NEW HAVEN, Conn.--The Harvard football team has led or been tied in the fourth quarter of every single game it lost this year.
And Yale senior quarterback Joe Walland made sure that this Game was no different.
With Harvard ahead 21-17, Walland took over with 2:53 left and methodically marched his team downfield, ultimately finding junior wideout Eric Johnson in the end zone with 29 seconds left in The Game.
Johnson's controversial catch gave Yale (9-1, 6-1 Ivy) a 24-21 victory and a share of the Ivy League title in front of a crowd of 52, 484.
"It's been a very tough season," Harvard Coach Tim Murphy said. "We played incredibly hard every single week, and we lost just a couple of football games right down the wire."
On second-and-goal from the Harvard 4, Johnson ran a skinny post pattern in the end zone. The pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage and Johnson had to dive to make a shoestring catch. However, television replays seemed to indicate the ball hit the ground first.
Murphy thought the pass should've been ruled incomplete.
"Maybe I'm looking at it through rose-colored glasses, but I thought the ball hit the ground," he said.
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