After shooting to a 14-0 lead in the first half, Harvard fended off a furious rally from Princeton to claim an overtime win. The victory kept the Crimson in first place in the Ivy League.
Senior quarterback Joe Viviano was absent from last week's game against Holy Cross, leaving sophomore quarterback Tommy Stewart to his first career start. The team had less than 300 yards on offense for the first time all season against the Crusaders, but looks to bounce back against Princeton.
Harvard is coming off of a loss this week, defeated by Holy Cross 27-17 last weekend in Worcester, Mass. However, the Crimson is still atop the Ivy League standings at 4-1, going 2-0 in league play so far. Sitting with the team, though, are the Princeton Tigers.
Offensive linesmen senior Kyle Adams and junior Larry Allen prepare to snap the ball during Harvard’s game against Cornell on October 8. The team will need to get back its offensive rhythm to match Princeton’s high-octane offense, as well as stay diligent on defense, in order to leave Princeton, N.J. with a win.
We’ve officially hit the midway point of the 2016 season. From here on out, it’s all Ivy League games, all the time. On one hand, it’s going to be nice to see some rivalry games soon, especially the most storied rivalry in the entire league: Columbia-Cornell. Wait, you were going to say Harvard-Yale? Fair, but that matchup crosses state lines, and the teams’ names don’t form an alliteration. See? Not as exciting.
Think losing to the Crusaders doesn’t mean anything? Try telling that to someone who has 360—no, make that 300—minutes left in his career. Every tick counts.
Entering this past weekend, the Harvard football team had not lost to a non-conference opponent since losing to Holy Cross in 2011. The squad also hadn’t fallen on the road since succumbing to Penn in 2012, constituting the longest road winning-streak in the country. But all things must come to an end.
Using contributions from all over the field, the Crusaders emerged victorious, 27-17, over an injured Harvard team in Worcester, Mass. The defeat snapped both a 16-game road winning streak and a 16-game non-conference winning streak.
Harvard’s most recent road disappointment came against Penn nearly four years ago. Which means that, save for a few fifth-year seniors, no Crimson player knows the feeling of returning home after a loss. Only Ohio State boasts a longer active road streak at 19 games.