A general on-field discussion followed. "Play was stopped," said Loudon, "because the officials couldn't decide what to do. The rule books were brought out, but they didn't cover the play. Almost everyone got into the argument, except our coach, Frank Cavanaugh. The Iron Major sat calmly through it all. Finally the referee ruled it good, and the game was resumed."
The referee's decision was based en the following 1909 rule: "If the ball passes directly over one of the uprights, or if after being kicked, it strikes an opponent and then passes over the crossbar or one of the uprights, it shall count as a goal."
Parke Davis, Princeton representative on the Intercollegiate Football Rules Committee at the time and a spectator that day, backed up Langford's verdict under the rules of that year. However, by 1912 Spalding's Guide carried a revision of the rule, which read: "In no case shall it count as a goal if the ball, after leaving the kicker's foot, touches the ground before passing over the crossbar and uprights." Butch DeWitt had kicked in a rule change.
Amazingly, on that same Nov. 11 afternoon the greatest prep school rivalry of the day, Andover vs. Exeter, produced the same sort of a kick. Only in this case it was ruled no good and did not appreciably affect Andover's 23-5 victory.
According to Loudon, the coincidence did touch the hearts of Princeton sportsmen. "A lot of money was bet on the game, but when Princeton students heard the same sort of kick didn't count in the Andover-Exeter game, they wouldn't accept their winnings."