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Martin Granville, who works his way through Franklin College, has not joined the football team because of his father's disgrace thirty years earlier when he ran the wrong way to score a touchdown for the other team. When Coach Rodney, who needs a good quarterback, sees Marty throw a long pass, he asks attractive Pat Meredith, who likes both Marty and the captain of the team, Jack Gaines, to convince Marty to play. Marty and Pat plan to go to the junior prom together, but Jack ties Marty's tuxedo in knots and accompanies Pat, after she hangs up on Marty for making her wait. After they have made up, Pat encourages Marty to stay in school when he threatens to leave to earn money for his father to pay Jack's father, who has a lien on his mine. Marty gives Pat his fraternity pin, which she places in a box with many others that she has collected. After Marty joins the team, he accepts the coach's castigation when Jack runs a different play than the one the coach called. Meanwhile, roadhouse owner Lew Ashley schemes with his companion, Fluff Harding, to have Franklin lose so that they can win money betting. The night before the last game, Jack gives Pat his fraternity pin and accuses her of being nice to Marty only to get him to join the team. Marty overhears this and fights Jack. That night, Fluff gets Jack and Buzzy Vincent, the quarterback Jack replaced, drunk at Ashley's. Marty follows and starts a fight, then gets his teammates back to the dorm. He takes the blame when the coach finds out, and he is suspended, but after Buzzy gets hurt with two minutes to play and Franklin losing 3-0, Buzzy confesses and the coach apologizes to Marty and sends him in. On the last play, Marty gets turned around and runs the wrong way, but near his own end zone, he turns back and throws a bomb to Jack, who scores. Jack invites Marty's family to dinner, and Pat marries Marty's friend Hank, who recently became a millionaire, leaving Jack and Marty to bend over and accept kicks in the rear from each other.