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Template:Infobox college sports team season Template:2002 Ivy League football standings The 2002 Harvard Crimson football team was an American football team that represented Harvard University during the 2002 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The Crimson finished second in the Ivy League.

In their ninth year under head coach Timothy Murphy, the Crimson compiled a 7–3 record and outscored opponents 267 to 230. Neil Rose was the team captain.[1]

Harvard's 6–1 conference record placed second in the Ivy League standings. The Crimson outscored Ivy opponents 190 to 154.[2]

The Crimson appeared briefly, twice, in the national Division I-AA rankings: they were ranked No. 23 in the preseason poll, but dropped out of the top 25 before playing a game; and after opening the year with two wins, they were ranked No. 25 in the first poll of October. After their record dropped to 2–1, they again fell out of the national rankings, and did not reappear in 2002.

On November 16, the annual Harvard–Penn game was the first Division I-AA matchup to host an episode of ESPN's "College GameDay", which had only visited Division I-A sites in its first nine years of remote broadcasts. The Ivy League had called ESPN to suggest highlighting the matchup of two teams with 5–0 conference records.[3]

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


September 21 No. 23 Holy Cross* W 28–23 10,107 [4]
September 28 at Brown W 26–24 13,523 [5]
October 5 at No. 14 Lehigh*
L 35–36 9,458 [6]
October 12 Cornell
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA
W 52–23 6,533 [7]
October 19 No. 15 Northeastern*
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA
L 14–17 13,402 [8]
October 26 at Princeton
W 24–17 15,015 [9]
November 2 at Dartmouth W 31–26 8,102 [10]
November 9 Columbia
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Boston, MA
W 28–7 8,241 [11]
November 16 at No. 17 Penn L 9–44 18,630 [12]
November 23 Yale
W 20–13 30,323 [13]
  • *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. p. 40. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  3. Lesmerises, Doug (November 17, 2002). "GameDay: Note Cards, Knowledge and Nuttiness". Sunday News Journal (Wilmington, Del.): p. D6.
  4. Pave, Marvin (September 22, 2002). "Cross Cannot Bear Crimson". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. C17.
  5. Blaudschun, Mark (September 29, 2002). "Crimson Fit Enough, Survive". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. C17.
  6. Burris, Joe (October 6, 2002). "Crimson Thrown for a Loss". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. C17.
  7. Harber, Paul (October 13, 2002). "Crimson's Numbers Do Lie". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. C16.
  8. Blaudschun, Mark (October 20, 2002). "Crimson Done In by Wild Pitch". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. E17.
  9. Dell'Apa, Frank (October 27, 2002). "Rose Flourishes for the Crimson". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. C18.
  10. Chamberlain, Tony (November 3, 2002). "Morris, Crimson Can't Be Caught". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. C17.
  11. Pave, Marvin (November 10, 2002). "No Faking, Crimson Cruise". Boston Sunday Globe (Boston, Mass.): p. D18.
  12. Juliano, Joe (November 17, 2002). "Penn Clinches at Least Ivy Tie with 44-9 Pasting of Harvard". The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pa.): p. D7.
  13. Hine, Tommy (November 24, 2002). "Harvard Scrambles for a Solution". Hartford Courant (Hartford, Conn.): p. E1.