Color this one red, as in heartbreaker.
Harvard's snakebit freshman football team ran right smack into a fired-up Bullpup defense, losing 6-0 to Yale, in the 95th meeting of America's longest running freshman rivalry.
Take the second quarter of the Crimson's loss. A storming contingent of Crimson rushers blocked a punt deep in Yale territory, pouncing en masse onto the pigskin at the Yale goal line.
But wait. The distinguished looking gentleman in the zebra suit had dropped his yellow hankie to the turf. The disputed ruling: a Harvard gridder had kicked the ball along intentionally. The result: 15 yards against the visitors and a new lease on life for the Pups.
"To put it simply, that was a bummer," said Harvard quarterback Haywood Miller, one of three signal-callers utilized by coach Loyal Park in the defensive slugfest. Miller and cohorts Pat Carreon and Mike Jacobs could complete but two passes for 59 yards. The ground game wasn't much better, garnering but 80 yards.
The well-informed Yale defense were like horses with blinders--they had but one thing in sight, and that was tailback Paul Connors. But despite flagrant keying on him by Yale, Connors still managed to rack up 76 yards, thus finishing the four-game (2-2) Crimson slate with 507 yards rushing.
Rob the Bank
After a scoreless first half marred by sloppy play, the Bullpups got THE break that often decides Yale-Harvard epics. Todd Elkins' fumble of a Yale punt put the sluggish Eli offense in business deep in Crimson territory.
Four plays later, fullback Scott McKenzie performed his Joe Pagliaro imitation for seven yards, paydirt, and the game's lone score.
Harvard finally crossed midfield late in the fourth quarter when Connors snagged a bullet from quaterback Jacobs and loped down to the Yale five-yard line.
But Yale (and you have to start wondering what they feed them down in New Haven) once more gritted its teeth, sacking Jacobs and then knocking aside a desperation fourth down pass in the end-zone.