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Template:Infobox college sports team season Template:1987 Ivy League football standings The 1987 Harvard Crimson football team was an American football team that represented Harvard University during the 1987 NCAA Division I-AA football season. Harvard was champion of the Ivy League.

In their 17th year under head coach Joe Restic, the Crimson compiled an 8–2 record and outscored opponents 243 to 163. Kevin J. Dulsky was the team captain.[1]

Harvard's 6–1 conference record was the best in the Ivy League standings. The Crimson outscored Ivy opponents 177 to 84.[2]

The Crimson briefly appeared in the weekly national top 20, achieving No. 20 in the poll released November 3, 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 19 at Columbia W 35–0 6,449 [3]
September 26 Northeastern*
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA
W 27–24 15,900 [4]
October 3 Bucknell*
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA
W 33–14 7,650 [5]
October 10 at Cornell L 17–29 21,000 [6]
October 17 Dartmouth
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA (rivalry)
W 42–3 20,500 [7]
October 24 Princeton
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA (rivalry)
W 24–19 20,200 [8]
October 31 at Brown W 14–9 16,800 [9]
November 7 at No. 1 Holy Cross* L 6–41 17,211 [10]
November 14 Penn
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA (rivalry)
W 31–14 14,900 [11]
November 21 at Yale W 14–10 66,548 [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. 32. https://ivyleague.com/documents/2017/8/23/3_Year_By_Year_History_2017.pdf?id=2998. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  3. Powers, John (September 20, 1987). "Harvard Jolts Columbia, 35-0". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. 60. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/57357349/1987-columbia-harvard/.
  4. Dupont, Kevin Paul (September 27, 1987). "Harvard Passes Northeastern's Test, 27-24". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. 78. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/57359650/1987-harvard-northeastern/.
  5. Concannon, Joe (October 4, 1987). "Harvard Keeps Clicking". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. 61. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/57361078/1987-bucknell-harvard/.
  6. Concannon, Joe (October 11, 1987). "Cornell Snares Harvard". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. 75. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/57363621/1987-cornell-harvard/.
  7. Concannon, Joe (October 18, 1987). "Harvard Rolls It Up, 42-3". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. 74. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/57364222/1987-dartmouth-harvard/.
  8. Concannon, Joe (October 25, 1987). "Harvard 'D" the Key, 24-19". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. 70. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/57365433/1987-harvard-princeton/.
  9. Powers, John (November 1, 1987). "Harvard's Defense Stands Its Ground, 14-9". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. 70. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/57367284/1987-brown-harvard/.
  10. Powers, John (November 8, 1987). "Holy Cross Storms Past Harvard, 41-6". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. 70. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/57367836/1987-harvard-hc/.
  11. Knapp, Gwen (November 15, 1987). "Quakers Bow to Harvard; Penn Falls to 3-6 with 31-14 Loss". The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pa.): p. 11-D. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/57368820/1987-harvard-penn/.
  12. Smith, George (November 22, 1987). "Harvard Wins The Title, 14-10". The Hartford Courant (Hartford, Conn.): p. E1. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/57369952/1987-harvard-yale/.

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