There’s no doubt that rivalry games have an extra level of intensity, whether we’re talking about the SEC or the Ivy League. And sometimes, that makes players do dumb things, like what happened in the Harvard-Yale game Saturday.
Facing off at Fenway Park, Harvard running back Devin Darrington ran through clear path to the end zone for what looked like a 27-yard touchdown on first-and-10 to give the Crimson a 34-27 lead early in the fourth quarter.
But when you look at the replay again, Darrington is seen throwing his middle finger at the Yale defender chasing him as he ran into the end zone.
Officials dealt Harvard an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, and because it was for taunting during a play rather than in celebration, the Crimson lost the touchdown and were handed a 15-yard penalty.
That’s just sloppy and careless, especially in a rivalry matchup, and regardless, at no point is this a good idea mid-game.
While Harvard settled for a field goal on that drive, it eventually beat Yale, 45-27, and moved to 6-4 on the season.