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Harvard Defeats Yale 45-7 to Extend Domination of ‘The Game’

November 20, 2011

Nov. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Harvard University defeated Yale University 45-7 in the 128th meeting of college football’s third-oldest rivalry.

Collie Winters threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third at the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Connecticut, as Ivy League champion Harvard (9-1, 7-0 Ivy) won for the 10th time in the past 11 editions of the rivalry known as “The Game.”

Patrick Witt tossed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Jackson Ligouri for Yale (5-5, 4-3 Ivy), which leads the series 65-55-8.

The Harvard-Yale rivalry trails only Lehigh-Lafayette, which was played for the 147th time today, and Yale-Princeton (134) in Division I football history.

Yale took a 7-0 lead as Witt connected with Ligouri for a score midway through the first quarter. Harvard tied the game on its next drive as Winters ran four yards for a touchdown.

Winters threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Alex Sarkisian on the first play of the second quarter to put Harvard in front 14- 7. David Mothander ran five yards for a score, then kicked a 21- yard field goal to give the Crimson a 24-7 halftime lead.

Harvard increased its lead on the first play of the fourth quarter on Zach Boden’s 11-yard touchdown run and Winters threw a 60-yard scoring pass to Kyle Juszczyk. Alex Gedeon then returned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown to complete the rout.

Winters completed 27 of 42 passes for 355 yards and no interceptions and also led the Crimson with 62 rushing yards. Juszczyk caught seven passes for 107 yards and Sarkisian had seven receptions for 97 yards.

Rhodes Scholarship

Witt passed for 226 yards and two interceptions. Yale’s career leader for passing attempts, completions and yards, Witt last week withdrew his Rhodes Scholarship application because the scheduling of the final round of interviews would have kept him from playing today.

Prior to the game, a woman was killed after being hit by a U-Haul truck in a parking lot used for tailgate parties, the New Haven Register reported on its website, citing New Haven police spokesman David Hartman.

The truck struck the unidentified 30-year-old woman from Massachusetts before colliding with two other trucks, the Register said. She was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, the newspaper said.

Two other women were also hurt, with one in critical but stable condition and the other sustaining minor injuries, the Register said. The driver of the U-Haul was taken into police custody, the newspaper said.

Telephone calls to Hartman from Bloomberg News were unanswered.

--Editors: Mike Millard, Sylvia Wier.

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