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Mass. College Football: Harvard Captures ‘The Game,’ MIT Wins First Postseason Contest

By Matt Noonan 

A late touchdown pass from Conner Hempel to Andrew Fischer sealed a 31-24 victory for Harvard University against Yale University on Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium in the 131st meeting between the Crimson and Bulldogs.

Trailing 7-3 in the third quarter, Harvard responded with three consecutive touchdowns to earn a 24-7 advantage. Paul Stanton Jr.’s one-yard scamper with 10:06 remaining in the session provided the hosts with their second lead of the afternoon.

Yale’s Tyler Varga jumpstarted a fourth quarter rally with a one-yard TD run with 12:35 remaining. Varga located Morgan Roberts roughly four minutes after his rushing score for an eight-yard touchdown pass before Kyle Cazzetta tied the game at 24-24 with a 33-yard field goal.

With less than a minute remaining, Harvard responded for the final time as Fischer hauled in the game-winning touchdown pass with 55 seconds remaining. Fischer led all receivers with eight receptions for 149 yards and two touchdowns.

Harvard finished their 2014 campaign 10-0 and Ivy League champions.

MIT 27, Husson 20 (OT): The perfect season remains intact as the Engineers’ defense denied a potential game-tying touchdown in overtime to secure their initial postseason victory in program history.

Quarterback Peter Williams completed 20 of 29 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns, while Justin Wallace rushed for 144 yards and one score.

MIT trailed Husson, 14-10, in the third quarter, but Brad Goldsberry pushed the Engineers ahead, 17-14, with a six-yard touchdown reception with 3:54 remaining in the session.

The Eagles jumped ahead, 20-14, on a 14-yard touchdown reception from Joe Seccareccia to Cody Williams with 5:37 remaining. MIT evened the score at 20-20 with a 38-yard field goal by Tucker Cheyne, forcing an extra session.

In overtime, Williams hooked up with Seve Esparrago for a 13-yard touchdown strike, capping an 11-play, 49-yard drive. On the ensuing possession, Husson drove to the MIT nine-yard line, but came up short on a 4th-and-4 when Seccarecia’s pass fell incomplete.

MIT advances to the second round of the NCAA Div. III Tournament and will play Wesley College next Saturday, November 29.

Framingham State 42, RPI 36: Matthew Silva’s one-yard touchdown run in overtime proved to be the difference as the Rams defeated the Engineers in the ECAC North Atlantic Bowl.

Silva finished the afternoon completing 17 of 34 passes for 273 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 16 yards on three carries.

Framingham State’s Kevin Donahue was named the game’s Most Outstanding Player after making a game-saving tackle in overtime that secure the win for the Rams.

Mass. College Football: Must-See Rivalries

By Matt Noonan 

In honor of our so-called, “rivalry week,” we kick off our various posts with some of the best, as well as unique football rivalries, which occur in our own backyard. Some of them are historic, like Harvard-Yale or Amherst-Williams, while others include Bridgewater State-Framingham State or Framingham State-Massachusetts Maritime (Kelley Cup).

Here’s our list of rivalries that we’ve truly enjoyed over the past few years.

Harvard-Yale – No matter their records, this is always considered ‘the game.’ Harvard vs. Yale, The Crimson vs. The Bulldogs, underclassmen vs. alums, fans vs. fans. Harvard has been victorious in their most recent meetings, but don’t worry Yale fans because your Bulldogs have defeated the Crimson in prior seasons, too. This season, the two units will meet in Connecticut prior to Thanksgiving on November 23; so make sure to get your tickets sooner than later.

Amherst-Williams – Similar to Harvard-Yale, this is also ‘the game,’ too, and you can even watch it on television. Both teams have met 127 times, so this season will mark the 128th meeting, which will occur in Williamstown. Aaron Kelton’s crew, Williams, hasn’t defeated their rival since his first season on the sidelines in 2010, but could this be the year they snap their two-game skid?

Boston College-Notre Dame – The Eagles and Fighting Irish is a classic rivalry, but it may not have the same pizzazz as Amherst-Williams or Harvard-Yale. Over the past few years, Notre Dame has defeated Boston College. However, there was a time when the Eagles did soar past the Irish. Unfortunately, this rivalry will be put on hold this season as BC will face-off against a slew of different non-conference foes, which include Villanova, USC, Army, New Mexico State and Syracuse.

