Football Wins Historic 135th Playing of The Game Over Yale, 45-27

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BOSTON — In the 135th playing of The Game, the Harvard football team (6-4, 4-3 Ivy) bested the Yale Bulldogs (5-5, 3-4 Ivy) in a commanding 45-27 victory at the historic Fenway Park. Harvard's victory in the colosseum of champions snaps Yale's two-game winning streak in The Game. 

Senior quarterback Tom Stewart went 18-for-27 for a total of 312 yards and three touchdowns to cap his career at Harvard. Receiver Henry Taylor and running back Devin Darrington found the end zone twice in today's matchup against rival Yale, tying for a team-high two touchdowns a piece. 

On defense, Cameron Kline and Jordan Hill led the charge with seven tackles each, while Scott Garrison exploded for 3.5 tackles for loss. Senior Zach Miller posted a team-high two interceptions in his final game with the Crimson.

After a pick from Miller flipped possession to favor the Crimson, Stewart found Taylor in the end zone to put Harvard on the board first, 7-0. The Bulldogs' quickly retaliated as Yale's Alan Lamar snuck through the Crimson's defense late in the first to tie up the score at 7-7.

Tyler Adams dashed past the Bulldogs for a 62-yarder to put the Crimson back in the lead with 9:14 left in the first half. However, quick to close the gap, Yale's quarterback Griffin O'Connor escaped a sack and found receiver JP Shohfi in the end zone to lock up the teams yet again at 14-14. As time expired in the first half, Taylor dove for the touchdown, giving Harvard the 21-14 lead as the teams headed to the locker room.

After a battle in the red zone to open the second half, Yale mauled its way past the goal line to tie the game once more at 21-21. The Bulldogs went on to take its first lead of the game off a 32-yard field goal from Alex Galland. Determined to retake the lead, an insatiable Crimson offense made its way past Yale, going up 28-24 off a 15-yard reception from Jack Cook.

Eager to steal the lead back from the Crimson, Yale forced its way back into scoring territory. But, Harvard's stalwart defense kept the Bulldogs at bay, holding them to a field goal to make it a one-goal game. Driving his way through a wall of Yale defenseman, Darrington put up back-to-back touchdowns to extend the lead to 45-27 with less than four minutes to go. In a last-minute push to close down on the Crimson, O'Connor tossed a long ball towards the Harvard 20-yard line. However, safety Miller quickly intercepted the ball, securing the 45-27 victory for the Crimson.

Harvard Highlights

  • Jake McIntyre's 36-yard field goal today ties the single-season record for field goals made with 13 as well as the program record for career field goals with 30.
  • Harvard's 605 yards of total offense marks a new record for The Game. Previously, the Crimson's record was 518 total yards set in 2012.
  • Harvard's 45 points ties for the most points scored in The Game by the Crimson.

Game Notes

  • Today's playing of The Game marked the first time since 1894 that Harvard and Yale met at a neutral site. The last time the teams met outside of their home fields, the rivals battled it out at Hampden Park in Springfield, Mass.
  • Today's 72 combined total points breaks a record set in 1993, when the rivals combined for 64 total points.
  • Harvard ended the campaign in third place in the Ivy League.