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by Ivan Maisel

Dartmouth Sports Publicity

#35
THE HONOR SYSTEM

Hanover, N.H. | Nov. 16, 1940

It wasn't that No. 2 Cornell scored on a fifth-down, 6-yard pass in the final minute to defeat Dartmouth 7-3 in 1940 that made referee Red Friesell's blunder so memorable. It was that, after seeing the films, Cornell president Dr. Edmund Ezra Day directed his team to forfeit the game. Cornell lost its 18-game unbeaten streak but gained stature for playing with honor, instead of merely by the rules.