Saturday, November 20, 2004

Harvard 35, Yale 3!

"Ten thousand men of Harvard want vict'ry today,
For they know that o'er old Eli
Fair Harvard holds sway.
So then we'll conquer old Eli's men,
And when the game ends, we'll sing again:
Ten thousand men of Harvard gained vict'ry today!"

Well, "The Game" ended, and the Crimson gained victory for the fourth consecutive time against the Elis for the first time since 1922. This season has been quite a ride, especially with the nailbiter against Dartmouth and a hard-fought game against Penn, but that's what makes the accomplishment so sweet. And sweet it is! Harvard capped an unblemished 10-0 season by putting on a clinic against archrival Yale, scoring touchdowns in just about every way that they can be scored. Clifton Dawson struck first on the ground en route to setting the Crimson single-season rushing record. "The Game" started getting ugly with a 52-yard punt return TD by Brian Edwards, and a 100-yard (!) pick-six for Ricky Williamson. All-everything senior QB Ryan Fitzpatrick finished off the Bulldogs after halftime with one score on the ground and one more through the air. And as a little bonus for me, the starting QB for Yale was from Austin, which I hope will be a favorable omen for the Lone Star Showdown on Friday. All in all, there's only one word to describe the Crimson this year: PERFECT!

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