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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The 131st edition of The Game will be remembered by The Finish.

Conner Hempel threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Fischer with 55 seconds to play, and Harvard beat Yale 31-24 to capture the Ivy League title outright after blowing a 17-point, fourth-quarter lead Saturday.

Harvard won for the eighth straight year over their longtime rivals, the first time either school has won eight consecutive games in the series since the 1880s.

  • Harvard edged rival Yale in a roller-coaster win, capping a perfect 10-0 season and earning another Ivy League championship, writes Jack McCluskey.

But it ended with a wild final quarter.

"I've been involved in 21 of these and you think you've seen it all and then you haven't, " Harvard coach Tim Murphy said after his team beat Yale for the 13th time in 14 years.

After seeing the big lead wiped out quickly, Harvard took over at its own 22 and marched into Yale territory before Hempel found Fischer for the game-winner.

"I had full confidence in Fisch that he was going to beat his man and come down with the ball, " Hempel said. "I knew I was going to him right when the play was called. I'll never forget telling our running back to make his block because this is going to be the play that's going to win it."

"That will always be in the memory, " Fischer said of his game-winning catch. "There was no doubt in our minds we could go out there and execute. It will be very memorable. I will always remember that."

"Each season, anytime you win a championship or anytime you beat Yale it's very special, but I don't think it'll get more exciting than this one, " Murphy said. "Way too exciting."

"The last time I sat here we were 2-8, " Yale coach Tony Reno said of his team's season. "There was growth. Today we were playing for the league championship. These guys next to me did a good job of moving Yale football back to where it belongs - and that's playing for league championships."

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