Harvard 22, Yale 21
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Eion Hu rushed for 175 yards and scored with 29 seconds left, lifting Harvard to a 22-21 win over Yale on Saturday and giving the Crimson their first Ivy League win of the year.
Hu’s 2-yard run capped an impressive scoring drive led by Harvard quarterback Vin Ferrara, who threw four consecutive passes, starting from his own 38, to set up the winning touchdown.
A crowd of 35,103 turned out at the Yale Bowl to witness the 112th playing of The Game, the storied season finale for both teams. Most of the fans stuck around for the waning moments, even after the temperature dropped and the overcast skies opened up and doused them with a chilly rain.
Yale (3-7, 2-5 Ivy), which had taken a 21-16 lead with 1:39 left, drove to the Harvard 41 and but overthrew a desperation Hail Mary pass with three seconds remaining.
It was a dramatic finish to a see-saw game that featured seven lead changes and crucial turnovers by both teams. And as soon as the ball fell to the grass in the end zone on Yale’s last possession, the Crimson fans emptied the stands and stormed onto the field.
Yale still leads the series 61-43-8.
Harvard (2-8 overall, 1-8 Ivy) avoided its first winless season in the Ivy League since the conference was formed in 1956, and also spoiled Yale’s chance to win its first Big Three championship since 1990.
The highlight of Harvard’s last series was Ferrara’s third throw, which traveled up the middle and through the hands of Hu and a Yale player before Adam Golla hauled it in for a 23-yard reception _ and first-and-10 at the Yale 15.
Ferrara completed a 10-yard pass to Mike Halligan, and three plays later, backup quarterback Jay Snowden swept left and flipped the ball to Hu on the option.
Hu, who carried 33 times, finished with the most rushing yards by any player in a Harvard-Yale game. He also became the first Harvard back to rush for more than 1,000 yards in two straight seasons, and finished only 14 yards short of Harvard’s all-time rushing record heading into his senior year.