This weekend, Harvard beat Yale for the first time since 2015. Rather than Harvard Stadium or the Yale Bowl, the 45-27 Crimson win in the 135th rendition of The Game was hosted by Fenway Park as Harvard Stadium was reported to be under construction. The move represented the first time in 106 years that the rivalry — the second oldest in college football — has been played somewhere other than the stadiums of the two hosts. The contest brought the largest attendance of any game this season to the sold out ballpark for a game with no Ivy League title ramifications, and a challenge simply for the pride of victory.
Use whatever metric you want: Rhode Scholars, Nobel Prizes, Ivy League championships, presidents, famous alumni, respective height of mountains for which the school serves a namesake, acceptance rate, Supreme Court justices, pop culture references, people from any random country that have heard of you. Harvard wins. Every time.
Over the last three years, The Game has had Ivy League title implications for either Harvard or Yale. This season, however, all either squad has to play for is pride.
Dominating every aspect of the game, Harvard easily bested Penn in the team's homecoming matchup, 29-7. The victory ends a three-season win streak Penn harbored over the Crimson.
Anyway, the News staff here keeps telling me if I want people to read my columns, I need to talk about things people care about (like politics), as I’ve been told Harvard students don’t care about sports. In order to draw in these marginalized readers, I’m increasing my vocabulary to include some buzz words. This week, there’s a potential blue wave in Columbia, a solid chance Princeton trumps Yale, and we’ll get to see if Cornell can protect its house.
Despite Columbia’s troubles this season, its record is so far on par with Harvard’s. Both team enter 2018’s last contest in Harvard Stadium with a single division win and three Ivy League losses.
In a game significantly impacted by freezing rain, it was a battle of the backfields in Hanover, N.H. The Big Green prevailed, tacking on 320 rushing yards and forcing Harvard ballcarriers to fumble five times.
Harvard takes on nationally ranked Dartmouth this week, and we go Around the Ivies to highlight the other three Ancient Eight matchups.
As boats rowed down the nearby Charles River during the annual Head of the Charles Regatta, so, too, did the hopes of an Ivy League championship float away for the Harvard football team on Saturday.
“[This is] probably the best Princeton team, conservatively, in the last 40 years,” Harvard coach Tim Murphy said. “We’re always excited to play. We’re always particularly excited to play big games like Princeton, but this will be a tremendous challenge because they appear to have no weaknesses.”
From 2013 to 2015, the incidence of concussions on kickoffs was 10.93 for every 1000 plays. In the two years succeeding the rule’s implementation, the incidence rate decreased to 2.04 for every 1000 plays — more than a 68 percent reduction.
Harvard coughed up a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter, only to storm back during its final drive and secure a 33-31 win with a Jake McIntyre field goal.
On Wednesday afternoon, Thomas announced she would not be competing for the Crimson squad in her senior season. On Thursday, the tri-captain signed a deal with New Balance. The company announced the deal on Monday.
Over the weekend, Harvard made the long bus drive to Ithaca, N.Y., to square off against Cornell for the second consecutive year. And for the second consecutive year, the Crimson left the town with its second loss. And for the second consecutive year, Harvard’s two losses come in the first four weeks of play to both the Big Red and Rhode Island.
Everything Harvard–Cornell is coming up in twos. In its second consecutive year on the road against the Big Red, will the Crimson hand the hosts their second loss in Ivy League play?
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