Late in the fourth quarter, Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick ’05 found Stevie Johnson twice—once in the middle of the field for a gain of 22, and a second time on a quick in route in the end zone—to bring Buffalo within six.
But that’s as close as the Bills would get. After orchestrating the touchdown drive on the penultimate possession, Fitzpatrick was unable to bring the Bills all the way back. The 23-17 home loss at the hands of the Tennessee Titans Sunday afternoon extends the Bills’ current losing streak to five games.
Despite the defeat, Fitzpatrick completed 29 of 46 passes for 288 yards and a touchdown in the effort. He found 10 different receivers on the day.
After the Crimson claimed victory this past weekend in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament and came just shy of earning an Associated Press Top 25 ranking earlier this week, interest in the team is at an all-time high.
Harvard’s big wins in the tournament have raised expectations for the quickly maturing team. Its recent success has raised questions about whether the Crimson (7-0) will be able to maintain this level of success the rest of the way, but it will certainy be fun to watch.
After Harvard took down Vermont on the road Thursday night, Crimson fans will have ample opportunity to cheer the team on throughout the rest of the month.
Just a few weeks into the winter sports season, three teams are undefeated and two are nationally ranked. If this is a taste of what is to come, we’ve got an exciting winter ahead of us.
5. Women’s Ice Hockey
The Crimson is 6-4 and ended a three game losing streak by defeating Dartmouth, 2-1, yesterday. The team is 6-2 in conference play and will battle Providence on Dec. 8.
4. Pool Powerhouses
The women’s swimming and diving team dominated Dartmouth and Cornell, winning 12 of 16 matches against the (not so) Big Green and (even less so) Big Red in its first action of the year. The men’s team beat the same two schools in dual meet action and recently took fifth place at the prestigious Nike Cup hosted by UNC.
3. Women’s Fencing
At the Garret Open, hosted by Penn State, the women’s fencing team won two gold medals and one bronze. The medals came in the foil, epee, and saber events, which all sound equally scary.
2. Men’s Basketball
Crimson men’s basketball players were not able to return home for the Thanksgiving break, but don’t pity them. Instead, the team traveled to the Bahamas and won the Battle 4 Atlantis. The team beat No. 20 Florida State and avoided UConn, who lost on the opposite side of the bracket. Harvard will play the No. 8 Huskies on Dec. 8 in what could potentially slide the Crimson into the national top 25 rankings.
I’m not exactly sure how many colleges have squash teams, but national top five rankings for both the (No. 5) men and (No. 1) women are impressive in my book. The teams are a combined 7-0 and have outscored opponents 58-5. You can’t perform much better than that.
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas—Cheering on the Crimson at this weekend's Battle 4 Atlantis tournament was none other than the newly crowned Miss Massachusetts 2012 herself, event designer Natalie Pietrzak. Find out what the UMass alum had to say about the Harvard men's basketball team.
Former Harvard hockey star Louis Leblanc will make his NHL debut in Anahiem, Calif. Wednesday, skating for his hometown team, the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs called up Leblanc from the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs to fill the space left by Max Pacioretty, who earned a three-game suspension for a dirty hit.
Leblanc—a former member of the class of 2013—had made a name for himself before stepping foot on campus in fall of 2009, as the Canadiens had taken Leblanc in the first round with the 18th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
And the forward lived up to the hype. Skating for the Crimson during his freshman year, Leblanc established himself as a force in the Harvard attack. Named Ivy League Rookie of the Year and a finalist for ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year, Leblanc led the Crimson in points and goals in the 2009-2010 campaign.