There's a Meaning in Here Somewhere

The Football Notebook

Harvard senior quarterback Brian White completed eight passes in Saturday's 25-17 come-from-behind victory over Brown.

And each of them was caught by a different receiver, marking the first time in more than three years that eight Crimson pass catchers caught a pass in a single game.

Not since Ron Cuccia, Don Allard and Jack Riordan combined to complete 14 passes to eight different receivers in a 27-16 victory over Columbia on September 18, 1982 had so many Crimson gridders hauled in a pass.

Split ends Mike Madden, Joe Connolly and Chuck Shirey all tallied the first receptions of their Harvard careers in the game, and tight end Jim Morris registered his first touchdown catch in the Crimson's come-from-behind effort.

But Harvard split ends continue to be stymied in their attempt to find the end zone.


A Harvard wide out has not caught a touchdown pass since October 2, 1982, 33 games ago.

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If a Harvard wide receiver does find his way to the end zone this season, it's a pretty safe bet he won't do so in the first half.

Of the Crimson's 141 points, only 32--or 22.7 percent of its total points--have come in the opening 30 minutes of each game.

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But don't be fooled by the Crimson's second-half comeback ability.

Harvard's come-from-behind win Saturday in Providence, R.I. marked the first time in exactly two years that the Crimson entered the final quarter trailing and came out with a win.

Not since Brown took a 7-0 lead into the fourth quarter two years ago last Saturday, and Harvard emerged with a last-minute 17-10 victory, had the Crimson fought back so valiantly.

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All of which makes one wonder: if eight Harvard pass catchers caught one pass apiece in the fourth quarter, with the Crimson trailing, would Harvard win?