Harvard Notes

The Bulldogs secured their 4th Ivy League Championship in the last 6 years with a 23-18 win over the Crimson at the Bowl in front of a crowd of over 51,000 spectators.  Congratulations to the players and coaches on an amazing back-to-back title run!

Grooms had ups and downs throughout the contest but delivered with the game on the line in the 4th quarter. Two promising Yale drives were derailed by turnovers from Grooms as he was under heavy pressure and was trying to force miraculous plays. Once the Crimson had taken the lead, Grooms found Tipton open along the sideline for a 31-yard gain for one of the greatest receptions in Yale’s history. Tipton managed to secure the pass and tap one foot in bounds right in front of Tim Murphy who successfully pleaded the case that Tipton was out of bounds before an overruling from the replay officials. On the next series, Grooms perfectly placed a ball to the corner of the end zone that Pantelis snagged over a defender in tight coverage. Although Grooms accounted for just 12 net rushing yards (64 yards gained, 52 yards lost), he had impactful runs and scrambles all contest. Pitsenberger, Alston, and Denney had tremendous performances at the running back position. Pitsenberger rushed for 99 hard fought yards and left a few more yards on the table as he tried to outrun defenders laterally instead of cutting inside. Alston had a strong showing in his final contest as he led the Bulldogs with 5.0 yards per carry. Denney filled in with Peterson out with an injury and was a pleasant surprise in the running game with 4.5 yards per carry and a touchdown. Yale only completed 10 passes in the contest but the wideouts made the most of their limited receptions. Lindley led the unit with 4 receptions for 39 yards and a touchdown while Tipton and Pantelis combined for another 3 receptions. The offensive line had their hands full against a stout defensive front yet only allowed 3 sacks and paved the way for 13 rushing first downs that allowed Yale to possess the ball over 35 minutes in the contest. The Bulldogs were fortunate that Durand was healthy as Bluhm and Charron battled through injuries during the contest. Junior OL Connor Smith filled in admirably at the guard position for much of the contest following Charron’s injury. Hawes and Yates were both solid at run blocking.

While the offense did just enough to win the contest, the defense and special teams deserve much of the credit for the victory. The defense limited Harvard to just 4 of 14 on third downs and 0 of 3 on fourth downs. The Crimson’s 1st Team All-Ivy running back was held to 50 rushing yards and no touchdowns. Vaughn was dominant with 10 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and an interception that was returned for a touchdown but called back due to a penalty. Murphy did not study the Yale-Princeton film closely enough as he ran Harvard’s QB up the middle at Vaughn in the 4th quarter resulting in a fumble and shoulder injury for Jaden Craig. Moore had a nice contest with 4 tackles, half a tackle for loss and tight pass coverage. Patterson was a headache for the Crimson throughout the game and allowed his fellow defensive linemen to rack up impressive statistics. Larry notched another 3 sacks in the contest while Gulley, Shaber, Tyler, Egodogbare and Yang all made key stops. Owens and Guyton played well at the cornerback positions with Guyton sealing the victory on 4th down with tight coverage. Daniyan was beat on a flea flicker on Harvard’s opening possession but bounced back to have a stellar showing. Tarver showed promise against Harvard’s rushing attack but was out of position on both of the Crimson’s touchdown passes.

Bosman made his only field goal attempt of 33 yards and averaged 38 yards per punt. Florio handled most of the punting duties and placed two of his four punts inside the redzone although his 25-yard punt in the 4th quarter nearly proved disastrous. The punt block and field goal block teams were gamechangers for Yale. Dayne and Raymond each blocked a punt while Egodogbare blocked an extra point attempt that forced Harvard to chase additional points on failed two-point conversions.

Congratulations to Team 150!

48 replies on “Harvard Notes”

The long reception by Lindley shouldn’t have been reversed by replay review. The original replay showed he was pushed out of bounds.

That play and Vaughn’s INT, which should have been a TD since the penalty was yards away and borderline, would have made the game a much easier Yale win.

Looks like Yale will be losing one of their potential replacements for Grooms. Freshman QB Aidan Warren has entered the transfer portal. He was a three star recruit.

Does that mean a decision on next year’s starting QB has already been made? I would think at this point it would still be an open competition.

It’s going to be and open competition regardless. I agree with Bulldog10jw. The kid doesn’t wants to go through it.

Both Warner and Tutas were 3 stars. The latter had offers from Virginia Tech, Liberty, Temple, Penn and Harvard before deciding on Yale.

Well, looking at the bright side Yale must have a really great starting QB lined-up for next year to pass over one, if not two, 3 star recruits with multiple FBS offers.

On3.com is probably the best source for info on transfer portal. You can Google “Yale football transfer portal 2024”. As of this morning, no players are listed for Yale though we know there is at least one player that has been entered in the portal as of December 4th.

I assume he was ineligible to continue at Yale. My brother teaches at Illinois so Go Clay with the Illini!

Yale defensive tackle Clay Patterson has entered the NCAA transfer portal, On3 has learned. He entered as a graduate transfer.
I believe he may have committed to Illinois.

Just curious since Reno’s name was brought up as a possibility for the Holy Cross job. Not that I think he would take it since it’s IMO a step down unless he really wants to go back to Massachusetts. However, does anyone know what Tony’s contract status is?

