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Template:Infobox college sports team season Template:2001 Ivy League football standings The 2001 Harvard Crimson football team was an American football team that represented Harvard University during the 2001 NCAA Division I-AA football season. Harvard was undefeated and won the Ivy League championship.

In their eighth year under head coach Timothy Murphy, the Crimson compiled a 9–0 record and outscored opponents 293 to 184. Ryan FitzGerald was the team captain.[1]

Harvard's undefeated (7–0) conference record placed first in the Ivy League standings. The Crimson outscored Ivy opponents 220 to 150.[2]

Like most of the Ivy League, Harvard played nine games instead of the usual 10, after the school made the decision to cancel its September 15 season opener against Holy Cross, following the September 11 attacks.[3] It was the first year in more than two decades without a Crimson-Crusader football game, and the only year without the intrastate matchup between 1981 and 2015.

The Crimson began the year unranked, and did not enter the national top 25 until they had recorded its seventh win without a loss. Harvard entered the season's penultimate week at No. 24 and rose to No. 19 after defeating a ranked Penn Quakers team.

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


September 15 at Holy Cross* Canceled [3]
September 22 Brown W 27–20 8,511 [4]
September 29 Lafayette*
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA
W 38–14 5,803 [5]
October 6 Northeastern*
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA
W 35–20 6,513 [6]
October 13 at Cornell W 26–6 14,148 [7]
October 20 Princeton
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA (rivalry)
W 28–26 9,326 [8]
October 27 Dartmouth
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA (rivalry)
W 31–21 12,324 [9]
November 3 at Columbia W 45–33 4,011 [10]
November 10 No. 19 Penn
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA (rivalry)
W 28–21 14,818 [11]
November 17 at Yale W 35–23 51,634 [12]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from The Sports Network Poll released prior to the game


  1. "Football Record Book: Year-by-Year Results". Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  2. "Year-by-Year History". Ivy League Football Media Guide. Princeton, N.J.: Ivy League. 2017. pp. 39-40. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Blaudschun, Mark (September 14, 2001). "After Prodding, Correct Choice Finally Made". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. E6.
  4. May, Peter (September 23, 2001). "Staph Has Right Stuff". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. C21.
  5. Harber, Paul (September 30, 2001). "This Time, Crimson Finish Job". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. C18.
  6. Pave, Marvin (October 7, 2001). "NU Gets Scooped by Harvard". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. C21.
  7. Snow, Chris (October 14, 2001). "Harvard Gets the Red Out". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. C17.
  8. Dell'Apa, Frank (October 21, 2001). "Crimson Dig Deep; Substitutes Save Day vs. Tigers". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. D18.
  9. Pave, Marvin (October 28, 2001). "Crimson Get Message, Deliver; Harvard Roars Back to Stop Dartmouth". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. C17.
  10. Powers, John (November 4, 2001). "Crimson Set the Stage for an Ivy Showdown". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. D18.
  11. Juliano, Joe (November 11, 2001). "Penn Loses to Harvard". The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pa.): p. C6.
  12. Duffy, Bob (November 18, 2001). "Ending Is Just Perfect: Harvard (9-0) Beats Yale for First Unblemished Season Since 1913". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. D1.

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