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The Elis dominated the game. The defense was excellent. They had key goal line stands to stop Harvard from scoring. Williams finally decided to hand the ball to running back Alex Thomas and he gained 124 yards.
Harvard could not stop him. Yale led 10-0 at the half and it could have been worse. The Crimson showed some spark in the second half, but Yale still led by 10-7 with 2:02 remaining.
They had a 4th and 22 on their own 26. With an excellent punter, the Elis would punt the ball down to Harvard and hold them for a hard fought three-point victory.
That is when our genius of a coach comes in. He decided to fake the punt and run a running play. Yes, a running play. It did not catch Harvard off guard and it fell well short of a first down.
Harvard took over and QB Collier Winters threw a winning score with only 92 seconds remaining. The Yale crowd was stunned. Former Eli star and now NBC announcer Jack Ford was seen walking out of the Bowl astonished.
Williams, a Stanford grad, led Yale to a 4-6 season. He had never been a head coach before this season. For good reason. Yale leads the all-time series 65-53-8, but Harvard has won seven of the last eight meetings.