NEW HAVEN, CONN., NOV. 21 -- "The Game" was just like any other game to Tony Hinz.
Hinz, a junior, ran for 161 yards and scored both touchdowns today as Harvard beat Yale, 14-10, to win the Ivy League championship.
"We just did it like we do it in every game. We've been playing well all year and there was no reason to do anything any different in this game," he said.
Hinz ran for a 57-yard touchdown in the first half and caught a 19-yard pass for the winning touchdown in the third quarter as Harvard won the Ivy League title for the first time since 1982, when it shared the crown with Pennsylvania and Dartmouth.
It was Harvard's first outright Ivy League championship since 1975.
"I know everybody was talking about the importance of 'The Game' beforehand, but we just went out there to play like we always do," he said. "It does make it easier to get psyched up, though."
The winning touchdown pass, from Tom Yohe to Hinz with 5:51 left in the third quarter, was set up by a shanked, 11-yard punt by Yale's Todd Cowan that gave Harvard the ball on Yale's 17.
After a loss of two yards, Hinz took a pass from Yohe in the flat and went untouched into the end zone.
Earlier, Hinz gave the Crimson an early lead with his 57-yard run down the right sideline with 5:04 left in the first half.
"When you get into the defensive secondary, you always look for six points," he said. "When I broke free, I never looked back."
Yale had a last chance to win when it got the ball back with 2:23 left. Quarterback Kelly Ryan completed two quick passes, to Bob Shoop and Mike Stewart, to move the ball to the 48-yard line.
Fullback Troy Jenkins broke free on the next play, but took a hard hit and fumbled the ball on the Harvard 33 with 1:30 left.
The Crimson finished the season with a record of 8-2 overall and 6-1 in the Ivy League.
Yale, which brought a five-game winning streak into the game, finished at 7-3, and 5-2 in the league.
More than 66,000 fans attended the game at Yale Bowl, despite temperatures around 20 degrees and winds that gusted to 38 mph.
After Hinz' first touchdown, Yale tied the game on a 63-yard touchdown pass from Ryan to Stewart with 1:54 left in the first half. The Elis went ahead when Dave Derby kicked a 44-yard field goal with 10 seconds left in the half.
Harvard 0 7 7 0 14 Yale 0 10 0 0 10
H -- Hinz 57 run (Jacob kick)
Y -- Stewart 63 pass from Ryan (Derby kick)
Y -- FG Derby 44
H -- Hinz 19 pass from Yohe (Jacob kick)
A -- 66,548.
Harvard Yale First downs 16 13 Rushes-yards 58-226 30-72 Passing yards 96 181 Return yards 5 9 Passing 8-19-0 17-37-0 Punts-average 5-31 12-25 Fumbles-lost 4-4 3-2 Penalties-yards 2-10 4-26 Time
RUSHING -- Harvard: Hinz 26-161, Bunning 14-58, Bedard 1-10. Yale: Stewart 18-58, Jenkins 6-22.
PASSING -- Harvard: Yohe 8-18-0, 96, McLeod 0-1-0, 0. Yale: Ryan 17-37-0, 181.
RECEIVING -- Harvard: Phillips 2-27, Barringer 2-16, Bunning 1-20, Hinz 1-19. Yale: Stewart 3-74, Shoop 6-5