Presbyterian Atwater College continually loses in football to its neighboring Midwestern rival, Baptist Bingham College. When millionaire Hiram Bolton brings his son Billy, the star half-back of the Bingham football team, to Atwater in search of a tutor, coach Jack Larrabee persuades Jane Witherspoon, the president's daughter, called the "College Widow" because each graduation day she bids farewell to another fiancé, to charm Billy into playing for Atwater. The plan succeeds, but Jane, once Jack's sweetheart, falls in love with Billy. Following an important Thanksgiving Day victory over Bingham, Billy is told that he has been Jane's dupe. He plans to leave town, but during a celebration, a fire breaks out. Billy is injured leaping from a window, while Jane is left trapped on a stairway. When the firemen block Jack's entrance, objecting that it is too dangerous for him to save Jane, Jack has his squad form a flying wedge and he breaks through. Jack rescues Jane and places her in Billy's arms.