Borguet Runs for 4 TDs, 269 Yards; Football Falls in Double Overtime in The Game, 50-43

Aidan Borguet had a Harvard-Yale record 269 rushing yards (Gil Talbot).

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – In the 136th playing of The Game, Aidan Borguet ran the ball 11 times for 269 yards and four touchdowns, but the Harvard football team fell to Yale in double overtime, 50-43, in the 136th playing of The Game.

Borguet's 269 yards is the most for a player for either school in the history of The Game, and his four touchdowns ties the record in the rivalry.

The Crimson finishes the season 4-6 overall and 2-5 in the Ivy, while the Bulldogs conclude 9-1 and 6-1.

Yale took a 3-0 lead at 9:57 of the first quarter when Sam Tuckerman hit a 34-yard field goal on the opening drive of the game. On Harvard's ensuing drive, Jake McIntyre answered with a 28-yard field goal to knot the score, 3-3, at 7:59. Later in the first, Tuckerman missed a 42-yard attempt to get the game tied.

Following an interception by Isaiah Winfield at the Yale 27-yard line, Jake Smith sent a short pass to B.J. Watson, who ran down the right sideline for a 27-yard score, putting Harvard up, 9-3, at the 9:38 mark. With 1:43 left in the half, Borguet dashed for a 47-yard touchdown run, giving the Crimson a 15-3 advantage.

In the third, Borguet opened the scoring in the second half with a 59-yard rush, putting Harvard up, 22-3, at 13:57. Following a 10-0 run by Yale to cut the Crimson lead to 22-13, Borguet answered with a 60-yard TD run, stretching the advantage to 29-13. 

With 2:08 left in the third, the Bulldogs scored again, five-yard rush by Kurt Rawlings to get to within 10 points, 29-19. 

Borguet added his longest TD run of the game in the fourth, bursting through the line for a 67-yard score to make it 36-19 at 13:03. After Yale's Tuckerman hit a 35-yard field goal, the Bulldogs got within seven points, as Rawlings found Mason Tipton for a 10-yard touchdown, 26-29, with 1:28 left.

Yale recovered the ensuing onside kick and scored again on a seven-yard pass play from Rawlings to JP Shohfi, tying the game, 36-36, with 18 seconds left.

In overtime, Yale won the coin toss, and Harvard scored on the first play, as Smith founded Cody Chrest down the right side for a 25-yard TD play, puttning Harvard back on top, 43-36. The Bulldogs tied the game again on a nine-yard touchdown play from Rawlings to Caden Herring, 43-43. Yale scored in the second overtime on a four-yard run by Zane Dudek to go up, 50-43, before stopping the Crimson on the next possession.

Harvard Highlights
-
Brogan McPartland recorded 2.0 sacks in the first quarter and finished with a team-best 9.5 sacks on the year.
- Jake Smith threw for two touchdowns, giving him 19 on the year and 28 for his career. Smith's 19 TD passes this year is the third most in school history.
- Aidan Borguet had a career-high 269 rushing yards. Borguet's 269 rushing yards was the most for a Harvard player since Matt Johnson's 323 against Brown in 1991.

Game Notes

- Tim Murphy, The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football, closed the season one victory shy of tying the overall wins record by an Ivy League head coach (179).
- Jake McIntyre hit one field goal and had four extra points on the day, giving him 229 career points, second most among Harvard kickers and third most among all players in school history. McIntyre graduates with a school record 39-career field goals.
- James Batch's 60-yard catch from Jake Smith in the first quarter is tied for the eighth-longest passing play in the history of The Game.