Harvard Football Beats Back Frantic Brown Rally to Win Ivy Opener, 35-28

After leading 35-7 with 15 minutes to go in its Ivy League opener, Harvard football had to face down a potential game-tying drive from the Bears with under two minutes remaining and score standing at 35-28. Still, Harvard (2-0, 1-0 Ivy) hung tight and got the stop, coming away with a gritty win on the road over Brown (1-1, 0-1 Ivy).

Air Raid

Senior quarterback Charlie Dean takes the snap during Saturday's 35-28 victory over Brown. After struggling in the season-opening contest, Dean was lights-out in Providence, tossing four touchdown passes.

Preview: Harvard Football Prepares for New-Look Brown in Ivy Opener

One year ago Saturday, Brown (1-0, 0-0) traveled to Harvard Stadium for the Ivy League opener in its 2021 season, and the large contingent of Harvard (1-0, 0-0) fans in attendance at the game were treated to a blowout, as the hosts came out victorious, 49-17. The rivals will face off again on Saturday, this time in Providence, R.I., at 12:30 p.m., and the new-look Bears will hope to deliver a different result.

Matty Ice

Hudson came up clutch again later in Friday's win over Merrimack, as well, bringing down the Warriors' Jacari Carter. Hudson and the linebacker corps will need to perform well for the Crimson to succeed against Brown and running back Jordan DeLucia.

Floreat Domus de Elliott

Senior offensive lineman Scott Elliott prepares to snap the ball to senior quarterback Charlie Dean in Friday's win over Merrimack. Elliott and the offensive line will be charged with protecting Dean and opening up holes for senior running back Aidan Borguet on Saturday.

Huddy Prevents the Tuddy

Junior linebacker Matt Hudson celebrates a sack in last Friday's 28-21 overtime victory over Merrimack. Hudson and the Crimson, after sacking Warriors signal-caller Jack Zergiotis nine times, will hope to find similar success against the Bears' Jake Willcox.

Hey, Mama, Look What I Found!

In a call that ended up being overturned, Thor Griffith recovers what he thought to be a fumble by Merrimack quarterback Jack Zergiotis. Griffith came through for a massive sack in overtime in the 28-21 victory.

Art by A-Wash

Senior cornerback Alex Washington tackles Merrimack wide receiver Hayden Fisher in Harvard's 28-21 overtime victory on Friday. Washington came up clutch when it mattered, batting down Gavin McCusker's desperation pass at the end of the game.

Sack McGowan

Senior linebacker Jack McGowan makes a tackle in the 28-21 overtime victory over Merrimack. The defense was critical in the win, ultimately holding the Warriors to -26 net rushing yards.

The Dean's List

Senior quarterback Charlie Dean lines up to take a snap in the 28-21 overtime victory over Merrimack. Dean completed a game-winning, 25-yard pass to senior running back Aidan Borguet on the first play in the extra period.

First Things First: In Season Opener, RV/RV Harvard Will Welcome Merrimack on Friday Night

Harvard students understand the importance of starting every semester strong, so perhaps it is no surprise that on the football field, the Crimson has an 18-9 record in season openers under head coach Tim Murphy, who is entering his 29th season at the helm. On Friday night, Harvard will open the new campaign under the lights, as it welcomes Merrimack College for a 7 p.m. clash at Harvard Stadium.

No Fly Zone

Senior defensive back Alex Washington (0) and senior safety James Herring (16) are two players projected to earn All-Ivy First Team nods this season. Here they are pictured in a 34-31 victory over Yale on Nov. 20, 2021.

The Dean's List

Senior quarterback Charlie Dean prepares to throw in a 24-10 victory over Cornell on Oct. 9, 2021. Dean will be the starter for Tim Murphy's squad when the Crimson opens its season on Friday night against Merrimack.

Kym is Him

Senior wide receiver Kym Wimberly lines up for a route in a 38-13 victory over Holy Cross on Oct. 2, 2021 in Worcester, Mass. Wimberly is among the returning stars of a Crimson team that will open play on Friday against Merrimack.

Harvard Football in the Spotlight as 2022 Season Approaches

After narrowly missing out on an Ivy League title in 2021 with an 8-2 campaign, a season of redemption soon begins for Harvard football. In just over a month, the Crimson will return to the field for a Sept. 16 clash at Harvard Stadium against Merrimack. Expectations for the coming season are sky-high; in the 2022 Ivy League Football Preseason Media Poll, Harvard was tabbed to win the conference, tied with Dartmouth with 108 points.

Dean of Students

Junior quarterback Charlie Dean prepares to pass in a 49-17 victory over Brown on Sept. 24, 2021. Although head coach Tim Murphy has not officially named a starter for the upcoming season, Dean will compete for the role.

O Captain My Captain

Senior defensive lineman Truman Jones lines up for a snap in 49-21 victory over Columbia in New York City on Nov. 6, 2021. The Atlanta native will serve as the 148th Captain of Harvard Football this fall.


Junior running back Aidan Borguet rushes in a 34-31 victory over Yale on Nov. 20, 2021. Borguet, who carried for 602 yards and eight touchdowns last season, is set to take over the feature back role in 2022.

The Call that Changed a Season: Football v. Princeton, Heartbreak of the Year

Harvard appeared to have won the Oct. 23, 2021 matchup against Princeton, but a delayed timeout call by the referees negated what would've been a game-winning conversion to junior wide receiver Kym Wimberly. The Tigers went on to win the contest, 18-16, in five overtimes, and edged the Crimson out by a game for the Ivy League title.

A Fade Not Forgotten: Football v. Yale, Game of the Year

The 137th installment of The Game featured three lead changes, junior kicker Jonah Lipel breaking the Ivy League single season field goal record, a blocked punt returned for a touchdown, and a 66-yard, 59-second drive by the Crimson to secure a wild victory. It was junior wide receiver Kym Wimberly who came down with the winning score, a 12-yard fade from junior quarterback Luke Emge.

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