Carlisle upsets overconfident Harvard

Updated: October 14, 2005, 5:21 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to

Nov. 11, 1911

Powerful Harvard is so confident of victory against the Carlisle Indian School that it plays its second string for most of the game in Cambridge. But All-American Jim Thorpe spoils the Crimson's strategy.

Though Thorpe has a bad leg, he shows in pregame warmup that he's ready to play. Besides running and defending, he kicks four field goals to lead Carlisle to an 18-15 upset. Thorpe boots one field goal in each quarter - from 13, 43, 37 and 48 yards.

A touchdown (worth five points) and an extra point by Thorpe give Carlisle a 12-9 lead in the third quarter. Thorpe's final two field goals extend the advantage to 18-9 before the Harvard regulars, who entered the game in the fourth quarter, score when they block a Thorpe punt and return it for a touchdown.