Harvard TD Gets Called Back After RB Gives Defense The Middle Finger

Tanya Simon
November 18, 2018

Harvard's began to pull away when sophomore Devin Darrington scooted 24 yards for an apparent TD but the play was negated by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Darrington when prior to crossing the goal line the sophomore wagged his finger at pursuing Bulldogs.

Harvard had to settle for a field goal, though it didn't matter. The gesture has been debated by viewers, but the call stood. The score would have put the Crimson up seven points in an eventual 45-27 rout in Boston on Saturday - the 135th meeting between the two. As doctors attended to him, players on both teams kneeled; Yale quarterback Griffin O'Connor made the sign of the cross. Quarterback Tom Stewart threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns before being taken off the field in a stretcher in the fourth quarter.

"The bottom line is: He was wrong", Harvard coach Tim Murphy said. "It's that simple. It was the right call".

Yale (5-5, 3-4 Ivy) responded with a 10-play, 76-yard march, culminating in a 3-yard run by Alan Lamar with 2:39 left in the first quarter.

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Saturday's injury was not as serious as originally feared, as Harvard announced after the game that Stewart already had been released from the hospital. I'm just so grateful to our team that he didn't have to learn that the absolute hard way of having to live with that. Darrington later atoned for his transgression with scoring scampers of 4 and 16 yards with 7:59 and 3:51, respectively, to play. With a new set of downs, O'Connor ran it in on second down to tie the score 21-21.

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