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Aloysius Appleby, known as Ally, leaves his small town for Baldwin College and promises his Aunt Polly and Uncle Lish that he will not indulge in sports. Horatio Winston, a senior at the college, becomes jealous of Ally's powerful physique and plans to make him the college boob. Ally meets Angela Boothby (Horatio's girl), is immediately smitten, and pesters his roommate, Shorty Buzelle, for information about her. At a "pep" dance, the boys dress Ally in a ridiculous manner: he is severely ridiculed, and, at Angela's insistence, he promotes some respect with his fists. Pop Warren, the football coach, encourages him to try out for the team, in spite of his promise, and he is the hero of the first game. Later, when Ally refuses to play, Angela explains the importance of his playing to his aunt and uncle. They come to the game, and Ally goes in in time to save the team.