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Gameday Gallery: Late Harvard Rally Stuns Upstart Yale

Harvard Stuns Yale

One Great Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Yale came out in attack mode and stayed in control for three-plus quarters on a delightful November afternoon, but arch-rival Harvard used some late-game heroics to squash any hopes of an Ivy League upset and claimed a thrilling 14-10 win Saturday.

GAMEDAY GALLERY: Harvard Stuns Yale, 14-10

The host team raced to an early 10-0 lead that stood up until midway through the final quarter, but the Crimson got a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Collier Winters to silence the crowd at Yale Bowl and escape with its third straight win in the rivalry, which is the oldest-continuing and third-most-played in all of college football. Saturday's meeting was the 126th all-time between the teams.

Yale coach Tom Williams could get the Bill Belichick treatment on sports talk radio this week, as his call for a fake punt on 4th-and-long in his own territory late in the game failed and gave Harvard excellent field position, setting up the winners' go-ahead touchdown with 92 seconds left. Yale's final desperation drive ended with Harvard's John Takamura intercepted Yale quarterback Patrick Witt with less than a minute remaining.


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The visiting players gave coach Tim Murphy the Gatorade bath as the final seconds ticked down. The Crimson finish with a 7-3 mark overall and 6-1 in the Ivy League. Harvard lost to Penn last week, and the Quakers clinched the conference crown with an easy defeat of Cornell Saturday to complete a perfect 7-0 mark in league play.

Yale, despite hearty cheering from the fan (pictured, above) who told me to "go ahead and take (his) fucking picture, asshole," closes its season at 4-6 and 2-5.


Yale Coach, Captain Await Harvard With Mixed Emotions

One Great Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Harvard and Yale get together Saturday for the 126th playing of what those in these parts simply refer to as The Game.

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The Crimson and Bulldogs compete in the oldest-continuing and third-most-played rivalry in college football. It's largely overlooked, however, because it lacks national championship implications, and often is played on the same day as other rivalries with larger stakes and more national appeal.

But first-year Yale coach Tom Williams, who played and coached in the big Stanford-Cal rivalry, said that PAC 10 pairing pales in comparison to what he expects to see at Yale Bowl this weekend. As Williams awaits his first experience in The Game, his senior linebacker and captain Paul Rice describes in the video below what he expects the day will be like as he puts on the pads one final time in the annual season-ender for both teams.