Yale uses tricks to pull off up­set of Har­vard

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Jimmy Golen

Yale pulls off a 21-14 up­set over Har­vard to end a nineyear los­ing streak in one of the old­est ri­val­ries in sports and spoil Har­vard’s chances of an un­prece­dented fourth straight Ivy League ti­tle.

CAM­BRIDGE, MASS. >> Kurt Rawl­ings threw for two touch­downs and ran for 74 yards to lead Yale to a 21-14 vic­tory over Har­vard in the 133rd edi­tion of The Game on Satur­day, snap­ping a nine-year los­ing streak in the ri­valry and de­priv­ing the Crim­son of a fourth straight Ivy League ti­tle.

“There’s been a long streak. We don’t like to talk about it,” Rawl­ings said. “But it’s over. Now it’s our streak.”

The Bull­dogs (3-7, 3-4 Ivy) had lit­tle to play for ex­cept a chance to spoil Har­vard’s sea­son, and that’s ex­actly what they did.

Af­ter open­ing the sec­ond half with an on­side kick and scor­ing to take its first lead, Yale went ahead for good with 4:14 left on a 3-yard touch­down pass from Rawl­ings to Reed Klub­nik, who had the ball knocked out of his hands just af­ter he reached across the goal line.

Har­vard coaches protested along the side­line. There is no re­play in the Ivy League.

The Crim­son (7-3, 5-2) had two pos­ses­sions in the fi­nal min­utes, but couldn’t score.

Af­ter one kneel-down, Yale stu­dents poured out of the stands to cel­e­brate with the team at mid­field. Har­vard play­ers walked glumly back to their field house af­ter blow­ing the chance to be­come the first class ever to win four straight con­fer­ence cham­pi­onships.

“Some­thing we haven’t ex­pe­ri­enced in a long time is you can put it all out there, you can work as hard as you can, you can be­lieve. And when you do that you still risk get­ting your heart bro­ken,” Har­vard coach Tim Murphy said. “That’s cer­tainly what hap­pened to­day.”

And Yale’s se­niors know they won’t be leav­ing be­hind a los­ing streak.

“I was over­joyed, ob­vi­ously,” line­backer Dar­ius Manora said, adding with a smile: “As an alum, I’m ex­cited for the fu­ture.”

On a sunny day that was warm enough to en­cour­age some Yale stu­dents to dance naked on the con­crete walls of the cen­tu­ry­old sta­dium (and then get kicked out), the schools re­newed one of the old­est ri­val­ries in sports.

It took some time for them to get their bear­ings.

Af­ter play­ing 24 score­less min­utes, punt­ing a com­bined 11 times to start the game, Har­vard picked up 28 yards on a pass from Joe Vi­viano to Adam Scott be­fore Char­lie Booker bounced around the right end for a 27-yard touch­down. Yale took ad­van­tage of a fourth­down jump pass to move the ball 16 yards to the Har­vard 3 and tied it just be­fore the half.

To start the sec­ond, Yale pulled off an on­side kick that led to a 28-yard pass to Klub­nik that gave the Bull­dogs a 14-7 lead.

“That proved to be the piv­otal play in the game,” Murphy said.

Har­vard tied it, pick­ing up 34 yards to the Yale 2 on a fourth-and-3. Three plays later, Vi­viano found Ryan Halvor­son in the end zone to make it 14-all.

The take­away

Yale: Bull­dogs foot­ball has had lit­tle to cel­e­brate for a decade. But coach Tony Reno im­proves to 1-4 against Har­vard, and that will keep the peo­ple in New Haven happy for another off­sea­son.

Har­vard: The Crim­son could have clinched a share of the con­fer­ence ti­tle ei­ther last week, against Penn, or in the fi­nale. In­stead, they end with two straight losses.

WINSLOW TOWNSON — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Yale wide re­ceiver Reed Klub­nik yells as he is hugged by Lu­cas Trib­ble af­ter scor­ing the win­ning touch­down dur­ing the sec­ond half of Yale’s 21-14 win over Har­vard in Cam­bridge, Mass. on Satur­day.

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