It was clear the Ivy League game of the year would be on November 7 between unbeaten, untied and unscored upon Yale and plain old unbeaten Penn. All Yale had to do first was beat Dartmouth. Penn had to get by Harvard.
Both games were played in weather conducive to growing rice and were watched by people whose love of football exceeded their fear of pneumonia. In New Haven, over 40,000 fans sat in a very damp Yale Bowl, umbrellas up. Dartmouth threatened early, but the stout Yale defense stopped them, just as it had stopped all other teams this year. Such success is no fluke. Yale has a veteran team, seasoned by a previous year of defeat, and the lessons they learned so painfully last year they have applied successfully this year. Late in the second period they scored on a short run to lead 8-0 at the half.
Ten minutes and 46 seconds later, as the football clock flies, Yale found itself scored upon. Billy Gundy, a skillful quarterback who had been out of action with injuries during Dartmouth's early-season misfortunes, tossed an 11-yard pass to End Seth Strickland.
Dartmouth had somehow learned the secret of scoring against Yale, and back they came. Gundy threw his passes with precision. When he completed one of 27 yards to Halfback Alan Rozycki, Dartmouth had scored again and, as it turned out, had won.
November 9, 1959
At least Yale did better than the boys of Penn, who couldn't even score. Harvard's Chet Boulris ran 34 yards through the drizzle for a first-period touchdown and four yards in the second for another. The final score was 12-0, and 15,000 fans left Franklin Field, sad and wet.
In a way it's nice that Yale and Penn were beaten. Things were getting out of focus in the old Ivy League, what with Yale ranked 13th in the nation and all that. To teams like Columbia and Brown, genial losers, Yale and Penn were beginning to take on the proportions of the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants. Now that's over. The Ivy League is the Ivy League once more, a league where any team can beat any other team. Yale, Penn and Princeton are tied for first place. Fast-moving Dartmouth is half a game behind. They play timid Columbia this week, but Columbia may forget to be timid.