There are personal foul penalties ... and then there are Personal Foul Penalties. Harvard running back Devin Darrington got a got the capital-P version on Saturday in The Game for, shall we say, giving the Yale defense a one-finger salute.
The penalty happened in the fourth quarter of the rivalry when Darrington broke loose for what should have been a touchdown run to put the Crimson up 34-28. However, the officials caught the running back making his gesture to Yale and wiped the touchdown off the board. Take a look for yourself ...
It happens quickly, but the consensus is that Darrington flipped the bird, which resulted in a taunting penalty. By rule, that means the touchdown can come back. Granted, the penalty ended up not mattering, as Harvard pulled away to win 45-27. However, it was a close game at the time, meaning that the penalty's impact could have been far greater.
With the win, Harvard ended a two-year losing streak to Yale. It has now won 15 of the last 18 meetings in The Game dating back to 2001.