Jordan Hill had one of nine tackles for a loss for Harvard on the day (Gil Talbot).
NEW YORK – Playing in its ninth overtime game in program history, the Harvard football team dropped a road contest to Columbia by a score of 17-10 at Wien Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The Crimson drops to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the Ivy League, while the Lions move to 3-5 and 2-3. Cole Thompson paced Harvard with 12 tackles, while Jordan Hill added 11 stops, including 1.0 sacks, and forced a fumble. The Crimson's defence finished with 9.0 tackles for a loss.
After Max Jones forced a fumble, which was recovered by Chris Smith, on Columbia's first drive, the Crimson capitalized as Jake Smith sent a 22-yard TD pass to James Batch to cap a four-play, 55-yard scoring drive, putting Harvard up, 7-0, at 10:42 of the first.
With 8:22 left in the second, Columbia tied the game, 7-7, on a four-yard catch by Mozes Mooney from Ty Lenhart.
Early on in the fourth at 13:22, Jake McIntyre nailed a 25-yard field goal to put the Crimson back on top by a score of 10-7. Columbia knotted the game, 10-10, when Alex Felkins hit a 26-yard field goal with 1:45 left.
In the extra session, Harvard won the coin toss and deferred to the second possession. Columbia's Mike Roussos got into the endzone on a one-yard run to put the Lions on top, 17-10. On Harvard's first play, Luke Emge's pass to James Batch was intercepted by Ben Mathiasmeier, ending the game.
- Jake Smith now has 16 touchdown passes on the year, tied for sixth most for a single season in program history.
- James Herring blocked a punt late in the first quarter, giving Harvard six blocked punts and eight blocked kicks overall on the year. The Crimson leads the nation in both categories, and Herring has three blocked punts, which ties him for the national lead.
- Tim Murphy, The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football, remains one win shy of tying Yale's Carm Cozza for most overall victories in Ivy League history (179).
- Jake McIntyre connected on the 36th field goal of his career, adding to his program record. McIntyre now has 214 points in his career, second most among Harvard kickers, and fifth most among all players.
Harvard will return home to host Penn on Senior Day Saturday, Nov. 16. The game will start at noon and be broadcast on NESN and ESPN+.