Yale went into their 125th meeting with Harvard boasting the stingiest defense in the NCAA, allowing just 10.6 points per game. And the defense did their part, holding Harvard to 10 points — but Harvard was even better, shutting Yale’s offense down completely for a 10-0 victory and another Ivy title.
It was the 40th anniversary of Harvard’s most famous Game victory, the 1968 “Harvard Beats Yale, 29-29” game, the subject of a well-reviewed documentary playing now in cities where old Crimson and Elis cluster.
In other Harvard fandom news, the pre-Game pep rally, featuring a concert by mashup-act Girl Talk, was shut down by Harvard police when the crowd pressed too closely into the vicinity of the performer. I’ve never felt more old and out of touch than I did at Girl Talk’s show at UW. I thought he was boring and drab, especially after the magnificence of Man Man, his opening act. But clearly there’s something about what he’s doing that causes people really to want to press their sweaty selves against his laptop, in numbers as large as possible.
If you, like me, aren’t in a city where “Harvard Beats Yale, 29-29” is showing, you can watch the highlights of the game on YouTube: