Harvard Crimson Football Schedule 2014
The Harvard Crimson were a triple overtime loss to Princeton from a perfect
season in 2013 and expectations are high for the Ivy League football program in 2014. A 51-48 loss to Princeton in October
was the only blemish in an otherwise fantastic season for the Crimson. This prestigious academic institution proves that you
can achieve incredible feats in the classroom as well as on the football field. Led by Head Coach Tim Murphy, the winningest
coach in Harvard history, the Crimson have their sights set on another Ivy League Championship and beyond.
season starts off with a bang when the Crimson welcome the Holy Cross Crusaders to Harvard Stadium on September 19, a rematch
of one of the most exciting games of the 2013 season. In October 2013, the Crimson and the Crusaders squared off in an epic
triple overtime thriller that saw the Crimson come out victorious. The game came down to the very end with amazing individual
performances from players on both teams. Harvard was led by sophomore running back Paul Stanton Jr, who rushed for 102 yards
and 2 touchdowns. Holy Cross will no doubt be looking to avenge this loss when they come to Boston for the first Ivy League
game of the season.
The biggest game of the year every season for the Crimson is the match-up against their biggest
rivals, the Yale Bulldogs. The rivalry goes all the way back to 1875 and as with all great rivalries, it doesn't matter where
the teams find themselves in the standings when they meet because both teams will bring their best effort every time they
meet. Harvard dominated "The Game", as it is known in the Ivy League, in 2013, so Yale will be looking to even the score at
Harvard Stadium on November 22 when they meet up in another installment of this storied and historic rivalry. It will also
be the final home game of the season and they last chance to root on the Crimson in the 2014 season.
Crimson Football Rivalries
There are many incredible rivalries in college football, but few have the history of "The
Game", the rivalry between the Ivy League's Harvard Crimson and Yale Bulldogs. With an annual bout that dates back to 1875,
the New England area universities are known as rigorous and prestigious academic institutions, but their football history
is also something to respect. Harvard has dominated the rivalry in recent years, but Yale holds the all time series lead.
As the third longest running rivalry in the history of college football, "The Game" has had some extremely memorable moments
in its long history. The Game has seen 8 ties, including the infamous tie of 1968 season, where both teams were undefeated
heading into the game, which ended in a 29-29 tie. The headline of the following day'sThe Harvard Crimson newspaper famously
read "Harvard Beats Yale, 29-29". As bitter as the rivalry can be on the field, as one would expect from such institutions,
the rivalry can be civilized off the gridiron, as characterized by some of The Game's traditions. The universities created
sister houses for fans of the visiting teams to stay while in town for The Game. In addition, the cover of the game's program
is a picture of Harvard and Yale's captains posting together in the city that hosts the event. The fans do not always behave
as civilized, though. The Game has enjoyed it's many pranks over the years, from kidnapped mascots, fake reports of presidential
visits, to anti-Harvard skywriters above Harvard Stadium. Fans will never be disappointed when they travel to New England
to attend The Game, so don't miss out on this once in a lifetime college football experience.
Football NFL Players
Ivy League football players are not easy to find in the NFL, but there are a few Harvard Crimson
players who have gone on to excel at the next level. 29 Harvard players have gone on to play in the NFL and quarterback Ryan
Fitzpatrick is one of the most recent and recognizable names. Fitzpatrick led the Crimson to a 10-0 record in 2004 and an
Ivy League Championship, while passing for almost 2,000 yards and 13 touchdowns. He made a name for himself in the NFL as
a member of the Buffalo Bills and now plays for the Tennessee Titans. Another notable former Crimson player who has excelled
in the NFL is Center Matt Birk, who is a 2 time All Pro, 6 time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl Champion during his 14 year career
with the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens. Birk was also the recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in
2011, given away annually to the player who best embodies the late legendary running back's philanthropic spirit and excellence
on the football field.
Harvard Crimson Football Trivia
Though they are not known these days to be college
football powerhouse programs, what two Ivy League universities are ranked in the top ten list of teams with the most wins
in NCAA football history?
Yale (#2) and Harvard (#8) are both ranked in the top 10.