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.
The Harvard and Dartmouth football teams carry undefeated conference records into their Saturday clash in Hanover.
There was not a single individual more responsible for the Crimson’s 49-7 win over Tigers in New Jersey than Hempel.
Because for the last two years, it’s been all about game six: Princeton. In each season, the Tigers defeated the Crimson, blemishing its then-undefeated record.
Buoyed by strong defensive play all game long that held the Big Red scoreless for 56 minutes, Harvard ultimately had enough to overcome its early struggles and earn its second conference victory of the season.
For the third straight year under coach Tim Murphy, the Harvard football team finds itself undefeated entering the fourth week of the season.