There was a faculty prohibition against "obvious" drinking at the Harvard-Yale game, but when the game was over Harvard men needed no condiments against New England's drab November sky—Jim Joslin, a sophomore back, had lighted up the firmament with a performance that flamed as warm and blue as brandy on a Thanksgiving pudding.
At the end of his freshman year Joslin thought of going back to Minneapolis to stay. Harvard's rigid study requirements were bothering him. He conquered that but this year he had another problem. He had a tendency to fumble.
He fumbled away Saturday before a crowd of 40,000 that packed Harvard Stadium to the roof. In a brief second-period appearance, he was smothered for a 12-yard loss. He returned to the game only when Matt Botsford, another sophomore back, was hurt on the Yale touchdown play that put the Blue ahead 9-0. Botsford had previously intercepted a pass two yards from his own goal, over which he stumbled to give Yale a safety.
November 29, 1954
Then Joslin took over for him and in three plays fumbled, hit an official with an attempted pass and missed a touchdown by heaving the ball over the receiver's head.
By this time goat horns were sprouting under Joslin's helmet. But after Harvard fumbled once more and recovered on the Yale 20, Joslin's horns disappeared. In just two plays he got to the one-yard line, setting up Tony Gianelly's touchdown buck, and thereafter, when Harvard got back the ball, Joslin was a slashing saber cutting through the right side of the Yale line. He brought the ball quickly to the Yale 39, where he handed it off to Frank White, who threw a running pass to Bob Cochran, who set the Harvard stands mad by juggling the ball from the 16-yard line to the 8 before he finally gained control and scored the touchdown that gave Harvard a 13-9 victory and the Big Three title for the first time since 1941.
"That 43 did it," Yale Capt. Thorne Shugart said in the locker room after the game. "I don't know his name but he was great."
His name, Capt. Shugart, is Joslin, James Joslin of Minneapolis.
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