Murphy Collects 200th Career Victory as Football Holds Off Columbia, 21-14

Harvard improves to 5-3 and 3-2 in the Ancient Eight (Gil Talbot).

NEW YORK -- Tim Murphy, The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football, earned the 200th victory of his illustrious career, as the Harvard football team earned a 21-14 road win at Columbia Saturday afternoon.

With the victory, the Crimson improves to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the Ivy League, while the Lions slip to 6-2 and 3-2.

Following an interception by Jake Smith, the Lions took over at the Crimson 25-yard line, and Josh Bean found Kyle Castner for a 1-yard TD at the 8:23 mark, 7-0, Columbia.

With 1:58 left in the second, Joe Viviano connected with Henry Taylor for a 65-yard TD, but the Crimson missed the extra point and trailed, 7-6.

Following an interception by Cole Thompson at the Columbia 22, Viviano rushed for a one-yard score, and then found Jack Stansell in the endzone for a two-point conversion, as Harvard went ahead, 14-7, with 17 seconds left in the half.

In the third, Viviano extended Harvard's lead to 21-7 when he threw a two-yard TD strike to Jake Barann at the 10:35 mark.

With 10:15 remaining in the contest, Columbia's Anders Hill sent a 14-yard pass to Chris Schroer to make it 21-14.

In the final moments of the game, Harvard held off a potential game-tying drive by the Lions, and on 4th-and-goal from the 10, Hill's pass went incomplete to clinch the win.

Harvard Highlights:

- Tim Murphy improves to 200-114-1 in his career (168-69 at Harvard). 
- Joe Viviano came off the bench and was 6-of-12 for 120 yards and two touchdowns.
- Henry Taylor had a career-high 73 receiving yards.
- Richie Ryan established a new career-best with 2.5 sacks.
- As a team, the Crimson amassed a season-best 8.0 sacks.

Game Notes:

- Justice Shelton-Mosley made four receptions for 54 yards. He ranks eighth in program history with 113 career catches. He also stands 11th with 1,473 career receiving yards.

Up Next:
The Crimson will return to Harvard Stadium for the home finale against Penn Saturday, Nov. 11. The game is slated to begin at 12 p.m. and will be broadcast live on NESNPlus and the Ivy League Network. Prior to the contest, Harvard will honor its senior class.