in gaining. Around the ends Minnesota could make little ground. O'Brien, who tries right end by preference, might have got around Longman, but neither Davies nor Harris were able to get by the crafty Redden. It has been said that Minnesota won, tho the score was a tie. This is scarce ly doing justice to a plucky foe. As stated above, Michigan's better physical condition offset Minnesota's superiority in offense and defense. But training is as much a part of the game as coaching. Michigan has had as much bad luck in the matter of injuries as Minnesota, yet Keene Fitzpatrick was able to get his cripples into shape. Min nesota's trainer was not. After carry ing the ball forty-five yards at a stretch, and then seventy-five yards, to make a touchdown, it cannot be said that Michigan did not earn a tie. Minnesota gained more ground than Michigan from scrimmages, and also in returning punts and kickoffs. Min nesota out-played Michigan during a longer time than Michigan out-played Minnesota. Yet at critical times Michi gan was able to protect her goal line, and she was able to score against a determined defense when she made her final spurt. There is honor enough for both teams in the game played Saturday. There is no doubt, in the minds of those who witnessed the game Satur day, that both elevens will go thru the season undefeated. The champion ship of the west lies, as it did before the game, between the two teams. Michigan has little to fear from Wis consin or Chicago, while Minnesota should have an easy time with Illinois or Wisconsin. Saturday's lineup: Minnesota Michigan Rogers, Capt L. B. Longman R. E. Webster L. T. Maddock R. T. Warren L. GrGoodlng R. G. Strathern C. Gregory, Ted Thorpe, Smith R. (i. Hnmmond C. Schacht R. T. Shulte J,. G. Marshall R. E. Curtis L. T. Harris Q. B. Redden, Capt....L. E. Davies, Bergen.L. H .B. Norcross Q. B. Irsfleld, Kremer Graver R. B. B. R. H. B. Heston. L. H. B. Cvrrent, Tom Hammond ..V. B. Boeckmann F. B. OfficialsReferee, Lieutenant H. M. Neely of Fort Sheridan umpire, Henry Clark, Jr., of Chicago head lineman1 Letton of Yale touch downs, Boeckmann, Tom Hammond goals, Rogers, Tom Hammond. OPINIONS OF EXPERTS Coaches and Officials Discuss Features of the Game. Dr. Williams of Minnesota It the greatest game ever played in the west, but I am not satisfied with a tie score. I feel the team will show better later in the season. I think Minnesota outplayed Michigan all the way thru, except in the period when Michigan made her touchdown. I think Strathern clearly outplayed Gregory. "Pudge" Heffelfinger of YaleI think Minnesota clearly outplayed Michigan in first half. Michigan braced wonderfully in the second half and played fine football. Minnesota's defense was almost impregnable and was stronger than Michigan. Umpire ClarkeThe game was one of the fiercest I ever saw. I think Minnesota had the advantage in the BOECKMANN. Who made the touchdown for Minnesota. ' Photo by Opsabl. first half and the Michigan had the best of it in the second half. Schacht was the star on the Minnesota team, and Hestbn for Michigan. Harris* punting helped Minnesota a good deal. In my opinion the score shows about . the relative merits of the team. Lieutenant Nelly, refereeIt was a beauty. Minnesota's rally in the last few minutes was the best football X ever saw. I think Gregory had the best of Strathern that the Michigan , tackles were better than Minnesota. Minnesota guards were the better the ends went a standoff. In the back field outside of quarter Michigan was the best. Minnesota's team was prone to forward passes and starting before the ball was in play. Professor Jones, President Minne sota Athletic Board of ControlMin nesota's team was the best we ever * had. I think the story will show that we outplayed Michigan during three fourths of the game. RECEIPTS ARE $30,993.50' All Records Broken in Number of Crowd and Total of Money Received. The gate receipts for Saturday's , football game on Northrop field were nearly three times as great as those of any game previously played in Min- - neapolis. The actual total, as given out by the management, was $30,- 993.50. After expenses are paid, the , (Continued on Ninth Page.)