Princeton Beats Harvard 51-48 in Three OTs; No. 1 Alabama Wins

Quinn Epperly threw his sixth touchdown pass in the third overtime as Princeton University handed Harvard University its first defeat of the season 51-48 in an Ivy League Conference college football game.

In games involving the top 10 teams in Bowl Championship Series rankings, it was No. 1 Alabama 45, Tennessee 10; No. 2 Florida State 49, North Carolina State 17; No. 3 Oregon 42, No. 12 UCLA 14; No. 4 Ohio State 63, Penn State 14; No. 21 South Carolina 27, No. 5 Missouri 24; No. 6 Stanford 20, No. 25 Oregon State 12; No. 7 Miami 24, Wake Forest 21; No. 8 Baylor 59, Kansas 14; No. 9 Clemson 40, Maryland 27; and No. 15 Oklahoma 38, No. 10 Texas Tech 30.

At Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Epperly completed 37 of 50 passing attempts for 321 yards and six touchdowns and carried 19 times for 86 yards as the Tigers remained undefeated in the conference and 5-1 overall.

The rivals were tied 21-21 at halftime and again at the end of the game on Harvard quarterback Conner Hempel’s 10-yard pass to Tyler Ott with less than three minutes left in the game. Hempel passed for 307 yards and four touchdowns.

In the first overtime, Ott scored his third touchdown of the game on a 10-yard pass from Hempel and Roman Wilson followed with a nine-yard scoring run.

Princeton’s Nolan Bieck had a 31-yard field goal and the Crimson’s Andrew Flesher evened the score with a 38-yard kick. Flesher added a 23-yard field goal in the third overtime before Wilson gave Princeton the win with a six-yard pass from Epperly.

Harvard fell to 5-1 overall and third place in the conference with a 2-1 record behind Princeton and Pennsylvania (4-2, 3-0 Ivy), which beat Yale (3-3, 1-2 Ivy) 28-17 yesterday.

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