The Free lance. (State College, Pa.) 1887-1904, November 01, 1899, Image 35

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    STATE, with a small crowd of her followers, arrived in Wil
liamsport on Friday evening, Nov. 3, 1899. The men were
'confident that on the morrow another victory over Bucknell,
Who came to Williamsport on the morning of Nov. sth (Saturday),
not over confident yet hopeful, would be added to the nine already
dangling at her belt. But fate and the elements had decreed
Otherwise. All day Friday and thro' the following night until
midnight it rained, making the Athletic field a stretch of yellow
mud on which weight would count more than quickness and agil
ity. Saturday morning dawned cool and with a brisk breeze
blOwing down the river.
Bucknell's rooters arrived in two sections one at io:3o a. in.
and another at 2:15 p. m., acCompanied by a band. ' State's
rooting accompaniment landed at 12 o'clock noon and, headed
by the State College Band, marched to the Park Hotel, State's
headquarters. By 2 'o'clock P. M. the tide of travel had turned
toward the ball field and it was seen that the winds of the morn
ing, still blowing briskly, had had a good effect; but the field was
still wet and sticky. About all of the fifteen hundred people
who saw the game had assembled at 2;30 P. M. when the teams
The . teams were heartily cheered as they appeared upon the
field, Bucknell preceding. After some preliminary punting and
passing of the ball while the Captains tossed the coin, which toss
was won by Randolph, the teams lined up for the final struggle.
' Many were the expectant eyes that saw the ball placed and
Mathewson wait for the sound of the whistle which should give
his right foot permission to strike terror to the hearts of State's
Supporters; but the kick off was bad, the ball rolling down the
field to Ruble: Then after an exchange of punts, Bucknell car
ried the ball down the field by line plunges until Gilles fumbled
on State's 25 -yard line, Scholl getting the ball. State, after two
efforts to .carry the ball back up the field, both of which were suc
cessful,. was penalized for holding, and Bucknell key haMmering
away at State's line carried the ball yet closer to goal line, when
State got the ball for holding.
Nov. 4.