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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Yale-Harvard 1968: The Tie

The words “Harvard Comeback Stuns Bulldogs” were plastered atop the New Haven Register’s sports cover on Nov. 24, 1968, but in reality it was the Harvard Crimson’s famous headline “Harvard Beats Yale 29-29” which best captured the essence of the most unforgettable finish in the proud history of The Game.

Yale, led by the irrepressible offensive duo of future NFL star Calvin Hill and Mr. Clutch Brian Dowling, led rival Harvard 29-13 with less than a minute to go when the unthinkable happened.

The visiting sideline was jubilant as the Bulldogs appeared on their way to a 17th straight victory and just the program’s second unbeaten, untied season since the mid 1920s.

What transpired was a final 42 seconds that had to be seen to be believed. A crowd of just over 40,000 was on hand at Harvard Stadium, although the number of fans who claimed they were there to witness history probably now numbers in the six figures.

Harvard scored two touchdowns and converted a pair of two-point conversions to tie the mighty Bulldogs 29-29.

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