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Template:Infobox college sports team season Template:1961 Ivy League football standings The 1961 Harvard Crimson football team was an American football team that represented Harvard University during the 1961 NCAA University Division football season. Harvard was co-champion of the Ivy League.

In their fifth year under head coach John Yovicsin, the Crimson compiled a 6–3 record but and outscored opponents 160 to 97. Alex W. “Pete” Hart was the team captain.[1]

The Crimson's 6–1 conference record tied for best in the Ivy League standings. Harvard shared the title though it had lost to the other co-champion, Columbia, during the season. The Crimson outscored Ivy opponents 143 to 60.[2]

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

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 30 Lehigh*
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA
L 17–22 11,000 [3]
October 7 Cornell
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA
W 14–0 11,000 [4]
October 14 Colgate*
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA
L 0–15 12,000 [5]
October 21 Columbia
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA
L 14–26 11,000 [6]
October 28 Dartmouth
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA (rivalry)
W 21–15 32,500 [7]
November 4 at Penn W 37–6 15,345 [8]
November 11 Princeton
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA (rivalry)
W 9–7 30,000 [9]
November 18 Brown
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA
W 21–6 10,000 [10]
November 25 at Yale W 27–0 61,789 [11]
  • *Non-conference game

References

  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.
  2. "Year-by-Year History". Ivy League Football Media Guide. Princeton, N.J.: Ivy League. 2017. p. 23. https://ivyleague.com/documents/2017/8/23/3_Year_By_Year_History_2017.pdf?id=2998. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  3. "Lehigh Sets Back Harvard, 22 to 17, on 2 Late Passes". The New York Times (New York, N.Y.): p. S7. October 1, 1961.
  4. Strauss, Michael (October 8, 1961). "Harvard Blanks Cornell, 14-0, in Upset; Halaby Scores Twice for Crimson". The New York Times (New York, N.Y.): p. S1.
  5. Tuckner, Howard M. (October 15, 1961). "Colgate's Rushing Tops Harvard, 15-0". The New York Times (New York, N.Y.): p. S1.
  6. Werden, Lincoln A. (October 22, 1961). "Columbia Wins; Lions Score, 26-14". The New York Times (New York, N.Y.): p. S1.
  7. White, Gordon S., Jr. (October 29, 1961). "Harvard Halts Dartmouth, 21-15; 32,500 See Upset". The New York Times (New York, N.Y.): p. S1.
  8. Effrat, Louis (November 5, 1961). "Harvard Running Trims Penn, 37-6, in 3d Ivy Victory". The New York Times (New York, N.Y.): p. S1.
  9. Sheehan, Joseph M. (November 12, 1961). "Harvard Wins, 9-7; Princeton Loses". The New York Times (New York, N.Y.): p. S1.
  10. White, Gordon S., Jr. (November 19, 1961). "Harvard Tops Brown, 21-6; Crimson Runners Excel". The New York Times (New York, N.Y.): p. S1.
  11. Danzig, Allison (November 26, 1961). "Harvard Crushes Yale, 27-0, and Ties for Ivy Title; 61,789 at Bowl". The New York Times (New York, N.Y.): p. S1.

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