Defeat – Meets the Home Eleven at Ann Arbor
Michigan 34 Ohio State 0
Ann Arbor, Oct. 16, 1897
Published in The Lantern on October 20, 1897
The representatives of the Scarlet and Gray met the husky young men of the University of Michigan for the first time on the gridiron last Saturday, and when the dust had cleared away from the first half a score of 34 to 0 had been placed against O.S.U. In the second half U. of M. tried some new men and neither side succeeded in scoring. The game was hard fought from start to finish and entirely free from slugging and objectionable features. Michigan played a kicking game almost entirely in the second half of fifteen minutes and it was plainly seen that O.S.U. was much stronger on offensive work. In the second half Coach Edwards’ men managed to carry the ball far enough back after each punt to keep the Wolverines from scoring. The Michigan team was greatly strengthened after the game with Ohio Wesleyan and put the strongest line up of the year against O.S.U. so that no correct estimate can be made between our strength and that of O.W.U. O.S.U. has improved much since the Case game and with the coaching of Coach Edwards, O.S.U. may yet turn out a winning team as the defects in the playing are rapidly being remedied and a noticeable improvement was seen in the practice duing the latter part of the week over that of the early part, and next Saturday O.S.U. lines up against the strong team from Otterbein on the University grounds, and with this week’s practice our chances for success are very good.
The features of last Saturday’s game were the brilliant playing of Blose, Hawkins, Benedict, for the O.S.U. and Hogg, Stuart, Teetzel, and Bennet for Michigan. The team left Friday at 3 p.m., spent the night at Toledo, and went up to Ann Arbor in the morning. Eighteen men were taken along, the players, five subs, Coach Edwards and Manager E. Enos.
The faculty from the University of Michigan have forbidden their team to play any more games with Ohio Wesleyan University because they played their coach Yost, under the name of his brother, also because of slugging which they claimed O.W.U. indulged in throughout the game. This is greatly to be regretted and it is surely no credit to the Ohio Wesleyan University to play her coach, who is professionalized, in an amateur foot ball game. Let a college be tainted by professionalism once, it is a difficult task to recover its lost prestige and the sooner college teams play strictly amateur foot ball the better it will be for the fair name of amateur sport.