New Haven, Connecticut. (AP) – Nolan Grooms threw the go-ahead layup in the fourth quarter and Yale defeated Harvard 23-18 on Saturday, creating a three-way tie for the Ivy League championship.
The 139th edition of the game featured a wild fourth quarter in which FCS No. 19 Harvard scored twice to take the lead, only to see Yale go back ahead with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Grooms to David Pantelis with just under six minutes remaining.
The Crimson reached the Yale 29-yard line on their final drive, but Abu Kamara sacked Harvard quarterback Jaden Craig for an 11-yard loss on a first down and Craig ended up punting incomplete on fourth down.
Harvard, Yale, and Dartmouth all finished 5-2 to share the league championship. The last time an Ivy League champion had two losses was in 1982 when Harvard, Penn and Dartmouth each finished 5-2. The last time there was a three-way tie for the title was in 2015 when Harvard, Dartmouth and Penn all finished 6-1.
Yale (7-3 overall) led 10-0 in the second quarter, and the touchdown came on a 5-yard connection from Groomes to Ryan Lindley. Craig’s 11-yard pass to Tyler Neville got Harvard on the board near the end of the first half but the extra point was missed, leaving Yale with a 10-6 halftime lead.
The Bulldogs took a 17-6 lead on a 4-yard run by Nathan Denney before Craig ran for one touchdown and threw 7 yards to Ledger Hatch for another. Harvard’s two-point attempt fell short after the touchdown and the Crimson (8-2) led 18-17.
The Groomsmen were 8 of 21 passing for 79 yards and Joshua Pitsenburger had 84 of the Bulldogs’ 170 yards on the ground.
Craig completed 12 of 21 passes for 153 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
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