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Harvard Football Beats Rival Yale for Record Sixth Straight Time

November 18, 2012

Harvard University defeated Yale University 34-24 for its record sixth straight win in college football’s third-oldest rivalry, which is known as “The Game.”

Colton Chapple passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third yesterday at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as the Crimson (8-2) set an Ivy League record for points in a season with 394. Brown set the previous mark of 375 in 2000.

“If nobody else in the student population knows about a football game on this campus, they know about this one,” said Harvard running back Treavor Scales, who clinched the win with a 63-yard touchdown run with one minute, 8 seconds left. “It’s a lot of pressure, but you love it. You love the atmosphere and the entire week leading up to it.”

Harvard finished second in the Ivy League with a 5-2 mark in conference play. Penn (6-4, 6-1 Ivy) clinched the league championship by beating Cornell 35-28 yesterday. Harvard needed to win and have the Quakers lose to share the title.

Yale (2-8, 1-6 Ivy) overcame a 10-point deficit to take a 24-20 lead over Harvard midway through the fourth quarter as Tyler Varga ran for two scores and Henry Furman threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Grant Wallace.

Chapple tossed a a 4-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Brate with 4:44 left to give Harvard a 27-24 lead before Scales sealed the victory. Scales finished with 177 rushing yards on 19 carries and Chapple rushed for 128 yards.

Yale has a 65-56-8 lead in the series, which is the sport’s third-oldest behind Lehigh-Lafayette (147 meetings) and Yale- Princeton (135 meetings).

Spencer Kulcsar scored on 3-yard touchdown run with one minute remaining in Ithaca, New York, to give Penn the league title.

Andrew Holland threw for one touchdown and ran for a second for the Quakers. Luke Hagy scored three touchdowns for Cornell (4-6, 2-5 Ivy), while quarterback Jeff Mathews passed for 445 yards and one score.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.


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