The Crimson made the game respectable and fattened up its statistics late in the fourth quarter after Columbia had moved into a "prevent" defense.
Eric Crone exploited the Lions' loose coverage, throwing 10-yard down and outs to Bill Craven and scrambling past Columbia's token rush. Craven, a second string sophomore who should start next week, ran very well and made a great touchdown catch.
The late-game rally was exciting but meaningless. Harvard had already lost the game when Crone and Craven started moving the ball.
The Crimson's starting quarterback, Rod Foster. chose to run right at Columbia in the first half. Calling his own plays, he stayed on the ground, throwing infrequently.
The strategy was unsuccessful. Columbia was waiting for last year's most overused play, the sweep, and this year's most overused play, the draw.
When Foster did throw, he usually found open receivers. The only time Foster threw to a covered receiver. he ended up with an 80-yard touchdown pass as Richie Gatto turned an interception into a touchdown with a great catch.
Even though Foster was failing to open up the Columbia defense by mixing up his plays, it appeared as if the Crimson could eventually wear down Columbia's defensive line. Fullback Tom Miller was beginning to gain yardage up the middle towards the end of the first half.
Columbia jumped on Harvard for a touchdown early in the second half, and Harvard gave up hopes of wearing the Lions down. Coach John Yoviesin replaced Foster with Crone, and Crone started throwing the ball.
In retrospect, it might have been a wiser move to keep Foster in the game. Foster was not calling a great game, but he was playing well. Crone failed to move the team at all.
Despite adequate blocking and open receivers, Crone had trouble getting off his passes. Both Crone and Gatto later attributed this to a variety of factors, all of which add up to a lack of practiced coordination between Crone and his receivers.
While Harvard's sophomore quarter backs were taking turns going nowhere, Columbia's sophomore quarterback, Don Jackson, was marching the Lions up and down the field. Harvard's defensive secondary played a "flawless. perfect game" according to Farneti. but Jackson still completed his key passes.
Penalties hurt the Crimson all afternoon. "We were paranoid about getting "penalized." Farneti said. "It cut down on our aggressiveness."
The defensive secondary in particular seemed a little more cautions than usual. The new interference rule which restricts contact with the intended receiver may have effected the Crimson secondary's aggressive style of play.