Watching these FCS playoffs. Top four teams in the Ivy League could definitely play these other teams and change the persona of the Ivy League if they did play.
Add another game start a week earlier and let these boys play the playoffs

Have to say I had a similar thought watching Montana vs. Furman. Those teams would be good Ivy teams, but the best Ivy teams could play with them

I think the administration should have the balls to schedule up. Add Villanova, Albany, Get a team from The Big Sky. Or the Southwest, Southeast. Do a 4 game series.home away CalPoly, Mercer . Time to expand this Football team and appreciate it. Instead of apologizing for having it.

North Haven High School wins 21-0 2X Class MM Football Champions.
Look for Adam Pandolfi, to be in the mix for Yale , at whatever position he plays.
He’s that good.

Watched the U Albany Idaho football game. Albany won 30 to 22 I didn’t know that Brian Abraham from Yale transferred there. He had a decent game. Albany advances to the semis next week . Against the defending champions South Dakota State.

Comparing scores in the Ivy League doesn’t work so well. Yale lost to Holy Cross by 25 points, who lost to Harvard, who then lost to Yale. Says a lot about how much Yale improved from the first game to the last. That seems to be the mark of a Reno coached team.

Should our dudes be spending more of their summers punishing themselves in the sun than selling themselves on Wall Street? Obnoxious question, right?

Mainly aimed at anonymous posters earlier in the year and “A Realist” who at least has the decency to put a name to their foolishness. They were proponent of the idea that Grooms and other seniors be benched in favor of unproven freshman in the midst of early season panic.

New Commit: Thomas Bacon, Jr. , TE/DB, 6’4” 215lbs, Lutheran High School, NY. 2x All League. Sr year had 40 recs, 544 yards, 9 TDs, 6 INTs, and 31 tackles.

Gentlemen; it will be interesting to see how many first year players from the 2020 squad will return for an extra year.

Missed this one from August: Dennis Rahouski, DL/OL, 6’6”, 260 lbs. Eden Prairie, MN. West Metro All District.

Here are the rest to date:

SAM McGIVERN, LB/DE, 6 ‘2″, 245 LBS., 4.8 40 YD DASH.KIMBERLY, WI. 1st Team All-Conference All Region •All State•12 games played•55 TTCK, 26 ATCK, 29 TCK, 6.5 SCK, 1 FF, 4 TFL. Offers from Illinois State, Harvard, Cornell and Brown.

Charlie Humphries, OT, 6’7”, 285lbs, Cistercian Prep, Dallas,Tx. Seven Div 1 Offers including Army, Villanova, Princeton, Brown

Bradyn Fleharty, QB, 6’3” 200lbs, Hilliard Bradley High School, Hilliard, OH, 4.59 40. 17 Division I offers including UConn, Liberty, Western Michigan, Army, Air Force, Arkansas St, Princeton and Harvard.

Steven Parton, RB/LB, 6’2”, 215 lbs. Knox central High school, Ky. Voted Region 13 Media Network Offensive Player of the Year. Offer from Morehead State.

Kyle Maltarich, WR, 6’2”, 180lbs, 4.47 40. 1st Team All Ohio. Offers from Lafayette, Colgate, Columbia, Princeton and Harvard.

Breylan Thompson, DB, Episcopal High School, TX, 6’1”, 170lbs, 4.49 40. Class President. Offers from Sam Houston State, Lamar, Air Force, Army, Harvard, Princeton, Penn and Dartmouth.

Trent Page, DE, 6’4”, 240lbs, Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis, Minn. 15 Division I offers including Army, Navy, Air Force, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, Central Michigan, Harvard, Penn and Dartmouth.

Joe McCord, Alcoa TN,LB, 6’1” 220 lbs. 1st Team All State. 15 QB hurries, 14 TFL, 10 sacks and 69 tackles as a Jr. Allstate 3A, that his team (Alcoa HS) won the 3A title tor the 21st time, that they beat their 6A (read big school) rival for the first time in a while, and that Alcoa (a medium sized school) is projected to be the 3rd best football team in the state (with over 300 High schools playing football) in the 2023 season



Adam Pandolphi, RB/SS, 6’1”, 201 lbs, north Haven, CT. Class MM state champions. 4.53 40.

Brandon Banks, DB, 6’0”, 170lbs, Alquippa, Pa, 2x First Team All State, State Champions. FBS Offers from Akron, Central Michigan, Bowling Green, Coastal Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Kent St and Liberty.

Lota Ugokwe, DE, 6’1” 220 lbs, Walton HS (GA) all-region DE; recorded 32 tackles & 8 TFLs during his junior season in 2022. Offer from Princeton.

Eddie Palumbo III, 1 Ranked 2024 LB NY| 6’4” 210 |LB/LS| Archbishop Stepinac High School, NY. Offer from Penn.

Bennett Anderson, 6-5, 270, three star OT, DT, four star LS. Bellarmine Prep, San Jose, CA. Offered by the service academies and all the Ivies, except D.

Davis Wong, 2024 | WR/DB – Brentwood School – #3 | 6’1 170 lbs | First Team

Tyler Fontenot, PK/P

Thomas Bacon, Jr. , TE/DB, 6’4” 215lbs, Lutheran High School, NY. 2x All League. Sr year had 40 recs, 544 yards, 9 TDs, 6 INTs, and 31 tackles.

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