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1978 Ivy League football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Dartmouth 6 1 0     6 3 0
Brown 5 2 0     6 3 0
Yale 4 1 2     5 2 2
Cornell 3 3 1     5 3 1
Harvard 2 4 1     4 4 1
Columbia 2 4 1     3 5 1
Princeton 1 4 2     2 5 2
Pennsylvania 1 5 1     2 6 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1978 Harvard Crimson football team was an American football team that represented Harvard University during the 1978 NCAA Division I-A football season. Harvard tied for fifth place in the Ivy League.

In their eighth year under head coach Joe Restic, the Crimson compiled a 4–4–1 record and outscored opponents 196 to 189. Steven C. Potysman was the team captain.[1]

Harvard's 2–4–1 conference record tied for fifth in the Ivy League standings. The Crimson were outscored 168 to 162 by Ivy opponents.[2]

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

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 23 Columbia
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA
L 19–21 12,000 [3]
September 30 Massachusetts*
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA
W 10–0 12,200 [4]
October 7 Colgate*
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA
W 24–21 12,500 [5]
October 14 Cornell
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA
L 20–25 6,000 [6]
October 21 Dartmouth
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA (rivalry)
W 24–19 28,500 [7]
October 28 at Princeton T 24–24 17,500 [8]
November 4 Brown
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA
L 30–31 23,000 [9]
November 11 at Penn W 17–13 18,475 [10]
November 18 Yale
L 28–35 41,500 [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. 28. https://ivyleague.com/documents/2017/8/23/3_Year_By_Year_History_2017.pdf?id=2998. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  3. Monahan, Bob (September 24, 1978). "Hustling Columbia Upsets Harvard, 21-19". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. 66. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/56389036/1978-ivy-sept-23.
  4. Roberts, Ernie (October 1, 1978). "Harvard Beats UMass at Own Game, 10-0". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. 50. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/56389036/1978-ivy-sept-23.
  5. "1 Backfire Kills Colgate". Press & Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, N.Y.): p. 5B. October 8, 1978. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/54297618/1978-colgate-harvard-p-5b.
  6. Powers, John (October 15, 1978). "Holland Runs Wild, Carries Cornell, 25-20". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. 58. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/56396902/1978-o14-ivies.
  7. Roberts, Ernie (October 22, 1978). "Harvard Air Attack Blitzes Dartmouth". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. 55. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/56398032/1978-dartmouth-harvard.
  8. Haynes, Walter (October 29, 1978). "Harvard Holds On for 24-24 Tie". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. 52. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/56399729/1978-harvard-princeton.
  9. Roberts, Ernie (November 5, 1978). "Brown Gambles, Tips Harvard, 31-30". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. 62. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/56409309/1978-brown-harvard.
  10. Eisenberg, Harry (November 12, 1978). "Harvard Sacks Penn's Home Streak, 17-13". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. 48. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/56412246/1978-harvard-penn.
  11. Concannon, Joe (November 19, 1978). "Yale Has Final Say over Harvard, 35-28". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. 41. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/56413336/1978-harvard-yale.
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