BOSTON — Fenway Park is ready for some football.
The home of the Boston Red Sox will host Harvard and Yale on Saturday in the 135th edition of “The Game.” Yale has won the last two meetings between these two storied teams, and currently leads the all-time series with 67 wins to Harvard’s 59 (there have been eight ties).
Of course, this is much more than a matchup of 5-4 Ivy League teams. In addition to being the latest installment of one of the oldest rivalries in all of sports, Saturday’s game will be played within the scenic walls of historic Fenway Park for the very first time.
Follow the live blog below for updates and highlights throughout Harvard vs. Yale.
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Game over. Harvard 45, Yale 27. Crimson run toward fans near Pesky Pole.
Harvard’s Zack Miller gets his second interception of the game. The game is all but over with 2:12 remaining.
The Crimson’s 45 points are the most they ever have scored in the Harvard-Yale game.
The rout is on. Devin Darrington runs it in from 17 yards to put Crimson up 44-27. Point-after attempt has Harvard up 45-27.
Tom Stewart indeed stretchered off. Backup Jake Smith now in the game at quarterback.
Stretcher out on the field. Appears to be a serious leg injury for the Crimson’s senior quarterback.
Harvard in the red zone, but Tom Stewart goes down after a big hit. Doesn’t look good.
Point-after attempt has Harvard up 38-27. With 65 combined points, this now is the highest-scoring game in Harvard-Yale history.
Devin Darrington gets revenge with a four-yard TD, which has Harvard up 37-27. Crimson can smell it.
Crimson tack on a field goal and now lead 31-27 with 11:13 left.
Turns out Devin Darrington’s would-be touchdown earlier this drive was negated due to taunting. Never seen that before.
For what it’s worth: This is the first time since 1894 that “The Game” hasn’t been played on either Harvard’s or Yale’s campus.
Harvard rushing touchdown called back for a flag. Huge break for Yale.
With just over 13 minutes left in the game, here are some stats.
Griffin O’Connor: 20-of-39 for 299 yards to go along with a TD and an interception.
Zane Dudek: 8 carries for 62 yards.
JP Shohfi: 6 catches for 117 yards and a score.
Reed Klubnik: 5 catches for 91 yards.
Tom Stewart: 17-of-24 for 306 yards to go along with a TD and an interception.
Tyler Adams: 2 carries for 78 yards and a TD.
Jake Cook: 4 catches for 116 yards and a score.
Henry Taylor: 2 catches for 41 yards and two TDs.
Another big play for Harvard. Tom Stewart hits Jack Cook for 32 yards and Crimson now are in Yale territory.
Alex Galland’s field goal is good and Yale narrows Harvard’s lead to 28-27.
Yale’s Reed Klubnik now has a school record for single-season receiving yards with 1,143.
End of the third quarter: Harvard leads Yale 28-24, but Bulldogs have the ball on the Crimson’s 22-yard line.
Yale doing some responding of its own. Already down to Harvard’s 30-yard line.
Harvard regains the lead courtesy of a 15-yard touchdown reception for Jack Cook. Crimson lead 28-24 with five minutes left in third quarter.
Harvard putting together a big response drive. The Crimson have the ball at Yale’s 33-yard line and are driving.
Bulldogs can’t punch it in and settle for a field goal to take 24-21 lead.
Another big play for Yale. Griffin O’Connor connects with JP Shohfi for 48 yards to put Yale near the goal line. Bot teams have had their fair share of chunk plays today.
Lifeless drive for Harvard. Yale takes over on its own 27.
Took Yale five tries, but they finally punch it in via Griffin O’Connor on a 1-yard sneak. Tie game with 11:49 left in the third quarter.
Yale drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:11
Harvard stuffs Yale on 3rd down, but Crimson flagged for targeting. Yale has a new set of downs on the 8-yard line.
Griffin O’Connor to Reed Klubnik for 48 yards has Yale knocking on the door.
Great start to the second half for Yale. Griffin O’Connor connects with Zane Dudek for 25 yards. Bulldogs ball at midfield.
Yale kneels it. Harvard up seven at halftime.
Touchdown Crimson. Tom Stewart connects with Henry Taylor (again) for 19 yards on the score. 21-14 Harvard with 37 seconds to go in the first half.
Tom Stewart connects with Brian Dunlap for 43 yards to the Yale 26-yard line. Stewart has shown off a strong deep ball today.
Harvard has it on second down at the Yale 19 with 44 seconds to go in the first half.
Promising drive for Yale stalls around midfield. Harvard will take over with just under 1:30 in first half.
Not much doing for Harvard on that drive. Yale will get the ball back with just over two minutes.
Touchdown Yale. Griffin O’Connor connects with J.P. Shohfi for 16 yards. Game tied 14-14 with 5:26 left in half.
Bulldogs drive: 4 plays, 59 yards, 2:08.
Tom Stewart intercepted by Rodney Thomas II. Bulldogs ball on their own 41-yard line with 7:30 left in first half.
Touchdown Harvard. Wideout Tyler Adams rushes it 62 yards to the house. 14-7 Harvard.
Yale punts. Harvard takes over at its own 38 yard-line. 9:24 left in the second quarter.
Harvard drive stalls at the Crimson 44. Jon Sot punts 53 yards, downed at the Yale 3.
Yale punts and Harvard takes over at its own 10-yard line.
End of Q1: Harvard 7, Yale 7.
Heck of a punt return by Melvin Rousse II, who brings it back 26 yards to put Yale at the Harvard 31-yard line.
Crimson come up just short on 3rd-and-8. Yale should get ball back with good field position.
Bulldogs initially line up like they’re going for two, then realign for the point-after attempt before getting flagged for delay of game. PAT ultimately good, tie game with 2:39 left in first quarter.
Touchdown Yale. Running back Alan Lamar punches it in from short distance.
Griffin O’Connor takes a shot at the end zone and Harvard flagged for pass interference. Yale has the ball on the 3-yard line.
Yale converts on 3rd-and-long to set up shop at the Harvard 28-yard line. Griffin O’Connor to Jaylan Sandifer for 11 yards.
And we’re back. 1st-and-10 Yale on their own 35-yard line.
Yale offensive lineman Sterling Strother down on the field. Injury timeout.
Harvard goes 84 yards on nine plays in 4:48.
Touchdown Harvard. Tom Stewart connects with Henry Taylor for a 23-yard score. Taylor’s sixth TD of the season.
Wildcat formation from Harvard on second down. Running back B.J. Watson goes nowhere, though.
Tom Stewart connects with his running back, Aaron Shampklin for 17 yards. Harvard now in the red zone.
Wow. Harvard converts on a 3rd-and-12 with a 38-yard pass to Jack Cook. Nice ball from Tom Stewart.
Yale gives it back to Harvard. Griffin O’Connor attempt a deep ball on 3rd-and-16, but Crimson safety Zack Miller comes up with the interception. Harvard takes over on the 16-yard line.
Slow-arriving crowd starting to fill in. Definitely feels Yale-heavy.
Good-looking opening drive for Harvard comes to a screeching halt as quarterback Tom Stewart fumbles on Yale’s 47-yard line. Bulldogs take over near midfield.
Cool moment before the game, as the two bands teamed up to perform the national anthem. Harvard’s band lined up in an “H,” while Yale’s set up in between to form a “Y.”
Welcome to Fenway Park, site of the 135th edition of “The Game.” We’ll update you with news, scores and highlights throughout Harvard and Yale’s highly anticipated matchup.
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