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November 21, 2012

Case vs. Reserve 1912 Thanksgiving Day game

As Thanksgiving is once more upon us, let us revisit the annual Case-Reserve Thanksgiving Day football game played 100 years ago. The game was played November 28 at Van Horn Field. The account from the WRU yearbook, The Reserve, reads:

“That Turkey Day Game”

“From the dope on the playing of Reserve and Case, the apparent inability of Reserve to break up their opponents’ forward passing and Case’s good showing against Oberlin, Reserve was the "underdog" in all predictions on the Thanksgiving day game. However, Reserve, by the most optimistic, had not been dreamed to possess, our boys went at the team from across the fence. In the first six minutes of play they scored a touchdown. Not content with this, they scored eight more points during the first half. In the second half Case showed a flash of form and almost tied the score but Reserve came back strong with another touchdown and a safety. Thus Reserve had by a score of 24 to 13 defeated Case! Reserve, the underdog, had by spirit and fight defeated Case for the first time since 1908!”

Cartoon from The Reserve 1914

The account in the Case yearbook, Differential, had a different tone:
“Then came the regrettable Reserve game. There is no doubt but that Case was handicapped by the inch or two of snow on the field, for every one knows that we would have played a better game on a dry field. Whether or not we would have won is hard to tell, but as it was the team was merely defeated, not disgraced, by the combination of snow and hard luck.”

Scoreboard from the November 28, 1912 game

Case finished the season with a 4-6 record. Reserve finished with a 5-4 record.

Enjoy more stories of the traditional Thanksgiving Day Case-Reserve game from 2010 and 2011 blog entries.

Posted by hxy2 at November 21, 2012 09:34 PM

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