Over the past several years, Brown has typically given the Crimson competitive games. Saturday’s matchup bore little resemblance to such contests.
As Harvard football enters 2015, it will rely on its defense once more as the program seeks its fourth Ancient Eight title in five years.
When opponents look across the ball and see Crimson helmets staring back, a new level of intensity emerges. It is no understatement to say that, for nearly every team in the Ivy League, Harvard is the game circled in red on the schedule.
Donning new white uniforms, Harvard controlled the contest from start to finish, riding a consistent offensive and complete defensive performance en route to the program's 15-straight victory.
Junior quarterback Joe Viviano, who was in a close competition for the starting job with Scott Hosch, is out for the season after breaking his foot in a recent scrimmage, according to Crimson coach Tim Murphy.
With just 60 ticks left on the game clock, perfection was on the line.
As the ball hung in the air, UMass and Crimson fans alike fell silent. When it rimmed out, the Crimson faithful could finally breathe once more as its team escaped with a hard-fought 75-73 victory.
From championship implications to a late comeback to dramatic, pressure-packed moments, the 31,062 fans that crammed into Harvard Stadium on Saturday afternoon were treated to a historic affair.
But the 2014 rendition of the annual Harvard-Yale battle will have a heightened significance, as the Bulldogs lurk just one game behind the Crimson in the Ivy League standings.
The Harvard football team has posted an undefeated, untied season just twice in the last century. The 2014 Crimson squad has its own rare opportunity to enter the record books.
Behind each Harvard football game is a carefully orchestrated performance by the Harvard Athletic Department.
Eight down, two to go for the undefeated Harvard football team.
The Crimson defense returned three interceptions for touchdowns in a 45-0 blowout that marked the third straight shutout of Columbia.
Harvard fans will have to wait a couple weeks if they're looking for a compelling story.
On a cold and rainy afternoon in Hanover, the Crimson jumped out to an early lead that it would never surrender en route to a 23-12 victory.