College Football

Pats grind one out, win another AFC East title


Pats grind one out, win another AFC East title

It was a subdued atmosphere in the locker room after the Patriots clinched their 10th AFC East title in the past 12 years with a workman-like 23-16 victory over the Dolphins on Sunday in Miami.

The celebration of another division title was a little muted because the Patriots know they have bigger goals in mind than just reaching the playoffs.

The Patriots weren't spectacular in this victory. After piling up 59 and 49 points in their past two wins, New England needed a clock-killing fourth-quarter drive to put this one away.

Behind the running of Stevan Ridley, the Pats ground their way to a Stephen Gostowski field goal that gave them a 10-point lead (23-13) with a little more than a minute to play.

One down note could be the health of wide receiver Julian Edelman, who was spotted on crutches after the game. The Patriots (9-3) host the AFC-leading Houston Texans next Monday night in Foxborough.

Yale beats Harvard 24-3 in 'The Game'


Yale beats Harvard 24-3 in 'The Game'

Kurt Rawlings threw for 177 yards and a touchdown to lead Yale over rival Harvard 24-3 on Saturday at Yale Bowl in New Haven, Conn., securing the Bulldogs' first outright Ivy League championship in 37 years.

Yale beat its rival for the second year in a row, this time capping a 9-1 season (6-1 in the Ivy League) and running its all-time record in the series known as "The Game" to 67-59-8. It's the first time the Bulldogs have won two in a row in the rivalry since a three-year winning streak from 1998-2000. Yale went 3-7 last season.

Yale's defense held Harvard (5-5, 3-4 Ivy) to 164 total yards, sacked Harvard QB Jake Smith six times and forced four Crimson turnovers, including a fumble that was returned 19 yards for a touchdown by the Bulldogs' Malcolm Dixon.