Harvard Wins "The Game," Ivy League Title
|Harvard clinched a perfect 10-0 record and the Ivy League title on Nov. 22 (Photo / usatoday.com)|
In the 131st playing of "The Game," Harvard prevailed over Yale, 31-24, in one of the most memorable of those 131. The game was hosted by the Crimson at Cambridge's Harvard Stadium.
Harvard head coach Tim Murphy said after the contest, "Any time you beat Yale [it] is unique and very special. But I don't think it'll ever get more exciting than this - this was way too exciting."
Yale (8-2) scored 17-straight fourth quarter points to come back from a 24-7 deficit and tie the game. With a minute left to play Harvard resumed the lead when senior QB Connor Hempel hit Andrew Fischer on a 35-yard pass to take the lead, 31-24. "It was a double-move, a slant-and-go basically. We had been running slants all game and he just kind of bit on it and Fisch beat him with his speed," said Hempel after the game.
The Bulldogs responded by driving to the Crimson 25-yard line but their drive came to an end there when junior defensive back Scott Peters intercepted a pass from Yale QB Morgan Roberts.