Gameday Gallery: Late Harvard Rally Stuns Upstart Yale

John P. WiseContributor IIINovember 22, 2009

397506 02: Former US President Bill Clinton (L) receives a Harvard football jersey from a student November 19, 2001 at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. At (R) is Harvard University President Lawrence Summers. Clinton spoke to Harvard students on the topics of globalization and politics in his first speech in the Boston area since leaving office. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
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By JOHN P. WISE
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.

However, 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, 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 when Harvard's John Takamura intercepted Yale quarterback Patrick Witt with less than a minute remaining.

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.

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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 a fan who told me to "go ahead and take (his) fucking picture, asshole," closes its season at 4-6 and 2-5.