Framingham State vs. Bridgewater State has always been a classic local rivalry! (Photo: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Framingham State vs. Bridgewater State has always been a classic local rivalry! (Photo: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Northeast-10 Conference Rivalries – Five squads from the Bay State compete in NE-10, a very competitive Division II conference, but what is the best rivalry? It’s a toss-up, but maybe Bentley-Stonehill, Bentley Merrimack, Merrimack-Stonehill, Stonehill-Assumption, Assumption-AIC? Again, it’s hard to pinpoint a so-called rivalry, so feel free to let us know your favorite game from this conference, but all in all, these are five impressive units that always play their best on Friday or Saturday.

Bridgewater State-Framingham State – Two impressive teams, two great coaches and two passionate fan bases. This past season, the Rams of Framingham State defeated Bridgewater State, as well as stopped quarterback Mike McCarthy, a gunslinger that can beat opposing defenses with his legs. This season, expect a different outcome, but another hard fought match, though. The Bears have won four of their last seven meetings, while the Rams have captured the last three outings.

Framingham State-Massachusetts Maritime – Sure, this may not be the same game as BSU-FSU or others above, but as long as the Kelley family has one member on each sideline, it’s still a rivalry. Tom Kelley, head coach for Framingham State, calls this game the “Kelley Cup” because his son, Mike Kelley, is the Buccaneers assistant coach. Last season, Tom, guided his Rams to a 35-28 victory in overtime.

So, this was our list, but do you agree? Did we miss a rivalry? If so, which one?

Let us know your thoughts on Facebook or Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog). Also, make sure to look out for other rivalry posts later this week.

Harvard-Yale Football Promo

By NoontimeSports.com 

On Saturday, Harvard University and Yale University will face-off in “The Game,” as both football squads will cap off their season with some quality Ivy League football. Here’s a great video to get you pumped up and ready for a Bulldog-Crimson clash, enjoy!


Patrick Witt Chooses Harvard-Yale Over The Rhodes Scholarship

Did Patrick Witt make the right decision to forgo the Rhodes Scholarship? (PIcture courtesy USA Today)

By Matt Noonan  

This past Sunday, Yale University quarterback Patrick Witt made one of the biggest decisions of his life, as he decided to forgo the Rhodes Scholarship interview, so he could remain in New Haven and quarterback the Bulldogs against Harvard University.

Of course, Harvard-Yale is “The Game,” but it certainly comes as a shock to many, especially those in the education world that learned of Witt’s decision. I’m sure many are puzzled or dumbfounded that he chose football over education, but again, it was his call, not yours.

On Sunday, the Yale Athletics department published Witt’s statement, which read as followed:

“I will be playing in the Yale-Harvard game this Saturday. I have withdrawn my application for the Rhodes Scholarship. My focus this week is solely on preparing for the Game alongside my teammates and coaches.”

Head coach Tom Williams also commented on his quarterback’s decision, and stated the following on, “Inside Yale Football,” which is a weekly video hosted by Ron Vaccaro.

Williams said, “I’m just happy for Pat to put that behind him. I know it’s been weighing heavy on him, and I know it’s taken its toll emotionally, so to have some closure in my estimation is the best thing for Patrick, the best thing for our program, and now we can have a single minded focus going forward to Saturday.”

So, did Witt make the right decision?

Do you feel he should have chosen the interview over football?

Exactly, what does Witt and his Bulldogs have to gain from Saturday’s affair against the Crimson?

Harvard has officially wrapped up the Ivy League, which is why this decision seems quite puzzling, especially from an outsider’s perspective. Neither Harvard or Yale are vying for college football bowls or even a National Championship, which again proves that Witt should have chosen the Rhodes Scholarship interview instead of his final collegiate football game.

Although, while Witt may not be remembered for 149 completions, 13 touchdowns or 11 interceptions, but he’ll certainly go down in the record books, as a Bulldog that registered the most passing yards against Princeton University’s defense, as well as his decision to forgo the interview.

I expect numerous alums and students to continue to question his decision going forward, but again, this was his choice, and as sports fans or supporters, we need to encourage Witt to follow his heart and mind. Besides, even if he did choose the interview over the game, there’s no guaranteed answer that he would have received the award and opportunity to study abroad.

Witt is a talented young man, and certainly I hope that all of his dreams and goals come true.