In a recreation that bought right here proper right down to the final word minute, Yale (8–2, 6–1 Ivy) defeated Harvard Faculty (6–4, 4–3 Ivy) on Saturday in Cambridge with a ranking of 19–14. The win was made even sweeter by data that the Faculty of Pennsylvania defeated Princeton Faculty on a last-second touchdown, making Yale the one actual champions of the Ivy League.
Star linebacker Hamilton Moore ’24 had two interceptions throughout the recreation, the second of which sealed the game for Yale with 24 seconds left.
“That is what we dream of,” Moore advised the Information. “We now have been working day and night time. It’s a surreal feeling, however this recreation wasn’t something totally different. It’s the identical factor we’ve been doing the final ten weeks. We’ve are available in and gotten higher each single day to prepare for this Saturday and it paid off.”
Unsurprisingly, the Bulldogs’ offense leaned closely on the run recreation, carrying the ball a whopping 51 instances for 219 yards.
Quarterback Nolan Grooms ’24 had as many carries as completions, finishing 15 of his 28 makes an attempt for 144 yards and a landing, whereas additionally dashing for 63 yards on 15 carries. Working again Joshua Pitsenberger ’26 added 82 yards on 21 carries, whereas Tre Peterson ’24 had 74 yards and a landing.
With all 30,000 seats of Harvard Stadium stuffed, the stage appeared too massive for Grooms at first of the sport. On the primary play of Yale’s first possession, the South Carolina native fumbled the ball on a botched scramble, setting the Crimson up on Yale’s personal thirty-yard line.
“Clearly you don’t need to fumble on the primary play, however I’ve been bouncing again from adversity all 12 months,” Grooms stated. “We all the time knew we had been going to win. This group by no means stops pounding.”
The Elis took some time to settle into the sport, however started to realize momentum in direction of the top of the primary quarter, with chunk beneficial properties from Peterson and a 21-yard scramble from Grooms shifting the group into the purple zone. With three seconds left within the first quarter, Peterson punched it in for a one-yard landing.
The Crimson didn’t waste any time at first of the second quarter. Harvard receiver Scott Woods II caught a brief go and was off to the races for a 64-yard landing to tie the rating 7-7.
Yale was given loads of possibilities to attain because of a suffocating run protection that restricted Harvard to a mere 2.5 yards per keep on the sport. Crimson working again Aidan Borguet, who led the Ivy League in dashing with 1,108 yards for the 12 months, was restricted to simply 62 yards on 18 carries.
“Our protection obtained to placed on a present,” cornerback Miles Oldacre ’23 stated “We welcomed the problem of being out right here and it was wonderful to really feel the group. You gotta beat Harvard.”
Kicker Jack Bosman ’24 had an up-and-down recreation, changing on back-to-back subject objectives on the finish of the second half and begin of the third, however lacking two straight all through the third quarter, protecting the sport inside one possession at 13–7.
A 24-yard landing go to begin the fourth quarter put Harvard forward 14–13, however the Blue and White struck again, marching 75 yards down the sphere on a drive that took over seven minutes off the clock.
On a second-and-goal from the five-yard line, Grooms appeared to be in hassle as Crimson go rushers chased him out of the pocket. Grooms — demonstrating his signature scrambling potential — evaded three defenders and located tight finish Jackson Hawes ’24 for what could be the sport successful landing,
The landing drew an explosion of cheers from the Yale scholar part. Chants of “security college” and “college on Monday” continued all through the sport. Even in 30-degree climate, the custom of the “Saybrook strip” was stored alive within the third quarter.
It was the primary Yale-Harvard recreation for Declan Finn ’26, who was shocked by the ambiance within the stadium.
“It was electrical,” Finn stated. “A lot extra vitality than I anticipated. The cheering, flag waving, pounding. I actually didn’t know Yale had that a lot college spirit in them.”
A failed two-point conversion try stored the rating shut at 19–14, that means that Harvard might win the sport with a landing.
However the Bulldogs’ protection was relentless, stuffing the run and forcing the Crimson right into a punt after which a turnover on downs.
With simply 42 seconds remaining, Harvard had Yale on the sting of their seats, finishing a 17-yard go and shifting their offense to midfield. However on the subsequent play, Harvard quarterback Charlie Dean threw a desperation heave beneath stress, which fell into the palms of Yale’s linebacker Moore. The throw was Dean’s fourth interception of the sport.
As time winded down, the Yale facet of the sphere emptied as college students jumped down from the stands and stormed the sphere, chanting and celebrating the victory alongside the gamers.
Edward Bohanon ’25, is already looking forward to subsequent 12 months’s recreation.
“I don’t remorse a single dime spent to rise up to Cambridge,” Bohannon stated. “It was a journey, an Odyssey value each minute. Each Yale scholar must pack the [Yale] Bowl subsequent season.”
The win marked Yale’s first Ivy championship since 2019.