Harvard’s 45-7 Victory Over Yale Marred by Tailgating Death

Harvard University defeated Yale University 45-7 in the 128th meeting of college football’s third-oldest rivalry, as police investigated the death of a woman run down by a truck carrying beer kegs for tailgaters.

Collie Winters threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third at the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Connecticut, as Ivy League champion Harvard (9-1, 7-0 Ivy) won for the 10th time in the past 11 editions of the rivalry known as “The Game.”

Patrick Witt tossed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Jackson Ligouri for Yale (5-5, 4-3 Ivy), which leads the series 65-55-8.

The Harvard-Yale rivalry trails only Lehigh-Lafayette, which was played for the 147th time yesterday, and Yale-Princeton (134) in Division I football history.

Yale took a 7-0 lead as Witt connected with Ligouri for a score midway through the first quarter. Harvard tied the game on its next drive as Winters ran four yards for a touchdown.

Winters threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Alex Sarkisian on the first play of the second quarter to put Harvard in front 14-7. David Mothander ran five yards for a score, then kicked a 21-yard field goal to give the Crimson a 24-7 halftime lead.

Harvard increased its lead on the first play of the fourth quarter on Zach Boden’s 11-yard touchdown run and Winters threw a 60-yard scoring pass to Kyle Juszczyk. Alex Gedeon then returned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown to complete the rout.

Rhodes Scholarship

Winters completed 27 of 42 passes for 355 yards and no interceptions and also led the Crimson with 62 rushing yards. Juszczyk caught seven passes for 107 yards and Sarkisian had seven receptions for 97 yards.

Witt passed for 226 yards and two interceptions. Yale’s career leader for passing attempts, completions and yards, Witt last week withdrew his Rhodes Scholarship application because the scheduling of the final round of interviews would have kept him from playing today.

Before the game, a woman was killed after she was hit by a U-Haul truck in a parking lot used for tailgate parties, and two other women were injured, Yale said on the school’s website.

The victim wasn’t affiliated with Yale nor was she believed to be associated with Harvard, the school said. A Yale School of Management student was hospitalized in stable condition while the second was expected to be released.

“Yale Athletics and the Yale College Dean’s Office will be undertaking a full review of the policies and regulations relating to tail-gating before athletics events,” the school said.

The U-Haul struck the unidentified 30-year-old woman from Massachusetts before colliding with two other trucks, the New Haven Register reported on its website, citing New Haven police spokesman David Hartman. She was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, the newspaper said.

The driver of the U-Haul was taken into police custody, the newspaper said, citing police.

Telephone calls to Hartman from Bloomberg News were unanswered.

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