The 137th iteration of The Game emerged as an instant classic — even for one of the most storied rivalries in college athletics.
As the old adage goes, “Eventually, all great things must come to an end.” Harvard (7-2, 4-2) concludes its season against Yale (5-4, 4-2) in New Haven, Conn., in the 137th installment of The Game, which will mark the final chapter in what has been a successful season for the Crimson.
I understand how great it must feel to be listed ahead of Yale alphabetically; I can barely contain my excitement with our dominance over York College of Pennsylvania. I know this little win is what lets you sleep at night, but you just have to know that there are other ways of measuring which school is better.
In anticipation of the 137th Harvard-Yale football game this upcoming Saturday, the College Events Board hosted a week of spirit events featuring plate smashing, Yale-bashing stand-up comedy, and musical performances.
The score line belied how competitive the game was, as the Quakers earned more first downs, had more passing yards, and possessed the ball for nearly as long as Harvard. The Crimson defense stepped up in clutch situations, winning the turnover battle 4-0 to help earn the win.
‘Go 1-0 This Week’: Harvard Football, Needing Two Victories and Some Help for a Conference Title, Grounds Itself in the Present
When Harvard (6-2, 2-2 Ivy) welcomes Penn (3-5, 1-4 Ivy) to Harvard Stadium on Saturday afternoon, it will mark a celebration and an ending. The matchup is the Crimson’s last home game of the season, for next week the team will travel away from its friendly confines, where it has gone 456-227-34 (.660) all time. On Saturday, Harvard will celebrate the 18 seniors on its roster as the squad plays on Soldiers Field for the last time.
One week away from the Harvard-Yale Game, College students said they are juggling a whirlwind of logistics — transportation, housing, and tickets — to adapt to coronavirus-related restrictions surrounding the Game.
Hey There Harvard, What’s it Like in New York City?: Crimson Roar Back into Ivy Contention with 49-21 Victory over Columbia
Coming off two consecutive losses, to Princeton on Oct. 23 and Dartmouth on Oct. 30, Harvard (5-2, 2-2 Ivy) traveled down to New York City knowing it needed to beat Columbia (5-2, 2-2 Ivy) to have any chance of roaring back into the Ivy League title race. It got off to a hot start, with two touchdowns from junior running back Aaron Shampklin propelling the Crimson to a 14-0 lead after the first frame, and cruised to a 49-21 win to quash all of the Lions’ hopes for a conference championship. At 6-2 (3-2 Ivy), Harvard is now just one game back of Princeton, Dartmouth, and Yale (who defeated Brown, 63-38, on Saturday to improve to 4-1) in the Ancient Eight.
Junior safety Michael Burrell brings down a Columbia ball-carrier as senior cornerback Khalid Thomas and senior linebacker John Jenkins prepare to join in on the tackle. The Crimson defense was dominant in the first half, holding the Lions to 0 points through the middle of the third quarter.
Junior running back Aaron Shampklin bounces a run to the outside against Ivy League foe Columbia on Saturday. Shampklin's 75 yards and two touchdowns on the ground formed a formidable 1-2 punch with backfield-mate Aidan Borguet, who ran for 98 yards and two scores as well.
Playing for More Than Just Pride: Football Travels to Face Columbia and Roar Back into the Ivy League Chase
Football is a game of inches, especially in the defensive-minded Ivy League. A whistle and a few feet are all that separate Harvard (5-2, 2-2) from an undefeated record and control of its Ivy League fate. But, a controversial timeout against Princeton and a narrow miss on junior kicker Jonah Lipel’s 53-yard field goal attempt later, the Crimson sits at the fringes of the conference title race, with Saturday’s crucial matchup against Columbia (5-2, 2-2) in New York City looming ahead. Playing for more than just pride, the Lions will host Harvard at Wien Stadium at 1 p.m. Fans can tune in via ESPN+ or hear it over the radio at WRCA (1330 AM, 106.1 FM) or WHRB (95.3 FM).
No. 21/RV Harvard is Left a Few Feet Away from Completing Comeback in Defensive Battle Against RV/RV Dartmouth
The rain came down early at Harvard Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and with it, so did the offensive performances. As No. 21/RV Harvard (5-1, 2-1 Ivy) welcomed RV/RV Dartmouth (5-1, 2-1), the offenses got off to a slow start throughout the first quarter. In the early going, both teams remained mostly ground-bound, but when the rain stopped falling, the completed passes did. Both the Big Green and the Crimson orchestrated impressive touchdown drives and saw key contributions from many players in a game that came down to its final play. Ultimately, Dartmouth emerged with the 20-17 victory to improve to 6-1 and keep its Ivy League championship hopes alive. Meanwhile, Harvard fell to 5-2 and, after Princeton’s 34-16 victory over Cornell on Friday to stretch its record to 7-0, will need a lot of help to earn a share of the conference title.
At the end of sixty minutes, if No. 21/RV Harvard (5-1, 2-1 Ivy) can outlast RV/RV Dartmouth (5-1, 2-1 Ivy), the victory would be its first over the Big Green in three seasons and mark the next crucial step in its quest for its 18th Ivy League championship.