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Wrapping Up The Harvard Football Season

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Harvard University football season concluded their successful fall campaign with an exciting 45-7 victory on Saturday against Yale University, as the Crimson captured the 128th edition of The Game.

According to Harvard’s Athletic department, the Crimson have now won six-straight at the Yale Bowl, along with 10 of their last 11 meetings against the Bulldogs. Yet, now that the season has concluded, it’s time to take a stroll down memory lane and glance at the final statistics and numbers from the year.

* Despite losing their opening contest of the season against Holy Cross, the Crimson finished the year winning nine games, (five at home, four on the road).

* The Crimson finished with an undefeated record against conference opponents, and won two-of-three non-conference tilts against Bucknell and Lafayette.

* Quarterbacks Collier Winters and Colton Chapple combined for 25 touchdowns, six interceptions, 2,512 passing yards, 374 rushing yards, and seven rushing touchdowns.

* Senior Alex Gedeon anchored the Crimson defense with 92 tackles, (43 solo tackles, 49 assists), while senior Josue Ortiz finished the season with 10 sacks and one forced fumble.

* In the month of October, the Crimson offense averaged 458 passing yards per game, and 203.2 rushing yards per game.

* Harvard’s offense finished the year ranked No. 1 in the Ivy League with 51 touchdowns and 374 points, while their scoring defense was ranked No. 1 and yielded 21 touchdowns and 171 points.

* Junior running back Treavor Scales finished the season ranked fourth amongst Ivy League backs with 816 yards and eight touchdowns, while freshman Zach Boden finished eighth with 484 yards and six touchdowns.  

Josue Ortiz Named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week

Josue Ortiz was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week on Monday! (Photo courtesy of Harvard Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

On Monday, the Harvard University Athletic Department and Ivy League announced that Crimson defensive tackle Josue Ortiz was named the Ivy League Player of the Week.

Ortiz turned in an impressive performance on Saturday against University of Penn with 10 tackles, (6 solo, 4 assist), one forced fumble and two sacks.

Here’s the press release courtesy of Harvard University Athletics:

PRINCETON, N.J. – Harvard senior defensive tackle Josue Ortiz (Avon Park, Fla.) has been named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week.

Junior linebacker Alexander Norman (Lewisville, Texas) was named to the Honor Roll.

Ortiz led a punishing Harvard defense in its 37-20 victory over Penn as the Crimson claimed its 14th Ivy League championship and sixth under head coach Tim Murphy. The senior All-American had two first quarter sacks and 3.5 tackles for a loss before sitting out much of the fourth quarter with his team ahead 37-7 at the time.

Ortiz also forced and recovered a fumble that led to Harvard’s first score of the day and finished with a game-high 10 tackles (6 solo).

Despite being double-teamed on nearly every snap, Ortiz leads the Ivy League with 9 sacks (all solo) and ranks second with 13.5 tackles for a loss.

With its win, Harvard clinched an outright Ivy League championship in Week 9 of the season for the first time in program history. The team has won three championship in the past five years and five in the last 11.

Harvard has scored at least 30 points in seven straight games, marking the first such occurrence since 1890.

Harvard returns to action this Saturday at Yale in the 128th playing of The Game. Harvard is searching for its fifth-straight win over Yale as well as its 10th win in the last 11 years. 

Harvard Seniors Reflect On Final Game At Harvard Stadium

The Harvard Crimson won their final game of the season on Saturday against University of Penn.

By NoontimeSports.com 

CAMBRIDGE, MA — Once Saturday’s contest against University of Pennsylvania concluded, three senior members of the Harvard University football team reflected on playing their final game at Harvard Stadium.

Here’s what the three seniors had to say after the team’s eighth win of the season.

“It’s definitely a special thing. We practice there every day, [and] played 20 games in that stadium, [and] it’s always going to be something special, especially getting the [the final win was a great feeling]. We got to go down to Yale, and take care of business, and we’re all focused on that. I think we’ll reflect after the season, but there’s going to be good memories” – Alex Gedeon

“It’ll set in a little deeper after the game next week, but it was a great feeling to be able to run out of the tunnel through the line of guys, and know it’s your last game – had a moment to kind of look out and just kind of play through my five-years here and really just took that second to think that through and realize the journey that I’ve been on through these five-years, but it’s a great feeling” – Collier Winters

“It really hasn’t hit me yet. We practice there, so our last practice [is] Thursday, [and] I guess that’s when I’ll take our last lap with the lights off and that’s our tradition, and once that’s over with I’ll probably look back and it’ll be maybe emotional, I’m not going to make any promises” – Josue Ortiz

Murphy Reflects on Harvard’s Commitment to Succeed

By Matt Noonan 

CAMBRIDGE, MA — The Harvard University football team earned their 14th Ivy League championship on Saturday afternoon, and according to head coach Tim Murphy, he believes the reason the Crimson succeeded this season was due to all the support and hard work from his players and coaches, as well as the school’s administration and alumni.

“It takes a great team. It’s not just the players and coaches [because] we have a tremendous alumni group, we have a tremendous support from our administration on both sides of the river, and if it was only on one side of the river, it doesn’t work,” said Murphy.

The coach continued by saying, “We’ve been so fortunate to be able to identify some really amazing kids in our time here [and] I especially just want to say, [I’m very] proud of the seniors.”

Murphy also talked about the commitment of fifth-year seniors quarterback Collier Winters and defensive tackle Josue Ortiz, as well as senior captain and linebacker Alex Gedeon, who have helped this program grow and improve over the past few years.

“We have two fifth-year seniors [on our squad] that didn’t have to be here, [and] missed a year because of injuries, and Alex Gedeon – we’ve had a lot of great captains here, I don’t know if we ever had a better captain than Alex Gedeon. He is the consummate student athlete, he is an incredible leader, humble, selfless, and a great player, [as well as] one of the best linebackers in the country,” said Murphy.