When the game began Yale really did look ready. The Elis scored first on a one-yard plunge by Mercein. "We were shocked," said Iacavazzi, and with reason. It was the first time Princeton had been behind all season. Shocked as they were, the Tigers fought back and were tied by half time.
During the break a frisky Yale tuba player fell flat on his face. But Yale survived that all right. Far more troublesome was a twist Dick Colman decided to add to Princeton's honorable old single wing. It was something Princeton had never tried before, and it was not until late in the third period, with the Tigers holding a shaky 21-14 lead, that they felt they had to spring it. Tailback Don McKay lined up out on the flank instead of at his usual position. "It must have surprised Yale," said Iacavazzi afterward, "because when I carried the ball to that side no one was in front of me." Iacavazzi is not the sort to ignore such an opportunity, and while there are those who say that the Princeton captain is not really very fast he ran 39 yards to the goal like a commuter chasing the last train. In the end zone Iacavazzi gave one loud whoop and flung the ball into the stands.
The second time McKay lined up in this strange formation, Iacavazzi went 47 yards for another touchdown and, with his second loud whoop, threw that ball into the stands. "Do that again," the referee told Iacavazzi, "and it's a penalty." Cosmo grinned. "If I can run that far for another touchdown, I'll take all the penalties you can give." Actually, there was some justification for the referee's concern. What with Iacavazzi throwing the ball to souvenir hunters and Princeton's Charlie Gogolak, a Hungarian soccer player, kicking extra points high into the stands, Yale had run out of footballs. Princeton had to dig into its own ball bag for a new one.
The Tigers kept it, too.