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Template:Infobox college sports team season Template:1945 Eastern college football independents records The 1945 Harvard Crimson football team was an American football team that represented Harvard University during the 1945 college football season. Head coach Dick Harlow returned for his ninth year, after a two-year gap while serving in the Navy.[1] The team compiled a 5–3 record and outscored its opponents 161 to 80. Robert Cowen II was the team captain.[2]

During Harlow's absence, Harvard played a shortened "informal" schedule in 1943 and 1944, lacking its traditional Ivy League opponents. Harlow's return from military service, as well as the renewal of ties with Ivy opponents Brown and Yale, made 1945 a transition year. The university's record book omits the "informal" designation for 1945, but contemporary press accounts describe that year's program as "informal" and preparing for a return to the top tier of college football in 1946.[3]

Harvard played its home games at Harvard Stadium in the Allston neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
October 6 Tufts
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA
L 6–7 [2]
October 13 Rochester
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA
W 21–13 9,000 [1]
October 20 Naval Submarine Base New London
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA
L 7–18 11,000 [4]
October 27 [[{{{school}}}|Coast Guard]]
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA
W 25–0 12,000 [5]
November 10 [[{{{school}}}|Merchant Marine]]
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA
W 28–7 8,000 [6]
November 10 at Brown W 14–7 15,000 [7]
November 17 Boston University
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA
W 60–0 6,000 [8]
December 1 at Yale L 0–28 35,000 [9]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Harvard Defeats Rochester, 21-13". The New York Times (New York, N.Y.): p. S1. October 14, 1945.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Football Record Book: Year-by-Year Results". Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University. https://gocrimson.com/documents/2020/6/17//FBL_RecordBook_Year_by_Year_Results.pdf?id=6334. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  3. Danzig, Allison (September 26, 1945). "Harvard Material Lacks Experience". The New York Times (New York, N.Y.): p. 18.
  4. "New London Beats Harvard by 18 to 7". The New York Times. United Press (New York, N.Y.): p. S3. October 21, 1945.
  5. "Harvard Topples Coast Guard, 25-0". The New York Times. United Press (New York, N.Y.): p. S2. October 28, 1945.
  6. "Harvard Defeats Merchant Marine". The New York Times. United Press (New York, N.Y.): p. S2. November 11, 1945.
  7. "Harvard Subdues Brown by 14 to 7". The New York Times. Associated Press (New York, N.Y.): p. S1. November 18, 1945.
  8. "Harvard Crushes Boston U., 60 to 0". The New York Times. United Press (New York, N.Y.): p. S2. November 25, 1945.
  9. Richardson, William D. (December 2, 1945). "Elis Triumph, 28-0; Fitzgerald's 3 Scores Help Crush Harvard". The New York Times (New York, N.Y.): p. S1.
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