Harvard Beats Yale 29-29
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Harvard Beats Yale 29-29.
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At Harvard Stadium on November 23, 1968, the Yale and Harvard football teams met in their annual The Game
, with both teams going into the game undefeated for the first time since 1909. Heavily-favored Yale was ranked #16 and was on a 16-game winning streak. Yale was leading 29-13 with 3:34 to play and had the ball. What could possibly go wrong?
Harvard recovered a fumble on their 14, then scored a touchdown with a 2-point conversion, recovered an onside kick, scored another touchdown as the clock ran out
, and scored another 2-point conversion. Footage of the game. Recap. What I learned at the Harvard-Yale Game [clearly not paragraphs]
Even though it ended in a tie, the Yale players took it as a devastating loss, and Harvard took it as a win. The Harvard Crimson
's banner headline
was "Harvard Beats Yale 29-29." Who came up with the headline?
Backup quarterback Frank Champi
led the Harvard comeback. Tommy Lee Jones was a Harvard offensive guard (Al Gore was his roommate). Yale quarterback Brian Dowling inspired "B.D." in Doonesbury
. Yale tailback Calvin Hill was the 1969 NFL Rookie of the Year, beating O.J. Simpson. Yale teammate Bob Levin dated Vassar undergraduate named Meryl Streep. James Fallows
worked on the Harvard Crimson
, who directed Atomic Cafe
, has a new documentary
about the game. New York Times Q&A
and NPR Fresh Air