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Template:Infobox college sports team season Template:1985 Ivy League football standings The 1985 Harvard Crimson football team was an American football team that represented Harvard University during the 1985 NCAA Division I-AA football season. Harvard tied for second in the Ivy League.

In their 15th year under head coach Joe Restic, the Crimson compiled a 7–3 record and outscored opponents 192 to 136. James B. Wilkinson was the team captain.[1]

Harvard's 5–2 conference record tied for second-best in the Ivy League standings. The Crimson outscored Ivy opponents 140 to 92.[2]

The Crimson briefly appeared in the weekly national top 20, achieving No. 16 in the poll released October 1, but fell out of the rankings the next week and remained unranked through the end of the season.

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

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 21 at Columbia W 49–17 7,921 [3]
September 28 UMass*
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA
W 10–3 16,500 [4]
October 5 No. 5 William & Mary*
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA
L 14–21 6,500 [5]
October 12 at Cornell W 20–17 15,300 [6]
October 19 Dartmouth
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA (rivalry)
W 17–7 15,800 [7]
October 26 Princeton
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA (rivalry)
L 6–11 18,000 [8]
November 2 at Brown W 25–17 10,600 [9]
November 9 at Holy Cross* W 28–20 14,697 [10]
November 16 Penn
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA (rivalry)
W 17–6 18,040 [11]
November 23 at Yale L 6–17 54,647 [12]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from the latest NCAA Division I-AA poll released prior to the 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. 31. https://ivyleague.com/documents/2017/8/23/3_Year_By_Year_History_2017.pdf?id=2998. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  3. Duffy, Bob (September 22, 1985). "Harvard Gets Going, 49-17". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. 68. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/57209065/1985-columbia-harvard/.
  4. Cadigan, Barry (September 29, 1985). "Harvard Tips UMass, 10-3". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. 52. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/57210385/1985-harvard-umass/.
  5. Concannon, Joe (October 6, 1985). "Harvard Falls Short Against Wm. & Mary". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. 68. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/57213533/1985-harvard-wm/.
  6. Concannon, Joe (October 13, 1985). "Harvard, Steinberg Kick Cornell, 20-17". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. 62. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/57215521/1985-cornell-harvard/.
  7. Monahan, Bob (October 20, 1985). "Harvard Grinds Down Dartmouth, 17-7". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. 70. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/57216726/1985-o19-ivies/.
  8. Monahan, Bob (October 27, 1985). "Princeton Bursts, 11-6". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. 66. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/57219538/1985-harvard-princeton/.
  9. Concannon, Joe (November 3, 1985). "Brown Denied; Harvard Posts a 25-17 Victory". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. 71. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/57221712/1985-brown-harvard/.
  10. Concannon, Joe (November 10, 1985). "It Was Really a Rally; Harvard Tops HC with 21 in :41". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. 57. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/57222428/1985-harvard-hc/.
  11. Longman, Jere (November 17, 1985). "Harvard Snaps Penn Streak, 17-6". The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pa.): pp. 1-E, 18-E. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/57224743/1985-harvard-penn/.
  12. Concannon, Joe (November 24, 1985). "Yale Undermines Harvard Quest; Crimson's Final Rally Fails, 17-6". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. 57. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/57226811/1985-n24-rivalries/.
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