- Tuesday, January 30 1917 -
Rose Polytechnic - 12 (Head Coach: Rufus Gilbert)
Kentucky - 33 (Head Coach: William P. Tuttle)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 14, Rose Polytechnic 8
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Game Writeup - by Tom Underwood, Lexington Herald
Wildcats Trim Rose Poly Five
Rough Game Played by Hoosier Outfit but Picking is Easy
It was not all roses for the blushing buds from Terre Haute last evening. They looked pretty in the beginning but withered in the end. The wicked Wildcats had easy plucking in the last four-fifths of the wrestle with the flowered species; results Kentucky 33, Rose Polytechnic 12.
Although the delegation from the blacksmith establishment in Indiana bear the decorous appellation "The Roses" they play anything but greenhouse basketball. There are those who talk about the rough aspects of football. Football is a pink tea performance compared with a rough basketball game. The last night affair when it came to roughing it was at its best, or rather its worst. Basketball should be played in a padded cell anyway instead of an alleged gymnasium with posts and walls and things for the players to show their true sportsmanship by slamming their favorites against.
The Roses played a peculiar game that has never been seen before and one has his doubts as to whether it will ever been seen again. Certainly, the Pollies need no copyright or patent or whatever it would take take to keep a team from stealing their style of play.
Their method was this. They hugged the Wildcat goal all the time, leaving their own side of the field open. Then when they got the ball they would avalanche down toward the goal en masse. The cataclysm was hard on the Wildcats but it failed to result in many goals. With good team work their efforts might have been more successful.
The Wildcats showed much improvement with Shrader at guard and Simpson at center. Better things are predicted for them before the seasons gets in full swing. Rodes was about the only Wildcat that could hold his own in the pugnacious battling. He played the "hit and run" game all the time and it was satisfactory. In the last few minutes, however, some spuirrel took a slap that landed him in the eye and knocked him cold for a minute. He went back in the game with a purple optic.
"Little Paul" Anderson was sent in with "Big Ben" Marsh to try out at the last part. "Little Paul Jr." tried his hand at roughing it up a little too. With his head down like a goat getting ready to butt something and with both hands in use he tore around the field getting in every play and slinging Roses in every direction until Orr took picks on him and sent him catapulting into a girl's lap in the spectator's district around the floor.
Patrick Campbell played a good Irish game in the eight or ten minutes he replaced Longsworth, fondly called "Pug." Capt. Ireland was there with the fleet work which counted much. None of the Roses starred.