First, wide receiver Henry Taylor brought the punt out to the Harvard 40 on a return that saw a penalty on both sides. Then, the Crimson broke the plane, as Darrington closed out the drive with 33 rushing yards.
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Harvard 38, Yale The Crimson put up a fight in the red zone, limiting the Bulldogs to a field goal. With that, the Bulldogs snapped the exchange of three touchdowns apiece and took its first lead of the game. Stewart and his offensive corps drove downfield, ultimately finding the end zone on a yard completion to junior Jack Cook.
Cook closed out the game with a team-high receiving yards. All told, the Bulldogs led for just of game time. Both team's defenses tallied two turnovers and one sack apiece. O'Meara To begin the final frame, Yale came up shy of a first down at the Crimson six yard line.
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The Bulldogs opted to kick a field goal to creep within one, , instead of going for it on fourth and two. However, key defensive plays contributed to a close game in the early going. Harvard coach Tim Murphy and his players maintain that everything starts up front. It really was a really great November for this particular Harvard football team. With under a minute left in the first half, Stewart dumped the ball off to Taylor, who dove and slammed the ball in just across the goal line.
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The Crimson advanced into the red zone courtesy of a deep ball hauled in by senior wide receiver Brian Dunlap, who closed out his season with a yard performance. This score gave Harvard a halftime lead. Before Taylor broke the first-half tie, the two squads traded touchdowns in the first and early in the second — this made for what appeared to be a tightly-contested game early on, a trend that was snapped for good when the Crimson dropped 17 points in the fourth quarter.
Though Adams is listed as a wideout, his role in this game was to run jet sweeps out of the backfield, several times taking handoffs from B. Watson in the backfield. Adams totaled 98 rushing yards, leading the team in that metric.
Its next three drives resulted in a trio of punts and a total of just 37 yards gained. However, its next attempt tied the game up once more. Starting on their own 41, the Bulldogs used a yard gain by Dudek to set up their second touchdown. It's cool when you can hit two birds with one stone like that. While all of this may seem like a crazy old tradition, it's important to remember that what we now call the Ivy League really is a sports league after all.
It was formed by the elite Eastern universities who wanted to make sure the modern-day college football mania did not corrupt the educational and social goals of those schools. While the eight Ivies have been playing football since , the league and those rules were not officially formed until The other major football programs in America did not follow suit, and a clear dichotomy began to emerge.
It took a few years, but Ivy football games, once major events held at sold-out venues like the Polo Grounds and Yankee Stadium, became secondary contests compared with the big-time battles among college football powerhouses like Notre Dame, Michigan and Stanford. Those schools clearly made more concessions to athletics, despite their reputations as great universities as well. In other words, the Ivies added to their overall luster by subtraction. In this case, it was subtracting the "big time" element of their football and other athletic programs. Take a look at the endowments and the admission rates for each of the eight institutions, and decide for yourself if they made the right decision.
However, even that downgrade from the ranks of the top 25 college football rankings has not been able to extinguish the red-hot importance of an event like the Harvard-Yale contest.
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If anything, the influence of the two schools' alumni is growing. Harvard and Yale claim four of the last five U. Call it diploma power inequality.
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Another benefit is the players on the football team are true student-athletes in a way that so many other major universities cannot say. Meanwhile, the talent level is nothing to be ashamed of, as virtually every Ivy school has at least one graduate playing in the NFL. With that in mind, let's remember that this is still a football game. The athletes playing Saturday have a little more at stake, as Yale can grab its first outright Ivy League title since with a win. Follow him on Twitter jakejakeny.
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