While each position may serve a unique purpose, if a different-colored jersey ends up with the ball at the end of the play, it’s a good sign for the defense. But there are, on every play, five players whose job will always be the exact opposite. They are the offensive linemen and, for Harvard football, they are a critical component of the team’s current 15-game winning streak.
When the Harvard football team takes to the gridiron this Saturday, it will have been 301 days since the squad closed out its perfect 2014 season. And yet, nearly a year later, the scene in the University of Rhode Island’s Meade Stadium will look remarkably familiar.
With the game tied at 65-apiece and 22 seconds left in regulation, Harvard women’s basketball coach Kathy Delaney-Smith called a timeout to set up the final possession against a tough Northeastern squad.
Penn didn’t make it easy for the Crimson on Saturday, but running back Paul Stanton came through time and time again for the visitors, and Harvard left Franklin Field with a 34-24 win and its own Ancient Eight crown.